November Marks End of Math Power Hour’s First Semester

This month marks the end of the first semester of Math Power Hour in six Pasadena elementary schools. The African-American Parent Council (AAPC) of Pasadena Unified School District created the Math Power Hour (MPH) in conjunction with PUSD, the United Teachers of Pasadena, Reading Partners, and Pacific Oaks College to address the fact that a large number of children struggle with the earliest basic foundations of math, starting in the first and second grades.

Community volunteers spend at least one hour a week working with small groups of identified students, in consultation with their teachers, to work on building, strengthening and reinforcing their math skills. Studies have shown that math and early numeracy skills are the greatest predictors of educational and future career success. Because many students’ math achievement potential is misidentified at an early age and never corrected, Math Power Hour targets both the student’s establishment of a firm fundamental understanding of early math concepts and aims to foster confidence and a positive attitude towards learning math.

Next session will start up after winter break. If you have an hour or two to spare during the week, believe in equitable access to education for all students, and believe in the potential of PUSD students to thrive, please consider becoming a Math Power Hour volunteer.






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