(Dr. Fonger, Professor Fonger, Dr. Nicky, Mom, Nic, Nicky)

Hi. I’m Nicole.

I link research and practice to support students’ meaningful learning of algebra in urban public schools.

Based in Syracuse since 2017, I am a dedicated parent, community member, artist, writer, and math education professor.

Nicole L. Fonger

Recent Published Papers

Curriculum Vitae

Math Ed Sketchnotes

Linking Research and Practice

Antiracist Algebra Coalition

Culturally Responsive Education



Meaning is a creative act.

Nicole L. Fonger

My latest work

I network metaphors for linking research and practice with an equity lens to examine effective communication for linking research and practice. #AERA21 View the PDF of the presentation or paper.

Exploring the Intersection of Antiracism & Algebra

How is the gatekeeper role of algebra intertwined with racism? I’m building an Antiracist Algebra Coalition a team of folks dedicated to racial justice in Syracuse, NY. Join us! View a PDF of the project aims here.

A Learning Trajectory for Quadratic Function

Together with Dr. Amy Ellis and Dr. Fatih Dogan, we developed a learning trajectory for quadratic function. Read the article here.

Math Ed Sketchnotes & Zines

I sketch my own ideas and the ideas of others. I focus on sketching about learning and teaching algebra in mathematics education to link research and practice. I also create #zines like this one on equity and redlining.

A Heart Centered Lens

This study suggests the possibility of using creative artistic expression to support the transformation of educators’ perspectives… Read the article

Culturally Responsive Education

I draw on the perspectives of thought leaders to explore What is reality pedagogy (Christopher Emdin)?What is an equity lens in mathematics education (Rochelle Gutierrez)? Read More.

Linking Research & Practice

Theory and practice go hand in hand. I’m on a quest to engage in critical conversations to strengthen these connections, and take action toward a shared vision for improved mathematics education for all students.

Teaching and Mentoring

Culturally Responsive Education

Center student voice through cultural competence, build caring teacher-student relationships as a grounding for academic achievement, and cultivate critical consciousness to transform educational opportunities.

Teaching Statement

As a teacher my goal is to support students’ rich opportunities to learn meaningful mathematics. I ground my practice in research and theory on learning, teaching, and equity in mathematics education.

Choosing a career in academia can be a rewarding journey.

I’ve spent a lot of time on the job market. I’ve captured some processes, products, and guiding questions that I’ve found productive to help me along the way.


Math Ed Sketchnotes

I utilize sketchnotes to share theories and practices relevant to the field mathematics education and culturally responsive education.

What, Why, How

Sketchnoting is a relaxing practice that aims to capture ideas in images and text in an engaging way

Learn to Sketchnote

Sketchnotes combine image and text as a unique visual synthesis. No pre-requisite experience is required.


Writings on life from the perspective of a heart centered yogi mama, mindful educator, writer, mother, curator of joy, healing artist. I also blog about connection, authenticity, expression.

  • The Antiracist Algebra Coalition.
    I wrote this post as response to a Syracuse University student who wanted to learn more a bout the Antiracist Algebra Coalition. I hope you enjoy learning more about this work! 1. What was the initial process of forming the Antiracist Algebra Coalition like? The initial process involved: making clear for myself what my goalsContinue reading “The Antiracist Algebra Coalition.”
  • Are you white? (a Zine)
    Are you white? Are you interested in learning about race and racism? Check out this zine as a way to learn more.
  • Who gets into algebra in 8th grade?
    Who gets into algebra in 8th grade? In a racially diverse school, why are children of color under-represented in 8th grade algebra?
  • Reflecting on Dysconscious Racism
    In this sketchnote I reflect on a teaching experience and how my actions were rooted in dysconscious racism (King, 1991).
  • How do you get started in community-engaged scholarship?
    Community-Engaged Scholarship is about the co-creation of knowledge. It’s about being in relationship.
  • First day of class.
    Firsts can be difficult. I’m reframing this first class as an opportunity to set norms to guide our interactions, discuss our identities, and determine rubrics for an “ungrading” practice.

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