In March 2011, the organizers of the AWM Teacher Partnership Program revised the way that the program will be operating. Our goal is to link teachers of mathematics in schools, museums, technical institutes, two-year colleges, and universities with other teachers working in an environment different from their own and with mathematicians working in business, government, and industry. You will find in the section below on background and history more about how the program has evolved into its present form.
We have a new format, a wiggio page (www.wiggio.com) devoted to a forum for teachers and mathematicians to exchange ideas related to issues important to mathematicians and teachers alike. If you join, messages posted to the group will be sent to you and also articles posted will remain on the site for discussion and reference. You may also use the site to share information on mathematics-related activities on specific events (such as pi day, mathematics awareness week, or a mathematician’s birthday) in your institution. We hope that you will form a partnership of our two communities.
If you would like to join our wiggio, share ideas and information related to the learning and teaching of mathematics, as well as issues, both local and national, related to mathematics education, please fill out a request form.
- electronic communications;
- teaching projects;
- classroom visits when feasible;
- outside-of-classroom activities in mathematics
Examples of such collaborations are:
- a university instructor may request a teacher from a school to visit her class for prospective teachers;
- a high school teacher may ask to work with a mathematician working in industry;
- a children’s museum activity programmer may want to work with a mathematician;
- a teacher in a school may cooperate with a mathematician for after-school activities.
In addition to electronic communications, partners may visit each other’s classrooms, collaborate in teaching projects, or cooperate in writing grant proposals.
The program was launched in August 2006 and teachers and mathematicians with common interests were matched. A listserv was established for those matched participants to share their ideas. We have several very successful partnerships in which either the partners became friends or collaborated. One spectacular partnership was written up and posted below: a mathematician went to the teacher’s schools and coached students on a mathematics competition and prepared them for science fairs; the teacher was a guest lecturer in the mathematician’s teacher preparation class and also participated in a research project. That the partnership should be a two-way benefit to the participants is our highest hope, and this particular one achieved that.
Alas, it has been the hardest thing for us to match participants so that it is geographically feasible for them to exchange visits. We simply do not have that large a pool to work with. As several who responded to our questions in our surveys of 2008 and 2010 told us, our participants are very busy people and found it easy under pressure to give up active participation in the program. We concluded that we need to seek new ways to promote communication and partnerships among our two communities: teachers and mathematicians.
Overview of the AWM Teacher Partnership Program by Pao-sheng Hsu, Suzanne Lenhart, and Erica Voolich
Partnering to Make a Difference by Padmanabhan Seshaiyer
New! Article on the Teacher Partnership Program presented at the Conference on the Mathematics Education into the 21st Century Project, held in Dresden, Germany, in September 2009, when the paper first appeared in the conference proceedings.
Anyone who is engaged or interested in contributing to the formal or informal mathematics education of students at any level may join our forum.
If you have any questions, comments and suggestions, please contact one of the organizers:
Christina Eubanks (Christina.Eubanks-Turner@lmu.edu), Maria Fung (firstname.lastname@example.org), Michelle Merriweather (email@example.com ), and Sonya Stanley (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Disclaimer for AWM Mentor Network and Teacher Partnership purposes:
AWM provides the Mentor Network and Teacher Partnership Program solely for educational purposes. While these programs are hosted by AWM, the views posted do not necessarily represent the opinion of the Association. AWM accepts no responsibility for the opinions and information posted on this site by others or exchanged through these programs. Participants in the Mentor Network or Teacher Partnership Program acknowledge that opinions or statements exchanged by mentors and partners are not a substitute for their own independent research. Neither AWM nor organizers of these programs assume any responsibility or liability in connection with actions taken as a result of any information exchanged in this program. The AWM Mentor Network and Teacher Partnership Program are in no way liable to participants for any damages arising out of participation in the program. AWM and its officers, employees, and agents are released by this disclaimer from all claims, judgments, demands, liabilities, and actions that participants may have arising out of, or in any way relating to, their participation in the Mentor Network or Teacher Partnership Program.