Reimagining Early Math Education
This two day event addressed the commitments in the RJEM Call to Action by:
● Framing the ways that racial oppression and white supremacy affect early mathematics education;
● Examining our individual and collective responsibilities to address racial oppression and injustice in early math; and
● Contributing to new thinking around early math education that is worthy of children and families who have been historically underserved.
We welcomed scholars, community leaders, teachers, activists, policymakers, and parents from all walks of life to take place in this essential event.
We dived deeply into problems of systemic racism and the ways they injure our youngest math learners. We thought collectively about how these systems manifest in the environments in which we live and work. Both at the event and moving forward we work to develop new approaches to ensure that historically marginalized children have every opportunity to make mathematics their own.
As part of the event, we heard from educators, parents, scholars, and community members who have developed creative and inspiring ways of providing mathematics education opportunities that circumvent or disrupt the systemic racial injustices embedded in our educational systems. There built several opportunities to connect with others who care about this work, building new relationships with like-minded colleagues.
Promising Math 2022 took place virtually on May 17th and 18th.