Ideas for connecting equity work and mathematics ft. Nate Bridge, Kentaro Iwasaki & João (John) Gomes

By Jen Cort

Jen Cort is an education consultant in the areas of equity, inclusion, diversity and justice. In this podcast, Jen opens up a "third space"— a place outside our familiar home and work environments — in order that we might begin to engage in some of the provocative questions that need to be addressed. Listen in as Jen speaks with some of the leading thinkers and doers in the field.

Nate Bridge is Haverford School Math teacher and has taught in international schools. Principally interested in systemic changes to education and school culture that would result in more equitable outcomes such as Criterion-Based Grading for student assessment and Rank Choice Voting for electing student leaders. Twitter: @schoolmrbridge

Kentaro Iwasaki- The son of Japanese immigrants, Kentaro Iwasaki knew from a young age that he aspired to become a teacher. He was a high school math teacher and department head for 16 years and led his department in dismantling the tracked honors math program, resulting in an increase of AP math enrollment by 400% and increased passing rates on AP math exams among students of color. Kentaro then served as the Associate Director of Learning and Teaching at non-profit ConnectEd for 7 years, where he trained over 1000 math teachers in creating collaborative classroom learning environments. Kentaro holds a doctorate in education leadership from Harvard and holds a BA from Stanford. He received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching in 2011 and is a National Board Certified Teacher.

João (John) Gomes (he/him/his)
Born in Lisbon, Portugal, John moved to New Jersey at a young age. With degrees from BS in Math and Computer Science with a Minor in English from Fairfield University and an MSEd in Education, Culture, & Society from Penn. Math teacher and Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging at The Agnes Irwin SchoolJohn wants everyone tied to the school community to see him learning and growing in real time. He wants everyone to know they belong. He makes mistakes. Twitter: @JoaoGomes84