Closing Session

Closing Session Keynote: “I Don’t Belong:” Changing the Narrative of Who Does Math  

Saturday, October 28, 2023
12:30–1:30 PM ET

Dr. Danny Bernard Martin tells us, “A consequence of ignoring historically excluded identities, especially race and ethnicity, is the perpetuation of the hierarchy of who does and deserves to access a quality education.” For many youths, a sense of belonging is a prerequisite for authentic relationships and, ultimately, developing positive math identities. How are the ways we currently do “math class” set young people up for failure before they even have a chance to deeply engage? We will unpack what belonging and math identity are, why they are both important in our conversations about mathematics improvement, who can and should change the narratives of who does and experiences math, and how we do that from wherever we are.


Crystal M. Watson

Crystal M. Watson, Cincinnati Public Schools; Ohio