Shakiyya Bland is a longtime math educator and curriculum specialist with deep experience in culturally responsive education. She was an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow in 2020-22, serving in the U.S. Congress and U.S. Department of the Interior. A consulting educator, she has over 27 years of experience in math instruction, in roles including PreK-12 mathematics educator, district mathematics curriculum instructional learning coach, and certified Courageous Conversations About Race practitioner. Her curriculum unit, which applies geometric modeling to address food apartheid and promote food security, was published in High School Mathematics Lessons to Explore, Understand, and Respond to Social Injustice. She also has written culturally responsive lessons, strategies, and research in partnership with BetterLesson, Inc. Master Teacher Project and Balance the Equation: A Grand Challenge for Algebra 1. Her research focuses on the histories of STEM using Africana, Indigenous, and other culturally responsive ways of contributing to and applying scientific and mathematical literacies. She holds a B.S. in Education, M.A. in Education–Curriculum Instruction and Mathematics, and an Ed.D. in Education Leadership. Shakiyya joined Just Equations as Math Educator in Residence in 2022.
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