Carmen Whitman is an independent consultant who designs and implements professional growth experiences for mathematics educators in districts implementing standards-based curriculum. She provides in-classroom coaching to teachers who are learning to design lessons that use language as a thinking tool for deepening students’ conceptual understanding of grade level mathematics. Her work centers on mathematics language development routines and social justice. She has maintained that focus from her previous roles as the Mathematics Program Coordinator for The University of Texas at Austin, Charles A. Dana Center and as the Mathematics Specialist for Austin ISD. Carmen received a B. S. in Education with a mathematics specialization from Texas A&M University and holds teaching credentials in both Texas and California, where she has taught mathematics in grades 2-10. She lives currently in CA and often travels to Austin where she visits with her two beautiful grandsons: Dylan and Derek.