This page contains a description of Geoff’s remote presentation on July 20, 2020 to Colorado Council of Teaching Mathematics, as well as follow up resources and potential next steps for participants.

Academic Safety: Promoting student self worth and representation in mathematics

Description: Academic safety has perhaps never been as crucial as it is in this moment. How do students view themselves, each other, and the very discipline of mathematics? Academic safety encompasses the social and emotional safety of the student as well as the student’s perception of his or her own mathematical ability. In this session, we will learn about the concept of academic safety through hands-on experiences, data, and discussion. Special attention will be paid to strategies that create an environment of *active caring*, a state of student-teacher relationships that demonstrate to each and every student they are an invaluable asset to the classroom and the mathematics community.

Follow up Resources:

- Academic Safety Card Set

- Active Caring: A How To (Blog Post)
- Math Syllabus Bootcamp Part 1: Identity
- Slide Deck (note: actual slides are offset for virtual presentation)

Other select resources

- Excerpt from
*Necessary Conditions*: “Active Caring“ *Necessary Conditions*card set*Necessary Conditions*book page from Stenhouse- Quarter the Cross Activity