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Teachers Get Refresher Course on Math With MATE

It Simply Adds up: Attending UCR's Mathematics Academy is Big Plus for Teachers

While school’s out for the summer, teachers and administrators attend academy to sharpen skills and gain additional resources for creative solutions in learning.

(April 17, 2007)

Teachers learn nontraditional techniques for teaching math during UCR's Mathematics Academy for Teaching Excellence

Teachers learn nontraditional techniques for teaching math during UCR's Mathematics Academy for Teaching Excellence

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( — Although mathematics may not be on the minds of students during summer vacation, many of their teachers will be attending the University of California, Riverside’s Mathematics Academy for Teaching Excellence (MATE) offered through the Academy of Learning through Partnerships for Higher Achievement (ALPHA).

This year, MATE will be offered June 25 through 29 at the UC Riverside campus Student Recreation Center and July 23 through 27 at the UC Riverside Palm Desert campus. Applications are due May 1.

The program, designed for teachers of grades five through 12, focuses heavily on quantitative literacy, algebra, geometry and analysis — key elements for college entrance and workforce readiness. Teachers are provided with content-rich, interactive classroom ideas while attending the academy. Nontraditional methods of teaching mathematics provide teachers with cutting-edge concepts and inspiration they can pass on to their students. The curriculum illustrates how the subject relates to everyday life and rekindles curiosity and excitement about mathematics.

“We don’t just ignite passion in the teachers who attend the academy,” said Pamela Clute, ALPHA Center director and assistant vice provost of academic partnerships. “We give them the tools to keep the passion burning.”

New ideas are fostered in a collaborative environment made up of teachers, administrators, university professors and undergraduate students who plan to teach. Following completion of the program, participants are expected to share what they learned with parents, administrators and students.

“We take good teachers and turn them into excellent leaders,” said Clute.

Participants attend the academy “free of charge” and receive a $750 stipend plus a professional library of resource materials worth $1,000. To apply, contact Kathleen Mattson at the ALPHA Center (951) 827-2961 or Linda Rankin at (951) 827 5425.

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