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Hi. My name is Theodore Chao. I am a critical mathematics educator.

I am currently an assistant professor of Mathematics Education in the Department of Teaching and Learning at The Ohio State University. I research the ways mathematics can engage children to fully position themselves as mathematical humans through technology. I also research ways that mathematics oppresses children, teachers, and communities, usually along lines of race, gender, socioeconomic status, and ability. Currently, I am using Digital Storytelling as my main vehicle for children to craft their own mathematical narratives that showcase the rich mathematics that exists within their communities and families. I am always looking for ways to build, use, and hack technology to engage children to better share their mathematical thinking so the adults around them can recognize their mathematical brilliance.

I also do work beyond mathematics education and my role as a professor. Check out the Radical Cram School web series that I helped produce. Or my twitter feed to learn more about me.

Here’s some technical language about some of my academic work:

Research/Writing:

Dr. Chao has published in journals such as Investigations in Mathematics LearningRace, Ethnicity, and Education, and Teaching Children Mathematics. Dr. Chao is currently Principal Investigator of a NSF CAREER research project exploring the ways children in urban emergent communities use Digital Mathematics Storytelling to share rich mathematical knowledge from their communities and families. 

Teaching:

At The Ohio State University, Dr. Chao has taught courses such as Elementary Mathematics MethodsA Critical History of STEM Education, and Mobile App Development in STEM Education

Service:

Dr. Chao is currently an associate editor for Theory Into Practice (TIP), an editorial panel member of Mathematics Teacher Educator (MTE), a steering committee member of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME-NA), and an organizer for the Free Minds, Free People (FMFP) conference. 

A Box link to Theodore Chao’s current Curriculum Vitae.