Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Let's move the work forward! - Upcoming focus groups

If you are interested in supporting the work of amplifying the voices of Black teachers of mathematics, please consider an upcoming opportunity to participate in a focus group.  We will be hosting 1.5 to 2-hour focus groups beginning this month through July. Specifically, we will be visiting the following areas: 
  • Washington, DC area (Maryland, Virginia, and DC)
    • Our first DMV focus group will be held on Monday, March 11th at 5:30pm; spaces are still available! 
  • Chicago, IL
  • Oakland, CA
  • Jackson, MS
  • Atlanta, GA
Each focus group participant will receive $25 in compensation. Those who help recruit participants will receive a small honorarium for their support.  If interested in recruiting teachers and/or participating, please fill out the focus group sign up form at the top of this webpage

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Oral History Promotional Video

We are so proud to present a promotional video for our upcoming documentary. Enjoy! We will be releasing mini-documentaries on each of our teachers as well as a longer documentary about the project in mid-2019. Stay tuned!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Seeking Survey Participants

We are recruiting for our nation-wide study on Black math teachers' experiences. We are seeking K-12 teachers of mathematics who identify as Black/African American to participate in a 15-minute survey about their teaching experiences.

We 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.:

Spread the word!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Seeking Research Participants!

Desegregated Classroom, 1969-1970, Hilcrest, FL

Are you a Black teacher who taught mathematics at the elementary, middle or high school-level?

Did you teach at some point during the 1950s-1990s? 

If so, we're looking for you to participate in Phase 1 of our study! 

We are seeking retired/veteran teachers to participate in our oral history study.

All participants will be compensated. 

Click the Participation tab to sign up. 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

About This Study

This research is funded through the National Science Foundation. The research team will collect data about the experiences, beliefs, and praxis of Black mathematics teachers from historical and contemporary perspectives to:
  • Inform recruitment and retention efforts; and 
  • Contribute to theory building. 
This study is highly important since the number of Black mathematics educators choosing to teach mathematics at the secondary are either choosing not to select mathematics as a career or leaving the profession due to racial/ethnic biases and stereotype threats that often question their ability to teach the subject.

To help encourage more Black educators to choose teaching mathematics as a career, this study will document the oral histories and experiences of Black mathematics teachers pre- and post-de jure school desegregation as a means of informing contemporary recruitment and retention procedures and processes. It will also examine the experiences of practicing Black secondary mathematics teachers about their beliefs about mathematics content, recruitment, retention, racialized experiences in education, and perceptions and beliefs about current pedagogical practices. This information will be used to inform educational policy and provide implications for recruiting and maintaining a more diverse mathematics education teaching force.

This study will be conducted using a three-phase process:

Phase I- Oral histories with veteran/retired Black mathematics teachers
Phase II- Administration of large-scale survey to currently-practicing Black mathematics teachers
Phase III - Regional focus groups with currently-practicing Black mathematics teachers

A mixed methods research design will be used to collect data through oral history interviews with retired Black mathematics teachers and focus group sessions with current mathematics teachers. A large-scale survey will also be adapted and administered to capture the experiences of current Black secondary mathematics teachers from a sociocultural perspective. Through these data sources, this research will advance knowledge of the historical and sociocultural influences that impede recruitment and retention of a diverse teaching force by focusing efforts on understanding these issues in relation to Black mathematics teachers.

Let's move the work forward! - Upcoming focus groups

If you are interested in supporting the work of amplifying the voices of Black teachers of mathematics, please consider an upcoming opp...