BBA Math News & Announcements

Posted by Brea Ratliff on February 5, 2018

Career Opportunity: Northwest Missouri State University

Northwest Missouri State University is hiring an Instructor of Mathematics, Statistics, or Mathematics Education.

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Posted by Brea Ratliff on February 1, 2018

Call For Reviewers – BBA Lighthouse Almanac

The Benjamin Banneker Association, Inc. produces an annual publication for its members, The Lighthouse Almanac, launched in 2017. Its audience is BBA members, PK-16 educators, school administrators, college/university faculty, parents, and other stakeholders interested with current and pressing concerns connected to the mathematics education of African-American students.

We are soliciting volunteers to help review submissions to the almanac. Reviewer’s responsibilities will include evaluating alignment to the BBA mission and feedback with an aim toward supporting the author in developing a publishable contribution.

A copy of the 2018 Call for Papers / Proposals can be found here.

For more information, please contact Brian Lawler at blawler4@kennesaw.edu

Posted by Brea Ratliff on February 1, 2018

Call for Proposals – BBA Lighthouse Almanac

2018 Call for Proposals

The Benjamin Banneker Association, Inc. Lighthouse Almanac

 

The concept of social justice in the mathematics classroom can be viewed through three lenses – “about” social justice, “with” social justice and “for” social justice.  About social justice is planning a lesson to look at serious or even provocative issues using mathematics. With social justice, the focus is the manner of interactions and the climate within the classroom.  The teacher uses various practices within classroom relationships that encourage equal participation and status.  For social justice, the practices are founded on the belief that mathematics is the tool to be used to challenge the status quo that is adversely impacted by the lack of social justice.

Although children of all ages are reflecting on tough social issues, so many opportunities for teachers to draw upon these powerful realities as anchors for curriculum and instruction are lost. This type of curriculum and instruction can be developed through a social justice curriculum.  We believe a social justice curriculum must be inclusive of materials, practices, and beliefs which these three lenses outline to achieve the goal of this type of teaching and learning.

The Benjamin Banneker Association, Inc. will bring attention to social justice in mathematics in our upcoming publication of The Lighthouse Almanac. The information shared in this journal will be a resource in which PK-16 educators, school administrators, college/university faculty, parents, and other stakeholders can find solutions to current and pressing concerns connected to the mathematics education of African-American students.

Contributions are welcomed from teachers and users of mathematics at any level.  A submission could be one of the following related to the theme for this issue:

  • A personal story / original essay;
  • An abstract describing your current research or related projects you are developing;
  • Commentary of a current event or issue;
  • An activity or lesson for PK-16 teachers or teacher educators;
  • A resource for parents; or
  • A tool (e.g. A Cultural Proficiency Rubric / Checklist) for educators, school administrators

 

Proposals will be reviewed and accepted based on their alignment to the mission and goals of the Benjamin Banneker Association, Inc.

Proposal Submission Deadline: May 31, 2018

For more information, please contact Brian Lawler at blawler4@kennesaw.edu

Editors:

  • Brian Lawler, Kennesaw State University
  • Brea Ratliff, Southern Methodist University
Posted by Brea Ratliff on February 1, 2018

Call for Nominations for the 2018 Board of Directors Election

Benjamin Banneker Association Call for Nominations for the 2018 Board of Directors Election

Do you know someone who would bring valuable experience, perspective, and judgment to the Benjamin Banneker Association Board of Directors? We are looking for a broad representation of the Banneker membership to enrich board discussions, inquiries, and decisions. Help the Nominations and Elections Committee identify talented, energetic individuals who are interested in serving as leaders in The Benjamin Banneker Association!

To nominate yourself or a colleague, please complete and submit the Call for Nominations form to Latrenda Knighten, Chair of the Nominations and Elections Committee at ldknighten@bbamath.org by March 1, 2018.

Open Positions:

  • President-Elect – Qualifications: A member to be eligible for the office of President-Elect must have been a voting member of The Association for at least two years and shall have served on the Board of Directors of The Association.
  • Secretary – Qualifications: A member to be eligible for the Office of Secretary must have been a voting member of The Association for at least one year.
  • Regional Directors – Qualifications: A member to be eligible for the position of Regional Director must have been a voting member of The Association for at least one year and must reside in the region at the time of nomination. Three Regional Directors are to be elected for the 2018 Election:
    • West – Alaska, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington
    • Southeast – Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Virgin Islands, Bermuda, Caribbean Islands
    • North Central – Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Eastern Canada (Central and Eastern Time Zones)

Proposed Nominations and Elections Timeline:

February 1, 2018 Nominations period opens
March 1, 2018 Nominee applications due
March 2 – 9, 2018 Committee reviews nominee applications, selects ballot and submits to BBA Board for approval
March 16 – April 16, 2018 Online Voting Period
April 16, 2018 (midnight) Web voting closes
Week of April 23, 2018 Results announced at Annual Meeting

 

Posted by Brea Ratliff on January 13, 2018

Black Math Teacher Study

The research team headed by Dr. Toya Jones Frank at George Mason University is recruiting for their nation-wide study on Black math teachers’ experiences. They are seeking K-12 teachers of mathematics who identify as Black/African American to participate in a 15-minute survey about their teaching experiences. They will randomly select individual participants to receive one of 500 $25 Amazon e-gift cards, distributed once the survey closes.

Please visit the following link for more details and to participate in the study: http://bit.ly/2CEvBA9 . For more information about the larger study, please visit www.trajectorystudy.com, and feel free to spread the word.

Retired Teachers:  The team is gearing up for interviews with retired teachers, and would love to make contact with you in the near future. Please contact them soon, as several interviews are set to be completed this spring.

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