Opening Session

Embracing All through Mathematics: Putting Value and Belonging at the Core

February 7, 2024 | 5:30–7:00 PM PT | Ballroom 6E

In what ways can mathematics educators and institutions promote a sense of belonging among students, especially those who historically have been and may feel marginalized or underrepresented? As the field of mathematics education evolves to meet the diverse needs of our students, it's crucial that we adapt to ensure not only access to mathematics for everyone but also that every student feels heard and recognizes themselves as integral members of the mathematics classroom.

During the 2024 NCTM Seattle Regional Opening Session, discover insights from real-life experiences on fostering an inclusive environment for all learners in mathematics. Hear panelists unveil their personal experiences, shedding light on how we can collectively prioritize value and a sense of belonging in our decision-making, instruction, relationships, and feedback.


Filiberto Barajas-Lopez

Filiberto Barajas-Lopez, University of Washington

Hanaa Elmi

Hanaa Elmi, Greater Essex County District School Board

RunningHorse Livingston

RunningHorse Livingston, Education Northwest

Abel Maestas

Abel Maestas, Modesto City Schools, California, Ceres Unified School District, California

Pamela Seda

Pamela Seda, Seda Educational Consulting, LLC

Cathery Yeh

Cathery Yeh, The University of Texas at Austin