We have seen an increase in discussion of equity in education and in mathematics. Many wonder what they can do to understand issues facing marginalized people. There are a variety of answers to this question, but this week I offer you a new hashtag, #31DaysIBPOC. Created by Tricia Ebarvia and Dr. Kim Parker, it has and will showcase the writing of Indigenous, Black and People of Color. At the time of the deadline of this piece, four pieces have been posted on Twitter. All are brilliant.
While not all writers teach mathematics, all are educators fiercely devoted to children. While not all bloggers teach mathematics, all are educators, and offer us insights in a unique collection. To fully understand the purpose of the series, I invite you to visit Tricia’s thread. Tricia and Kim write:
“By sharing our voices – one voice at a time, each day – the project centers our unique and varied experiences…We hope that as you read you can appreciate what we in our communities have always known: the power and endurance of Indigenous, Black and teachers of color who strive for equity and excellence every day and why – always and all ways – our work matters.”
The first blog is written by Aeriale Johnson, who teaches Kindergarten. She’s pictured below at Math on a Stick. In To Washington, With Love, she writes about her happiness upon discovering a working environment in which she is able to be her whole self – the perfect beginning to the series.
Second are the words of Dr. Liza Talusan. Her piece entitled Beyond “WHO IS” And Into “WHO I AM,” she gives us a lesson on how important it is to provide young people with options to see themselves in assignments.
Third is Muted But Not Silenced from Dr. Laura M. Jimenez. It is a scorching tale of the courage it takes to speak up and the consequences that ensue.
Fourth is And So We Shone by Chad Everett. Written partially in verse, he tells his story as a student lucky enough to find that teacher, Ms. Rayford. We should all be blessed enough to have a student write such words about us.
By the time this is posted, you would have also heard from Nessa Perez, R. Joseph Rodriguez, and Hema Khodai. There are some incredible educators sharing this month, and I am humbled to be included. I hope you take the time to read them all.
Written by Marian Dingle (@DingleTeach)