Kay Gilliland Gallery of Awardees

Congratulations to Thomasenia Adams, the 2020 Kay Gilliland Equity Lecture Awardee

Thomasenia Adams

Thomasenia Adams

Thomasenia Adams will deliver the Kay Gilliland Equity Lecture titled “From the Perils of Inequity to The Champion of Equity – The Reign of Mathematical Power” at the NCSM Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA.

Kay Gilliland Equity Lecture

Mathematics leaders are in an important and unique position to set priorities, influence change, and impact conversations. Recent unfortunate social events in this nation have affected the lives of the education community, especially its students. Understanding the historical perspective of these events is key. Silence in the face of injustice conveys the impression that prejudicial behavior is condoned or not worthy of attention. Today there are ‘calls’ for professional learning offerings that include understanding and respecting the lived experiences and realities of students. There are implications for leaders to build stronger relationships with teachers and each other. Additionally, there is new learning to be considered for our work.

Through her research at the University of Florida, Dr. Thomasenia Lott Adams has advocated for equity in mathematics education. Dr. Lott has disseminated her passionate work through academics, referred articles, books, keynote presentations, research presentations, and professional development. An example of her passion is as lead author of Making Sense of Mathematics for Teaching Girls in Grades K-5 (2019), where insights of the gender gap in mathematics are discussed.

Dr. Thomasenia Lott Adams influences current equity problems through publications, presentations, professional development, and mentoring. Dr. Adams focus is on supporting girls in mathematics, culturally responsive pedagogy, women in educational leadership, and increasing the number and position of African American mathematics educators.

Recently, Dr. Thomasenia Lott Adams has been invited to present on equity in mathematics education as the keynote at the inaugural Women in Equation: Leading Perspectives conference, a presentation for the Build Minds Virtual Summit, and invited and highlighted sessions for NCSM, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), and the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE).

As the 2020 recipient of the Kay Gilliland Equity Lecture Award, Thomasenia will deliver the Kay Gilliland Equity Lecture titled “From the Perils of Inequity to the Champion of Equity: The Reign of Mathematical Power” at the 52nd NCSM Annual Conference in Chicago on Tuesday, March
31.

Kay Gilliland

NCSM 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.

Previous Kay Gilliland Equity Lecture Award Recipients

Linda Fulmore
2019
“Mathematics Leaders ‘Answering the Call’ for Educational Change”
Eden Badertscher
2018
"Empowering Teachers to Disrupt Racial Inequities: The Fundamental Praxis of Becoming a Change Agent"
Florence Glanfield
2017
"Learning About Equity in Mathematics Education through the Lens of Indigenous Perspectives"
Cathy Seeley
2016
"Visibly and Invisibly Helping Every Teacher Help Every Student Achieve"
Uri Treisman
2015
"Ensuring That College and Career Readiness Standards Lead to College and Career Readiness"
Jo Boaler
2014
"Cutting Through the Smoke Screen: Erasing Mathematics Inequality Through Research and Action"
Miriam Leiva
2013
"Equity for Each Learner: Equitable Practices to Engage and Build Student Mathematical Knowledge."