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1. A Graphing Activity on Growing Incarceration Rates (internal link)
Abstract: A 1-day lesson that asks students to answer questions about a Line Graph showing the exponential growth of the US Incarceration rate over the past 50 years. Math involved includes Line Graphs and Rates.
Category: Line Graphs, Graphing, Rates

2. A Guide to Graduation Rates in NYC (internal link)
Abstract: A short guide to how graduation rates are calculated in NY, as well as data on different demographic groups and geographic areas.
Category: Data, Rates

3. And Justice For Some (external link)
Abstract: This paper provides an overview of the Juvenile Justice system, looking especially at the racial disparities of the young people caught up in it.
Category: Proportions, Rates

4. Connecting Community, Critical, and Classical Knowledge in Teaching Mathematics for Social Justice (internal link)
Abstract: In this article, Gutstein describes conceptually, and gives an example of, an aspect of teaching mathematics for Social Justice - teachers' attempts to connect three forms of knowledge: community, critical, and classical.
Category: Geometry, Data, Ratios, Rates, Percents

5. Foreign Exchange: Investigating the Economy of Foreign Nations (internal link)
Abstract: In this lesson, students share ideas about the values of foreign currencies relative to the U.S. dollar. They then research the economy of a foreign country and prepare an appropriate budget for one month study abroad. They synthesize their learning by reflecting on what life would be like if they were to live on $100 a week in a foreign country.
Category: Rates, budgets, currency conversion

6. Gender Differences in Pay (internal link)
Abstract: This article considers the gender pay ga in the US. While there have been important gains over the past 25 years, the article examines other significant remaining gender differences.
Category: Rates, Percent Growth

7. Hitting the 9 Million Mark (external link)
Abstract: Some experts predict there will be 9 million New Yorkers by 2030. But are such forecasts reasonable? This article explores the numbers.
Category: Rates, Percent Growth

8. Home Buying While Brown or Black (external link)
Abstract: An article about exploring the issue of racism in home-buying and discrimination in lending practices to homeowners of color.
Category: Rates, ratios

9. Housing Costs Change List of Top Areas for Poverty (internal link)
Abstract: This article reports on new findings that adjust the poverty line to reflect housing costs, and find that New York, California, and Washington, DC have highest percentage of people living in poverty.
Category: Inflation, Rates

10. Incarceration & Crime Rates (internal link)
Abstract: This series of lessons explores the connection between Crime Rates and Incarceration Rates in the U.S. Math involved includes line graphs, slope, writing functions, and rates.
Category: Slope, Functions, Line Graphs, Rates

11. Measuring Water With Justice (external link)
Abstract: This is a multidisciplinary unit that explores water issues, developed by Bob Peterson, one of the authors of Rethinking Mathematics.
Category: Measurement, Equivalent Fractions, Percents, Rates

12. Paying More for the American Dream: A Multi-State Analysis of Higher Cost Home Purchase Lending (external link)
Abstract: An analysis of 2005 federal mortgage lending data shows that African American and Latino borrowers remain much more likely to pay more for their home purchase loans than white borrowers. This report examines the cost of borrowing in six metropolitan areas in the United States, and confirms that large disparities remain in the pricing of home purchase loans.
Category: Data, Data Analysis, Graphing, Rates

13. Poor Prescription: The Costs of Imprisoning Drug Offenders in the United States (internal link)
Abstract: This article examines the enormous costs of imprisoning drug offenders in the U.S. It also examines how issues of race and class are central in terms of who is being incarcerated. Includes both National and State specific data.
Category: Data, Data Analysis, Graphing, Rates

14. Poverty in California: Moving Beyond the Federal Measure (external link)
Abstract: This report examines poverty rates in the U.S., and adjusts for housing costs, which end up making NY, Washington DC and California the poorest places in the country. The report also challenges traditional models of measuring poverty.
Category: Inflation, Rates

15. Predatory Tax-Time Loans Strip $324 Million from NY's Poorest Communities: An Analysis of Tax Refund Anticipation Lending in NYC (internal link)
Abstract: This report analyzes Rapid Anticipatory Loan (RAL) data in NY between 2002 - 2005, and examines how these loans, and both the large and small banks and financial institutions throughout the city, siphoned $324 million out of the poorest communities.
Category: Rates, Percents, Mapping

16. Radical Math: Statistics Unit, Part 1 (Student Version) (internal link)
Category: Averages, Percents, Data Analysis, Rates, Graphing, Pie Graphs, Line Graphs, Histograms, Dot Plots, Bar Graphs, Mean, Median, Mo

17. Radical Math: Statistics Unit, Part 1 (Teachers Version) (internal link)
Category: Averages, Percents, Data Analysis, Rates, Graphing, Pie Graphs, Line Graphs, Histograms, Dot Plots, Bar Graphs, Mean, Median, Mo

18. Rock Oil, Rock Oil Everywhere (external link)
Abstract: This series of lessons studies the production and consumption of oil in the U.S. and around the world.
Category: Surface area, volume, rates

19. Social Explorer: Interactive Map Page (external link)
Abstract: This page contains an incredible mapping program. Start with a map of the U.S. Then pick a larger topic (such as race, income, foreign-born population, education) and then more specific categories (ie. % Hispanic, % Black, % White) and zoom in on a state, county, or census tract within seconds.
Category: Mapping, Rates, Geometry

20. Student Debt: Bigger and Bigger (external link)
Abstract: This study explores the rising debt that young people are taking on to pay for college, and the implications for their future employment and lifestyle that having this burden will have on them. It also looks at differences in college-related debt between lower-income and high-income families.
Category: Percents, Rates

21. The Big Payoff: Educational Attainment Synthetic Estimates of Work-Life Earnings (internal link)
Abstract: This report illustrates the economic value of a high school or college diploma. It also provides, by level of education, synthetic estimates of the average total earnings adults are likely to accumulate over the course of their working lives.
Category: Data, Data Analysis, Trends, Graphing, Bar Graphs, Line Graphs, Averages, Rates

22. The Effects of Male Incarceration Dynamics on AIDS Infection Rates among African-American Women and Men (external link)
Abstract: In this paper, the author investigates the potential connection between incarceration dynamics and AIDS infection rates with a particular emphasis on the black-white AIDS rate disparity.
Category: Correlation, Regression, Rates, Statistics

23. The Human Development Index (external link)
Abstract: Published by the United Nations, this country-by-country index compares many factos including life expectancy, literacy, GDP, education, poverty, and much more.
Category: Index, Indices, Rates

24. The Rental Housing Affordability Gap: 2001 to 2003 (external link)
Abstract: This report compares the number of housing units available for low-income families (6 million) with the number of low-income families (7.7 million) and both the reasons for and implications of this discrepency
Category: Rates, Percent Growth

25. Understanding Military Recruitment in New York (internal link)
Category: Graphing, Pie Graphs, Rates, Percents, Data Analysis

26. US Census Bureau: 2004 Population Reports (external link)
Abstract: A list of publications from the US Census Bureau about national population statistics, including a count of current estimates of tehe number of inhabitants by state, city, county, etc., as well as nationwide. It also looks a wide variety of information on social and economic characteristics of the population such as ethnicity, income, housing, etc.
Category: Statistics, Data, Density, Rates, Percents

27. With Math, It's Like You Have More Defense': Students use Math to Investigate and Affect Overcrowding at Their School (external link)
Abstract: An article from Rethinking Schools about using math to explore overcrowding in an urban school.
Category: Percent Growth, Rates, Area, Geometry

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East Oakland Community High School