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The Monterey Bay Area Mathematics Project (MBAMP) offers professional development opportunities for teachers in Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito counties.  MBAMP is one of 19 California Mathematics project sites supported by the state of California and administered by the University of California Office of the President.  MBAMP is housed in the Mathematics Department at University of California at Santa Cruz.  

We offer support to teachers of students in grades K-12 through a variety of events including:

  • Monthly Colloquia: Cognitively Guided Instruction, Math Teachers' Circles, Math Talks

  • Summer Institutes: June 16-18

  • Saturday Seminars

  • Contracting with Districts: Providing a variety of services including preparing for the implementation of the Common Core Standards.

  • Independent Study Program: Teachers design their own independent study around topics that are relevent to them right now.  

  • Math Festivals: Let us help you organize a math festival at your school.

MBAMP is also available to support teachers through coaching, grant writing support, a mathematics fiction book group, THINK TANK for High School Teachers, and help with creating an interdisciplinary math curriculum.  

Since 1985 MBAMP Teachers Leaders and Faculty Advisors have been working with teachers, to deepen their understanding of mathematics and pedagogy, using the method of: “Teachers-Teaching-Teachers”.  In MBAMP participating teachers learn from Teacher-Leaders.  The Teacher-leaders are using methods that the participating teachers want to bring into their classrooms.  These Teacher Leaders understand what the participating teachers deal with every day in the classroom.

MBAMP Partners and Affiliations

California Subject Matter Project 

The California Subject Matter Project is a network of nine discipline-based statewide projects that support on-going quality professional development. Activities and programs are designed by university faculty, teacher leaders, and teacher practitioners to improve instructional practices and lead to increased achievement for all students.

The California Math Project  

The mission of the California Mathematics Project (CMP) is to develop and enhance K-12 teachers' content knowledge and instructional strategies aligned with the California State Board of Education adopted California Mathematics Content Standards and Framework.

California Teach

Cal Teach is a new systemwide program designed to increase the pool of highly qualified K-12 teachers of mathematics and science. The program provides opportunities for undergraduate science, math, and engineering majors to explore K-12 teaching as a career through paid supervised internships in K-12 classrooms, rigorous academic preparation in their major, and simultaneous study of educational theory, research, and practice. Students who complete all aspects of the program will be prepared for paid teaching positions as "university interns" upon graduation.

American Institute of Mathematics

The American Institute of Mathematics, a nonprofit organization, was founded in 1994 by Silicon Valley businessmen John Fry and Steve Sorenson, longtime supporters of mathematical research.  The goals of AIM are to expand the frontiers of mathematical knowledge through focused research projects, through sponsored conferences, and through the development of an on-line mathematics library.