This space was created to provide resources for members of the ANN community who want to deepen our own understanding of racism and white supremacy, in terms of living history, math education, and also in terms of implicit biases that impact our practice. This space will also be a growing source of materials for teachers to explicitly use math to recognize and challenge injustice in the world around us.
We have organized this space into three pages:
The ANN Principles of Teaching and Learning are rooted in three truths we hold as axiomatic:
We believe that organizing our instruction around conceptual understanding, student sense-making, and worthwhile tasks drawn from the context of the real world can repair previous school experiences that marginalized students’ identities and diminished their belief in their capabilities to do and learn math.
By valuing the various informal and alternate strategies students use to solve problems, by building collective understanding, by focusing on reasoning and sense-making (as opposed to answer-getting), we are disrupting traditional notions of what it means to do math and what it means to be capable in math.
We use routines like notice/wonder, push and support cards, and low floor/high ceiling tasks to ensure access for all students to participate in high-level mathematical thinking and to contribute their ideas.
A Note on Leaning In:
For those of us who commit to doing the daily work of becoming anti-racist teachers, we know there will be mistakes. But as Max Ray-Reik says in one of the videos below, we are math teachers, we know what to do with mistakes. We inspect them. We slow down, check our work, understand the concepts, and practice until we get better.
Knowledge is built socially. Choose one of the videos below and watch it with a colleague or friend. Use the ANN Forum or Ask ANN to connect with other ANN members. As you watch: What do you notice? What do you wonder? What are the ideas that resonate most with you? What can you try in your classroom? Then afterwards, please share your thoughts in the ANN Forum, on Ask ANN, or in the Math Practitioner.
This work is going to be evolving process, both on this website, in our classrooms, and throughout our organization. Feedback, requests, and suggestions are welcome.
A discussion between Margarita Barraza, Marian Dingle, Dr. Rochelle Gutierrez, and Linda Fulmore (President of TODOS Mathematics For All), moderated by Luz Maldonado. (1 hour, 15 minutes)
The current health pandemic has brought equity & social justice issues to the fore while concurrent social movements have helped build momentum toward antiracist teaching in math education. This group came together on July 10, 2020 to reflect on the potential in this mo(ve)ment and consider what we must do going forward.
This webinar was co-sponsored by NCTM and TODOS and was part of the TODOS Live! series.
Math Teachers: The Key to Ending Racism
by Max Ray-Reik (5 minutes)
In 5 minutes and 19 seconds, Max Ray-Riek, a hero of math education, makes the case for what math teachers can do to end racism.
10 Things Every Math Teacher Should Know
by Dr. Rochelle Gutierrez (16 minutes)
Rehumanizing Mathematics: A Vision for the Future
by Dr. Rochelle Gutierrez (56 minutes)
Taking a Knee in Mathematics Education: Moving From Equity Discourse to Protest & Refusal
By Dr. Danny Martin (59 minutes)
Delivered for the Iris M. Carl Equity Address at the 2018 NCTM National Conference.
Here's a partial transcription of the talk.
Math as Liberation by Dr. Danny Martin (2:25)
Black Children are Brilliant
by Dr. Danny Martin (32 minutes)
Confronting & Dismantling Threats to Our Struggle for Justice in Our Math Classrooms
by Dr. Deborah Lowenberg Ball (47 minutes)
In this 2019 keynote, Deborah Loewenberg Ball addresses how teacher can, even with the best of intentions, continue to reproduce practices and patterns of marginalization in math instruction. She is taking about a K-12 context, but the point holds for adult education. Her talk explains what's at stake and offers a frame for reflect on and rethink our classroom choices.
Expectations & Outcomes
by Abby Roza (12 minutes)
In her 2019 ANN Under 10 talk, MN ANN member Abby Roza reflects on the impact low expectations have had on her teaching and her students and challenges herself and all of us to call upon the power of "yet" to imagine, and then build, a culture of high expectations in adult basic education. Quality math education for our students is a social justice issue and Abby is suiting up.
What Counts? The Tyranny of HSE Testing
by Charlie Brover and Solange Farina (18 minutes)
In their 2017 ANN Under 10 talk, NYC ANN members Charlie Brover and Solange Farina and their collective 60+ years of adult numeracy instruction, spoke about the effect the Common-Core aligned assessments have had on our students and our field. They make the case for not ceding our classrooms to the publishers and test-makers and helping our students develop the math they need to be empowered members of our society.
Equity in Education Webinar Series: Rehumanizing Schools - Rights of the Learner
by Olga G. Torres (50 minutes - the webinar starts at 9:40)
In this joint webinar between Casio Education and TODOS Math for All, Olga Torres shares ways in which we can rehumanize the classroom and focus on the rights of the learners. She will share her philosophy of listening to what students know and helping use that to discover learning. She provides examples of what this might look like in a math classroom and inspires educators to listen to their students.