A good friend and colleague of mine, Alisha Wallers recently sent me an email about a new company she has founded. She used to be a mainstay of the feminist engineering education group until she “retired” to spend more time focusing on the education of her kids. Since then, she started “Learning with Alisha!” which has recently launched its first product, the Pink Polygons, designed to help kids with geometry. Read more about Alisha’s company below the fold.
Learning with it Alisha! is an LLC that I formed with my dad, David Weathers. Our goal is to find the gaps in what is currently available to teachers in K-12 math and invent, produce, and market new products to fill those gaps. While working with 3rd grade teachers at my neighborhood school, I realized that drawing shapes on the board while teaching geometry was frustrating to them. In response, David and I developed our first product, the Pink Polygons. These 20 different shapes are large enough so that they can be seen front the back of the room. You can find more information about them at our web site, www.LearningwithAlisha.com. You can find an order form there too!
The other part of our mission is providing workshops. We offer workshops for teachers to deepen their mathematical understanding and enhance their teaching. We also offer workshops for parents to enable them to assist their children more effectively and to introduce new approaches to teaching math, such as the Math Expressions curriculum. Finally, we offer tutoring to students in K-16 math.
I’m sure you will not be surprised to learn that we donate 10% of our profits to charities. For 2008-2010 we are focusing our donations on the education of homeless children. In DeKalb County [Georgia] alone, there are 3,000 homeless families with school-aged children! In addition, our company is committed to minimizing our environmental footprint. Believing that we also must contribute freely to the common good, we have a web site section, called “Freebies,” where teachers can download free manipulatives to use.
Thank you for your support and encouragement as I continue in this new adventure.
Have any of you used this product? Any thoughts for Alisha as she continues her journey to help kids learn math better?