Congratulations to Florence Glanfield, the 2017 Kay Gilliland Equity Lecture Awardee
Kay Gilliland Equity Lecture, "Learning About Equity in Mathematics Education through the Lens of Indigenous Perspectives", will be given at the NCSM Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, April 4, 2017.
Kay Gilliland Equity Lecture
While there are numerous perspectives situated in languages and origin stories, among Indigenous communities around the world and in North America, there are threads of commonality. I will introduce you to some of the threads that I've come to learn from my Indigenous Elders, Knowledge Holders, and teachers. I will then invite you to imagine the ways in which the threads might inform the recurring equity issues in mathematics education. We've been at this work for years now yet we still see little difference in results. Perhaps we need to 'look' and 'see' differently and be informed by perspectives that are situated in teachings of relationships, balance, and commonalities in order to imagine a new way to think about equity. These perspectives, and our subsequent actions as leaders and educators, will help us to collectively achieve the goals outlined in the NCSM/TODOS joint position statement, "Mathematics Education Through the Lens of Social Justice."
The National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics is an organization whose membership is made up of leaders in the field of mathematics education. One of those members who gave especially of her time and energy was Kay Gilliland. Mills College and EQUALS gave her the courage and the skills to work for equity in mathematics for all students, especially low-income, black, Latino, and indigenous peoples. NCSM enabled her to learn and work locally, nationally, and internationally to improve the teaching and learning of mathematics. Kay Gilliland was a vibrant and service-oriented President of NCSM and served as a conscientious editor of the NCSMs newsletter for more than seven years. In all of her work, Kay promoted a focus on equity in mathematics education.
Each year, NCSM members take time out to nominate and honor a leader in mathematics who has made the same kind of unique and dedicated contribution to mathematics education as Kay Gilliland.
If you are a current NCSM member, consider nominating a worthy candidate.
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