The following is a project I completed with two great educational leaders: Verone Kennedy and Marshae Newkirk. We hope it will be useful to you/your school.
As practitioners, we know that schools struggle to get to consensus among staff, even regarding the most mundane of issues. Certainly decisions can be made unilaterally, but we all agree that buy-in and collaboration make for a better learning environment among adults and ultimately for students. While we think that every school should implement culturally relevant pedagogy (CRP) in mathematics, that does not realistically represent the views and perspectives all schools and all staff. As a result, we are seeking to help schools answer the question: Should we implement CRP in mathematics?
By taking your mathematics teams through our problem-solving process, they will evaluate your school's cultural considerations, competences and by virtue of the process, they will also learn about CRP as outlined below. Once your team has had an opportunity to evaluate the current state of your existing school/curriculum, learned about and explored how CRP can help address those issues, they will be better prepared to make a decision about implementing CRP or not. Our emphasis here is providing you with a tool that we believe will have immediate utility for you as a school leader and your mathematics team. We believe that curricular decisions that have been explored, vetted and implemented collaboratively are more likely to be enacted with fidelity and adhered to more strictly over time.
Our tool will be firmly grounded and informed by the work of Gloria Ladson Billings, Omiunota Ukpokodu, Geneva Gay (among others) and research from the National Council of Teachers - of Mathematics (NCTM).
Please gather your team and get ready to begin the simulation. We suggest setting aside a 90-120 minute block of time to complete this activity in full. You cannot save and return. It will need to be completed in one sitting.
"Biased people bias people. Better people better people." - David Martin