The Faculty Academy for Mathematics Excellence (FAME) program is a professional learning program for California teachers of pre-algebra and algebra for grades 6 – 10. We begin in the spring with a one-day orientation to set-up the course expectations and build upon the educational technology platforms used during the program. During the summer institute, teachers explore algebra and pre-algebra concepts with an emphasis on topics that students often find challenging to learn while also learning how to integrate more computer and Internet technologies (e.g., GeoGebra, Desmos, spreadsheet software, and virtual manipulatives) to support teaching and learning. After the summer institute, the learning and professional development continues in the academic year with four FAME follow-up sessions designed as workshops to help you implement instructional changes, discuss real experiences, develop best practices, build a professional learning community, and address additional math content and technology topics. The Blended FAME Institute is utilizes a blended learning program that includes five face-to-face classroom days (6/20, 6/21, 6/22 and 6/25, and 6/26) and complete the other 30 hours of the program online by July 20.


Applications will be accepted online only at

Due by 11:59pm on April 30, 2018. EXTENDED: May 10, 2018. (Note: the first class is on 5/12)


This program is open to mathematics educators who teach in grades 6 - 10 in California.

Participant Requirements:

  • Attend the FAME Orientation on May 12, 2018 at the KCI (8:30am to 3:30pm)
  • Blended FAME Summer Institute: Attend all five face-to-face instruction days (6/20, 6/21, 6/22 and 6/25, and 6/26) at the KCI (8:30am-3:30pm)
  • Redesign math lessons or a unit of study during the summer institute that you will then subsequently teach in the Fall quarter.
  • Participate in four academic year follow-on sessions, typically in October, November, February, and March.
  • Sign-up and attend additional two-units of FASTtech courses (LINC at Foothill College) during Summer 2018, Fall 2018, and/or Winter 2019 quarters.
  • Complete 25 sharing and 25 learning points (total 50 points) before the end of the Winter 2019 quarter.
  • Support from school principal who is required to complete an online support form available at:
  • Create a portfolio of your experiences and how your professional practice has changed. The portfolio will consist of the following components:
    • Provide examples of your previous teaching practice in one of the eight Common Core Mathematical practices.
      1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them
      2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively
      3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others
      4. Model with mathematics
      5. Use appropriate tools strategically
      6. Attend to precision
      7. Look for and make use of structure
      8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning
    • Provide details of how your professional practice has changed.
    • Provide three example lessons over the course of the subsequent school year of how you taught Mathematical practice using the skills developed in the FAME program.
    • Provide examples of student work from each of the three example lessons using the skills developed in the FAME program.
    • Identify the student grade and assessment criteria used in the three example lessons and reflect on how your professional practice changed as a result of each lesson.
    • Provide an overall reflection on how your professional practice has changed due to the FAME program.