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Saturday, November 6 • 8:30am - 10:00am
301: District School and Classroom Structures that Amplify Diverse Voices

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Often mathematics classroom and school structures privilege particular ways of thinking and cultural norms, serving to reproduce society’s present inequities. As one example, much of schooling emphasizes literacy over orality, failing to draw on the rich and complex ways of knowing of children raised in strong oral traditions. In the mathematics classroom, teachers struggle to break out of narrow definitions present in the dominant culture for mathematics and what it means to be good at mathematics. Does our lens allow us to genuinely see each of our students as mathematically brilliant?

In this talk, I will share findings from two ongoing projects that put in place structures to amplify diverse voices, both of youth and teachers. One is an eight-year project in Southern California to restructure a district, schools, and classrooms based on the principle that all children have mathematical strengths. The second is a two-year effort of the Atlanta Algebra Project to establish voice, agency, and identity in youth least served in math classrooms. I will focus on creating vision to reimagine math instruction, challenging the audience to two shifts in their relationships with youth, and providing details to put both to practice.

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Saturday November 6, 2021 8:30am - 10:00am PDT
PSCC, Primrose A
  9-12