Lou Matthews

Dr. Lou Edward Matthews is a professor of middle/secondary mathematics education in the School of Education at the University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Dr. Matthews has been involved in mathematics education in the United States and Bermuda for the past 15 years where he has taught at the middle, high school, and college levels since receiving Bachelor of Science degrees in Mathematics and Accounting from Atlantic Union College in 1991. Subsequently, He obtained a Masters of Education in Secondary Mathematics from Alabama A&M University in 1994 and a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from Illinois State University in May 2002. Dr. Matthews’ continued research and professional activities have focused on helping teachers incorporate visions of mathematics teaching and learning excellent that draw from both current reform ideology and culturally relevant pedagogy. Dr. Matthews’ has recently authored, "Babies Overboard!" The Complexities of Incorporating Culturally Relevant Teaching into Mathematics Instruction was featured in Educational Studies in Mathematics (Vol. 53, 2003); and “This Little Light of Mine!” Entering Voices of Cultural Relevancy into Mathematics Reform Conversation (Under Review). Recently, Dr. Matthews has been a part of national efforts t o impact the mathematics achievement gap for African American students and was among 35 mathematics educators and educators nationwide, invited to participate in a NSF-funded national summit: Closing the Mathematics Achievement Gap of African-American Students on October 7-9, 2004 in Washington, DC. Dr. Matthews has remained active both nationally and internationally, as an mathematics educational consultant, researcher and sought after motivational speaker, addressing audiences of parents, teachers and students, as well as professional groups throughout the Southern and Midwestern United States and Bermuda. Some of his recent talk titles include:  

  • Black Masculinity, the Limitations Of Public Schooling, And A Vision Of “What Could Be,”
  • Mathematics Teachers Unchained! Reform, Relevance and Revolution
  • Tryin' to make a dollar out of fifteen cents! The promise of culturally relevant teaching
Dr. Matthews has directed several innovative mathematics education programs and initiatives, which primarily focus on the empowerment of teachers and students of mathematics. These programs include: Passports To Success Advanced Summer Mathematics Program for Young Men, The Making Mathematics Meaningful Summer Mathematics Institutes for Teachers, Project T.E.M.P.O . (Teachers Empowered! Using Mathematics to Promote Opportunity); and is currently directing Project CREATE (Creating Rewarding Experiences in Algebra through Teaching Excellence), a federally funded $100,000 university/school collaboration in several of South Carolina ’s predominantly Black elementary and middle schools. Dr. Matthews was elected in as the 2004-2006 Southeast Regional Representative for the Benjamin Banneker Association, Inc., a national affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics dedicated to the advocacy and excellence of African American students in mathematics. He is also a member of the Educational Policies Committee of the Benjamin Banneker Association.

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