BBA Math News & Announcements

Posted by Brea Ratliff on September 18, 2017

What is the mission, vision, and purpose of the Benjamin Banneker Association?

On Friday, September 8, in our first meeting during the 2017 Benjamin Banneker Association,Inc. Leadership Retreat, we brainstormed a list of several ideas which would guide the work we would undertake over the next couple of days. This mind map shows the thoughts, questions, and suggestions which came out of that discussion:


As we moved into Day 2 of the Retreat, and spent some time learning the history of the Benjamin Banneker Association and reviewing our constitution and by-laws, we were able to gain a clearer picture of who we are and why we do what we do.  Over the upcoming weeks and months, we’ll continue to unpack and clarify who we are as an organization, and to ensure all of our members and supporters are on the same page.

Part 1: Who We Are and What We Do

In the Preamble to the Constitution for the Benjamin Banneker Association our goals are stated as such:

Not all of our members are educators, nor are we all of African-American / black descent.  Our membership is open to any and everyone who is concerned about the educational and developmental needs of African-American children.


So, how will we accomplish these goals?


Here’s how we will further the mission of our organization over the next two years:

We plan to do this by continuing to develop the activities and programs we currently have:

  • National partnerships with organizations such as NCTM, TODOS, NAM, CBMS, CASIO and others
  • National professional development through mathematics education conferences
  • Publications, such as The Lighthouse and the Social Justice Position Statement
  • Development of social justice lessons and workshops for school administrators
  • BBA Student Scholarships
  • BBA Student Affiliate Groups for K-12
  • Receiving regional and national grants to further the mission of the organization
  • Outreach through events such as the AME STEM Academy, Annual School Visits, and the Boys and Girls Club Partnership
  • The celebration of Benjamin Banneker through Benjamin Banneker Week activities
  • BBA Literary Circle Webinars

If you are interested in supporting any of the above activities, or adding to this list, please join BBA and know that you are needed! Stayed tuned for Part 2 – The History of BBA.



Posted by Brea Ratliff on September 18, 2017

Career Opportunity: SDSU School of Teacher Education Director

The School of Teacher Education in the College of Education at San Diego State University (SDSU) is searching for a Director (Chair) at the Associate or Full rank to begin in the fall of 2018. More information about the position is available at


Contact Dr. Randy Philipp directly with questions:
Randy Philipp, Chair
SDSU School of Teacher Education Search Committee
Dr. Randolph Philipp
Professor of Mathematics Education
School of Teacher Education
San Diego State University

Director, Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education (CRMSE)
President, Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE)
6475 Alvarado Road, Suite 206
San Diego, CA  92120
Telephone:   (619) 594-4453 (office) and (619) 972-6446 (cell)

Posted by Brea Ratliff on September 18, 2017

Career Opportunities (3) – School of Education, Deakin University, Australia

The School of Education at Deakin University, Australia is seeking three energetic and committed mathematics educators to join an established team of colleagues and contribute to its research and teaching agenda.

The three full-time continuing positions in Mathematics Education, to commence in early 2018, are:

  • Professor (Melbourne Burwood Campus),
  • Senior Lecturer (Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus) and
  • Lecturer (Melbourne Burwood Campus).

Please go to the Deakin website at The closing date for all three positions is October 15, 2017.

Posted by Crystal Morgan on September 9, 2017

BBA Board Retreat

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Posted by Claude Stuart on September 9, 2017



The goals of the organization shall be (a) to serve as advocate for the educational and professional needs of its member, (b) to serve as advocate for the educational and developmental needs of African-American children, and (c) to provide educational solutions and policy alternatives to the educational issues which affect the participation and success of African-American children in mathematics learning.  In executing these goals, The Benjamin Banneker Association shall promote and provide opportunities for networking among individuals, institutions, groups, and agencies operating for the betterment of the educational systems of these United States and Territories, and promote and provide opportunities for African-American students to participate and excel in mathematics learning.