Sophie Knowles

Finnish Project Support, 2013

Project on the elements of Finnish culture and education contributing to high rates of student success in mathematics. As a mathematics teacher in Brooklyn, Knowles is acutely aware of the obstacles her students face, including: a social disconnect from school in general, and mathematics in particular; lack of self confidence, nutrition and exercise; low levels of literacy; and a series of responsibilities outside of school that make academic achievement difficult. Her Roth-Thomson Award helped Knowles complete her research on Finnish institutional policies, governmental and non‐profit mathematics programs.