The Stories We Tell: Math, Race, Bias, and Opportunity

Other than my shameless promotion of the Numberbet song that I just posted yesterday, I have not posted in several years.  Why?  Well because I was writing a book with my colleagues Patricia Marshall and Lee Stiff.  This book builds on the themes from the Opportunity Gap video I posted a few years ago.  From there we published an article in the Kappan magazine, and, now, a book.

If you are interested in purchasing the book, please take advantage of the special 20% off discount code!  Visit and use discount code RLEGEN20.

Thanks for considering it.  I am hoping it will be read in school book clubs, by equity officers, in college settings, and by people interested in re-thinking cultural ideas about intelligence, talent, oppression, and opportunity.  We will see. It is not too long, but we think it packs a pretty good punch.

Thanks to all of you for the discussions we have had over the years and for supporting me in my work.  Much appreciated!  Valerie2020 Stories we Tell Flyer.jpg


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I am an Associate Teaching Professor in the Elementary Education department at NC State where I specialize in Math Methods. I went to Duke where I earned a B.A. in Anthropology and played on the Golf Team. I have an M.Ed. in Special Education and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in mathematics education, both from NC State. My interest in Math waned in middle and high school. But when I began to support high school students in math as part of my job as a special educator, I became interested in the cultural and instructional aspects of mathematics. And now, 20 years later, that's pretty much all I think about. But I do love to swim, garden and, with my partner Jenn, watch our backyard bees make honey which they store in their hexagonal spaces--see 'the isoperimetric problem' or take a look at this website:


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