A Partnership of a new Network of Liberal Arts Institutions and Brown University
with support from Math for America and the National Science Foundation
During the past twenty years, the Brown Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and Undergraduate Teacher Education (UTEP) programs have offered a summer practicum for Brown students preparing for secondary education careers in science, English, and history. Now in its second year, the Brown Summer High School Math Program expands the scope of this unique summer academic experience to include students interested in mathematics education. The Brown Summer High School (BSHS) summer experience has provided an academic teaching experience for graduate and undergraduate students as well as providing a college readiness academic program on a university campus for underserved urban children.
The Brown Summer High School Mathematics Program will provide an opportunity for four STEM undergraduates, led by a Mathematics Faculty Director/Mentor and a Teacher Leader. The program is aimed at talented mathematics and science majors who either are committed to a career in secondary teaching or are interested in exploring the possibility of such a career, and who have the potential to develop into leaders in education. While all undergraduates are encouraged to apply for the program, priority will be given to rising juniors and rising seniors.
The six-week program will include:
The Methods course will be designed to help students make connections between the theory and practice of teaching mathematics in secondary schools. The class focus will be on best practices for teaching and assessing student learning in mathematics, particularly in a heterogeneous classroom. Readings and class workshops will address methods of teaching mathematics to students from diverse backgrounds, to those who are designated as special education learners and to English language learners in the mainstream classroom.
Particular areas of focus will include:
*Students selected for this program will receive a $1500 stipend. From this stipend, students are expected to pay their travel expenses. Any funds remaining are used at the discretion of the student. Room, board and student materials are covered separately by the grant as well.
In May 2012, fifty-eight math, science and education faculty from 30 liberal arts colleges and universities met at Bryn Mawr College for a three-day NSF-funded conference entitled: Building a network for excellence in STEM teacher education at liberal arts institutions: Doing together what we cannot do alone. Read more about how and why the Brown Summer High School Mathematics Program grew out of the work of this conference here.
Instructions and Application Form: Those interested in applying for this program should carefully read the Instructions for Application and complete the Application Form. Application deadline is March 3, 2014.
Letters of Recommendations: Two letters of recommendation are required for this application. You can find the Recommendation Request Form here. Letters of Recommendation must be submitted by the Application deadline, March 3, 2014. Applicants should fill in the section on Waiving Access to Letters of Recommendation before sending the Recommendation Request Form to their recommenders.
Program Flyer: Feel free to download the Brown Summer High School Math Program Flyer and pass it along to anyone who might be interested!
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