Preconference Workshop

  • Teaching For Robust Understanding—Taking A Social Justice Stance

    October 4, 2018 • Hartford, CT • Grades 4-12


    This workshop has been cancelled and will not take place.

    Workshop Overview


    • Provide teachers with a handful of high leverage strategies for establishing a relationship with, and having a social-emotional connection to, their students in order to create a safe space for learning. By learning to teach with a social justice stance they will learn to create a coherent learning experience for each and every one of their students to become a powerful mathematical thinker. 


    Participants will:

    • Understand equity in the mathematics classroom and the need for a social justice stance for learning.
    • Understand Teaching for Robust Understanding (TRU) as a design framework for creating access, agency, ownership to relevant mathematics
    • Understand the central role of student agency in the learning process
    • Learn a handful of strategies that give students access to mathematical reasoning through equitable and culturally relevant teaching strategies
    • Understand the interdependency of language learning and disciplinary learning,
    • The importance of scaffolding routines that foster students' independent participation

      Who Should Attend

      • All teachers of mathematics grades 4-12


      • Kyndall Brown, California Mathematics Project 
      • Harold Asturias, University of California, Berkeley                                              


      7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

      Materials Pickup

      8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

      Welcome and Introductions

      Team Building

      Mathematics Activity: Papi's Birthday 
      9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Break
      9:45 a.m. – 11:15 p.m.

      Debrief Papi's Birthday

      TRU Math Framework
      11:15 p.m. – 12:00 p.m.
      12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
      Belief Systems and Structures: What have you heard?
      12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
      Joint Position Statement on Social Justice and Mathematics
      1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
      Strategy #1                 
      2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
      2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
      Strategy #2                 
      3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
      Closing & Evaluation

      Additional Information

      The material discussed in this session will be drawn from:

      • Smith, M. S., Steele, M. D., & Raith, M. L. (2017). Taking Action: Implementing Effective Mathematics Teaching Practices in Grades 6-8. Reston, VA : National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.