We are a professional development group focused on leveraging the power of mathematics in promoting discourse and analyzing issues of social injustice. We believe that far too often, young learners perceive mathematics as an isolated set of skills and procedures that are disconnected from the world around them which is filled with inequities. We aim to shift the narrative of mathematics as a discipline that can empower us to critically examine our communities and our world by providing teachers a platform to engage in problem solving that displays the power of mathematics in promoting these critical conversations.
We kicked off our group in Summer 2020 with two virtual workshops and over 60 unique participants! We know there is an interest and a need in this type of work and as a result, we are planning to continue our virtual workshops during the 2020-21 academic year with two Fall workshops (September and October) and four Winter/Spring workshops (January, February, March, and April). All are welcome to attend but we ask that you register (using the link at bottom or in the Workshops tab) at least 24 hours in advance so that we can send out the Zoom link via email. For all workshops, the problems and context will primarily reflect mathematics and topics appropriate for the secondary level. If you are not able to attend a workshop but are still interested in attending future events, please fill out the form so we can add your email to our mailing list.
Goals and Future Plans
Our two primary goals for this group are to build capacity and community. We aim to build teachers' capacity for integrating mathematics and social justice through our problem solving workshops that provide examples, resources, and inspire additional lessons and creativity. We aim to build a community of educators through common goals, shared spaces, and opportunities for reflection and discussion.
These shared spaces will initially be virtual but we do value shared physical spaces and we will move to that environment when it is safe to do so. We plan to meet in a central location in Connecticut to bring together mathematics educators in monthly workshops with opportunities for rich problem solving and valuable conversations.