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2020 Lelon R. Capps Lecture at KU

Equitable Mathematics Teaching Supportive of Each and Every Learner
March 24, 2020 | 5:30 p.m.
Regnier Auditorium at the KU Edwards Campus

Presentation Description

In what ways is mathematical discourse connected to equitable mathematics teaching and learning? In this lecture, Dr. Robert Berry will address connections between equitable instructional practices and identity, agency, and positionality. A vignette will be used to examine how high cognitively demanding tasks provide opportunities to engage learners in meaningful discourse, positioning learners as mathematically competent. 

About the Presenter

Robert Q. Berry, III, Ph.D. is the president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and is a professor in the Curry School of Education and Human Development at the University of Virginia, with an appointment in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction & Special Education. Berry teaches mathematics methods courses in the teacher education program, graduate-level mathematics education courses and courses for in-service teachers seeking a mathematics specialist endorsement. He taught middle school mathematics and science and was twice named Teacher of the Year in Newport News, Virginia. Berry has published over 100 articles, book chapters, and proceedings. His articles have appeared in the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, Journal of Teacher Education, and the American Educational Research Journal. Equity issues in mathematics education are central to Berry's research, especially understanding Black children's mathematics experiences and unpacking equitable mathematics teaching and learning. Berry served on the Board of Directors of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics 2011-2014 and is a two-time recipient of NCTM's Linking Research and Practice Publication Award. He was recognized as the 2011 Mathematics Educator of the Year by the Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics and received the University of Virginia's All-University Teaching Award in 2011. Robert Berry received his Bachelor of Science degree from Old Dominion University, his master's degree from Christopher Newport University, and holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

About the Lelon R. Capps Lecture Series Fund

The purpose of the Lelon R. Capps Lecture Series Fund, honoring Professor Capps, is to bring nationally recognized speakers in education to KU. Professor Capps began his career at The University of Kansas School of Education in 1962 providing 44 years of service. His teaching and scholarship focused on elementary mathematics education. Capps authored a K-6 mathematics textbook series published by Houghton Mifflin that was used by 70% of the schools in the U.S. For many years he provided professional development for teachers of elementary mathematics within the U.S. and many international locations. While at KU, Capps served as director of elementary education, assistant dean and associate dean for the School of Education. Dr. and Mrs. Capps have a long history of supporting KU School of Education students through the Mathematics Education Scholarship and this lecture series. 

The Lelon R. Capps Lecture Series is supported by a fund established through KU Endowment and is hosted by the Department of Curriculum & Teaching, with support from the School of Education and Department of Mathematics. Donations from individuals interested in providing a gift to support this lecture series are welcome to do so through the KU Endowment Association web page here.

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