Equity & Inclusion Newsletter

February 2021 - Edition 6

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February Read Aloud Video

While Black history is history that belongs in each month, this newsletter is dedicated to the honoring of Black History Month in February. The book selected to share in the video below is one of many incredible texts that focus on Black brilliance. It "spans continents and centuries, triumph and heartbreak, creativity and joy," as well as liberation and civic engagement, all of which need to be lifted up in the teaching and learning of Black history (Workman Publishing, 2020).

In this video, 5 fifth-grade students from LMES and Ms.Gaffney, their 5th grade Writing teacher, volunteered as guest readers to share the book The ABCs of Black History by Rio Cortez, illustrated by Lauren Semmer. This book is recommended by the publisher for ages 5-99!

Note: This read aloud is being shared with the permission of Workman Publishing.

The ABCs of Black History by Rio Cortez & Lauren Semmer
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Bulletin board created by Ms. Kellerman's Kindergarten Class at GES

Recent Work: Elementary Spotlight

Eleven elementary classrooms have recently participated in a lesson series called The Mathematicians Project, co-taught by classroom teachers and co-designed by Annie Smith, K-4 Math Coach, and Erin Birden, Teacher in Residence for Diversity and Cultural Competency. We were even graced with visits from some students' families to highlight the ways in which students' own family members apply mathematics in their lives.

This series is grounded in the question “who is a mathematician?” It involved reflection on, and building of, positive math identity. It also included building awareness and recognition of implicit bias, cultivating math mindset, and emphasizing the importance of representation in mathematics. Importantly, we focused on expanding understanding of who mathematicians are and how they impact the world.

Here is an overview of the series:

After researching, students created a Flipgrid video to share their learning with classmates. This way, there is a curated collection of research conducted by classmates on a range of mathematicians - 85 videos created by students currently! In this culminating activity, students reflected on how their thinking shifted or evolved over the course of this series to revise their construct of who a mathematician is, what they do, and how mathematics impacts the world around us (e.g. I used to think...but now I realize…).
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Contact & Social Media

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*Note: Image (c) 2019 CLC Collective and Dottir Press