b'Math for AmericaBolstering Master TeachersIn 11 years, Math for America DC (MfA DC) has reached over 30,000 Washington, D.C., public and public charter school students. It is affiliated with 42 the national MfA program in New York City, founded in 2004 by mathematician and philanthropist James Simon to improve U.S. math and science education. MfA DC was founded by Carnegie President Emerita Maxine Singer to improve the mathematic achievement of D.C. students, and to prepare them for college and science and technical careers by enhancing math teacher training and professional development. MfA DC has two programs, the Teaching Fellowship and the Master Teacher Fellowship. This year, the Master Teacher Fellowship has been led by Bill Day, a former MfA DC master teacher and the 2014 D.C. Teacher of the Year.The Teaching Fellowship ran from 2009-2014 and recruited, trained, and retained six cohorts of teaching fellows. The last cohort graduated in 2019. Thirty-seven fellows successfully completed the five-year program, which included earning a masters degree. Twenty-eight fellows are still teaching. Funding was provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Noyce Teaching Fellowship program, the Chancellor of the D.C. Public Schools, the D.C. Public Charter School Organization, and private sources.The Master Teacher Fellowship, which began in 2011, is a five-year program for excellent secondary school mathematics teachers. The program includes stipends and financial support, plus leadership and Sarah Bax (top) leads a professional development session. She was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in 2011 and led the book club this past year. Will Stafford (bottom) led the video club to help master teachers apply for board certification. Stafford is board certified. Only 3% of the 3.7 million U.S. K-12 teachers have achieved board certification.Images courtesy Bianca Abrams, MfA DC'