Collective Actions for AMTE to Develop Awareness of Equity and Social Justice in Mathematics Education

AMTE invites mathematics teacher educators to join a broad coalition in a year of collective, organizational, and personal action.

September/October 2016

As the 2016-2017 school year begins, AMTE invites mathematics teacher educators to join a broad coalition in a year of collective action. The call includes lists of sponsoring organizations, selected readings, monthly events, and focus questions for reflecting on articles and books addressing equity and social justice in mathematics education.

Focus Questions for the Year

  • How might we, the mathematics education community, make a difference in the teaching and learning of mathematics "that promote rich, rigorous, and relevant mathematical experiences" for all students? What key actions should we consider?
  • How does the reading further inform or challenge your understandings of issues related to equity and social justice in mathematics education? What question(s) do you have in regards to the reading(s)?

November 2016

On Tuesday, November 29, 2016, there was an AMTE Webinar on Cases for Teacher Educators: Facilitating Conversations about Inequities in Mathematics Classrooms, presented by Dorothy Y. White, University of Georgia, Sandra Crespo, Michigan State University, and Marta Civil, The University of Arizona.

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December 2016


The December Collective Action webinar, hosted by NCTM, is scheduled for December 5, 2016 at 7:00 pm EST. This hour-long webinar focuses on the readings from September through November. It is open to all AMTE members and other participating organizations.

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In addition, collective action participants are asked to read the following 3 articles from the December 2010 issue of the Journal of Urban Mathematics Education:

  1. Mathematics as Gatekeeper: Power and Privilege in the Production of Knowledge (2010), by Martin, D., Gholson, M., & Leonard, J.
  2. "Both And" - Equity and Mathematics: A Response to Martin, Gholson, and Leonard (2010), by Confrey, J.
  3. Engaging Students in Meaningful Mathematics Learning: Different Perspectives, Complementary Goals (2010), by Battista, M.

We recommend AMTE members consider:

  • How might the larger mathematics education community achieve a "both and" approach?
  • How might the larger mathematics education community begin to respect the different perspectives of doing science employed when rigorously examining the critical issues of "diversity" and "equity" in mathematics education research?

February 2017

Please join us at the 2017 Annual AMTE conference.

  • We encourage you to attend at least one session in the Equity and Mathematics Education strand and talk with someone about your work around the issues of the session.
  • (To be Updated) Read selected content in the new AMTE MTP standards. Equity is infused throughout the document and there are also specific sections.

March 2017



  • What role can mathematics teacher educators play in developing and strengthening K-12 girls' mathematics confidence and identity?
  • What are effective instructional practices to support girls' mathematical confidence, identity and sense of agency?