Family and Community Teaching Summit: 

Black Educators Transforming Our Notions of Math Excellence

Saturday, April 29th, 2023 | 8am - 5:30pm


Transforming our Notions of Math Excellence

The Knowledge Shop LA is proud to host its inaugural Family and Community Teaching Summit: Black Educators Transforming Our Notions of Math Excellence (FACTS: BET ON ME). This conference is designed for Students, Teachers, Parents, and Families to learn together and collaboratively develop action plans to promote math excellence for Black and Brown students.

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from some of Los Angeles' finest Education experts, with over 18 different workshops being held throughout the day.

Spots for the conference are limited to 200 attendees on a first come, first served basis.

Due to the large nature of the event and the incredible response we received from announcing the Summit, we are offering an initial Early-Bird rate of $99.99*. be sure to grab a ticket as soon as they go live!

Our team at The Knowledge Shop LA look forward to seeing you at this wonderful experience!

*The price will become $149.99 after March 31st

“The Summit that will bring together Parents, Educators, & Students to look at strategies that have helped Black children become brilliant Mathematicians”.

Our Keynote Speakers


Dr. Shakiyya Bland, EdD

Math Educator in Residence, Just Equations

Dr. Shakiyya Bland is a longtime math educator and curriculum specialist with deep experience in culturally responsive education. She was an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow in 2020-22, serving in the U.S. Congress and U.S. Department of the Interior. A consulting educator, she has over 27 years of experience in math instruction, in roles including PreK-12 mathematics educator, district mathematics curriculum instructional learning coach, and certified Courageous Conversations About Race practitioner. Her curriculum unit, which applies geometric modeling to address food apartheid and promote food security, was published in High School Mathematics Lessons to Explore, Understand, and Respond to Social Injustice. She also has written culturally responsive lessons, strategies, and research in partnership with BetterLesson, Inc. Master Teacher Project and Balance the Equation: A Grand Challenge for Algebra 1. Her research focuses on the histories of STEM using Africana, Indigenous, and other culturally responsive ways of contributing to and applying scientific and mathematical literacies. She holds a B.S. in Education, M.A. in Education–Curriculum Instruction and Mathematics, and an Ed.D. in Education Leadership. Shakiyya joined Just Equations as Math Educator in Residence in 2022.


Dr. Kyndall Brown, PhD

Executive Director, California Mathematics Project Statewide Office, UCLA

Kyndall Brown holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from UC Irvine, masters degrees in computer-based education and mathematics education from CSU Dominguez Hills, and a Ph.D. from UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. He also has a single subject credential to teach mathematics in the state of California.

Kyndall has over 35 years of experience in the field of mathematics education. Thirteen of those years were spent teaching mathematics in secondary urban classrooms in Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). He has taught at both the Middle and High School levels. He has taught everything from pre-algebra to pre-calculus. Most of his students came from low-income communities with large numbers of English language learners.

He provided professional development as a mathematics teacher consultant and director for the UCLA Mathematics Project (UCLAMP) housed in Center X, a unit of UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies for 14 years. In that capacity, he has done workshops at schools on strategies to teach mathematics to English language learners, coached mathematics teachers in Center X partnership schools and districts, and directed leadership institutes for teachers of mathematics. As a mathematics resource teacher in LAUSD, he has helped to implement standards-based mathematics programs in secondary schools.

Conference Itinerary

8am - 9am: Registration & Breakfast

9am - 9:30am: Presentation of ‘The Knowledge Shop’s Los Angeles - Enough Is Enough Math Data Report’

  • Presented by Yolande Beckles, Gabriela Mitchell, Joshua Montefalcon

9:30am - 10:15am: "Seven Principles to Make Your Math Class More Equitable"

  • Presented by Kyndall Brown

In this presentation, participants will learn about seven principles of the ICUCARE Framework. Participants will learn specific strategies related to each principle that teachers can use to make their mathematics classrooms more equitable.

10:15am - 10:30am: Morning Break & Refreshments

10:30am - 12pm: Morning Workshop Breakout Sessions

12:15pm - 1:15pm: Keynote Address & Lunch

“Harmonic Convergence: The Power of One”

  • Presented by Shakiyya Bland

Ujima (collective work and responsibility) requires authentic engagement and consistent dialogue to fulfill purpose. How are Black families and educators co-constructing strategic plans that center students’ advancement in STEM education? How are we building and maintaining systemic change in STEM education, leading to access and success for Black children?

1:30pm - 3:00pm: Afternoon Workshop Breakout Sessions

3pm - 3:15pm: Afternoon Break & Refreshments

3:15pm - 5pm: Families, Students, and Educators Setting an Action Plan for 2023-24

5pm - 5:30pm: Conference Closing

  • Presented by Yolande Beckles & Gabriela Mitchell