Math can be a powerful tool for identifying and disrupting the effects of racism. Developing strong skills in proportional reasoning and statistical literacy and carrying this reasoning into the world, prepares students to recognize the effects of racism and to critically question and respond to real world issues.


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • All adult education math practitioners
  • HSE/ABE generalists who teach math

In this workshop, we will explore how to teach math that students can use to think critically about the world. We’ll use materials from The Change Agent, a resource that is free to Massachusetts teachers. It provides examples of how to prepare students to recognize injustice through proportional reasoning and statistical literacy.

Please note: About a week before the event, registrants will receive a separate email from the SABES Math team at TERC (sherry_soares@terc.edu) with instructions on how to access the Zoom session. 

    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Find effective and engaging social justice resources that fit in your math class
  • Use proportional reasoning to think critically about data
  • Use understandings about proportionate and disproportionate relationships to identify injustice
  • Empower students to use their reasoning and their voices to disrupt the effects of racism
  • Expand the Notice & Wonder instructional routine to help students see themselves in the math
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)
03/29/2023 - 2:00 pm to 03/29/2023 - 3:30 pm

United States

PD Center
SABES Mathematics and Adult Numeracy Curriculum and Instruction PD Center
Topic Area
Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Teaching
ADEI (anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion)
High School Equivalency (HiSET/GED)
Mathematics and Adult Numeracy