We're Going to Find Out

It’s exciting to have a Congress that is more representative of our communities than ever before. Each of these extraordinary new members of congress had successes navigating our educational system. And I imagine each can name at least one teacher who not only believed in them but had skills and tools to support them breaking through an educational system not designed to serve them fully, or at all. Imagine what our Congress – and our businesses and universities and hospitals and other places of service and community and innovation – will do and be when they are fully representative of all of us. Imagine how strong and creative and collaborative our country will be.

Our changing Congress is one piece to achieving this vision. It is exciting to think about Latina, Muslim, Black, gay, and female-identified young people looking at our federal government and now seeing at least one person that looks or identifies like them. But it’s not enough. We need to ensure that the opportunities for these young people to reach Congress and other futures are clear and varied, and this begins with pathways through school.

People ask me a lot why I “want everyone to be a mathematician or a biologist.” I don’t. I believe we need carpenters and journalists and social servants as much as we need scientists and engineers. Frankly, I believe people should be what they want to be. But the reality is that middle and high school math and science courses sort our young people by zip code and race, determining who graduates and what happens next. School ensures young people know whether or not they actually have choices. So it’s not about getting all students into STEM majors and careers; it’s about making sure all students truly have pathways to do whatever they want to do. Some will choose STEM, some will choose politics, some will choose something else. But all must have choices.

What would happen if all young people had experiences in school that celebrated their intersectionalities and aspirations, and that guaranteed them the kind of sustained, rigorous, and supported education that is the truest civil right? What would happen if a young person could look at any adult in a position of power or service and know there is a pathway there for them?

We’re going to find out.

With gratitude for you and your commitments to disruption, advocacy, and transforming teaching together,


A celebration of Congressional “firsts” –

·      Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (New York): Youngest woman elected to Congress 

·      Ilhan Omar (Minnesota) and Rashida Tlaib (Michigan): First Muslim women in Congress 

·      Ayanna Pressley: Massachusetts' first black congresswoman

·      Jahana Hayes: Connecticut's first black congresswoman (and former Teacher of the Year!)

·      Deb Haaland (New Mexico) and Sharice Davids (Kansas): First Native American congresswomen 

·      Jared Polis (Colorado): First openly gay man to win a governor's race

·      Michelle Lujan Grisham: New Mexico's first Latina governor

·      Marsha Blackburn: Tennessee's first woman senator

·      Abby Finkenauer and Cindy Axne: First women elected to House from Iowa

·      Kristi Noem: First woman governor in South Dakota

·      Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia: Texas' first Latinas elected to Congress

·      Janet Mills: Maine's first woman governor

Standing For Something

2017 in the Rear View

When I don’t know what to say to someone, I walk toward them.
— Lee Mun Wah

Perhaps the end of a long, tough year is the most important time to name what we stand for. To let our values and vision ring out. And to stand with those who are brave enough to continue to fight.

We stand with teachers and their teachers.

We stand with Dreamers (and their dreams).

We stand with Ahmed and Rochelle and Waters and .

We stand up for science.

We stand with #metoo and #blacklivesmatter and #loveislove and #nohumanisillegal.

We stand up for those who resist and speak up and unsubscribe.

We stand up for kindness and friendship, and for walking toward one another.

We stand up for those who can’t.

We stand up for the Best. Job. Ever.

At Trellis, we view STEM teaching and learning as an act of social justice and we are working to ensure that our most untapped student populations have access to amazing STEM teachers. Great teachers are made, not born. And Trellis is helping to create the long term support required to fix the leaky STEM pipeline and give students the teaching and opportunities they deserve. When we stand up for teachers, they can stand up for their students. We are proud to say we stood up for teachers in 2017, and we will stay standing.



Megan W. Taylor, NBCT, PhD

Founder, Trellis Education

If You're Needing Evidence of Love, and Goodness, and Hope...

 Photo Credit: Rev. Amy Butler, senior minister at Riverside Church in Manhattan, and family friend of Spencer Sleyvon

Photo Credit: Rev. Amy Butler, senior minister at Riverside Church in Manhattan, and family friend of Spencer Sleyvon

Dearest Amy,

I’m at a loss for words to describe today. Without question, it was one of the most memorable days of my life. I’m still basking in the glow of warmth and friendship. You and Spencer extended yourselves to me and embraced me in a most unbelievable fashion. My only words in this moment are a humongous thank you. I love you both to the moon and back.

Ms. Roz
— Letter from Rosalind Guttman to a family friend of her Words With Friends buddy, rapper Spencer Sleyon, after meeting Spencer in person for the first time

Trellis welcomes Clay Virgil to its Executive Board!

Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.
— Nelson Mandela

Clayton has had a very diverse career in both public and private sector. Prior to joining Adobe, Clayton spent the past 2 ½ years supporting the Global Marketing function for Visa, providing strategy, planning and finance leadership for the North America, Visa Checkout and Insights + Analytics teams.   Before Visa, he co-founded a startup called SeedTalent focused on matchmaking MBA talent with early-stage companies while also consulting for education non-profits on building out their finance, operations and management practices.  Before his venture into the entrepreneurial world, Clayton spent 3 years trying to transform the K-12 education landscape for Chicago Public Schools (CPS) as a selected member of the Broad Residency, a program that matches talented professionals with senior management roles in public education agencies throughout the nation. His time with CPS was “very insightful” and a far cry from his days in investment banking for Lehman Brothers and his early days in consumer marketing and strategic finance at Time Inc. for Sports Illustrated, People, Martha Stewart Living and Sunset.

Clayton received his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and his Bachelors of Science in Economics at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania (“go Quakers”).  A native New Yorker with Trinidadian roots, he currently resides in Oakland with his wife and two firecracker daughters.  In his spare time, he enjoys basketball, hitting the gym, music and video games. If he was not at Adobe, Clayton would be trying to build urban communities through real estate and education or lobbying Steve Mills to join his management team to completely turn around the New York Knicks.  


"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