intensive program designed to assist in preparing students for college-preparatory mathematics. These academies provide interactive classes and activities that emphasize collaboration, creative thinking, and logical reasoning.
The 2010 Mathematics Achievement Academies (MAA) took place in 21 locations throughout the Bay Area, including Richmond, Dublin Unified School District, Oakland, Mt. Diablo Unified School District, Fremont, East Contra Costa County and Hayward. The MAA program serves incoming Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II students.
The Mathematics Achievement Academies are administered through the Center for Mathematics Education and Research. The Center serves the region in high quality professional staff development for classroom teachers, K-12 student mathematics curriculum development, and early intervention programs for K-12 students to be college-ready.
Also, the MAA provides support during the academic year, with parental and industry volunteer involvement, in Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II, with the goal of increasing the number of college-ready students interested in pursuing higher education and studying science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines or becoming math/science teachers.
MAA program highlights include 7:1 instructor/mentor to student ratio at each academy site; collaborative student activities; interactive group projects; additional technology activities; Parent University Night in each school district area; and a culminating activity for students and their families at the conclusion of the program.
Based on sound educational practices, the MAA is open to students entering Algebra I in 2011. These same students will continue in 2012 with an MAA academy focusing on their next school-year course, Geometry, followed in 2013 with the academy focusing on Algebra II content. At the same time, a new set of nine academies will begin in 2011 with an Algebra I focus, and continue in 2012 with a Geometry focus. Finally, in 2012 a new set of nine academies will commence for students entering Algebra I.
Students will be asked to make a three-year commitment for the Mathematics Academy Program. Upon completion of the three-year Summer Academies and one year of Algebra II in high school, CSUEB will ensure students take the Entry Level Mathematics test (ELM). This focus on providing long-term support for students is to insure that they continue to progress from one mathematics course to the next higher-level course. By completing at least this three-year sequence, students become more college competitive, and their college application is strengthened. All entering CSU students are required to take the ELM. By passing the ELM in high school, students won’t have to pay additional testing fees and do expensive remedial coursework in college.
- Develop effective partnerships with the community
- Foster relationships between families, community and non-profit institutions and CSU campuses
- Enhance exposure to STEM related fields
- Ensure program sustainability
- Strengthening Underlying Conceptual Understanding of Mathematics
- College Mentors to Support Academic Achievement for Students Throughout the Year
- Collaborative Activities
- Interactive Group projects
- Culminating Celebration
- Increase preparedness for standard Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II courses
- Enhance student skill level in basic algebraic and geometric concepts as outlined by curriculum focus areas
- Increase participant passage of standard Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II courses