Dear math teacher,
You likely became a teacher because you love mathematics and want to pass on your knowledge and passion for the subject. You appreciate math’s universality and real-world utility. You know the joy that comes in a moment of insight. But between the demands of a lock-step curriculum and students’ shaky foundational skills, teaching mathematics can be harder than threading a needle with a sausage.
At XQ, we know that feeling. So we are creating a wholly new mathematics curriculum, one that
- Centers on youth-tested project frames to truly engage students, particularly the disaffected
- Puts students in a place where they are motivated to “upgrade” their mathematical modeling skills in order to solve something they care about
- Introduces formalisms and abbreviations only after a big idea has been grasped
- Ensures all students are engaged in grade-level work—when engagement increases, rigor can too
- Systematically builds students’ confidence in their own mathematical agency, so that they begin to see themselves differently.
Intrigued? Then join us.
We are seeking a cadre of adventurous math educators to work with us on XQ Math, starting with Algebra 1 and Geometry. Each project module will engage students in rigorous, creative, and meaningful work—work that prepares them for advanced mathematics—and flagrantly defies the idea that math is boring.
We invite you to help us pilot these modules—and to imagine new ones.
The XQ Math team
What you will receive
- Access to a growing portfolio of highly engaging and authentic projects
- Facilitation and peer support for piloting and facilitating projects in your classroom
- Software that allows learners to journal their work and get help when they need it
- A teacher dashboard that allows you to track progress easily and receive alerts when students are struggling or their work lacks rigor
- A community of practice to ideate, prototype, and pilot new projects
About XQ Math Modules
Each XQ Math module explores critical mathematical concepts and centers on a common theme. To ensure genuine engagement and motivation, programs are designed to accommodate a high degree of student choice.
For example, in responding to a prompt to create a musical artifact, one student might create a TikTok duet using root beer bottles filled with water, while another might build a simple thumb piano, tuned using mathematical modeling, to accompany a song they love.
XQ Math Modules
An Invitation to Co-Pilot
Participating teachers and students will have the opportunity to improve their practice in doing and developing great projects, while also contributing to a valuable community resource.
At the start of each pilot, the XQ Math team will introduce participating teachers to a new project being considered for the project library.
You’ll do an abbreviated version of the project yourself, as a young person might, documenting and reflecting on your experience and noting the tools and supports you need.