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Tornette Franklin
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Our Lady Of Grace Catholic School (El Cajon, CA)
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Our climate in society with regards to race relations has left an indelible mark upon this nation. This moment in time will define who we are and who we will become as a nation. No doubt it resonates in the heart of our young African American students as well. Each of our students and teachers comes to the table with unique experiences that define who they are. Race and culture don’t stop at the classroom door. We should be open to not only letting it in but welcoming it with trumpet blast and celebrations. The question looming however is what does this look like in a mathematics classroom. For 16 years, I have grappled with this very idea. I am an African American middle school mathematics teacher whose entire teaching experience has come from being the only African American teacher employed on faculties, teaching a group of only a few African American students in their classroom. Inclusivity and a welcoming of all cultures is a hallmark in my classroom. Fostering a love of mathematics and a self- acceptance from students that they can not only learn, but love math is my commitment. I look forward to a seat at the table, to discuss race, equity and mathematics education.