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Professional Development

MSRI sponsors two main professional development programs for teachers. One is the Mathematics Professional Development Institute and the other is the Bay Area Circle for Teachers.


Mathematics Professional Development Institute

The Mathematics Professional Development Institute meets for three weeks during the summer and then for five days during the following academic year. Typically, the institute consists of concentrated study of a portion of the K-12 curriculum, led by H. Wu. Participants appreciate the depth of knowledge and level of content that is presented. They also enjoy discussions with colleagues and peers about instruction.

Past Professional Development Institutes

Register for the 2013 Institute.


Bay Area Circle for Teachers

The Bay Area Circle for Teachers is a professional development workshop that introduces teachers to activities and techniques used in math circles. The goal is to get teachers to play with mathematics and have fun engaging in mathematically rich activities, so they will bring enthusiasm for the subject back to their classroom.


Other professional development activities

In addition, to these professional development activities, several math circles in the bay area, sponsored by MSRI, host sessions for teachers. A list can be found on the Bay Area Math Circles page.

Additional development programs for teachers include:

The Math Teacher’s Circle

Math Circle Summer Teacher Training Institute

And the Bay Area Mathematical Olympiad for Teachers (BAMO-T)