Dr. Nicole Louie, Assistant Professor, Department of Curriculum & Instruction, University of Wisconsin-Madison, will be visiting the MU campus to share her presentation:
The Gravity of Hierarchies in Mathematics Education
Mathematics educators have been talking about “equity” for decades, but our field continues to reproduce hierarchies which position some students as “gifted” or “advanced” and others as “low,” “struggling,” or “remedial,” with particularly grave consequences for children who are already marginalized. How and why does this happen—and what can it look like for teachers to deliberately and consistently disrupt hierarchy? Drawing on her work with teachers in San Francisco and Chicago, she will describe some of the ways that teachers commonly find themselves drawn in by the gravitational force that hierarchical ways of thinking exert on many layers of society, but especially in education. She will also discuss ways of resisting this force, not only in the classroom but also in building professional communities.
Friday, October 18 at 3:00pm to 4:00pm
MU Student Center, Leadership Auditorium