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File #: RS2021-893    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 4/19/2021 In control: Metropolitan Council
On agenda: 4/20/2021 Final action: 4/20/2021
Title: A resolution recognizing the month of April as "Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month" in Nashville and Davidson County, and further recognizing Nashville's female mathematicians as part of the month-long celebration.
Sponsors: Angie Henderson, Joy Styles, Burkley Allen, Emily Benedict, Erin Evans, Jennifer Gamble, Tonya Hancock, Gloria Hausser, Sharon Hurt, Courtney Johnston, Antoinette Lee, Kathleen Murphy, Delishia Porterfield, Mary Carolyn Roberts, Sandra Sepulveda, Zulfat Suara, Kyonzte Toombs, Nancy VanReece, Tanaka Vercher, Ginny Welsch
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A resolution recognizing the month of April as "Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month" in Nashville and Davidson County, and further recognizing Nashville's female mathematicians as part of the month-long celebration.

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WHEREAS, the goal of Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month, held each year in April, is to increase public understanding of and appreciation for mathematics and statistics; and

WHEREAS, Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month began in 1986 as Mathematics Awareness Week with a proclamation by President Ronald Reagan, who said, "Despite the increasing importance of mathematics to the progress of our economy and society, enrollment in mathematics programs has been declining at all levels of the American educational system. Yet the application of mathematics is indispensable in such diverse fields as medicine, computer sciences, space exploration, the skilled trades, business, defense, and government;" and

WHEREAS, mathematics and statistics play a significant role in addressing many real-world problems and are important drivers of innovation in our technological world, in which new systems and methodologies continue to become more complex; and,

WHEREAS, women have made significant gains in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workforce, but girls are still less likely to study STEM subjects including mathematics and statistics; and

WHEREAS, the Mathematical Mission of Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools is "to provide each student with the daily opportunity to reason mathematically, communicate their ideas, and value mathematics with rigorous instruction," and under the leadership of Dr. Jessica Slayton, Director of Mathematics, there are 260 middle and high school math teachers in Metro Public Schools, of whom 158 are women; and

WHEREAS, the 2018 Tennessee Teacher of the Year was West End Middle math teacher Cicely Woodard, Una Elementary math teacher Olivia Stastny was featured in the 2020 Corwi...

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