Math Equity Project

In this K-12 professional learning course, you will collaborate as a professional community of math educators to investigate, experience, and implement research-based teaching practices that promote equity in math education. You will consider ways to not only attend to students’ deep conceptual understanding of mathematics, but also to students’ agency, competence, and identities as mathematicians and humans.

The Math Equity Project is a one-week online summer institute followed by online monthly meetings on weeknights during the 2021–22 school year for continued collaboration. This course can be taken for three credits or for non-credit professional development.

It is important for us to make this opportunity accessible to anyone who wants to participate. If your school district is unable to pay for this professional learning experience, please contact Christina Stefonek to discuss payment options. Financial assistance may be available.

Schools and District Partnerships

Year-long partnerships include summer and school year professional development. Summer programming can be scheduled as early as June. For pricing and registration inquiries, please contact Christina Stefonek.

Open Institute for Individual Teachers

Summer 2021: August 2–6

9:00 a.m.–noon (online, synchronous)

Afternoons (asynchronous team collaboration and consultation)

School Year 2021–22

4:00–7:00 p.m. (online, synchronous)

DATES TBA

Program Fee:

Standard Rate: $1,500 per person

Early Bird Rate: $1,300 per person until May 1, 2021

Group Rate: $1,300 per person

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Historically, mathematics education has narrowly defined what it means to be successful, often assigning competence to only the select few who could repeat a solution strategy quickly and accurately. Supported by research on equity in mathematics, we push back on that narrow definition of success. We are constantly seeking new ways to support students and allow access to the role of mathematician. When facilitated thoughtfully, the practices for equitable mathematics teaching can position all students as capable and can assign competence to students who have been historically marginalized. We encourage supporting students with additional resources while maintaining our expectations for rigor. Finally, we use student work and student contributions as data that allow us to know more about what students know and are able to do with mathematics.

We support, investigate, and implement these teaching practices for advancing justice and equity:

  • Foster students’ math identities as math thinkers and doers
  • Provide every student with challenges that leverage their strengths while pushing them to grow
  • Promote meaning-making through discourse and justification
  • Support students to see each other as capable, valuable learning partners
  • Connect students’ math learning and doing to their lives through “windows and mirrors”
  • Notice and name racism, sexism, classism, ableism, and other biases—and sit with our own discomfort as necessary for learning and transformation

The Math Equity Project is for K-12 math educators.

Math Equity Project Overview

Mary Lee McKenzie, a Math Equity Project facilitator, provides an overview of what you will experience as part of the yearlong professional learning community. This video was originally created for the virtual WI Mathematics Council annual conference.

Math Equity Participant Testimonials

I find myself more intentionally thinking about each learner as a PERSON (not a student) while I plan; I am more deliberate in going beyond teaching strategies vs. encouraging abstract thinking, reasoning, and perseverance; I am constantly asking questions and digging for resources because I understand there is no one, right way.

I was inspired by the supportive, kind atmosphere. That inspired me to strive to create a similar environment for my students, since I know how good it made me feel and allowed me to do my best work. I also learned to take risks and try things with my students if it meant that it could make things better for them, either socially, emotionally, or academically. And I learned that it was ok if things didn’t turn out the way I anticipated. It is never too late to change things, or tweak them for the best interest of the students.

Faculty Partner and Program Coordinator

Nicole Louie

BA, MA, PhD

Assistant Professor in Curriculum and Instruction

Christina Stefonek

BA, MS

Math and Science Professional Learning Specialist

Contact

If you have questions about the Math Equity Project, please email Math and Science Professional Learning Specialist Christina Stefonek at ckstefonek@wisc.edu.