Programs: A Mathematical Learning Community

Study Groups 

Study groups are district-based groups of mathematicians and teachers that meet frequently for two hours at a time over the course of a year. Study groups focus on doing mathematics (rather than being taught its results or how to teach it) and experiencing mathematics as a mathematician would through long-term, ongoing study. Many teachers report that the groups are their “mathematical havens”—places where they can reinvigorate their passions for working on mathematics. 


Held annually at Boston University, FoM Colloquia are presentations on issues of importance in mathematics and mathematics education. These community-building events convene FoM teachers, mathematicians, and educators as well as state and local education leaders. The 2017 Marvin Freedman Memorial Colloquium was held on Friday, March 24.

PROMYS for Teachers (PfT) 

PROMYS for Teachers is a six-week intensive immersion in mathematics that engages secondary teachers in experiencing mathematics as mathematicians do, solving problems and pursuing research projects appropriate for them. The program fosters new insights into the nature of mathematical investigation as participants practice the habits of mind that are at the core of creative mathematics. Academic year workshops help teachers translate the summer experience into fundamental change in their own classrooms. The program combines teachers from multiple districts, grades 5–12. The final academic year workshop will be held on Friday, April 28, at Education Development Center in Waltham.

FoM Math Expo 

Each year over 2,000 middle and high school students in FoM partner districts design and carry out their own mathematical research in their classrooms and present their projects at district and school-based math fairs at least once during grades 8–11. The culmination of the local Math Fair events is a partnership-wide Math Expo. Students work on non-routine problem solving in purely mathematical and real-world contexts and explore topics from the curriculum in greater depth. Students benefit from these research experiences — they begin to see mathematics as a creative and exploratory endeavor; they see the role of mathematics in things they do and are interested in; they learn how to organize, present, and communicate with others about their work; and they develop more interest and competence in mathematics. The 2016 Math Expo was held on Saturday, June 11 at the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum. Participating school districts were: Framingham, Lawrence, and Watertown.

Math for America (MfA) Boston 

Math for America Boston is a partnership with Boston University (BU), Boston College (BC), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)/Wellesley Scheller Teacher Education Program (STEP), Education Development Center (EDC) with support from the National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Scholarship Program and private foundations. MfA Boston’s mission is to improve mathematics education in greater Boston public secondary schools by recruiting, training and retaining talented mathematics teachers. All participants will begin their program with the six-week PfT immersion experience.  These teachers have begun to build ongoing communities of mathematically expert master teachers who contribute to enriching the intellectual landscape of math teachers working in Boston area schools. 

The MfA Boston Master Teachers worked on group projects during the 2014 - 2015 school year. The three groups presented their projects to the MfA Boston community on May 6 at EDC. The topics of the projects were: High School AP Courses vs. Their College Counterparts, How to Think Like a Mathematician: Encouraging Student Perseverance and Developing Common Term Assessments.

Master of Mathematics for Teaching (MMT) 

The MMT program at Boston University prepares teachers for leadership roles in developing curriculum, training other teachers, and supporting mathematics-focused initiatives in schools. A hallmark of the MMT program is its deep mathematical content. Teachers enroll in graduate level courses in mathematics from the Department of Mathematics & Statistics and in mathematics education through the School of Education. For more information visit BU's School of Education website.