What’s new? A math toolkit for facilitators and leaders of professional development for K-12 teachers.
How and why might this be useful? The team developed and packaged practical scenarios, reflection prompts, readings, and guidance for professional development facilitators into a toolkit that can be used to increase educators’ awareness and understanding of social justice in mathematics.
What was a unique aspect of this project development? The project team gathered input from more than 30 educators throughout Region 5 to design the toolkit. A needs assessment given to teachers to identify specific focus areas for the scenarios showed that “teacher bias, assumptions about students” was the scenario topic that teachers encountered most frequently and that they felt was the most important to address. Teachers then joined design teams to co-create scenarios that were sent for expert review, piloted, and revised prior to being posted for dissemination.
Do you want to know more? To find out more about the toolkit, click here (Mathematics for Social Justice tab) or contact Kirsten Sarginger (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the Santa Clara County Office of Education.