SSC Professor Attends National Mathematics Forum

Seminole State College Assistant Professor of Math and STEM Division Chair Emily Carpenter recently attended the Conference Board of Mathematical Sciences (CBMS) Forum in Reston, Virginia. The theme of the forum was High School to College Mathematics Pathways.

Carpenter received both her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and her master’s degree in Teaching, Learning and Leadership with an option in Special Education from Oklahoma State University. She is a National Board-certified teacher with 13 years of K-12 teaching experience. She has worked at SSC full-time for six years and served the College as an adjunct for one year prior to that.

She, alongside other educators, administrators and advocates, worked together to develop an action plan for the state and form the Oklahoma Math Alignment Group.

The Oklahoma Math Alignment Group, composed of 25 math educators and advocates from across the state, will launch an effort to identify learning gaps for students between high school and college mathematics and make policy recommendations to bridge them. This will better prepare students for college and career success.

The group’s team is comprised of representatives from Oklahoma’s State Regents for Higher Education, Oklahoma Department of Education and Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education. This initiative is in response to Oklahoma’s participation of the multi-state High School to College Math Pathways Forum by CBMS.

During the forum, the Oklahoma team developed an action plan, established the Oklahoma Math Alignment Group and broadened its membership to a total of 25 math teachers, administrators and advocates representing K-12 and higher education.

The Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences is an umbrella organization of 18 professional societies whose primary objectives are the increase or diffusion of knowledge in the mathematical sciences. The High School to College Mathematics Forum hosted by CBMS focused on three issues: responding to the changing role of mathematics in the economy, ensuring college readiness today and tomorrow, and articulating the mathematical pathways that will serve all students.