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April 24: Celebrate Math Awareness Month with the Rappin’ Mathematician

Teacher Alex Kajitani

California Teacher of the Year Alex Kajitani will speak at UCOP on April 24, part of Math Awareness Month activities sponsored by Education Partnerships.

Education Partnerships wraps up Math Awareness Month with a talk by San Diego high school teacher Alex Kajitani, a 2009 California Teacher of the Year, on Thursday, April 24, 12 to 1 p.m. in Franklin Lobby 1.

‪His talk is entitled “How a Struggling Educator Became a California Teacher of the Year.”

Known as the Rappin’ Mathematician, Kajitani used rap to make math interesting to his high school students and developed CDs and an activity book for classroom and home use to engage students and make math “cool.”

Kajitani will rap, talk about his teaching career and read from his recent book, Owning It, a collection of essays about how to succeed as a teacher. Thirty copies of the book will be raffled and autographed if time permits.

Light refreshments will be served. For more details, contact

A department within UCOP’s Academic Affairs Division, Education Partnerships comprises outreach programs that help produce high-quality teachers and make college a reality for every deserving student. This is the final week for their poster display in the Franklin lobby, near the exit turnstiles.

The posters feature five Ed Partnerships outreach programs that promote math learning among pre-college and college students and teachers, including:

Math Awareness Month is sponsored every April by the American Mathematical Society to recognize the importance of mathematical research and scholarship.

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