On November 17, Dr. Mary Candace Raygoza, Assistant Professor of Eduction, will chat about "Everyone Counts! Understanding and Changing the World with Mathematics".
Dr. Raygoza will discuss a teacher action-research study she conducted during her time as a high school math teacher in East Los Angeles. She sought to learn from the community's cultural wealth and legacy of community organizing, to build beloved community in the classroom and develop critical and culturally sustaining mathematics pedagogies. In a final class project, Algebra 1 students developed as quantitative researchers and activists, using math to fight for equity and social justice.
Dr. Mary Candace Raygoza identifies as a STEMinist teacher educator. She is an Associate Professor of Teacher Education at Saint Mary’s College of California and teaches courses including Humanizing Education Methods, Teaching for Social Justice, Praxis Seminar, and Youth Participatory Action Research.
Dr. Raygoza earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with an Education minor at UC Berkeley and a mathematics teaching credential and MEd, followed by a PhD in Urban Schooling, at UC Los Angeles. Her publications include articles in the journals Urban Education, Journal of Urban Mathematics Education, and chapters in the book High School Mathematics Lessons to Explore, Understand, and Respond to Social Injustice.
She is also co-author of a forthcoming book on middle school mathematics teaching and social justice, and most recently she served as an invited speaker with the national mathematics council’s 100 Days of Professional Learning in the webinar “Humanizing Online Mathematics Teaching.”
Dr. Raygoza believes in fostering teachers to develop as transformative leaders who will create a more just world in solidarity with youth and communities. As a former high school math teacher, she taught Algebra and Geometry with a commitment to teaching about the social and political world through mathematics and supporting her students as quantitative researchers and change agents. For fun, she loves to play, bake, garden, and build with her 4 year-old, always noticing the math that emerges in everyday life!