In This Issue - June 2010
NSF Grant Funds 2009-10 Fellowships
2009 Year End Dinner
Students Play at BE WiSE Workshops
MfA SD Hosts NCTM Dinner
"What's At Stake" - Advisory Council Meeting
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 Math for America San Diego is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization with tax exempt status. We welcome support in any amount.
Our Mission

MfA SD provides highly trained exemplary math teachers dedicated to improving achievement in secondary schools throughout San Diego County.

Dear Math for America San Diego Friend,

Welcome to the first issue of the Math for America San Diego newsletter.  Our aim is to keep you up to date on our events and accomplishments as our organization continues to grow.

Since the program began in 2008, we have successfully recruited 16 outstanding teaching fellows. This spring, four fellows will complete their first year of teaching at Escondido and Morse High Schools. Our remaining 12 fellows will finish their teaching credential programs and begin their teaching careers this fall.  We have just completed our interview process and will be welcoming 10 new fellows this summer.  All are benefitting from the rich professional development and support provided by the Math for America San Diego fellowship.

Your continued support of Math for America San Diego is vital to the success of our program. We benefit from our enthusiastic partners at the university and district levels, and from public and private support. 

We are especially grateful for the generous gifts from the James B. Ax  Foundation, the Mara Breech Family Foundation, the Todd Gutschow Family Foundation, Joan and Irwin Jacobs Foundation of the Jewish Community Foundation and the Viterbi Family Foundation of the Jewish Community Foundation. Their support and encouragement are truly appreciated as we work towards improving math education in our schools. We hope you enjoy our newsletter and welcome your feedback and suggestions.
Barbara Edwards
All the best,
Barbara Edwards
Executive Director

NSF Grant Funds 2009-10 Fellowships
The National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Teachers Scholarship Program awarded $1.5 million to fund the 2009 MfA SD fellows and will provide major support for incoming 2010 fellows this fall. The national Math for America program also awarded the MfA SD site matching grant funds in recognition of the program's fast-paced growth and strong partnerships.

"We're encouraged by NSF's acknowledgment of our work and by the financial support we've received," said Barbara Edwards, MfA SD executive director. "These grants allow us to carry out our mission to attract, educate and retain new math teachers committed to teaching students in low-income schools. We've got a lot of work ahead of us, and are excited to have funding available as we move forward."
End of Year Dinner Honors 2009 Fellows
MfA SD 2009 Fellows
Barbara Edwards
The 2009 MfA SD cohort celebrates completion of its first fellowship year at a dinner in their honor at Karl Strauss Brewing Company Sorrento Mesa. "This year's fellows are a talented, enthusiastic and dedicated group," said Barbara Edwards, executive director. "they've been hard at work managing first year activities will pursuing their teaching credentials."

MfA SD 2009 Fellows (top left to right): Myron Kwai (CSUSM), Robbie Chasse (SDSU), Jim Farrar (SDSU) and Brett Patrick (UCSD).  Bottom (from left): Stacy Coakley (CSUSM), Tiana Rutsch (CSUSM), Erin Berry (UCSD), Yvette Givens (CSUSM), Eunice Lee (UCSD) and Vanessa Davis (SDSU).
Students Play at BE WiSE Math Workshops
"The Math Behind the Games You Play" workshop series, hosted by Math for America San Diego, encouraged participants to discover math concepts in a variety of popular puzzles and games.  Under the leadership of MfA SD fellows, high school girls enrolled in BE WiSE (Better Education for Women in Science & Engineering) mastered the art of origami, learned how to play Sudoku, Ken-Ken and how to solve the Rubik's Cube.  BE WiSE is a San Diego Science Alliance program supporting young women interested in science and engineering professions.
MfA Fellow Yvette Givens works with BE WiSE Student
MfA NY NCTM farrar yong davis

The BE WiSE workshops are part of first year activities for MfA SD fellows.  Each year fellows must design and teach problem-solving lessons in a fun and engaging way.  This year's workshops were held on the campus of UC San Diego in November and February.

