• A Collective Call to Action

    Equity and Social Justice in Mathematics Education: From Awareness to Action

    Equity and social justice issues are real and impact underrepresented students every day. NCTM, in collaboration and cooperation with a collection of Affiliates listed below, invite you to participate in A Call for a Collective Action – Equity & Social Justice in Mathematics Education: From Awareness to Action (PDF).

    This joint activity continues the work done in the past year and includes an upcoming book study, quarterly webinars, and opportunities for in-person discussions at meetings and conferences for the supporting organizations.

    To raise our collective awareness and understanding, we invite you to participate with educators from around the country and possibly the world.

    View List of Activities (PDF)

    Focus Questions for the Year

    • How might we, the mathematics education community, make a difference in the teaching and learning of mathematics “that promote rich, rigorous, and relevant mathematical experiences” for all students? What key actions should we consider? 
    • How does the reading further inform or challenge your understandings of issues related to equity and social justice in mathematics education? What question(s) do you have in regards to the reading(s)?

    Book Study 1

    NCTM is hosting the November – December book study around The Impact of Identify in K-8 Mathematics: Rethinking Equity-Based Practices. A dedicated online community space allows participants to participate in hosted discussions.

    Schedule for Readings:
    Part 1: November 20 – December 3
    Part 2: December 4 – December 17
    Part 3: December 18 – December 31
    Wrap-up Discussion: January 1 – January 15

    NCTM members can join the book study community in MyNCTM by selecting My Communities (under the Communities menu item) and clicking the blue "Join" button on the right side of the Book Study Community listed.

    Book Study 2

    NCSM is hosting the January-February book study around Excellence Through Equity: Five Principles of Courageous Leadership to Guide Achievement for Every Student (2016 ) by Alan M. Blankstein and Pedro Noguera. A dedicated online community space allows participants to participate in hosted discussions. We will be using the same space that was used in Book Study 1.

    Schedule for Readings: 
    Topic 1: For Every Student – January 15-21 (Chapters 1-2)
    Topic 2: Getting to Your Core – January 22-31 (Chapters 3-5)
    Topic 3: Making Organizational Meaning – February 1-12 (Chapters 6-9)
    Topic 4: Ensuring Constancy and Consistency of Purpose – February 13-17 (Chapter 10)
    Topic 5: Facing the Facts and Your Fears – February 18-25 (Chapters 11-12)
    Topic 6: Building Sustainable Relationships – February 26 – March 2

    NCTM members can join the book study community in MyNCTM by selecting My Communities (under the Communities menu item) and clicking the blue "Join" button on the right side of the Book Study Community listed.

    If you are not an NCTM member and are not currently part of the book club community, visit my.nctm.org/bookstudy and follow these steps to join:

    • Log in with an existing nctm.org account or click the “Create Account” button. If creating an account, return to the book study link once you have finished setting up your account.
    • Accept the community terms of use.
    • Click on the blue “Join Community” button on the right and set your email preferences.

    Webinars

    Collective Action to Develop Awareness: Developing Social Justice Mathematics Activists in Pre-K-Grade 5

    Speaker: Theodore Chao  
    August 1, 2018  |  7:00 p.m. ET 

    Prekindergarten-Grade 5 mathematics can be filled with rich, complex mathematical talk that moves beyond traditional counting and cardinality. When paired with issues of fairness, mathematics becomes a social justice tool that empowers students to mathematically recognize and address oppression they see in their own world. In this webinar, we present the critical mathematics details from two Black history-based activities in which children use mathematics to describe and confront the unfairness they notice within Rosa Parks and Harriet Tubman skits. Through our experience with these activities, children learn how to communicate and address the unfairness they see using mathematics. This webinar will detail ways to implementing these activities in your classroom.

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    Collective Action to Develop Awareness: Teaching Mathematics for Social Justice: Conversations with Educators

    Speakers: Rosa Serratore and Christina Lincoln-Moore  
    May 24, 2018  

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    This webinar discusses what teaching and learning with an equity and social justice lens can look and sound like as we explore Teaching Mathematics for Social Justice: Conversations with Educators, edited by Anita A. Wager and David W. Stinson. 

    Excellence Through Equity

    Speakers: John W. Staley, Connie Schrock and Comfort Akwaji-Anderson
    March 14, 2018  

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    In this webinar, the speakers provide a brief overview of the five principles (Getting to Your Core, Making Organizational Meaning, Ensuring Constancy and Consistency of Purpose, Facing the Facts and Your Fears, Building Sustainable Relationships) in Excellence through Equity, focusing on the supporting work and thinking of teachers, teacher leaders, and educators to guide student achievement. The webinar is organized around the five principles and will incorporate questions and dialogue between the participants and speakers.

    The Impact of Identity in K-8 Mathematics: Rethinking Equity-Based Practices

    Speakers: Julia Aguirre, Karen Mayfield-Ingram, Danny Martin
    January 17, 2018  

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    In this webinar, the authors provide a brief overview of the The Impact of Identity in K-8 Mathematics, focusing on the supporting work and thinking of teachers, teacher leaders, and educators. The rest of the webinar is organized around questions and dialogue with the authors. 


    Contributing Organizations & Educators

    • Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators ( AMTE)
    • Association of State Supervisors of Mathematics ( ASSM)
    • Benjamin Banneker Association, Inc. ( BBA)
    • California Mathematics Council-South ( CMC-South)
    • Journal of Urban Mathematics Education ( JUME)
    • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics ( NCTM)
    • National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics ( NCSM)
    • North American Study Group on Ethnomathematics ( NASGEm)
    • TODOS: Mathematics for ALL ( TODOS)
    • Women and Mathematics Education ( WME)

    Information from the first year of Equity and Social Justice in Mathematics Education: Developing a Collective Awareness

    View the List of 2016-2017 Activities (PDF)

    View Past Webinars »