Breaking Barriers at NCTM-Innov8 Conference

Dr. Penina Kamina attended the second Innov8 meeting held in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 15-17, 2017 using the travel grant award from the Faculty Development Funds. Innov8 is designed by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) to cater for instructional interventions that offer all students access, equity and empowerment. Keynote speakers, presenters, exhibitors, activities and discussions centered on these three keys issues. In summary, academic success means attending to students’ needs and thus instructors should have cultural competence, that is bridging the social and the academic divide for students. For instructors to provide access requires use of culturally relevant pedagogy to empower students intellectually, socially, emotionally and politically by incorporating cultural referents to impart knowledge, skills, and attitudes.