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Power in Numbers


Applied math skills empower adult learners to think critically and solve challenges big and small. These skills are keys to our economic prosperity. They can open doors to further education and training, and significantly increase employment opportunities and tong-term career options.

The Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) wants to help adult learners receive the applied math skills they’ll need to succeed in the real world. Power in Numbers is teaming up with teachers and other experts to curate high-quality open educational resources (OER) that adult ed instructors across the country can access for free.

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By the Numbers

How can OER change the equation for adult math skills? The growth rate of math-related jobs is four times that of average job growth (see footnote 1 for source). Meanwhile, there are 25 million adults in the United States who still need a high school diploma (see footnote 2 for source). Additionally, 60% of educators in a recent study found that open educational resources (OER) improved student engagement (see footnote 3 for source). Further benefits of OER include low cost, efficiency, and expanded access. Visit the homepage for Power in Numbers: Advancing Math for Adult Learners at Footnote 1: "Occupational Outlook Handbook." U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. December 27, 2015. Footnote 2: The adult population is defined as the population 25 and older for the purposes of this analysis. Source: 2016 Census Brief, Educational Attainment in the United States: 2015 Population Characteristics (P20- 578) at Footnote 3: Weller, Martin, Bea De Los Arcos, Rob Farrow, Beck Pitt, and Patrick Mcandrew. "The Impact of OER on Teaching and Learning Practice." Open Praxis 7, no. 4 (September 24, 2015): 352-354. Disclaimer: Power in Numbers is managed by Luminary Labs under contract with the U.S. Department of Education (Contract Number: ED-VAE-14-D-0006/0004). The opinions expressed herein do not necessarily represent the positions or policies of the U.S. Department of Education and no official endorsement by the U.S. Department of Education should be inferred.

Meet the Experts

Learn more about the work of our Power in Numbers panel members on our Experts page.

Jo Boaler

Professor of Mathematics Education, Co-founder, Stanford University

John Comings

Senior Technical Consultant,
World Education

Iddo Gal

Senior Lecturer, Department of Human Services Management, University of Haifa, Israel

Amee Evans Godwin

Director, Innovation,

Gerard L. Hanley

Executive Director, MERLOT; Assistant Vice Chancellor, Academic Technology Services for the California State University

Chonda Long

Director of Professional Development, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics


Dan Meyer

Chief Academic Officer, Desmos

Katherine Safford-Ramus

Professor of Mathematics, Saint Peter’s University

Patti Smith

Chief Marketing Officer & Co-Founder, Querium


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