About Me (Bio)
Patricia M. Buenrostro is a postdoctoral fellow with Project SIGMa (Supporting Instructional Growth in Mathematics) at Vanderbilt University. Through this project, Patricia uses video-based formative feedback to support urban secondary mathematics teachers’ in their ambitious instructional goals. Patricia earned her doctorate from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2016 in Curriculum Studies. In her dissertation, Humanizing Mathematics: Students’ Perspectives on Learning Math for Social Justice, she reported on students’ retrospective meanings in using mathematics as a disciplinary lens to unpack socio-political issues impacting their communities. Prior to earning her doctorate, she was a high school mathematics teacher and coach in Chicago for 15 years in working-class, Latinx and African-American communities. Across schools, she collaborated with faculty to create counter-cultural spaces that support students’ positive academic, cultural and social identities shaping her research interests: student-teacher relationality, teachers’ orientations towards developing student in(ter)dependence, and justice-oriented curriculum design.