How To Use Art To Teach Culturally Relevant Algebra

by Diarra Bousso

$59.00 $39.00

Subject: Mathematics

Grade Levels:

  • High School
  • College

Registration opens Dec 31 at 12:00AM PST

Start Date: Immediate access

Access for 16 weeks

3 Professional Development Hours

1 Graduate Level Professional Development Credit Available

Topics Covered:

  • Algebra
  • Desmos
  • Art
  • Culturally Responsive

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If you're an algebra teacher who wants to make class multi-disciplinary and incorporate art but don’t know how to get started, this mini workshop's for you.  It'll help you feel comfortable using art to make math algebra more engaging and culturally responsive while teaching students grade level standards.

We'll begin by discussing what incorporating art into algebra class looks like.  From there we'll show you how to do it with paper or digitally with Desmos, so that it works whether you're teaching students online or in person.  To practice implementation, we'll start with using basic algebraic equations for patterns but then move to more advanced equations to make more complicated designs.  We'll wrap it up by talking about what to do when students get stuck and how to merge this with what you're already doing.

Diarra Bousso

About the Instructor

Diarra Bousso

Diarra Bousso is a high school math teacher in Northern California, entrepreneur, and multidisciplinary artist born in Dakar, Senegal. She is the founder of the fashion and lifestyle company Dakar Boutique Group which houses her label DIARRABLU and has been featured in Forbes, CNN, Reuters, Vogue, and the New York Times.

Diarra started her professional career on Wall Street as a Structured Products Trader and later Asset Finance Analyst but decided to resign after two years to follow her passion in design. She launched several startups, notably Dakar Boutique Group in 2013 with the aim to celebrate her African heritage while empowering local artisan communities. Today she has built a global fashion business through her innovative design concept merging algorithms, tradition and sustainability. Diarra has showcased her collections during New York and Paris Fashion weeks and represented Senegal at World Fashion Week Paris. 

She is a strong activist for the global celebration of the African cultural legacy and represents Senegal at the United Nations’ new platform for art and heritage. Diarra recently completed her Master’s degree in Mathematics Education at Stanford University with stints at Stanford Graduate School of Business and Stanford Center for Computational Research in Music and Acoustics. Diarra is focused on the teaching and research of Creative Mathematics in Silicon Valley while thoughtfully merging the worlds of math and arts for a multi-disciplinary approach to innovation in teaching, learning and design. Her fashion group and its various subsidiaries are operated by her global team between Dakar, London and San Francisco, where she is a designer in residence at the Fashion Incubator San Francisco at Bloomingdale's.