For this Coffee and Conversation, our guest Dani Wadlington talked about what it looks like to dismantle racism in mathematics classrooms. Dani spoke about her perspective as a classroom teacher and one of the authors of "Dismantling Racism in Mathematics Instruction," Stride 1 of the Math Equity Toolkit.
Dani Wadlington is a Black educator organizer currently serving as a high school math teacher in the Bay Area and as Director of Math Education at Quetzal Education Consulting. Growing up on the South Side of Chicago allowed her to experience a world full of cultural wealth which she dutifully incorporates into her pedagogy. Dani had a transformative schooling experience from a very young age. South Shore Preschool was one place she learned to love her Blackness and her community. Ever since she has been on a journey of co-creating spaces for youth to spark self-actualization and social change. Dani is a mathematics education expert who has earned an MA in Education, an MA in Educational Leadership, and a teaching and administration credential. Her proudest moments as an educator have been unionizing with her colleagues and supporting young people in critical thinking skills that lead to student-led direct action. Dani holds a level of wisdom that is inherent and spiritual; she is a believer in ancestral intuition and holds a high standard for every detail that goes into her work.
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