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Friday, March 30 • 9:00am - 10:30am
Ten Points from the Black Panther Party for the Classroom

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In November 2017, we attended a conference at MIT called "Data for Black Lives". The conference tagline was "Data as protest. Data as accountability. Data as collective action." With the conference as our inspiration, we plan to use the Black Panther Party's Ten Point Program as a jumping-off point for students to explore social issues using math and science. A ten-week unit will focus first on the history and social issues raised by the Black Panther Party. The students will have a chance to choose which aspect of the Ten Point Program they wish to research in Boston. The goal of the unit is taken from the Data for Black Lives mission statement: "We will be using data science to create concrete and measurable change in the lives of Black people."

Our job will be to help them use big data and algorithms to empower local communities of color. Tools like statistical modeling, data visualization, and crowd-sourcing, will be used for fighting bias, helping progressive movements, and promoting civic engagement. We hope to enlist data scientists, computer programmers, racial justice activists, and government officials in our project. Our work will be displayed at our school's symposium in May 2018.

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Tommy Hayes

teacher, Charlestown High School/Diploma Plus program
Diploma Plus (an alternative education program at Charlestown High School, a large urban public high school in Boston, MA) is for students who are off-track and still want to earn a high school diploma.

Friday March 30, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am PDT
HTE 129