We are excited to announce the dates for the upcoming 2018 Creating Balance in an Unjust World Conference on Mathematics Education and Social Justice!
The conference will be held at Mission High School, 3750 18th St, San Francisco, CA January 12th-14th, 2018.

Conference Schedule

Friday (Jan 12) Saturday (Jan 13) Sunday (Jan 14)
9:00-3:30pm School Visits

4:30-6:30pm Networking Event (Curry Up Now)

659 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

8:00-9:00 Registration (bagels & coffee)

Mission High School

3750 18th Street, San Francisco, CA

9:00-10:00 Keynote

10:20-11:35 Session 1

11:35-1:05 Lunch and Panel

1:25-2:40 Session 2
*2:30 coffee

3:00-4:15 Session 3

9:30-10:00 Networking Breakfast (bagels & coffee)

10:00-11:30 Session 4

11:45-12:45 Networking Lunch

We stand in solidarity with Dr. Rochelle Gutiérrez
The Creating Balance in an Unjust World on STEM Education and Social Justice (formerly focused on mathematics education and now more broadly on STEM education) has been committed to supporting social justice educators since our first conference in 2007. We believe that mathematics literacy is a human right and seek ways to make mathematics meaningful, relevant, and a tool to analyze and change the world.

We stand in solidarity with Dr. Rochelle Gutiérrez, our keynote speaker in 2013, and other critical educators engaging in research, teaching, and service to achieve equity in education. Diverse voices, scholarship, and practice are essential for understanding the complexities of inequity, striving for equitable mathematics learning opportunities, and working towards engaging in a more socially just society. These critical educators’ work empower students and teachers to disrupt the opportunity gap and become future leaders of our country. Creating Balance will continue to support this work while encouraging others to join these efforts.…(read more)

Online Registration is open
Registration is now open online, please register early and help us spread the word.

Hotels and Lodging
We are proud to announce lodging for this year’s Conference provided by our partner, the Cartwright Hotel, located in San Francisco’s famous Union Square.  Additional lodging is also provided at a group rate at the Americas Best Value Inn & Suites-SOMA.  Access to the conference from both locations is provided by the San Francisco Muni Light Rail J Train.  For any additional questions or information, please contact  hotels@cbuw.org.

2018 Conference Theme
We are excited to announce the dates for the upcoming 2018 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 12th-14th, 2018.   The theme of the 2018 conference is “Decolonizing STEAMM Education.” Decolonizing STEAMM refers to empowering students by normalizing approaches, theories, teaching practices and curricula historically deemed abnormal by the dominant paradigm. Dominant STEAMM ideologies and practices have been used to maintain power hierarchies (related to race, gender identities, patriarchy, etc.) Therefore, this conference aims to disrupt and dismantle these forms of educational and structural oppression.

2018 Keynote Speaker
We are delighted to announce that Dr. Ruha Benjamin will be our keynote speaker this year.  Ruha Benjamin is Associate Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University. Her work investigates the social dimensions of science, technology, and medicine, with a focus on the tension between innovation and inequity. Ruha is the author of People’s Science: Bodies and Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier, and is at work on three new projects—Race After Technology, a book about machine bias,  discriminatory design, and liberatory approaches to technoscience; an edited volume, Captivating Technology, which examines how carceral logics shape social life well beyond prisons and police; and finally, The Emperor’s New Genes, a project that explores how population genomics reflects and redraws socio-political classifications such as race, caste, and citizenship. She is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including from the American Council of Learned Societies, National Science Foundation, Institute for Advanced Study and, most recently, the 2017 President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton. For more info, visit www.ruhabenjamin.com


Friday School Visits
January 12th will offer the opportunity to visit various schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. Sign ups will be on a first-come first-served basis. More information will come soon. Those who register online at the Eventbrite site will have first choices for school visits so register online ASAP.

Friday Kick-off/Welcome event
Friday evening January 12th will be the welcome event, please stay tuned for more information.

Workshop sessions
The following lists the workshop titles for the conference. Workshops will take place on Saturday and Sunday January 13th and 14th, 2018 at Mission High School in San Francisco, CA. More information regarding the time slots and schedule will be available shortly.

  1. Advancing Social Justice Pedagogies in Mathematics, Science, and Technology
  2. Turning the tide: Transformational moments in becoming a mathematics teacher
  3. Math in the News: Reporting and Critically Examining Economic Inequity
  4. The link between High School and Community College: How to reduce the need for remediation
  5. Taking Data Analysis Back: Using Statistics to Analyze Social Issues
  6. Developing and Promoting Student Agency in High School Math Classrooms
  7. Teaching & Learning About Displacement in a Chicago Neighborhood High School
  8. Family Engagement to Support Math Outcomes: A Family and Community Engagement Network & Elementary School Case Study
  9. Black Girl Magic: An Exploration of Spirituality in African American Women in STEM
  10. Sustaining Balance: Building a National Network of Liberatory STEMM Educators
  11. STEMS^2: Reexamining STEM in Hawaiʻi Through Place and Culture-Based Education
  12. Student Research Projects: Empowering students to ask, understand, and act
  13. Using a Social Justice Math Community of Practice to Promote Instructional Reform
  14. Math for Equity Study Group: Creating a space for critical pedagogy during and after teacher education programs
  15. Critical and Inquiry based approach to understanding diabetes in secondary classrooms
  16. Exploring an Ethnic Studies Praxis Within a Special Education Math Class
  17. Mathematics for Whom: Reframing and Humanizing Mathematics
  18. Exploring the Intersection of Mathematical Proof and Social Justice: Engaging in Proofs in the Mathematics of Social Choice
  19. Achieving Equity in STEAM
  20. When Art meets the HOOD, mathematically speaking

2016 Conference Resources

Check out the resource page for shared 2016 conference resources.  Thank you to our 250 conference participants, keynote speaker Rico Gutstein, panelists, school visit sites/teachers and workshop presenters.



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.