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DC Math Ignite: Sponsored by Math for America DC/Carnegie Science August 21, 2014

DC Math Ignite is an opportunity for math educators from Washington DC to come together and share great ideas about the teaching of mathematics. Nine presenters presented Ignite talks (20 slides, 5 minutes), and participants received prizes of materials for their classrooms. The event was held at the Carnegie Institution for Science. The speakers and titles of presentations were
"Walls that Talk" - Theresa Simmons - Friendship Collegiate PCS, MfA DC Master Teacher
"Benjamin Banneker and Single Position" - John Mahoney - Banneker SHS
"Math 360: Establishing a Problem Solving Culture" - Eric Jones - EL Haynes PCS
"Failure is..." - David Barnes - NCTM
"Planning for Success: Using Math to Map a Career" - David Tansey - Dunbar SHS, MfA DC Master Teacher
"Finding the E Factor" - Noelani Davis - Eastern SHS
"A Critique Proposal" - Bill Day - Two Rivers PCS, MfA DC Master Teacher
"Metaphorical Math" - Sarah Bax - Hardy Middle School, MfA DC Master Teacher
The night was hosted by Will Stafford, EL Haynes PCS, MfA DC Master Teacher


MfA DC Master Teacher Wins Teacher of the Year 2014

Bill Day was given the distinct honor of Teacher of the Year 2014 by the Superintendent of DC Schools and Mayor Vincent Gray in recognition of his outstanding teaching in the District of Columbia and professional leadership within and beyond the classroom.

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Reaching generations to come with a passion for math and teaching

Straight from the Fellows" blog has just been launched, giving insight directly from the fellows of MfA DC. This week featuring an article from Cohort 4 Fellow Gabe Webster from Union College in New York.

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Our Mission

Fifty years ago, Americans led the world in math and science, claiming some of the most important inventions and technological breakthroughs of the 20th century.  Today, American 15-year-olds rank 25th in math compared to their peers worldwide.  Math for America strives to reclaim America’s reputation for scientific greatness by recruiting and supporting the very best secondary education math teachers.

Here in Washington DC, the majority of secondary school students are not math proficient.  Only about two thirds of secondary school math teachers are fully certified.

Our Goals

  • Recruit candidates with strong math knowledge and teaching aptitude, which enhances the classroom experience and prepares disadvantaged youth to complete high school and attend college
  • Support teachers through the completion of their Master’s degree and beyond, which will help them to become effective math educators in high-need urban classrooms
  • Provide professional development, mentoring, and networking opportunities for teachers to facilitate the growth of a vibrant community of math educators

“By recruiting and training outstanding secondary school mathematics teachers for Washington, D.C., Math for America DC will help our city’s children receive the education they deserve.”

-Maxine Singer, Carnegie Institution President Emerita and founder of CASE

We are currently in our fifth year! Our first cohort of four fellows has completed four years of teaching in DC and some may be moving on to the MfA DC Master Teacher Fellowship Program. Our fifth cohort of seven fellows will start teaching in their own classrooms this August, and our sixth cohort of nine fellows is currently working on their MA degrees. We currently have five Master Teachers and are in the process of recruiting new additions.

How we do it

MfA DC has two components: the Fellowship Program and the Master Teacher Program

The Fellowship, designed for new teachers, recruits a new cohort annually.  Each Fellow undergoes 15 months of intensive training, completing 18 credit hours of education pedagogy and 15 credit hours of math at our university partner as well as 500 hours of observation and teaching in DC classrooms with experienced mentors.  Fellows collect assignments, artifacts, and projects in a portfolio to document their professional development as educators. 

MfA DC covers the cost of tuition, fees, and healthcare.  In addition, each Fellow receives a living stipend during training and a salary supplement during the first four years of teaching (which is linked to teacher retention).  At the end of the 15 month training, each Fellow receives an MA in Teaching in Secondary Education.  The Fellows spend the next four years working in Washington DC Public Schools or Public Charter Schools, supported by the MfA DC staff, their mentors, and each other.

The Master Teacher Program, designed for experienced DC teachers, is in the process of recruiting a first cohort of participants.  The program offers participants professional development and networking opportunities, a training grant to further their education, and an annual stipend over five years.  Master Teachers and Fellows build a vibrant community of math educators through professional development resources and events.

MfA DC is funded by two National Science Foundation (NSF) grants and through private donations.

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Math for America DC
1530 P St NW, Washington DC 20005
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