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Who We Are
MƒA Boston Fellowship
MƒA Boston Master Teacher Fellowship
Professional Community
Board of Directors
Support MƒA Boston
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Who We Are

MƒA Boston was launched in 2010 with a mission to improve student achievement in mathematics and to develop robust numeracy among all students by recruiting, training and retaining talented mathematics teachers. We cultivate and respect outstanding teachers with support from a community of mathematicians, educators, administrators, and teachers, all working together to put mathematics and how students learn mathematics at the core of secondary mathematics education in Boston area schools.

MƒA Boston offers the MƒA Fellowship and MƒA Master Teacher Fellowship. MƒA Boston is a collaboration with Boston University, Boston College, Educational Development Center and MIT/Wellesley Scheller Teacher Education Program (STEP), with support from the National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Scholarship Program and private foundations.

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MƒA Boston Fellowship
The MƒA Boston Fellowship is a five-year program that rewards highly qualified individuals who wish to become public secondary school mathematics teachers. Fellows are recent graduates or mid-career STEM professionals who make a commitment to teach mathematics in a high need public secondary school in the greater Boston area. MƒA Boston support is designed to help transform Fellows into outstanding mathematics teachers, promoting a culture of exploration in secondary school classrooms.

How the Program Works
Year One: Prepare to become a public secondary school math teacher.

  • Full-tuition scholarship for a master’s degree in mathematics education and initial MA teaching license through the Lynch School of Education at Boston College.
  • Participation in BU’s PROMYS for Teachers program.
  • $10,000 in stipends
  • Membership in a rich mathematical community of undergraduate and graduate students, teachers, mathematics educators and mathematicians through workshops, meetings and social events.

Years Two through Five: Teach in a high-need Boston area public secondary school.

  • At least $40,000 in stipends over four years, in addition to a full-time teacher’s salary. (stipends vary by graduate school)
  • Mentoring support, professional development opportunities and participation in MƒA Boston corps activities.

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MƒA Boston Master Teacher Fellowship
The MƒA Boston Master Teacher Fellowship provides experienced secondary school mathematics teachers with strong mathematical content knowledge from the greater Boston area with opportunity and support to become instructional leaders in their schools. MƒA Boston Master Teachers continue to teach in a high-need Boston school for 2-5 years (depending on cohort). The 2014 cohort will be supported by Boston College's NSF Noyce grant.

The 2014 program includes annual stipends of $10,000 as well as professional development and leadership opportunities, including:

  • Enrollment in graduate courses at Boston College in either mathematics or mathematics education that may lead to advanced degrees.
  • Participation in Professional Development through workshops associated with BU’s PROMYS for Teachers program, MIT's Scheller Teacher Education Program, or ad hoc MƒA Boston seminars designed to meet Master Teacher needs and interests.
  • Study groups with other Master Teachers for support creating individual professional development units and building instructional and leadership skills around PD delivery.
  • Invitation to contribute to university pre-service education or mentoring programs for MƒA Boston Teaching Fellows.
  • Opportunities to present work at regional or national mathematics/education conferences.
  • Membership in a vibrant community consisting of teachers, mathematicians, mathematics educators, researchers and graduate and undergraduate students.

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Professional Community
MƒA Boston supports the teaching and leadership practices of Teaching Fellows and Master Teachers through participation in a strong mathematical community of teachers, educators, and mathematicians who work together, exploring mathematics that is rooted in the secondary curriculum and helping teachers keep mathematics at the core of their professional lives. Together, members explore topics that are rooted in the secondary mathematics curriculum and develop projects, activities and lessons that will build a culture of exploration for students and support teacher leadership project. This collaboration and community of practice has been evolving for over two decades in the Boston area, through the ongoing PROMYS for Teachers program led by MƒA Board Members Glenn Stevens, Steve Rosenberg, and Al Cuoco and supported by NSF and private funds. In addition to improving both high school and university mathematics education, this community has contributed to important state and national efforts around the implementation of the Common Core State Standards and research leading to the CBMS recommendations for teacher preparation and professional development, published in the 2013 MET II report.

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Board of Directors

  • Al Cuoco, Senior Scientist and Director of the Center for Mathematics Education at Education Development Center, Inc.
  • Sol Friedberg, Professor of Mathematics and Chair of the department at Boston College
  • Steve Rosenberg, Professor of Mathematics at Boston University and Treasurer of Math for America Boston
  • Glenn Stevens, Professor of Mathematics at Boston University and President of Math for America Boston
  • J. Kim Vandiver, Dean for Undergraduate Research, Director of the Edgerton Center and Director of Undergraduate Research Opportunities at MIT


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Support MƒA Boston
Math for America Boston is a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) organization with tax exempt status. We welcome support in any amount. Donate online now.

If you would like more information on supporting MƒA Boston, please contact Kristen Luce or (617) 358-2388.

Donations may be sent by mail to:
Math for America Boston
Dept. of Mathematics and Statistics
Boston University
111 Cummington Mall
Boston, MA 02215

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News and Events
MƒA Boston Board member, Sol Friedberg, has been named a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society, and recently the LA Times published an op-ed article of his titled, "Can American Students Get Smart?"

Boston College, EDC, and MƒA Boston were recently awarded a new NSF grant under the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program to expand the MƒA Boston teacher corps.

MƒA Boston Master Teacher Elyssa Miller Spotlight: MHS Teacher Participates in Fellowship Program at BU

On April 24, 2012, Math for America and Boston University held the 2012 Massachusetts Noyce Meeting. Below are links to download materials from the conference, including:

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Contact Information

Keith Hilles-Pilant
Executive Director, MƒA Boston
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