Teacher Partnerships

The goal of the AWM Teacher Partnership Program 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.

Currently, we are using a closed Facebook Group as a forum for teachers and mathematicians to exchange ideas related to issues important to mathematicians and teachers alike.  If you join, you may use the group 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.

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.

In March 2011, the organizers of the AWM Teacher Partnership Program revised the way that the program would operate by creating an online forum for  teachers and mathematicians to exchange ideas related to issues important to mathematicians and teachers alike.

The following article about the Teacher Partnerships appeared in the July-August 2008 AWM Newsletter:

Partnering to Make a Difference, Padmanabhan Seshaiyer, AWM Newsletter, Volume  38, Number 4, July-August 2008.

The AWM Teacher Partnership is intended 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. Participant activities include:
  • 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.

This program is currently inactive.

DisclaimerAWM 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.