#TODOSsupportsRochelle

"TODOS stands with Rochelle Gutiérrez and other researchers who provide clarity so we remember what we teach, whom we are teaching and center language, culture and literacy in the mathematics that we teach and in the ways that we teach it." Read More

This excerpt is among the responses of the national Mathematics Education  community to those who have expressed disagreement with Dr. Gutierrez' ideas in this article in unprofessional and/or hateful forms.

#TODOSsupportsRochelle #TrellissupportsRochelle

A Message From our Founder

My kids, participating in local protests this past weekend in the San Francisco Bay Area.

My kids, participating in local protests this past weekend in the San Francisco Bay Area.

We are appalled at recent neo-Nazi activism and the abject failures of people in power to condemn it. But as schools begin this year I have been reflecting on why the groundswells of disgust among those committed to issues of social justice are often reactive.

Our public education system does not serve our students of color. Segregated schools continue to disproportionately harm Black and Latino students and schools are becoming more and more segregated by race and socio-economic status every day, especially in states like California. This is a persistent issue of racism, inequity and social injustice. Where is our protest of this?

School segregation is just one of many examples of the institutionalized and long-standing racism that is sewn into the fabric of our society. This will persist until acknowledged more universally and unwoven. Martin Luther King Jr. reminds us that “what will be remembered is not the words of our enemies, but the silences of our friends.” When we choose to protest white supremacy, we must also question why we support and send our children to segregated schools. We must recognize that for many of us it is a privilege to be able to protest racism, prejudice, injustice, and hatred when it is convenient or safe. It is not ethical, however, to accept some parts of a racist society and not others.

At Trellis Education we believe the opportunity to learn STEM is a civil right, and thus that great STEM teaching is an act of social justice. Our community’s work is a daily protest of the inequitable access of students of color to effective, resilient teachers with whom they identify and trust. My friends, let us not be silent. Join us in this daily protest.

To transforming teaching together,

Megan

 

A Few Starting Places:

Learn more: 

Change the dialogue: Take the Two Tour Pledge

Local activism: 

Go big: How do we solve stubborn segregation in schools?

Trellis welcomes Jessica Smith to its Executive Board!

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Jessica Smith is a Manager of Risk & Compliance at Yelp, Inc. and heads up the Yelp Diversity Employee Resource group. She began her career at Ernst & Young in the Advisory group working on projects throughout the US and Europe. In her free time she teaches Literacy at the Urban Ed Academy, leads the SF Chapter of NAABW (National Association of Adventurous Black Women), serves on the MISSSEY Legislative & Policy committee and mentors at Code2040. She is a graduate of the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.

Jessica Smith at the 3rd Annual Trellis Education UnConference last May.

Jessica Smith at the 3rd Annual Trellis Education UnConference last May.

Founding Mentor Fellow Krista McAtee Takes on Trellis' First Director of Mentoring Role

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Krista's work in public education spans more than two decades.

Krista taught in public pre-K to high school settings, including 16 years of dual immersion/bilingual teaching, and has been featured multiple times on TeachingChannel. She has studied how experiences of affirmation, solidarity and critique for youth from marginalized communities or groups can be created and nurtured, and founded the non-profit Transformative Travel toward this end. Krista has a BA in Chicano Latino Studies and is the regional director of the National Association of Multicultural Education (NAME).  She was one of 12 founding Trellis Mentor Fellows who are responsible for creating and growing the first, cross-district, STEM-specific mentoring professional learning community in the state. She lives with her son and daughter in Northern California.

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Join us at the 2017 Trellis UnConference!

We believe STEM Teaching is an act of social justice because so many students still have less access to STEM courses, majors, and careers than others. 

Join us on Monday May 15, 6-9pm at Yelp Headquarters in downtown San Francisco to explore the question:

How can we ignite a spark for all students in STEM...and keep it lit?

 

Register - FOR FREE - here: http://trellisunconf2017.eventbrite.com