The Faculty Academy for Mathematics Excellence (FAME) program is a professional learning program for public school teachers of pre-algebra and algebra in grades 6 – 10, who teach in Santa Clara, San Mateo, Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Cruz, and San Francisco counties. Teachers explore algebra and pre-algebra concepts with an emphasis on topics that students often find challenging to learn while also learning how to use 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 program with four FAME follow-on sessions designed as early-evening 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.

In 2017, FAME will be offered in two program formats: face-to-face and blended. It is the same content and pedagogical strategies, but now you have a choice for the program that best fits your summer schedule.

The same program format that has been successful for seven years is offered in the familiar context of face-to-face instruction. The FAME Summer Institute consists of a two-week schedule at the Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College (July 17 – 28, 2017; 8:30–3:30pm, M-F).

The Blended FAME Institute is your option to participate in a blended learning program that includes five face-to-face classroom days (July 5, 7, 10, 12, & 14) and complete the other 30 hours of the program online by July 19.

Select the program that best fits your learning interests or available time. Both programs offer the same mathematics content and pedagogical strategies and four follow-on sessions during the academic year.


Applications will be accepted online only at

Due by 11:59pm on April 16, 2017

FAME is offered by the Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College in collaboration with the Santa Clara County Office of Education and San Mateo County Office of Education.


This program is open to public school mathematics educators who teach in grades 6 - 10 in the Bay Area counties. (Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz). If you live or teach outside of these counties, please contact us regarding eligibility.

Participant Requirements :

• FAME Summer Institute: Attend all 10 days of the FAME 2017 summer institute (July 17 - 28, 8:30am-3:30pm, M-F).


• Blended FAME Summer Institute: Attend all five face-to-face instruction days (July 5, 7, 10, 12, & 14) 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 3 of 4 academic year follow-on sessions, typically October, November, January, February.

• Support from school principal who is required to complete an online support form available at:

• Agree to 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.