Kristi Leonard, South Tahoe High School

February 23, 2015

UCCI held a Teacher Exchange at Dorsey High School in January, focusing on Da Vinci Algebra, a pair of courses that allow students to see the connections between art and math while also fulfilling CSU/UC admission requirements in math ("c") and visual and performing art ("f").  

Da Vinci Algebra integrates Algebra 1 and Visual Arts with the Arts, Media, and Entertainment (AME) CTE Sector and is one of our most popular and requested courses. As such, we asked Kristi Leonard, who was on the team that created Da Vinci Algebra and also taught the math Da Vinci course at South Tahoe High, about her experience teaching the course.

So our very own Katie Leslie (UCCI's Course Development Coordinator) sat down with Kristi in a Google Hangout earlier this year to discuss the development of the course and what advice she could share with those who would like to teach it. As Kristi explained, she and her teammates "wanted to create something bigger that supported math students outside of a traditional realm. Our goal was to look at it...for a student who would feel threatened by [traditional] mathematics."

In the hangout, Kristi shares these thoughts as well as others Re: how she and her teammates designed this pair of Da Vinci courses, and how she has taught the math portion of Da Vinci Algebra. Click Kristi's picture below to view the Google Hangout broadcast.

kristi leonard google hangout

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