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Master Teacher Fellowship

lynch school of education and the mathematics department
math for america-boston

Boston College (Lynch School of Education and the Math Department), in partnership with Math for America-Boston and Education Development Center, under the support of the National Science Foundation, will offer Noyce Master Teacher fellowships to outstanding math teachers from high-need school districts. The purpose is to support teachers who have exhibited excellent skills and knowledge to become highly qualified instructional leaders and mentors.

Minimum Requirements

Applicants to the BC-MfA-Boston Noyce Master Teacher must:

  • have master's degrees in mathematics, education, or a related field.
  • be a United States citizen, national, or permanent resident alien
  • teach mathematics in a high-­need school and have deep knowledge of content and the MA Curriculum Framework for Mathematics
  • be recognized for excellence in teaching by school or district administrators.

Benefits

BC-MfA-Boston Noyce Master Teachers will:

  • receive a stipend of $10,000 per year for five years
  • continue their education by taking one pre-approved course at Boston College each year for free (it can be a mathematics, mathematics education, or leadership course).
  • become a Math for America - Boston Fellow
  • participate in the professional learning community established by Math for America - Boston and Educational Development Center and contribute to Boston College's Pre-Service Teacher Education Programs.
  • receive financial support to attend mathematics education conferences or workshops.

Activities

  • Continuing Education - Master teacher will take one pre­approved course at Boston College in each year of the program to strengthen their knowledge of mathematical content and teaching. (They may also participate in the summer PROMYS program at Boston University.) They may take courses from the Lynch School of Education that deal with essential issues such as students’ mathematical thinking, teacher-student communication, refined teaching practices, educational leadership and curriculum leadership. They can take courses from the Mathematics Department that help them to be proficient in the mathematics of the school curriculum and prepare them to teach the mathematics topics with precision, reasoning, and coherence
  • Attending the Boston College Mathematics Education Colloquium Series - This colloquium series will offer four talks per year from national mathematicians and mathematics education leaders on topics of interest to the teachers and educators. Through this colloquium series, the audiences can learn about the latest research in curriculum development and mathematical education. Each colloquium will be scheduled after school and will be followed by a reception for BC Noyce Teaching Fellows and Master Teachers. Once per year, there will be a full dinner with the speakers and MfA Boston Noyce community.
  • PROMYS for Teachers Workshops at Education Development Center - Master teacher will attend three all-day PfT Workshops per year for two years. These workshops will help Noyce teachers unpack the content and pedagogical approaches they learned from PROMYS to enrich the school curricula and facilitate an ongoing network of teachers, mathematics educators, and research mathematicians. Participants (including some outside of BC Noyce network) will have time to present and discuss ideas, do new mathematics, examine curricula and resources, and develop projects, activities and lessons that will build a culture of exploration in all classes. Special attention in the coming years will be paid to the CCSS-­M Standards for Mathematical Practice. Whenever possible, Master Teachers will be paired with Teaching fellowss in the same school or district to allow for mentoring and leadership development.
  • Mathematical Practice Seminar (MPS) organized by Math for America-Boston - Participants will meet as a study group for 12 hours over the academic year and eight hours over the summer. The needs of Boston and Framingham districts and the professional interests of the Noyce Fellows will influence MPS topics and projects. In the past, this group has worked to develop rich tasks, content progression mappings, and classroom applications to illustrate the CCSS-­M and has shared their work in professional development workshops for their school colleagues. MPS teachers will prepare and lead an annual presentation for a PfT workshop.
  • Individual and group advising – MfA-Boston will advise Master Teachers as they navigate enrichment opportunities during their fellowship to ensure that their individual professional goals and district needs are met and to help them succeed in their mathematics classrooms and their careers. Some Master Teachers may wish to focus their attention heavily on mathematics and then work with pre-­service teachers through the PfT program. Other Master Teachers may be especially interested in mentoring Teaching Fellows during student teaching and in early careers or leading professional development for district colleagues.
  • One-­on-­One mentoring to Noyce Teaching Fellow. This includes two classroom visits per year, along with regular meetings in years two and three. The mentoring relationship continues in Year 4 and 5.
  • In years four and five, Master Teachers will work with their own school districts and MfA-Boston to design and organize professional development programs for their colleagues. Master Teachers will also contribute to the pre-service education program at Boston College by being a Teaching Assistant for a mathematics or mathematics education course or serving as the cooperating teacher for a student teacher during the practicum. In year five, as the final project of the program, Master Teachers will be asked to organize a workshop or a mini course at their schools for their colleagues. Their performance will be evaluated and the feedback from the participants will be accessed for future improvement.

Application

Applicants will submit their application to MfA-Boston. Description of application procedure.

Deadline of application: April 27, 2014

Notification

  • Applicants will be notified in mid May, 2014 if they are selected for an interview.
  • Finalists will be interviewed during the last two weeks of May 2014.
  • Fellowship awardees will be notified by mid June 2014.
  • The program begins in July, 2014.

Contact

For more information feel free to contact:

Person

Lillie Albert, Associate Professor
Lynch School of Education, Boston College

Kristen Luce, Program Coordinator
Math for America Boston

Sol Friedberg, James P. McIntyre Professor and Chairman
Math Department, Boston College

C-K Cheung, Associate Professor
Math Department, Boston College