The mission of Math for America is to improve mathematics and science education in US public secondary schools by building a corps of outstanding STEM teachers and leaders. Our goal is to support those outstanding STEM teachers already in the classroom and to increase the number of mathematically talented individuals entering teaching.
Our vision is to dramatically change mathematics and science education over the next decade throughout America in order to keep our country competitive. While we hope to launch secondary school students into careers in mathematics and science, we also want students to become successful professionals who know and use mathematics in the world.
Math for America was created to serve as a national education model and to ensure that public secondary school students receive the best possible mathematics and science education.
Knowing mathematics and science is important: Inspiring students is the goal.
Knowledgeable, confident and enthusiastic STEM teachers are essential if we want knowledgeable, confident and enthusiastic students. Some teachers with these qualities are already in our classrooms, but we need more of them, in more schools, teaching more students.
Support is important: Professionalism is the goal.
By recognizing and rewarding the best mathematics and science teachers in the classroom, MƒA treats teachers as the highly regarded professionals they are. We must make teaching an esteemed profession that keeps its passionate and dedicated new practitioners in our schools beyond a few years.
Money is important: Prestige is the goal.
Teachers play a key role in all high quality education, but especially in math and science, where teachers convey not only knowledge but attitudes as well. If we want to attract the best people and keep them in the classroom, we also have to make the job of teaching more attractive. One of the goals in awarding stipends is to add prestige to the profession.
Community is important: Leadership is the goal.
The corps of outstanding secondary school STEM teachers creates a dynamic community that is vital to keeping teachers motivated and inspired. By providing experienced teachers with opportunities to develop leadership skills and mentor early career teachers, and to share innovations and best practices with one another, we help to retain and inspire our best teachers.
In order for America to succeed in the 21st century, we must continue to invent and innovate as a nation, and we know that high quality mathematicians, scientists and engineers are crucial for that to happen. That is why we work to nurture and develop the best STEM teachers who will prepare, train and inspire the next generation.