Paul E. Madden is a teacher educator, educational philosopher, and social scientist committed to promoting the well-being of humankind, animalkind, and our shared habitats. Working from an anticolonial and antiracist stance his research examines the ongoing relationship between Western mathematics education and Anglo-settler colonialism from the 1500s to the present. Based on this analysis he hopes to develop anticolonial mathematics curriculum materials that can help teachers prepare our youth to address our intertwined human (e.g., systemic racism, sexism) and ecological crises (e.g., climate change, microplastics) in the 21st century.
Dr. Madden’s teaching and service center around collaborating with practicing teachers and anti-racist activists. As a former K-12 mathematics teacher, Paul continues to provide professional development to practicing teachers on teaching with concrete manipulatives, implementing Guided Mathematics, deconstructing linguistic challenges within math word problems, and engaging in anti-racist and culturally sustaining teaching practices. As an anti-racist educator and activist Paul is engaged in both facilitating anti-racist workshops and serving as the treasurer of Community Change, Inc’s board, a Boston-based anti-racist organization focused on educating and organizing White folx for racial justice.
Prior to Connecticut College Paul E. Madden spent the first decade of his professional career as a high school mathematics teacher, debate coach, non-profit leader, and mathematics instructional coach. Although most of his career in education has been within Boston Public Schools, Paul has taught within an Oglala Lakota Tribally Chartered school and, most recently, as a mathematics instructional coach in the suburbs of Boston. His passion for education began as an undergraduate where he was co-director of FACES, a student organization dedicated to educating the Boston College community about systemic racism. As such, he has a particular passion for mentoring, teaching, and working with undergraduates.
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