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Xi “CiCi” Yu

Doctoral Student

Xi “CiCi” Yu is a doctoral student in Educational Studies/Math & Science Education at BU Wheelock College of Education & Human Development. Her research interests focus on power, identity, and race in US K–12 mathematics classrooms. CiCi is a graduate student researcher on the STEM Cascades project through the Earl Center for Learning & Innovation. She also works to support new teachers to enter secondary mathematics teaching.

CiCi previously taught high school mathematics in Chelsea Public Schools and Cambridge Public Schools for eight years. She co-created Play with Your Math, a poster series that redesigns math problems in a more playful form for the classroom (or school hallway).

Advisor: Leslie Dietiker

Pronouns: she/hers

MLA, Mathematics for Teaching, Harvard Extension School

BA, Psychology, Harvard College


Yu, X. (2021). Everybody Still Plays: Virtual Engagement without Webcams On, Mathematics Teacher: Learning and Teaching PK-12, 114(10), 759-767.

Gargroetzi, E., Garcia, A., Boss, S., Bence, J., Diego, S., Turner, K., Wei, G., Weker, E. and Yu, X. (2021). Quantitative civic reasoning: A guide for centering civic innovation in math and English Language Arts Classrooms. Read, Write, Think.