[Numeracy 20] Re: Welcome to the Math and Numeracy Discussion List

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Dianna Baycich dbaycich at literacy.kent.edu
Thu Jan 21 13:56:28 EST 2010

Could you tell us more about the math training for health careers you and
Tricia are developing. Would it be in person, on-line or both? Will it be
available for free or for a fee?
Dianna Baycich

-----Original Message-----
From: numeracy-bounces at nifl.gov [mailto:numeracy-bounces at nifl.gov] On Behalf
Of Sally Waldron
Sent: Thursday, January 21, 2010 10:28 AM
To: numeracy at nifl.gov
Subject: [Numeracy 17] Re: Welcome to the Math and Numeracy Discussion List


I am Sally Waldron. I currently oversee U.S. adult literacy and numeracy
efforts at World Education, a Boston-based non-profit. Our work includes
coordination of the Massachusetts professional development system (SABES),
the New England Literacy Resource Center, the National College Transitions
Network, and the New England Transitions to College and Careers project.

I was an adult basic education math teacher for 15 years prior to becoming a
program director and professional developer. Math is my first interest and
love, and I plan to return to ABE math teaching when I leave my current
position in a few years. Last year, I volunteered in an ABE math classroom
for several months, and this year I am assisting Tricia Donovan with
developing a math training on math for health careers.

My goals for the list include being part of a stimulating dialogue about
math instruction, giving myself more time to focus on numeracy and how it is
learned and taught (and preparing myself to become a better math teacher),
learning more about what is going on in numeracy across the country (and
perhaps internationally, too), and working with policy makers to increase
recognition of the importance of numeracy skills.



>>> "Denney, Brooke" <denneyb at cowley.edu> 1/21/2010 7:02 AM >>>


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.
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 . 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
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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