[Numeracy 19] Re: Welcome to the Math and Numeracy Discussion List

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Kim Bosworth KBosworth at greaterhomewood.org
Thu Jan 21 12:15:20 EST 2010


I'm Kim Bellerive Bosworth from the Greater Homewood Adult Literacy and ESOL Program in Baltimore, MD. I have 12 years experience in the education the last 7 of which have been in adult education. As with most non-profits, I have one title but many roles. I'm looking to this discussion list to help me in my role as the adult basic education instructional specialist. I want to be able to assist the basic math skills instructors and volunteer tutors I work with a greater variety of practical strategies. I need help to help them because my background is in reading instruction. I'm looking forward to the opportunity to share ideas and learn from others.


Kim Bellerive Bosworth
Assistant Director
Adult Literacy and ESOL Program
Greater Homewood Community Corporation
3501 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
Phone 410-261-3518
Fax 410-261-3506


From: numeracy-bounces at nifl.gov [mailto:numeracy-bounces at nifl.gov] On Behalf Of Denney, Brooke
Sent: Thursday, January 21, 2010 7:03 AM
To: numeracy at nifl.gov
Subject: [Numeracy 13] Welcome to the Math and Numeracy Discussion List


It is my honor to welcome you to the NEW NIFL electronic discussion list: Math and Numeracy. My name is Brooke Denney and I am the moderator/facilitator of this list. I have an extensive background in mathematics (B.S. in Mathematics and 21 hours towards a M.S. in Mathematics) and am working towards a doctoral degree in Adult and Continuing Education. I am very passionate about math and numeracy and believe that we are reaching a crisis level in the United States because of our current instructional practices so something has to change. This desire to change the way we impact learners has guided me to my current position as Instructional Coordinator/Mathematics Instructor at Cowley College Adult Education Program.

Those of you who have signed up for this list have come aboard the Math and Numeracy Boat and as we prepare to set sail on our journey to many different topics. I ask that you introduce yourself. Then perhaps reflect upon the following questions: What are your hopes for this discussion list? What skills or knowledge can you share with us to deepen our knowledge about mathematics &/or numeracy? What ideas can you offer to make this a strong participant-base voyage?

For those of you who are new to the electronic discussion lists, or would appreciate a reminder - to post to this list, you can either hit reply to a post OR you can send the post to: numeracy at nifl.gov<mailto:numeracy at nifl.gov> . It sometimes takes a few hours before you will see your post posted.

The purpose of this list is to provide an on-going professional development forum where adult educators, advocates, researchers, policy makers, adult education providers, and others can discuss mathematics and numeracy issues in adult basic education and GED programs. This list promotes the sharing of information, research, expertise, and resources on topics such as motivation and math, math skills for GED completion and transitions to post-secondary and workplace settings; common math and numeracy instructional issues; technology in math education; and current on-line numeracy or math classes being piloted in ABE/GED settings. If you had to write a purpose for this list-what would you write? What topics would you include?

All thoughts on this list are welcome. We will learn a lot from the variety of representatives, range of our experiences, and diversity of thoughts from those who are aboard the Math and Numeracy Boat. In order to support this effort to learn from each other, we need to communicate with a child-like inquiry and curiosity, that fosters a mutual respect. Please follow the Netiquette Rules at http://www.nifl.gov/lincs/discussions/list_guidelines.html#netiquette before posting messages. Thank you.

I am looking forward to sailing this journey along side you as we learn and grow. As you come aboard the ship, please announce who you are and what you hope to gain from this list?

Brooke Denney
Cowley College Adult Education Program

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