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Join us each month as we focus on a topic of interest to STEM Teacher Leaders with a webinar panel, open discussion, resources and blog post. 

January Webinar Panel: Connecting Mathematics and Science Through Literature and Storytelling


Recorded: January 14, 2021 at 7pm EST

Description: Core traits of STEM and leadership are connecting and collaborating. In this webinar, we will examine and discuss the intersection of literature and storytelling with mathematics and science as an incredible opportunity to make connections for students and teachers alike. Through this intersection, we are able to meet content standards, address practices, and examine human endeavors through the journeys of individuals. Benefits of using children’s literature and storytelling to help make connections in mathematics and science include building positive identities, helping students make sense of the world, and providing opportunities to experience joy, wonder, and beauty across the subjects.
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The STEM Teacher Leadership Network is pleased to partner with NCTM on this Webinar Panel! The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics advocates for high-quality mathematics teaching and learning for each and every student.


David Barnes

David Barnes is currently part of the senior leadership at NCTM and also the senior mathematics educator on staff. He has been blessed with a wide range of opportunities during his journey as a mathematics educator and is incredibly thankful for all the leaders that have given of their time, energy, and insights. It is through these relationships and partnerships that we find ways to come together, create, and grow. One of the most exciting places that he sees this working is through collaborations in the intersections of math, science, technology, and engineering.



Amy Alznauer

Amy Alznauer is the author of The Boy Who Dreamed of Infinity: A Story of the Genius Ramanujan and a chapter on the history of pi in 1789: Twelve Authors Explore a Year of Rebellion, Revolution, and Change (both from Candlewick Press). She is also the recipient of the Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction and the Christopher Award and the author of two additional titles this year: The Strange Birds of Flannery O'Connor and Flying Paintings (named by the New York Times as one of the Best 25 Children's Books of the year), The Zhou Brothers: A Story of Revolution and Art. Amy teaches math classes at Northwestern University and lives and writes in Chicago. Find Amy and her children’s books at

Latrenda Knighten

Latrenda Knighten is currently a District Elementary Mathematics Instructional Specialist in the Office of Curriculum & Instruction and Professional Development for the East Baton Rouge Parish School System in Baton Rouge, LA. She has been an educator for more than 30 years during which she has been a classroom teacher, an elementary science specialist, and an elementary mathematics coach. Latrenda is an active member of many professional organizations where she has served in leadership roles for several local, state, and national organizations. She currently serves as the NCSM (National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics) Southern Region 2 Team Leader for Louisiana and Secretary for the Benjamin Banneker Association. Latrenda is also a past member of the NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics) Board of Directors. She invites you to connect with her on Twitter @Latrendak.

Trena Wilkerson is the current President of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and is a mathematics education professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the School of Education at Baylor University in Waco, Texas where she teaches both graduate and undergraduate mathematics education courses and conducts professional development and research. She has written articles and book chapters and given presentations related to using literature in the mathematics classroom. She has also lead student camps and teacher workshops related to STEM instruction. She taught high school mathematics for 18 years in Louisiana. She has published in several of NCTM’s journals, Mathematics Teacher: Learning & Teaching PK-12, Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, Mathematics Teacher, Teaching Children Mathematics, and Journal of Research in Mathematics Education, chaired the MTMS Editorial Panel and served on the NCTM Board of Directors. She has received several awards for outstanding teaching and leadership over the years. Through it all she loves teaching and learning mathematics in support of current and future mathematics teachers and leaders! She invites you on this journey! She invites you to connect with her on Twitter @TrenaWilkerson or E-Mail:

Christine Anne Royce

Christine Anne Royce is the column author for Teaching Through Trade Books which appears in Science and Children and co-author on a several books related to integrating science and literature. Additional writings include articles and chapters on the topic of the use of trade books in the classroom; the use of digital tools for engaging students; and professional learning. She is a Past President for the National Science Teaching Association. Christine is a professor at Shippensburg University (PA) where she teaches science, STEM, and general education classes for undergraduate and graduate students. She invites you to connect with her on Twitter @caroyce.