NCSM Seminar

Join us virtually on Thursday, June 17,  8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

We understand that it can be difficult for some math teachers to see where social justice and culturally relevant pedagogy (CRP) fits into their curriculum. This seminar is a good starting point for those teachers who aren’t sure how to tackle such an important issue or who have already explored their own beliefs in response to matters of diversity, equity, and inclusion and may want to know more about CRP. 

King School in Stamford, CT is hosting the seminar along with experts from the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM). This one-day seminar is geared towards middle and high school math teachers who are interested in equitable teaching practices for the classroom and who teach any classes from Pre-Algebra to AP Calculus. Experience in anti-bias training preferred. 

One of the initiatives of NCSM is to, “broaden the conversation to include access and to provide tools that will help leaders take actions in order to increase equity and access in the classroom” (NCSM Strategic Initiatives).

The seminar will be broken down into four sessions:

  • unpacking beliefs
  • equitable math teaching practices
  • equity focus: being a warm demander
  • culturally relevant task design

Through short introductions by NCSM facilitators and breakout room discussions, participants will explore their own beliefs about teaching and learning, specifically discussing fixed versus growth mindsets, in order to see how that impacts their daily teaching practices. 

Participants will explore the ways in which they can keep expectations high in their math classrooms while also making connections with their students. Using the three components of culturally relevant pedagogy proposed by Gloria Ladson-Billings, participants will investigate how to connect the math that students are already using in their daily lives to the math we teach in middle and high school. Finally, participants will make clear action plans at the end of the day to plan how to hold themselves accountable for doing this work. All resources will be provided by NCSM and the recording of the full seminar will be available to all participants afterward. 

The cost is $100 per registrant.