We will use this space to provide resources for our community to deepen our own understanding of racism and white supremacy, both in terms of history, but 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:

  • Math & Social Justice home: Videos exploring intersection of math/justice/anti-racist teaching 
  • Educating Ourselves: Resources on racism and anti-racist math teaching practices
  • Learning with Students: Classroom resources for teaching social justice math

We commit to doing the daily work of becoming anti-racist teachers. As our classrooms we expect mistakes. But as Max Ray-Reik says in the video 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.    

    This work is going to be evolving process, both on this website and throughout our organization. Feedback, requests, and suggestions are welcome. 

    The Changing Landscape of Mathematics Education

    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.

    • Learn the history of racism in the United States
    • Examine our own inevitable implicit biases and work to be better for our students
    • Math is a tool of understanding and combating systems of oppression. Teach students to use it.  

    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, 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.

    Is there a video about the intersection of math/social justice/anti-racist teaching that you think should be added? 

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