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New Jersey STEM Innovation Fellowship Now Accepting Applications

Press Releases | February 13, 2019

NEW YORK, MONTCLAIR, PRINCETON & GLASSBORO - February 13, 2019 - Math for America (MƒA), a nationally recognized STEM education nonprofit, announced with partners Montclair State University, Princeton University, and Rowan University today that a new program called The New Jersey STEM Innovation Fellowship is now accepting applications, with a deadline of March 31, 2019.

The one-year fellowship comes with a $5,000 stipend and is initially open to experienced K – 5 educators who teach math in New Jersey public elementary schools. To apply, teachers should visit

Thirty teachers will be selected as fellows for the pilot year of the program, which will focus on improving math instruction in the classroom. Fellows will attend a two-day summer institute on August 22 and 23 at Montclair State University, and then attend monthly workshops hosted after school by participating universities in their region. Throughout the school year fellows will implement a brief, innovative, research-based math teaching routine called “number strings” shown to help students – particularly in high-needs schools – develop flexible computational thinking skills they need to thrive in mathematics in the early grades.

“New Jersey has some of the best public school teachers in the nation, who are committed to helping students reach their greatest potential,” said Governor Phil Murphy. “This Math for America pilot will help teachers implement new, STEM-based teaching practices and will enable them to further provide our children with the skills they need to prosper in the innovation economy.”

The summer institute hosted by Montclair State University will prepare teachers to bring number strings to their classrooms throughout the year. As part of the application process, fellows are required to secure the support of their school building and school district leaders, including principals and superintendents, to use the innovation to enhance their existing math curricula. 

“Number strings are brief teaching routines that only take about ten-minutes to execute, but have been shown to boost teachers’ confidence in facilitating mathematical discussions, and substantially improve student-learning outcomes,” said Michael Driskill, National Director of Advocacy at MƒA. “We are excited to build strong relationships through this fellowship with school and district leaders in New Jersey who trust teachers to drive innovation from their classrooms.”    

MƒA developed the new program with feedback and support from several key stakeholders in New Jersey including the Murphy Administration, New Jersey Department of Education, and JerseyCAN, an advocacy group that supports equitable access to STEM education for students. The fellowship is funded with support from the Overdeck Family Foundation, PSEG Foundation, Celgene Corporation, Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD), and the Maher Charitable Foundation.

About MƒA:

At MƒA, we’ve created fellowships for accomplished mathematics and science teachers. Our model is based on the belief that collaboration, continued learning, and genuine respect enables teachers to grow professionally and provides long-term career satisfaction. This is a remarkable community of teachers who stay in the profession longer and define what teaching excellence means. These are teachers who inspire and motivate their colleagues. They change the lives of their students. Learn more at

About Montclair State University:

Montclair State University is a research doctoral institution ranked in the top tier of national universities. Building on a distinguished history dating back to 1908, the University today has 11 colleges and schools that serve 21,000 undergraduate and graduate students with more than 300 doctoral, master's and baccalaureate programs. Situated on a beautiful, 252-acre suburban campus just 12 miles from New York City, Montclair State delivers the instructional and research resources of a large public university in a supportive, sophisticated and diverse academic environment.

About Princeton:

Princeton University is a vibrant community of scholarship, research, and teaching that stands in the nation's service and the service of humanity. As a global research university with world-class excellence across the arts and humanities, the social sciences, the natural sciences, and engineering, the University is home to more than 1,200 faculty members who share a commitment to innovation, free inquiry, and the discovery and transmission of knowledge and new ideas. Princeton combines its strengths in research with a distinctive emphasis on undergraduate and doctoral education, preparing its 5,200 undergraduates and 2,800 graduate students for positions of leadership and lives of service.

About Rowan University:

Rowan University is a Carnegie-classified national doctoral research institution dedicated to excellence in undergraduate education. It offers bachelor’s through doctoral and professional programs to 19,500 students through its campuses in Glassboro, Camden and Stratford, New Jersey. Home to Cooper Medical School of Rowan University and the School of Osteopathic Medicine, it also comprises the William G. Rohrer College of Business; the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering; the colleges of Communication & Creative Arts; Education; Humanities & Social Sciences; Performing Arts; Science & Mathematics; the School of Health Professions; the School of Earth & Environment, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and a multidisciplinary honors college. Rowan is collaborating with regional leaders to create research and academic programs in health sciences. It has earned national recognition for innovation, commitment to high-quality, affordable education and developing public-private partnerships.