Focus on Mathematics (FoM) started as a Math and Science Partnership (MSP) funded by the National Science Foundation in 2003. Our partnership is devoted to improving student achievement in mathematics through programs that provide teachers with solid content-based professional development sustained by mathematical learning communities in which mathematicians, educators, administrators, and teachers work together to put mathematics at the core of secondary mathematics education.
The original district partners of Focus on Mathematics include the Massachusetts school systems of Arlington, Chelsea, Lawrence, Waltham, and Watertown. In 2008, the Partnership expanded to two new districts, Cambridge and Framingham. Through collaboration with Boston College's Noyce grant-funded program, Exemplary Mathematics Educators for High-Needs Schools, and Math for America Boston, FoM has also been engaged with Boston Public Schools.
Core partners are Boston University and Education Development Center. Supporting partners include PROMYS for Teachers and Math for America Boston. Mathematicians from University of Massachusetts Lowell, MIT and Harvard University are also involved in the Partnership.