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Adam Renner, Social Justice Curriculum
May 07

Math teacher Adam Renner, who died tragically in December 2010, made social justice connections in his pre-algebra support class. In this lesson, he asked students to investigate the mortgage rejection rate for different ethnic groups, based on reading a Chicago Tribune article. He began the lesson with a connection to San Francisco and an explanation of why this issue matters. Students read and annotated the article, and then worked in groups to answer questions about it, while Mr. Renner circulated and asked questions designed to scaffolding understanding and push student thinking without giving them answers. During the class debrief, Mr. Renner highlighted key issues, asked a quiet student to share an especially insightful written answer, acknowledged the challenging nature of the activity, and finished by reminding the class of the issue’s significance.