Free Online Event: Leveling the Playing Field in Math

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It’s common to hear students say that they’re just not “math people.” But the idea that math is an innate ability can limit kids’ prospects and reinforce racial and gender stereotypes. In this summit our reporters and their guests will explore ways to support all students in math classrooms in elementary, middle, and high schools.

This afternoon’s discussions will also include a look at the potential of math coaches to improve instruction and the benefits of students talking together about their math thinking processes.

May 20, 2020
1-2:30 p.m. ET*
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*Agenda and times subject to change. Check back regularly for updates.

Education Week can only provide 2 hours of professional development credit for online summits if the educator attends live. On demand viewing cannot be provided credit in your state because of the summit platform functionality. We look forward to seeing you live at the next summit.


  • 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET | Discussions Open
    Education Week journalists and their special guests provide practical takeaways about leveling the playing field in math.

    Room 1: High-Performing ELLs and Students With Disabilities
    ‣ Moderator: Corey Mitchell, Staff Writer, Education Week
    ‣ How do teachers connect with and serve English-learners and special education students who may be high-performing in math but have other challenges? And how do educators ensure they’re identifying students’ math abilities in ways that aren’t reliant on strong verbal or reading skills? In this discussion, our guests will look at approaches—including ones which can be taken online—that will help students of all ability types think mathematically.
    Room 2: Developing Your Student’s Math Identity
    ‣ Moderator: Sarah Schwartz, Staff Writer, Education Week
    ‣ In this discussion, our guests from the Howard County School District in Maryland will discuss math curriculum that’s designed to help students examine and reshape their math identities and see themselves as a “math people.” Find out how the program is being implemented both in class and remotely in this large school district.
    Room 3: Math Talk: Tool for ‘Productive Struggle’
    ‣ Moderator: Catherine Gewertz, Senior Contributing Writer, Education Week
    ‣ In this discussion, our guests will explore the push to get students doing the talking and reasoning in math class. What does that look like both in class and remotely? How can it contribute to a more inclusive classroom and greater equity in math learning?
    Room 4: Math Coaching
    ‣ Moderator: Madeline Will, Staff Writer, Education Week
    ‣ Just 18 percent of public schools had a math coach in the 2015-16 school year, according to federal data, and yet research suggests that math coaching is one of the most effective forms of teacher professional development available. Our guests include a middle school math coach and a researcher who has explored what it takes for a math coaching program to be successful.
    ‣ Guests:• Adrianne Burns, Math Coach, De Pere Middle School, De Pere, Wis.
    • Aimee Ellington, Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University
    Room 5: Utilizing Math History to Embrace Equity, Failure, and Authentic Problem Solving
    ‣ In order to move forward in math education with clarity, conviction, and compassion for equity, we need to have a broader lens. In this presentation, Sunil Singh will present ideas for how math educators, regardless of experience, can facilitate rich, equity conversations in math education by building connections through math history and storytelling.
    ‣ Guest:• Sunil Singh, Author, Pi of Life: The Hidden Happiness of Mathematics, and Co-Author, Math Recess
    Room 6: How to Make Classrooms Come Alive With Student Thinking
    ‣ We believe that the students doing the talking are the students doing the learning. That’s why we’re celebrating the launch of Ready Classroom Mathematics, a K-8 discourse-driven core mathematics curriculum with free access to our library of top mathematics discourse resources. Featuring top teacher moves as well as actionable classroom tools, resources teachers use today to help get students engaged in their learning and deepen their conceptual understanding.
    Join the discussion to learn more!

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