The next Creating Balance Conference will be held on January 15-17, 2016
Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend
Mission HS, San Francisco, CA
See you at the conference!


Registration is open!

Please visit our conference registration page for more info.


2016 Keynote Speaker

We are excited to announce Rico Gutstein as our keynote speaker for the upcoming 2016 Creating Balance in an Unjust World Conference on Mathematics Education and Social Justice! The conference will be held at Mission High School in San Francisco January 15th-17th, 2016.

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 17-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 is currently the co-facilitator of the design team working on the proposal to revitalize (and 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.


Submit a Workshop Proposal (APPLICATION PERIOD CLOSED)

(You may submit an application without having submitted a summary)

Conference Overview, Goals and Themes

We are also happy to release our Request for Workshop Proposals.

Proposal summaries (answer numbers 1-4) are due June 8, 2015 and the full workshop proposals (answer numbers 1-8) are due June 22, 2015. We look forward to receiving your workshop proposals! Please email us at if you have any questions.

Session Formats

Applicants may submit proposals to facilitate Workshops or Presentations. All sessions will be one hour and 30 minutes in length. Workshops are interactive sessions intended for 15-40 participants that may utilize a variety of formats including small group work, open discussion, and break-out sessions. Presentations are lecture style sessions that may have one speaker or a panel of speakers.

Join educators, parents, students, activists, and community members from around the country for a 3-day conference to explore the connections between math education and social justice. We will explore many questions, challenges, and opportunities to work toward social justice through math education. We invite you to share your thoughts, lesson plans, questions and to be a facilitator for a workshop, interest group, or presentation. Facilitators may choose to present on topics related to math and social justice including equity in education, literacy and social justice, and integrating social issues into the math classroom. Sessions need not be entirely polished presentations as we hope to share ideas in order to build together.

Goals of the conference

  • Bring together educators, researchers, parents, activists, and students to collectively discuss social justice and math education
  • Foster new and innovative partnerships and collaborations
  • Create a space to share resources, lesson plans, best practices, and other classroom materials
  • Develop structures for ongoing discussion and working groups about math and social justice
  • Organize a national voice in the ongoing debate over math education reform
  • Plan actions, advocacy, future meetings, etc.