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Teaching Mathematics for Social Justice, Grades K-12

A Guide for Moving From Mindset to Action

This guide will empower teachers to make mathematics learning relevant and useful for students as they use mathematics to understand the world around them, celebrate their unique identities, and become agents of change.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781071846940
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Series: Corwin Mathematics Series
  • Year: 2024
  • Page Count: 264
  • Publication date: June 13, 2024

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Your journey to becoming a social justice mathematics educator begins here.

Every journey has a beginning—a starting point—where you take a moment to set your sights on your next destination carefully. Teaching mathematics for social justice (TMSJ) means reimagining your mathematics classroom in a way that serves more children better–as a place that lifts mathematics up as a tool for students to analyze and understand the worlds around them, celebrate their unique identities and their communities, and become agents of change. For any K-12 educator who values these goals Teaching Mathematics for Social Justice, Grades: A Guide for Moving from Mindset to Action can be the start of a transformational journey.

Guiding you in planning, implementing, assessing, and showcasing social justice mathematics lessons and helping children apply their learning beyond the classroom, this book:

  • Encourages self-reflection on the “why” of your teaching and examines your own mindset about mathematics
  • Provides a step-by-step action plan for creating equitable and socially just mathematics classrooms that focus on rich and collaborative mathematics learning
  • Incorporates interactive reflection prompts, self-assessments, and activities throughout the journey
  • Describes culturally responsive teaching practices to better respond to the instructional needs of the diverse individuals in your classroom
  • Offers activities to identify what current events and social issues are important to children and their families
  • Inspires you to remain steadfast in their journey of growth toward becoming a social justice mathematics educator

Complete with sample lessons, online resources, and practical tools, this guide will empower you to better understand the children in your classroom, leverage their strengths, and make mathematics learning relevant and useful as they use mathematics to address the issues they care about. Start your journey towards becoming a social justice mathematics educator today.

Key features

The book provides real-life contexts that the reader can relate to, implementable strategies, and effective lessons. It takes a “guided journey” approach, taking readers step by step through every facet of teaching mathematics for social justice, facilitating both an inner change and an external change reflected in their instructional practices. Features include:

  • Check In and Try It reflection boxes and activities
  • End-of chapter reflection and action opportunities to grow and document your evolving practice
  • Sample TMSJ lesson


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Dr. Kristopher J. Childs

Kristopher J Childs, As a teacher, professor, consultant, and member of senior leadership teams, Dr. Kristopher J. Childs focuses on excellence in teacher content and pedagogical knowledge, equity, leadership development, and organizational change. His work is guided by his mantra, “Live life to the fullest; you only get one.”

Dr. Childs is a highly sought-after keynote speaker known for his coaching skills, storytelling, and passion. As a speaker, Dr. Childs inspires audiences to relentlessly pursue their goals and dreams. He seeks to help each find his or her passion and purpose, and his messages have been deemed “life-changing” by clients.

Dr. Childs seeks to create a movement through educating, advocating, and inspiring individuals to pursue academic excellence. Due to his student-centered approach to teamwork, faculty, staff, and students recognize him as a visionary and collaborative leader. Dr. Child’s approach helps both school and district teams that he consults achieve common goals and improve student academic success and students’ classroom experiences.

Dr. Childs is a Life Member in the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University National Alumni Association and a Life Member in the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated. He Childs earned his doctorate in mathematics education from the University of Central Florida, his master of science degree in mathematics education from Nova Southeastern University, and his bachelor of science degree in computer engineering from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.

He is co-author of Making Sense of Mathematics for Teaching Girls in Grades K – 5 and author of the article “Good Mathematics Teaching is NOT Telling, it is Facilitating.”

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Dr. John W. Staley

John W. Staley, Ph.D., has been involved in mathematics education for over 35 years as a secondary mathematics teacher, adjunct professor, district and national leader, and consultant. During his career he has presented at state, national, and international conferences; served on many committees and task forces; facilitated workshops and professional development sessions on a variety of topics; and received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics and Science. A past president for NCSM, the mathematics education leadership organization, and past chair of the U.S. National Commission on Mathematics Instruction, he continues to serve on several advisory boards and is a co-founder of Math Milestones. He is a coauthor for Middle School (2023) and High School (2022) Mathematics Lessons to Explore, Understand, and Respond to Social Injustice (Corwin/NCTM), Catalyzing Change in High School Mathematics: Initiating Critical Conversations (NCTM), and Framework for Leadership in Mathematics Education (NCSM). John’s current passion and work focuses on projects that involve changing the narrative about who is seen as being doers, learners, and teachers of mathematics, especially for African American boys and men; student readiness for Algebra and success during the transition years; and building mathematics education leaders at all levels. Follow at X @jstaley06 to learn more about his work.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Part 1: A Social Justice Mathematics Teaching Framework

Chapter 1: Teaching Mathematics for Social Justice: What Is It and Why Does It Matter?

Chapter 2: Mirrors: Understanding Yourself

Chapter 3: Who Are My Children?

Part 2: The Mathematics Experience

Chapter 4: Envisioning the Ideal Mathematical Environment for TMSJ

Chapter 5: Engaging Children in the TMSJ Classroom

Part 3: Bringing Social Justice Issues Into Your Classroom

Chapter 6: Planning a TMSJ Experience

Chapter 7: Implementing TMSJ in the Classroom

Chapter 8: Taking Action Beyond the Classroom

Part 4: Supporting and Growing Your Practice

Chapter 9: Building a Community of Collaborators

Chapter 10 Leaving Your Legacy

Appendix A - TMSJ Action Plan

Appendix B - Family Letter

Appendix C - Lessons



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