PROMYS for Teachers 2020

It comes as no surprise that Boston University has canceled all in-person programs scheduled for summer 2020. While we are disappointed not to welcome our cadre of high school students, teachers, and counselors to campus, we have been working hard to plan alternate PROMYS activities that are consistent with our goal of deep mathematical exploration in a rich and supportive community. Designing a new kind of program raises lots of challenges, but it also offers opportunities to explore new ways of doing mathematics together.  

We are excited to offer two components of PROMYS for Teachers (PfT) this summer. We want to make sure we have the staff and resources to serve everyone well in this new and different format. There has been a very enthusiastic response to this offering, and applications were closed on June 1. We will notify applicants of admissions decisions on a rolling basis beginning the first week of June.  

Morning Math Workshop

For all participants, we are offering a three-week exploration workshop called Morning Math. This online workshop runs Monday through Friday, July 13 – 31, 10 am – 12:30 pm EDT. PfT Director Professor Caleb Shor (Western New England University) facilitates the course. He is assisted by T^2s (teacher counselors, either graduate students in mathematics or PfT alumni) who will guide smaller groups in virtual breakout rooms. The curriculum is based on Park City Mathematics Institute (PCMI) Teacher Leadership Program materials designed in collaboration with PROMYS for Teachers. This summer’s course is “Probability and Games.” 

There is no fee to participate in the Morning Math exploration. We are encouraging all PfT alumni and other teachers of secondary mathematics to apply (invite your colleagues!). Participants will have the opportunity to earn approximately 37.5 PDPs through Education Development Center (EDC), a registered provider with the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. There is no stipend.  

Last summer, we ran this program with a pilot group on Boston University’s campus. We feel fairly confident that it can be delivered online, engaging teachers in doing mathematics collaboratively.  

Curriculum Design Seminar

In addition to Morning Math, BU Wheelock College of Education and Human Development Professor Leslie Dietiker is running a seminar on “Curriculum Design: Translating the PROMYS experience into mathematical practice in the classroom.” This workshop is based on her research: The MCLE Project: Designing Mathematically Captivating Learning Experiences. It runs for five weeks on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, 2 – 5 pm, starting Tuesday, July 7. PfT Alum Chris Robinson and several other T^2s will provide additional online “maker space” in the afternoons.   

Please note that the Curriculum Design course is open only to PROMYS for Teachers alumni who have successfully completed at least one summer of PfT. They must also be enrolled in the Morning Math exploration workshop. Participants have the opportunity to earn 4 graduate credits in Education if they have not already received credit for the CT900 Shadow Seminar. PfT alumni who have already earned these credits may participate in this course and earn additional PDPs if they are seeking a congenial atmosphere to work on curriculum design over the summer.