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Virtual Conversation on Social Justice and Mathematics

Date:
Friday, April 9th
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Website:
https://redbirdlife.illinoisstate.edu/event/7048863

Event Description

The ISU Mathematics Education Club is excited to host two exceptional speakers, Dr. Shelly Jones and Dr. Lou Matthews, for a conversation on social justice in mathematics education on Friday, April 9, at Noon CST. This free event is open to anyone who is interested, including students, professors, and current math teachers and administrators. Click here to learn more and RSVP. RSVP is not required but appreciated.
 
Meet the speakers: 
 
Dr. Shelly Jones earned her Ph.D. in mathematics education at ISU in 2002 and she is currently a professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Central Connecticut State University. Dr. Jones recently completed a children’s activity book entitled Women Who Count: Honoring African American Women Mathematicians. Dr. Jones is interested in culturally relevant pedagogy in mathematics. You can see her TedxCCSU video about culturally relevant pedagogy on YouTube. Dr. Jones also co-authored a chapter in The Brilliance of Black Children in Mathematics: Beyond the Numbers and Toward a New Discourse. She also serves as the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics Position Papers Editor and is the Northeast Director of the Benjamin Banneker Association, a national nonprofit organization, and partner affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, dedicated to supporting teachers and leaders who are working toward leveling the playing field for African-American students so that they can enjoy mathematics learning of the highest quality.  
 
Dr. Lou Matthews is a globally-focused mathematics engagement specialist who has been passionate about inspiring communities, schools, and audiences through his love of mathematics and social justice. Moving from Bermuda to the United States, Dr. Matthews received his Ph.D. in mathematics education from ISU in 2002. Dr. Matthews has been an active speaker, teacher, writer, and public education leader having engaged audiences in the United States, Caribbean, Africa, and Bermuda over the past 20 years. He has authored studies, analysis, and book chapters on culturally relevant teaching in mathematics and the education of Black children. Notably, Dr. Matthews was the founding editor-in-chief of the Journal of Urban Mathematics Education in 2008 and has gone on to serve as a mathematics and STEM advocate, as well as a social entrepreneur, founding his latest startup InspireMath.org in 2017. Dr. Matthews completed the Ghana Project in February 2018, a professional development engagement collaboration with the Gamoa East District and the AceIt Foundation, promoting culturally responsive mathematics teaching for Ghanaian children. From the COVID-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movements, Dr. Matthews’ podcast Pi Before Dinner was born, providing important resources for parents and teachers. 
 
This free event is open to anyone who is interested in attending! RSVP is not required but appreciated. 
If you will need special accommodations, please contact the event organizer.

Organizer

CeMaST
Phone:
(309) 438-3089
Email:
cemast@ilstu.edu
Website:
http://cemast.illinoisstate.edu/

Venue

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