I want every single student to succeed, and whatever it takes, I’ll try to do that.
New York, NY (Vocus) June 30, 2010
Dr. Bragg is actively involved in mathematics education at local, state and national levels, and has served on many national mathematical boards and committees, including the Advisory Board to the Education and Human Resources Directorate of the National Science Foundation (NSF), where she served for over six years on the writing team for the NSF document, Shaping the Future. She was also chair of the NSF report, The Integral Role of Two-Year Colleges in the Science and Mathematics Preparation of Prospective Teachers.
“I wasn’t really representing me, I was representing two-year colleges,” says Bragg of her considerable organizational work on behalf of community college math instruction, which also includes having served as a president of AMATYC, and being key in putting together AMATYC’s strategic documents, Crossroads and Beyond Crossroads.
Much of this work, Dr. Bragg did in concert with other math professionals, including Susan Wood, a math policy advisor with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as well as Marilyn Mayes and Ricky Blair, both of whom, like Bragg, served on the United States Commission of Mathematics. “I sat on the shoulders of a lot of giants,” says Bragg. “We worked as a team.”
Dr. Bragg has co-authored over 60 math textbooks for K-14, as well as numerous other publications, presentations and scholarly papers, and holds a doctorate in the College Teaching of Mathematics from Teachers College, Columbia University.
One of her most resounding contributions to math instruction is making professional development available to math instructors at the two-year college level, by creating AMATYC’s national Project Access. Over the years, Dr. Bragg has succeeded not only in bringing community colleges into the policy-making arena that shapes math instruction in America, but bringing community colleges into a global dialogue through the International Congress of Mathematical Education (ICME). Partnering with George Ecco, a math educator from Uganda, Bragg presented at the ICME conference in Monterey, Mexico in 2008.
At BMCC, Dr. Bragg serves as a Senior Vice President, who, as she puts it, “happens to be math person.” While her role at the College isn’t specifically connected to math, she acts as a resource to that department, or as she explains it, “I can understand what their needs are, when they’re talking to me.” One issue she has focused on is the large percentage—around half—of community college students who need remediation in other to be able to do college level math. Dr. Bragg has customized math textbooks based on BMCC curricula, and worked with BMCC faculty to present the college’s recent Mathematics-Across-the-Curriculum/Quantitative Reasoning Conference. “I want to see math across the curriculum like writing across the curriculum,” she says. In addition to focusing on students who need remediation, Dr. Bragg works closely with BMCC’s most academically outstanding students, through Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) and other groups. “I want every single student to succeed, she says, “and whatever it takes, I’ll try to do that.”
Dr. Bragg shares the Mathematics Excellence award with her math colleague at Ohio State University, Edward Laughbaum—for the first time ever, AMATYC has chosen two people to receive the award, which will be presented at the organization’s annual meeting, this November in Boston.
AMATYC, the only organization exclusively devoted to providing a national forum for the improvement of mathematics instruction in the first two years of college, has approximately 2,500 individual members, more than 100 institutional members, and reaches out to educators through over 44 affiliate organizations. BMCC, the largest community college in the City University of New York (CUNY) system, enrolls over 22,000 degree-seeking and 10,000 Continuing Education students a year. These students come from more than 155 countries, and earn associate degrees in over 27 fields.
Contact: Lynn McGee
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