Many of you may be wondering, "what does Math-Up mean?" Well it stands for Mathematics Achievement for Teachers of High-need Urban Populations. This is a graduate program designed for students pursing a MSED in Childhood Education (Grades 1-6). In the Spring 2011 the MATH UP program inducted its first cohort of students which includes myself and 19 other participants. So how did MATH-UP come to Lehman? Lehman College School of Education was awarded a Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) grant in order to establish a teacher preparation program with a specialization in mathematics and/or certifications in bilingual education and/or special needs over the next five years. This is great! Especially for those like myself who would have struggled financially to get into a master's program.
This program helps tremendously when it comes to financial situations. They pay for your books, for any certification exams (ATS-W, LAST, CST, etc) and for any workshops. A unique feature of the MATH UP program is the opportunity for the pre-service teachers to participate in a year-long (September - June) clinical residency intership in one of the partnered New York City public school. During the residency program you receive a stipend. The best part about working in the school is the support system that you have. You are there and learning hands-on about every little thing a teacher goes through. Whether it is attending meetings, organizing school shows, curriculum changes, testing, you name it! At the beginning of the program, you are given a free net book that helps a lot with planning lessons or taking notes in class. If you are serious about becoming the most creative, fun, out of the box, motivational and well-rounded teacher, what are you waiting for!
I have been in the program since Spring 2011 and will graduate in August 2012. It has gone by so fast. I can say that I have learned things that a regular 5 week student teaching program would not have taught me. You fall in love with the students and you learn how to bring out the best in each child. I have been interning at P.S. 58 in the Bronx with a 3rd and 4th grade bilingual class. By the way, if you are interested in becoming certified as a bilingual teacher, this program offers courses that are necessary for certification in bilingual education. I think I have highlighted some key components of the MATH UP program in a nutshell. If you have any questions about the program or my opinions please message me, thanks!