Lincoln’s Mathematics Learning Center Collaborates with Regional Universities for Mathematics Training Workshop

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LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, Pa. – Lincoln University’s Mathematics Learning Center recently hosted a two-day algebra workshop at the Ivory V. Nelson Center for the Sciences. The workshop was prepared by the Southern Initiative Algebra Project in conjunction with Lincoln University, Virginia State University, Dillard University, Virginia Union University and Xavier University.

The Southern Initiative Algebra Project consists of over 4,000 teachers and 50,000 students that provide mathematics education reform to mathematics teachers, community organizations and HBCUs.

“This initiative provides teachers and tutors alike with training on how to simplify complex algebraic problems for students,” said Abel Ayele, coordinator of the Mathematics Learning Center and instructor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences.

“The training was fun, interactive and informative,” said Anjolaoluwa Popoola, a junior Mathematics Learning Center tutor and member of the National Society of Black Engineers. “The workshop stressed the importance of teacher and student relationships and encouraged us to empower students to embrace mathematical challenges.”

The Southern Initiative Algebra Project training was provided to the tutors through a grant awarded to Lincoln University by the National Science Foundation.  

“This grant will aid in developing a kindergarten-undergraduate pipeline of math-proficient science, technology, and mathematics (STEM) students,” said Kevin Favor, a professor of psychology in the psychology and human services department who helped facilitate the event. “The pipeline is targeted to benefit Philadelphia students from educationally challenged schools and Lincoln University undergraduates in STEM courses.” In facilitating the workshop, Favor was joined by Denise Gaither-Hardy an assistant professor in the psychology and human services department. 

The Mathematics Learning Center is located in the Department of Mathematical Sciences on the second floor of the Ivory V. Nelson Center for the Sciences and on the second floor of Wright Hall.

“The Mathematics Learning Center was created to provide learning support to students enrolled in all math courses with a mission to establish educational experiences that combine support services, teaching, and technology to develop mathematically competent students enrolled in math courses. The MLC tutoring service is largely provided by funding from Title III,” said Claude Tameze, Chair of the Department of Mathematical Sciences and Director of the Mathematics Learning Center.

More information about the Mathematics Learning Center can be found on their website. 

Article by Devin Bonner, Office of Communications and Public Relations