Preconference Workshop

Bringing Social Justice to the Mathematics Classroom:

From Student Questions to Taking Action   

Date:  Wednesday, September 28, 2022, 9:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.PT
Cost:  $150 with purchase of full annual meeting registration / $200 to attend only the preconference workshop
Preregistration required

Grade Band:  K-12


Teaching Math for Social Justice (TMSJ) is much more than the lessons teachers might implement in their classrooms. It is about the relationships they build with and among students; the teaching practices that help them do that; and the goals to develop positive social, cultural, and mathematics identities—as authors, actors, and doers. During this workshop, educators will engage in the use of a social justice mathematics lesson framework as they design a lesson to teach mathematics for and with social justice.


Participants will collaboratively design a lesson and supporting instructional practices as they unpack the concept of social justice in the mathematics classroom through the following lenses:

  • About social justice - plan a lesson to look at serious or even provocative issues using mathematics.
  • With social justice - design classroom interactions where the teacher uses various instructional practices that encourage equal participation and status.
  • For social justice - promote practices founded on the belief that mathematics is a tool to be used to challenge the status quo.   


Cathery Yeh, Amanda Ruiz, Eva Thanheiser, and Basil Conway IV


9:00 a.m.–10:45 a.m.

About Social Justice:
What school or community issue of social injustice might your students be interested to better understand and act upon?  

10:45 a.m.–11:00 a.m.


11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

With Social Justice Relationships: How do I create a learning environment that supports social justice?  

12:00 p.m.–12:45 p.m.

Lunch (included with registration)

12:45 p.m.–1:00 p.m.

Teams work on lessons

1:00 p.m.–1:45 p.m.

With Social Justice–Equitable Teaching Practices: How do I create a learning environment that supports social justice?  


1:45 p.m.–2:00 p.m.


2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

For Social Justice: How can I prepare and empower my students to use mathematics as a tool to challenge the status quo?  

3:30 p.m.–4:15 p.m.

Sharing Social Justice Mathematics Lessons  

4:15    p.m.–4:30 p.m.

Closing Comments and Evaluation