Keynote Presenter

Robert Q. Berry, III, Ph.D.Robert Q. Berry, III, Ph.D.

Robert Q. Berry, III is the President-Elect of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and a Professor in the Curry School of Education with an appointment in Curriculum Instruction and Special Education. Equity issues in mathematics education are central to Berry’s research efforts with four related areas: a) understanding Black children’s (particularly Black boys’) mathematics experiences (mathematical identities and agency); b) measuring standards-based mathematics teaching practices; c) unpacking equitable mathematics teaching and learning; and d) exploring interactions between technology and mathematics education. Berry has extensive experiences in classroom observation and is the lead developer of an observation instrument, Mathematics Scan, which measures standards-based mathematics teaching practices.

Currently, Berry is engaged in research unpacking the mathematics teaching strategies of Black men who teach mathematics. Berry use a community nomination strategy to identify Black men who are viewed by their communities as highly effective mathematics teachers. He is conducting interviews focusing on understanding how Black men see themselves as teachers of mathematics and using the Mathematics Scan to understand their mathematics teaching. The goal of this work is to establish a narrative in the literature of Black men as highly effective mathematics teachers

Berry is also engaged in using qualitative metasynthesis as a methodological approach to understand how researchers interpret mathematics teaching practices that support culturally relevant pedagogy and culturally responsive teaching in pre-K through 12th grade.

Berry has published over 100 articles, book chapters, and proceedings.  His articles have appeared in the Race, Ethnicity and Education, Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, Journal of Teacher Education, American Educational Research Journal, Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, Teaching Children Mathematics, and others.  He was on the writing team for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) newest landmark publication Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All (2014).   Additionally, he is an author for Pearson’s enVisionMATH 2.0 (2016).   Berry served on the Board of Directors of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) 2011-2014, recipient of NCTM’s Linking Research to Practice Publication Award for volume years 2010 and 2014, recognized as the 2011 Mathematics Educator of the Year by the Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics (VCTM), and a recipient of the University of Virginia’s 2011 All University Teaching Award.


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Craig Q. King

Craig Q. King is currently the Director of Governmental Affairs for the Palmetto State Teachers Association and the CEO and founder of the Craig King Group, LLC. He taught third grade for seven years at Whittaker Elementary School in Orangeburg, SC and was the 2007-2008 District Teacher of the Year for Orangeburg Consolidated School District Five. Mr. King is a 1999 graduate of Manning High School and a 2004 and 2007 graduate of South Carolina State University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling.

Mr. King is a National Board Certified Teacher holding his certification as an Early Childhood Generalist and served as adjunct professor at South Carolina State University for two years teaching leadership development. Mr. King has provided professional and staff development for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and many other organizations across the United States and South Carolina. He is an avid volunteer with the American Cancer Society and Camp Kemo. He is married to Tasia King and has one daughter, Saniah. Mr. King is a proud eighteen-year cancer survivor who knows his purpose in life is to serve, educate, and inspire!