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Season 3 Preview

Thanks so much for coming back for Season 3 of Black Girl Math! I had such a great response to the videos and guests from last season that I decided to bring it back for Season 3. I want to hear from you to help me get ready for Season 3. I am looking for … Continue reading Season 3 Preview

S3.Ep2 Why Content Matters

My guest, Dr. Kristopher J. Childs (he/him) is a keynote speaker, educator, and member of senior leadership teams who focuses his work on excellence in teacher content and pedagogical knowledge, equity, leadership development, and organizational change. In this episode, Dr. Childs shares his reasons for advocating for equitable, relevant content for Black students especially Black … Continue reading S3.Ep2 Why Content Matters


This month, I talk with Dr. Carolyn Strong, my friend and educator, about how to find ways to connect with and check in with Black students as we continue to deal with all of the social and political changes in the last year. Dr. Carolyn Strong is an educator, author and speaker. Dr. Strong’s work … Continue reading Checking-In

Celebrating Black Girl Math™

Black Girl Math™ celebrates two years this month with a podcast episode on Kids Math Talk and a featured blog for #BlackWomenRockMath. I appreciated sharing my journey! Black Girl Math has so much to celebrate! Thank you to all of my subscribers and viewers for being a part of the first two years of the … Continue reading Celebrating Black Girl Math™

Black Girls Belong 2

You push a girl out of schools and you push her into the streets; you push her into violence; you push her into trauma. Susan Burton of A New Way of Life Reentry Project from Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools by Dr. Monique W. Morris and Jacoba Atlas This month, I am … Continue reading Black Girls Belong 2

Creating Spaces for Black Girls

This month I speak with three educators whose stories have contributed to their purpose for working with Black girls and their educators to create spaces where Black girls are centered and celebrated. The three educators joining me in the conversation are Dr. Carolyn Strong, Deborah Peart, and Jacqueline Smalls. Dr. Carolyn Strong, a previous Black … Continue reading Creating Spaces for Black Girls

Appreciating Teachers

“A hard truth that keeps coming back to me is the idea that when one overlooks those in their sphere of influence, the ones who have been overlooked see it, feel it, and experience it.” Lachanda Garrison, from The Power of Stories blog post For Teacher Appreciation Week, I wanted to celebrate a passionate educator … Continue reading Appreciating Teachers

Representation Matters

Recently, I was in a school bathroom and saw a beautiful painting of an African woman dressed in African garb hanging on the wall. I was immediately filled with awe and joy because the painting radiated beauty and was a positive image in a surprising place. I am often one of few African American women … Continue reading Representation Matters

Community Matters

When I was in elementary school, I was made fun of a LOT because I earned high test scores and mostly “As and Bs” in most subjects including math. I definitely remember being called a “teacher’s pet” and “nerd”. Nerds were not cool when I was growing up so being a labeled a “nerd” left … Continue reading Community Matters

Community Matters 2

“You can’t go it alone. We’re neuro-biologically hard-wired for connection with other people. In the absence of connection, love, and belonging, there is suffering.”–Brené Brown from The Call to Courage Netflix special I wholeheartedly feel the same way as Brené about my learning community. I can’t do this work alone! I loved that I had … Continue reading Community Matters 2

Black Girls Belong

In observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Day this year, I chose to dedicate this post to awareness of the injustice of how Black girls are treated in schools today and how to build safer learning environments for Black girls so they feel like they belong in their schools and classrooms. I attended a screening … Continue reading Black Girls Belong

Connections Matter

Some of my favorite memories growing up were when we played games as a family. I loved playing math and word games with my family such as Scrabble, Checkers, and Connect 4. My father and my older brother taught my two younger brothers and me lots of other games with what we already had around … Continue reading Connections Matter

Connections Matter 2

In April, more governors decided to close schools for the remaining of the school year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. More closings mean that more schools will be moving to remote learning and more time that learners will be learning at home with their families. To support families, teachers, and learners, I would … Continue reading Connections Matter 2

Talk, Talk, Talk, Talk, Talk

Note: This post was originally published in June 2020. Last week I had an opportunity to share my work on how to engage Black students in productive mathematical discourse as part of #NCTM100 Professional Learning series. In the wake of the recent events following the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, I wasn’t sure … Continue reading Talk, Talk, Talk, Talk, Talk

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