BE WiSE executive director Patricia Winter is pleased with the positive collaboration between the two organizations.  "Math for America San Diego's creative workshops for middle and high school girls spark interest in how math is applied in everyday life," Winter said. "We're delighted our BE WiSE participants benefit from the knowledge and skills of these dynamic math fellows.

MfA SD Hosts NCTM Dinner
MfA NY NCTM farrar yong davis MfA SD hosted a dinner for 100 MfA fellows and staff from across the country at this year's National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) annual meeting. The dinner, held April 22 at the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego, was an opportunity for fellows and other members of the MfA community to meet and enjoy an evening of good food and new friendships.

MfA national president John Ewing and MfA SD's Barbara Edwards welcomed guests and introduced fellows and staff members from the New York, Los Angeles, Utah, Washington, D.C. and San Diego sites.  Guests were encouraged to dine with fellows from other sites to meet and share their experiences as MfA Fellows. The 2011 NCTM national conference will be held April 13-16 in Indianapolis, IN. 

Pictured: MfA SD Fellows Jim Farrar (left) and Vanessa Davis with MfA SD board member, MfA LA faculty advisor and Harvey Mudd College mathematics professor Dr. Darryl Yong.
"What's At Stake" - Second Annual Advisory Council Meeting Addresses Urgent Need for Better Mathematics Teachers
Discussion centered around the grim reality of math achievement in the U.S. and recommendations to address the problem at the second annual Math for America San Diego Advisory Council meeting on January 15, 2010. The dinner meeting format also included an overview of MfA SD's professional development program by UC San Diego mathematics professor Dr. Guershon Harel.

A video presentation on the math crisis facing our schools, created by MfA SD executive director Barbara Edwards, prompted table discussion on the challenges and ramifications of a math-illiterate society. "Our board recognizes the critical need for an educated workforce able to compete globally in the 21st century," said Mark Baldwin, chairman. "Math for America San Diego was specifically designed to help combat the shortage of knowledgeable math teachers needed in our most under served schools. Our program is on the right path."

The 2010 MfA SD Advisory Council includes:
  • Mark Baldwin, Dean, CSU San Marcos College of Education
  • Sarah Breech, Mara Breech Family Foundation
  • Barbara Bry, Associate Publisher and Executive Editor, San Diego News Network
  • Robert Collins, Superintendent, Grossmont Union School District
  • Amanda Datnow, Director, UCSD Education Studies
  • Ric Hovda, Dean, SDSU College of Education
  • Jennifer Jeffries, Interim Dean, CSUSM College of Arts & Sciences
  • Brian Keating, Associate Professor, UCSD Physics Department
  • Al Kern, Director, Biotechnology Programs, CSUSM
  • William Kowba, Interim Superintendent, San Diego Unified School District
  • Irwin Kra, Former Executive Director, Math for America (National Office)
  • Stanley Maloy, Dean, SDSU College of Sciences
  • Hugh Mehan, Director, CREATE, UCSD
  • Ed Nelson, Superintendent, Escondido Union High School District
  • Larry Perondi, Superintendent, Oceanside Unified School District
  • Patricia Prado-Olmos, Associate Dean, CSU San Marcos College of Education
  • Chris Reising, Director of Teacher Recruitment, SDCOE
  • Karen Rizzi, Assistant Superintendent, Escondido Union High School District
  • Duane Roth, CEO, CONNECT
  • Randall Souviney, Former Director, UCSD Education Studies
  • Mark Thiemens, Dean, UCSD Division of Physical Sciences
  • Rene Townsend, Former Superintendent, Vista and Coronado Unified School Districts
  • Patricia Winter, Director, BE WiSE
  • Darryl Yong, Associate Professor, Harvey Mudd College Mathematics Department, MfA LA Faculty Advisor
"What's At Stake"

Presented January 15, 2010 at MfA SD Annual Advisory Council Meeting.
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Key facts about the grim reality of math achievement in the U.S. today, why turning this around is critical to our economy and our future, and recommendations for addressing the problem.
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