Resources and guidance to support Black, LatinX, and Multilingual students to thrive in grades 6-8

A Pathway to Equitable Math Instruction is an integrated approach to mathematics that centers Black, Latinx, and Multilingual students in grades 6-8, addresses barriers to math equity, and aligns instruction to grade-level priority standards. The Pathway offers guidance and resources for educators to use now as they plan their curriculum, while also offering opportunities for ongoing self-reflection as they seek to develop an anti-racist math practice. The toolkit “strides” serve as multiple on-ramps for educators as they navigate the individual and collective journey from equity to anti-racism.

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5 Strides on the Path to Math Equity

Stride 1

Dismantling Racism in Mathematics Instruction

Exercises for educators to reflect on their own biases to transform their instructional practice
Stride 2

Fostering Deep Understanding

Methods for deepening content understanding and relevance through crafted math discussions
Stride 3

Creating Conditions to Thrive

Environments and practices that support students’ social, emotional and academic development
Stride 4

Connecting Critical Intersections

The interconnectedness of English language learning and the development of mathematical thinking
Stride 5

Sustaining Equitable Practice

Coaching structures that support math educators’ in their ongoing centering of equity principles

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Deep Dive Sessions

A Pathway to Equitable Math Instruction is an actionable toolkit designed to support equitable access to math standards for Black, Latinx, and multilingual students in grades 6 – 8. We invite school leaders, educators, and advocates to join us at these virtual opportunities to dive deeper into each of the toolkit strides.

Stride 1
Dismantling Racism in Math Instruction
Thursday
Oct
1
4pm PT
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Stride 2
Fostering Deep Understanding
Wednesday
Oct
7
4pm PT
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Stride 3
Creating Conditions to Thrive
Tuesday
Oct
13
4pm PT
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Stride 4
Connecting Critical Intersections
Thursday
Oct
22
4pm PT
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Stride 5
Sustaining Equitable Practice
Wednesday
Oct
28
4pm PT
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About

This toolkit was developed by a team of teachers, instructional coaches, researchers, professional development providers, and curriculum writers with expertise in mathematics education, English language development, and culturally responsive pedagogy. (See collaborator bios). 

Recognizing the importance of helping educators to identify essential content for the 2020-21 school year, our team used Student Achievement Partners’ Instructional Priority Content in Mathematics as a foundational guide for sharpening our content focus for this toolkit. We also recognized that educators need support in shifting their instructional practices to provide meaningful access to priority content while ensuring that those practices are research- and assets-based, and culturally responsive. We drew upon the principles of the California English Learner Roadmap and the Position Statement of TODOS: Mathematics for All as key resources for the development of the tools. 

We also realize that the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color has exacerbated the historic and systemic inequities experienced by Black, Latinx, and Multilingual students. We therefore embraced the responsibility to simultaneously create equitable access to quality math instruction for 6th-8th graders in the 2020-2021 school year, while continuing to confront systemic racism and individual beliefs rooted in racism.

Acknowledgements

We wish to thank our dedicated partners and collaborating organizations in this project.

  • Association of California School Administrators
  • California Association for Bilingual Education
  • California Association of African-American Superintendents and Administrators
  • California Math Project
  • California Partnership for Math and Science Education
  • California STEM Network
  • Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation
  • Californians Together
  • Education Trust-West
  • English Learner Success Forum
  • Irvine Math Project
  • Just Equations
  • Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley
  • Los Angeles County Office of Education
  • Loyola Marymount University Center for Equity for English Learners
  • Monterey County Office of Education
  • Merit Research, Policy, and Evaluation
  • Parent Institute for Quality Education
  • Quetzal Education Consulting
  • Sacramento County Office of Education
  • San Diego County Office of Education
  • Teach Plus
  • TODOS: Mathematics for All
  • UnboundEd
  • WestEd
We also wish to thank the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for their generous financial support of this project.

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