by Claire Miller
David Stinson and Pier Junor Clarke, associate professors of mathematics education in the College of Education’s Department of Middle-Secondary Education and Instructional Technology will host “Beyond the Numbers: The Brilliance of Black Children in Mathematics,” the third and final part of a mini-conference and leadership summit project focused on mathematics teaching and learning for African-American children.
The conference, which will take place Nov. 11-12, 2011, is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Benjamin Banneker Association, an “organization dedicated to mathematics education advocacy, establishing a presence for leadership and professional development to support teachers in leveling the playing field for mathematics learning of the highest quality for African-American students,” according to the association’s website.
Each day will feature two symposia on topics related to mathematics teaching and learning, followed by breakout sessions to discuss the issues presented at the conference, according to Stinson, who also serves as the principal investigator of the NSF grant funding the conference at Georgia State University.
“This conference will provide GSU mathematics education faculty the opportunity to invite noted scholars, researchers, teacher educators and leaders for two intense days of engagement exploring the possibilities of achieving excellence in the mathematics teaching and learning experiences of Black children,” he said. “Presenters and participants will discuss how mathematics teachers, researchers and policymakers might reframe the ‘achievement gap’ discourse into a discussion of how all children might reach levels of academic and mathematics excellence.”
Registration costs $25 before Oct. 1, $35 between Oct. 1 and Nov. 10 and $45 for those who register the day of the conference. Click here to access registration information.