The FAME program is designed to increase teachers’ content knowledge and teaching skills in key pre-algebra, algebra, and transformational geometry concepts in grades 6-10. FAME promotes and encourages the use of technology in instruction to support mathematics teaching and learning and is Common Core aligned, giving teachers added skills in implementing the Common Core State Standards.
The FAME program consists of an orientation in the spring, a two-week summer institute at Foothill College, and four follow-on sessions during the academic year. In the summer institute, teachers explore algebra, pre-algebra, and transformational geometry concepts with an emphasis on topics that students often find challenging to learn while learning how to use computer and Internet technologies (e.g., GeoGebra, spreadsheet software, and virtual manipulatives) to support teaching and learning middle school math. Additionally, to further your learning, the program requires an additional two-units of FASTtech courses (LINC) at Foothill (online or in-person). The program includes four follow-on sessions during the academic year, that are designed to help implement instructional changes, build a professional learning community, and address additional math content and technology topics.