Dinner Information

October Dinner Meeting


October 27, 2017
Reading and Writing the World with Mathematics
Rico Gutstein

Rico Gutstein is a mathematics education professor in the UIC College of Education. He writes and teaches about critical and Freirean pedagogies, and mathematics and urban education policy. Rico has taught middle and high school mathematics in Chicago public schools and is the author of Reading and Writing the World with Mathematics: Toward a Pedagogy for Social Justice (2006). He co-edited Rethinking Mathematics: Teaching Social Justice by the Numbers (2nd Ed) (2013). He is a founding member of Teachers for Social Justice (Chicago), a 19-year old group of educators that supports teachers to develop culturally relevant and critical classrooms, and that is active in the struggles to keep public education public—not private—locally, nationally, and internationally. Rico was a member of the design team that founded the Social Justice HS in the Lawndale community (Chicago’s Westside), which opened in 2005 and is currently a quality neighborhood, open-enrollment, public school. He was also the co-facilitator of the design team working on the proposal to revitalize (and successfully re-open) Walter H. Dyett HS (a school closed by the district located on Chicago’s Southside), representing both Teachers for Social Justice and the UIC College of Education.


In this talk, I will present a framework on “reading and writing the world with mathematics” (aka “critical mathematics” or “teaching math for social justice”). I have been learning to teach critical mathematics since 1997, working with, and learning from, students in CPS middle and high schools. I will share some of what I have learned, as well as what have been both possibilities and challenges in doing this work. I will discuss what knowledge and dispositions I find useful in doing this work, and how teachers, and teacher educators, might learn how to teach critical mathematics, as well as to support others to do it as well.

5:30 pm Doors Open
6:00 pm Social Hour
7:00 pm Dinner & Talk

Fountain Blue Banquets & Convention Center
2300 Mannheim Rd.
Des Plaines, IL 60018
(847) 298-3636
$43 for Members
$49 for Nonmembers

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