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Dismantling Racism

in Mathematics

Instruction

This tool provides teachers an opportunity to examine

their actions, beliefs, and values around teaching math-

ematics. The framework for deconstructing racism in

mathematics offers essential characteristics of antiracist

math educators and critical approaches to dismantling

white supremacy in math classrooms by visibilizing the

toxic characteristics of white supremacy culture (Jones

and Okun 2001; dismantling Racism 2016) with respect

to math. Building on the framework, teachers engage

with critical praxis in order to shift their instructional be-

liefs and practices towards antiracist math education.

By centering antiracism, we model how to be antiracist

math educators with accountability.

While primarily for math educa-

tors, this text advocates for a

collective approach to dismantling

white supremacy. This school-

wide approach ensures that anti-

racist work is not left alone to one

individual (i.e., math teacher or the

director of equity), but to enlist the

support and voice of all stakehold-

ers in the school ecosystem.

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Teachers should use this work-

book to self-reect on individual

practices in the classroom and

identify next steps in their anti-

racist journey as a math educator.

• Leaders and coaches should use

the framework during observa-

tions and walkthroughs, annotat-

ing the behaviors and providing

targeted feedback.

•

Administrators should examine

programs and policies and how

white supremacy impacts student

outcomes (e.g., tracking, course

selection, intervention rosters). In

addition, they can hold teachers

accountable for completing the

activities in this workbook.

HOW TO USE THIS TOOL

CONTENT DEVELOPERS

Sonia Michelle Cintron

Math Content Specialist

UnboundEd

Dani Wadlington

Director of Mathematics Education

Quetzal Education Consulting

Andre ChenFeng

Ph.D. Student

Education at Claremont Graduate

University

FEEDBACK ADVISORS

Kyndall Brown

Executive Director

California Mathematics Project

Denise Green

Educational Administrator, Mathematics

Monterey County Office of Education

Manuel Buenrostro

Policy Associate

Californians Together

Ana Benderas

Director of Humanities Education

Quetzal Education Consulting

THEMES

Teacher Beliefs

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

Culturally relevant curricula and

practices designed to increase

access for students of color.

Promoting antiracist

mathematics instruction.

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