Conference Details

The first Escape from the Textbook! conference was held on February 12th, 2011 at the Urban School of San Francisco. Watch the conference video here.

Sponsoring Organizations

Center for Innovative Teaching (at the Urban School of San Francisco)
Independent Curriculum Group
Math for America (UC Berkeley)


Dr Jo Boaler is a Professor of Mathematics Education at Stanford University. Former roles have included being the Marie Curie Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Sussex, England, a mathematics teacher in London comprehensive schools and a researcher at King’s College, London. Her PhD won the national award for educational research in the UK and her book: Experiencing School Mathematics won the 'Outstanding Book of the Year' award for education in Britain. She is an elected fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (Great Britain), and a former president of the International Organisation for Women and Mathematics Education (IOWME).  At Stanford University she won an 'Early Career Award' from the National Science Foundation. Her latest book What’s Math Got To Do With It? (2008) published by Penguin, aims to increase public understanding of the importance of mathematics, and the nature of effective teaching approaches.

More information about Dr. Boaler.

Paul Zeitz got his PhD in Mathematics from UC Berkeley in 1992 and has been at the University of San Francisco ever since.  Between college and math graduate school, he taught math for six years at independent high schools and took many detours, including journalism and geology, before settling down happily with mathematics. He was a member of the first USA team to compete in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO), and later helped to coach the USA team at the IMO, leading them to an unprecedented perfect score.

He has been involved with both competitive and extremely non-competitive math enrichment activities for high school and middle school students for most of his adult life.  The recent achievements that he has been the most proud of are his book, The Art and Craft of Problem Solving (1998), the Bay Area Mathematical Olympiad (co-founded 1999), and the San Francisco Math Circle (co-founded 2005).