Who We Are
MƒA LA Fellowship
MƒA LA Master Teacher Fellowship
Professional Development
Executive Steering Committee
Contact Information


Who We Are
MƒA LA was launched in 2008 with the goal of raising student mathematics achievement by recruiting and supporting highly skilled secondary school mathematics teachers in the greater Los Angeles area. MƒA LA offers the MƒA Fellowship and MƒA Master Teacher Fellowship programs. MƒA LA is a joint effort between Claremont Graduate University (CGU), the University of Southern California (USC) and Harvey Mudd College (HMC) and is supported by the National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Scholarship Program and private foundations.

The great diversity of academic backgrounds, family situations and attitudes towards education in the greater Los Angeles area creates many challenges and potential success stories for educators. The greater Los Angeles area is home to extremely large and small school districts. Second in size only to the New York City School District, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) consists of 969 schools (including charter schools) that serve over 700,000 students. According to the California Council on Science and Technology, a critical shortage of mathematics and science teachers over the next decade will undermine California’s competitive edge and threaten its economic health.

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Fellowship Opportunities

MƒA Fellowship

Starting in the 2014-2015 school year, we are no longer accepting applicants for the MƒA LA Fellowship program. Read below to learn about our program opportunities for current MƒA Fellows.

The MƒA LA Fellowship is a five-year program where recent college graduates and mid-career professionals make a commitment to teach math in public secondary schools. MƒA Fellows are mathematically talented individuals who are new to teaching.

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

  • Full-tuition scholarship for a master’s degree in education and preliminary teaching credential through the Teacher Education Internship Program at the CGU School of Educational Studies or the Master of Arts in Teaching and Teaching Credentialing Program at the USC Rossier School of Education
  • Up to $20,000 in stipends, depending on graduate institution

Years Two through Five: Teach in a Los Angeles public secondary school.

  • $80,000 in stipends over four years, in addition to a full-time teacher’s salary in Los Angeles area schools
  • Support of a teacher mentor, participation in MƒA LA corps activities and professional development opportunities

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MƒA LA Master Teacher Fellowship
The MƒA LA Master Teacher Fellowship is a five-year program designed to help teachers become leaders by supporting them as they design and orchestrate student-centered changes in their schools and districts. The goal of the program is to increase the number of teacher leaders in the greater Los Angeles area who will make a difference in and beyond their classrooms. The program offers up to $50,000 in stipends over five years and professional support, including over 300 hours of professional development over the course of the program.

MƒA LA Master Teachers commit to teaching in a high-need district for five years. In partnership with a colleague at their school, MƒA LA Master Teachers identify a critical need in their school and propose efforts to bring about improvements that affect student learning. The program provides a $5,000 grant to support the project in their school’s mathematics department and to reduce their teaching load in order to have an additional planning period during the day to carry out the project.

Throughout the program, MƒA LA Master Teachers are offered a range of professional development and support, including:

  • Training and opportunities to mentor beginning teachers
  • Participation in the three-week Park City Mathematics Institute Secondary School Teacher Program
  • Mentoring and support from local STEM faculty and other Master Teachers through ongoing professional development meetings
  • Opportunities to present their work at regional or national mathematics education conferences, as well as travel support
  • Support and training to become certified by the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards

For more information, please visit: http://mt.mfala.org.

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Professional Development
MƒA LA provides substantial, targeted professional development and experienced teacher mentors with the goal of helping MƒA Fellows become certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards by the end of the program.

The professional development is carried out in partnership with the Harvey Mudd College Professional Development and Outreach Group and the Secondary School Teacher Program of the IAS/Park City Mathematics Institute (PCMI). In addition to workshops and outreach activities, the HMC PDO members provide one-to-one mentoring, coaching and classroom support.

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MƒA LA Executive Steering Committee 

  • Maria Klawe, President, HMC
  • Karen Gallagher, Dean of Education, USC Rossier School of Education
  • Scott Thomas, Dean, CGU School of Educational Studies
  • Darryl Yong, Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics, HMC
  • Pam Mason, Executive Director, MƒA LA
  • Jack Borsting, Director, The Rose Hills Foundation

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Contact Information:
Pam Mason, Executive Director MƒA LA
MƒA Los Angeles
1150 South Olive Street, Suite 2100
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 821-4362
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