What is Math for America?
Math for America (MƒA) was founded in New York City in 2004. The mission of MƒA is to improve mathematics and science education in US public secondary schools by building a corps of outstanding STEM teachers and leaders. MƒA NY offers the MƒA Fellowship, MƒA Early Career Fellowship, MƒA Master Teacher Fellowship and MƒA School Leader Fellowship. The MƒA Master Teacher Fellowship is now open to both mathematics and science teachers.
MƒA was the congressional model for legislation creating the National Science Foundation Teaching and Master Teaching Fellowships through the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship program in the America COMPETES Act. MƒA was highlighted as an example of a program working to improve the quality of mathematics teaching in the 2010 President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology report to the President, "Prepare and Inspire: K-12 Education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) for America's Future."
What is Math for America Utah?
MƒA Utah launched in January 2010 with funding from the National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Teaching Scholarship Program, the Math for America Foundation, and the State of Utah. Our primary mission continues to be the creation and support of mathematics teacher leaders within a collaborative community focused on improving the quality of mathematics education in Utah. We believe that quality mathematics education is founded on strong content knowledge, content-based pedagogy and collaborative communities. Further, we believe that teaching is a noble and complex profession with skills that require time and a great deal of effort to acquire.
MƒA Utah currently operates three programs:
- MƒA Fellows Program, a preservice/licensure program for mathematically prepared candidates aspiring to become secondary school mathematics teachers
- MƒA Master Teachers Program, a new pilot program providing professional support to accomplished secondary mathematics teachers
- MƒA Teachers' Math Circle, providing professional community and math-based professional engagement for Utah's teachers of mathematics.