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Book Talk: Building Mathematics Learning Communities, with Erica Walker

On October 17th, Dr. Erica Walker, Associate Professor of Mathematics Education at Teachers College, will discuss her book, Building Mathematics Learning Communities: Improving Outcomes in Urban High Schools (Teachers College Press, 2012). "Drawing on perceptions, behaviors, and experiences of students at an urban high school—both high and low achievers—this timely book demonstrates how urban youth can be meaningfully engaged in learning mathematics. The author presents a 'potential' model rather than a 'deficit' model, complete with teaching strategies and best practices for teaching mathematics in innovative and relevant ways." Dr. Walker also examines societal perceptions of urban students, including their effect on teaching and learning, policies, and mathematics outcomes.

Writes Lee V. Stiff, former president of NCTM,

"[This volume] is an insightful and informative account of what is required to raise the math performance of students, not only in urban high schools, but in all high schools. Walker provides a blueprint for changing the way urban students should be served in mathematics classrooms and beyond, and offers explicit perspectives and strategies for closing the achievement gap. This is a must-read for the mathematics education community."

Erica Walker is Associate Professor of Mathematics Education at Teachers College. She earned her doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and was a post doctoral fellow at Teachers College from 2001-2002. Dr. Walker majored in mathematics and minored in Spanish at Birmingham-Southern College and attended Wake Forest University to obtain a masters degree in mathematics education and become certified to teach high school mathematics. In addition to her recent book, she has written book chapters, research reports, and articles for scholarly journals, among them International Journal for the History of Mathematics Education, The High School Journal, American Educational Research Journal, Teacher Education Quarterly, and The Urban Review.

This book talk is sponsored by the Vice President's Office for Diversity and Community Affairs, Teachers College Press, and Gottesman Libraries.

Persons wishing to attend may rsvp by Friday, October 12th.

Where: 306 Russell

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