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The Common Core Clusters for Grades 6-8 and “Real-World” Social Justice Connections document, developed by Julie Wright (@julierwright) at Park City Math Institute's Teacher Leadership Program in 2017 and 2018, lists middle school (grades 6-8 / ages 11-14) Common Core math content standards that are well-suited to social-justice-related tasks and projects, and ideas for social-justice-related topics that are rich sources of material to explore mathematically, sorted by strand (Rates and Proportional Relationships, The Number System, Geometry, Expressions and Equations/Functions, and Statistics and Probability). At tinyurl.com/sjmapp , you can find an "app" version of the list, which provides a quick way to locate social justice ideas for particular middle school Common Core math content standards clusters.

You may also want to consult the excellent resource list by social justice issue at radicalmath.org.


Resources related to the 2016 film about African-American women in the early US space program, based on the book by Margot Lee Shetterly. Includes videos, lesson plans and materials, commentary, and more.


Lessons and Projects from the MathTwitterBlogosphere

The Mathematicians Project, by Annie Perkins (@Anniekperkins), Minneapolis Public Schools math teacher (aka Mathematicians Are Not Just White Dudes). Annie's "short version" description of this project is: "We as math teachers tend to only talk about white male mathematicians. Most of my students don’t look like that, and thus, they have few mathematical role models they can identify with. Take 15 minutes a week to research (read Wikipedia, that’s all you need) a not-old-dead-white-dude mathematician, and then take 5 minutes in class to tell your students about them. Include a picture. It’s worth it, I swear." At Twitter Math Camp '16, Annie described how she gathered information on name, birth, death, ethnicity, biography, accomplishments (including awards), and math specialty on various mathematicians. She learned a lot about her students’ identities and interests by asking them exactly what and who they wanted to hear about. The project had huge relationship payoffs, and many kids felt very strongly about what they heard. It was important for all students to learn about mathematicians of color and female mathematicians.  Annie's constantly updated "List of Not White Men Mathematicians With Links" and a description of the project are here, another description is here, and you can see her TMC presentation slides here. Annie will also post about the project on MTMS Blogarithm soon.

Bring Social Issues Alive in Your Math Classroom Through Problem Based Learning, by Sheila Orr (@mrssheilaorr). Sheila advises taking a world issue (hunger, for her high school class), finding a local connection (food deserts), then finding mathematical connections (for her class, using centers of triangles to recommend grocery store placements). Her students also made a presentation at a community night.


Mathalicious says their philosophy is to "create lessons that explore the math behind real-world topics" and "challenge students to construct arguments, justify their reasoning, and use mathematics to think more critically about the world." Some of these lessons are related to social justice. (All of the lessons in this list require a paid subscription.)


Radical Math is "a resource for educators interested in integrating issues of social and economic justice into their math classes and curriculum" with "over 700 lesson plans, articles, charts, graphs, data sets, maps, books, and websites to help you bring these issues into your classroom." 


This tool from Teachers Empowered to Advance CHange in Mathematics "is designed to promote intentional teaching discussions and critical reflection on mathematics lessons with a combined focus on children’s mathematical thinking and equity [to] support lesson/unit design and implementation."


Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, has a wealth of teaching material, including math- and technology-related teaching resources. This organization also has a lot of tools for thinking more about the hidden curriculum of our classrooms.


The Creating Balance in an Unjust World Conference on Math Education and Social Justice is a bi-annual event next occurring in 2018 (probably in California). Resources for educators interested in integrating issues of social and economic justice into their math classes and curriculum can be found at creatingbalanceconference.org/resources .


This page suggests position papers, videos, readings, and reflection questions to build collective knowledge and understanding of topics and issues related to equity and social justice in mathematics.