Catalyzing Change in Middle School Mathematics


Catalyzing Change in Middle School Mathematics:
Engaging in Critical Conversations and Planning Actionable Steps  

Eric Milou & George Roy   

Dates: Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 9:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. ET 
Cost: $150 with purchase of full annual meeting registration / $200 to attend only the preconference workshop
Preregistration required


How might we ensure that each and every middle school student develops into a mathematically literate and engaged member of a democratic society? How do we develop a high-quality mathematics program that is equitable, just, and inclusive? In this workshop, we will engage in critical conversations, and discuss and plan action steps that will cultivate students’ positive mathematical identities as they develop deep mathematical understanding, understand and critique the world through mathematics, and experience the wonder, joy, and beauty of mathematics.

Goal: Develop an understanding of the four recommendations of Catalyzing Change in Middle School Mathematics and plan actionable next steps for initiating critical conversations in your setting.


Participants will gain an understanding of:

  • Ways to initiate critical conversations to address barriers that limit access to high-quality middle school mathematics
  • Inequitable structures including student and teacher tracking that inhibit students' agency regarding who can and cannot do mathematics
  • Equitable mathematics instruction that fosters students’ positive mathematical identities
  • Action steps that will initiate change in middle school mathematics

Audience: 6-8 teachers, instructional coaches, curriculum coordinators and specialists, school counselors, building and district administrators, state and provincial policymakers and leaders  


George Roy, University of South Carolina
Eric Milou, Rowan University

8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.

Materials Pickup

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Overview and Recommendation 1

10:30 a.m.–10:45 a.m.


10:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Recommendation 2

12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.


1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Recommendation 3

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.


2:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Recommendation 4 and Next Steps