The Math Teachers’ Circle program began at the American Institute of Mathematics in August 2006, when 25 middle school mathematics teachers and 5 professional mathematicians from the San Francisco Bay Area came together for an intense week of work at AIM. Monthly meetings followed, both at AIM and at the home schools of some of the teachers. Based on the sustained success of the original Circle, AIM sought to create Math Teachers’ Circles throughout the U.S.
There are now 125 Math Teachers’ Circles across the country. Participating teachers say that MTCs “enable them to see deeper connections between mathematical topics, expose them to fields of mathematics that they were previously unfamiliar with, and help them envision doing mathematics as a more collaborative and enjoyable enterprise.” The Middlebury Circle is the first Math Teachers’ Circle in Vermont.
The Middlebury Math Teachers’ Circle will open with a three-day immersion workshop at Middlebury College August 6 – 8, 2019. Preference will be given to applicants who teach mathematics in grades 6 – 9 in Vermont or Essex County, NY public or private schools, and who commit to participating in the Middlebury Math Teachers’ Circle during the upcoming academic year.