Updated: Dec 15, 2021
We've been working hard at Nepantla Teachers Community to further our mission in developing social justice mathematics educators. As a leadership team, we've been reading We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom by Bettina L. Love. Through our book study, we've had our own nepantla moments, pondering over questions like "How do people become more invested in each other in community?" and "How do we build spaces that empower mathematics educators (and students)?"
We believe strongly that building communities that challenge and encourage each other toward anti-racism and social justice in mathematics education is pivotal in real change in the classroom and society. That's why we focus on small 12-teacher cohorts. This year, we'll be offering 3 cohorts, one in the spring and two in the summer. Previous cohort members have shared the following:
"I feel a lot more centered in anti-racists principles and how they intersect with my pedagogy. I appreciated that this was about being centered in the HOW rather than the WHAT."
"Embrace Nepantla - this work is hard and there will be contradictions! Contradictions don't mean you're doing something wrong!"
" ...our facilitators fostered a great community where we all shared openly about our ideas and experiences. They went above and beyond to give me a book recommendation on implementing circles in my class as well. It was wonderful to be in a community of math educators who are so committed to social justice and implementing anti-racist practices."
We remain in the delicate balance of affordable professional development for mathematics educators and paying our facilitators fairly. Our leadership team is currently comprised of all women of color in a mathematics focused organization, an anomaly in our field. Given this, we want to be considerate of the unpaid labor that women of color often are expected to provide within (and outside of) education.
If you believe in our mission, goals, and the approach we use, please consider giving a tax-deductible donation to Nepantla Teachers Community this Tuesday.
$20 will help pay for for one-hour workshops available for everyone
$100 allows us to send a stipend for our guest speaker/expert during our cohort sessions
$235 provides a full scholarship for a math teacher to attend a 6-week cohort
Thank you for partnering with us and we're looking forward to walking together this year!