Martha Merson, Principal Investigator at TERC, Co-Authors Article for Spring 2013 Issue of Rethinking Schools and Rethinking Mathematics Compendium

April 16, 2013



CAMBRIDGE, MA“Transparency of Water: A workshop on math, water, and justice” by Selene Gonzales-Carillo and Statistics for Action (SfA) PI Martha Merson is featured in the spring 2013 issue of Rethinking Schools magazine. The article will also be included in the 2013 edition of Rethinking Mathematics—a compendium of 50 articles uniting issues of social justice in the mathematics classroom.

The article describes participants’ reactions to a Statistics for Action (SfA) workshop at Little Village Environmental Justice Organization on Chicago’s South Side. Over the course of the workshop, environmental organizers worked with community members to make sense of the cost of bottled water; the conventions of municipal water reports; and the ways municipal water reports measure and quantify contaminants.

Statistics for Action (SfA) is a collaboration between TERC and environmental advocacy organizations to help citizens in communities affected by environmental contamination understand limits and regulations of toxic chemicals, environmental test results, and the benefits and costs of toxic cleanup. SfA project staff empower environmental organizers as educators to lead communities to understand the terms, units, and concepts in environmental data; engage in data analysis and strategic action; assess health risk around environmental contamination; and communicate key data to decision-makers. SfA has developed materials ranging from guides for environmental testing to activities that build concepts and skills to videos illustrating ideas for community situations, and also offers a full-length magazine about community environmental advocacy.

“Transparency of Water: A workshop on math, water, and justice” can be downloaded from SfA’s website. The entire spring 2013 issue is available for purchase of subscription by visiting