Applications review begins February 28th
We strongly encourage all school math teachers who would like to incorporate a
problem-solving approach into their daily curriculum and who are interested in exploring engaging,
accessible topics in mathematics to apply for The Circle for Teachers. Applications will be evaluated on a first-come first-served basis beginning
and spaces are expected to fill up fast, so please apply early! Decisions will be sent via email to applicants on a rolling basis beginning March
This program consists of two components: the
summer workshop and the evening sessions during the school year. The summer workshop will take place in Berkeley, CA during the week of June 17 -
June 21, 2013. Lodging will be provided for all participants free of charge and food will be provided during the day. Furthermore, no tuition charges
will apply since the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI), the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation and the Firedoll Foundation are supporting our
instructors and covering other expenses. We ask that all participants remain on site, even those within commuting distance, since collegial interaction
and evening activities form an important part of the workshop.
Follow-up sessions in the form of teacher and student Math Circles will be offered on Monday or Thursday evenings during the ensuing academic
year to provide further resources and support. Participants are asked to commit to attending these events. In particular, those teachers receiving
professional development units or college course credit must attend.
| Approximately 30 teachers will be selected from the Bay Area. Acceptance will be based as much on a desire to implement
this new style of teaching as on each applicantís current use of problem-solving, so we urge all interested teachers to apply, regardless of
See our brochure:
To apply for The Circle for Teachers, first choose two individuals who could serve as personal references. Select people who are familiar with your
teaching or your interest in enlivening mathematics education. You will need to provide an email address for each person serving as a reference.
Please note that letters of recommendation are not
automatically solicited from your references.
The second step is to prepare a statement
explaining why you are interested in participating in The Circle for Teachers and how you expect to benefit from this program. There are no
specific guidelines regarding the length of this statement; simply include enough information to give the reviewers an adequate summary of
your reasons for wanting to participate, without writing so much that it becomes a burden to read. Prepare a document on your own computer
using any word processor, so that you can cut and paste your statement into the online application form. (Text only, pleaseóno graphics
or other files.)
Once you have selected two people who can serve as references and prepared a statement as described above, please apply to The
Circle for Teachers using the online form provided by MSRI at their web site at
If you have further questions or need additional information, please
do not hesitate to Contact Us.