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January 14, 2010

Denney selected to serve as moderator for discussion list


Brooke DenneyHaving done math reviews for LINCS (Literacy Information and Communication System), Cowley College Adult Education Instructional Coordinator, Brooke Denney, was recently approved to serve as the moderator for the National Institute for Literacy’s new Math and Numeracy Discussion List.

Denney, who also works as an adjunct math instructor at Cowley College, was eager to help with the discussion list, which will begin Tuesday, Jan. 19.

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.

“I am very honored to have been chosen by NIFL (National Institute for Literacy) to be the Math and Numeracy moderator because I am very passionate about mathematics and helping people learn how to survive in a world full of numbers,” Denney said. “It is apparent that the U.S desperately needs a better understanding of numbers based on our most recent economic events. It can no longer be socially acceptable for adults to say, "I can't do math."

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.

The list will share information and resources on these and other related topics so that participants can increase their breadth and depth of understanding of adult numeracy and mathematics issues.

Slade Griffiths, vice president of academic affairs at Cowley College, is proud of Denney for her efforts.
“The Cowley GED/ABE program has always strived to be leaders in the field and this is just another example of how the staff rise to meet the needs of students and all stakeholders,” Griffiths said. “I am particularly proud of Brooke who developed this additional service to other faculty and administrators.”

The process all came about when Denney was introduced to Jean Stephens, Director of the Center for Literacy Studies in Louisville, KY at the COABE (Commission on Adult Basic Education) conference by both Michelle Carson, Associate Director of Adult Education with the Kansas Board of Regents, and Pam Meador, a mathematics instructor for the Portland Adult Education Center in Maine. Upon Meador’s recommendation, Stephens asked for Denney’s resume for the purpose of reviewing math articles for LINCS.

Denney started reviewing articles over this past summer and in November Stephens sent Denney an email about being a moderator. Denney then contacted Dianna Baycich, Literacy Projects Coordinator for The Ohio Literacy Resource Center at Kent State University, about submitting a resume for the job. 

Baycich, then submitted Denney’s resume to Noreen Lopez, Senior Program Officer for Technology at the National Institute for Literacy for final approval. Denney received notification on her approval on Dec. 1, 2009.

To join the Math and Numeracy Discussion list go to