MATE Program Offers Teachers New Inspiration; Plus Gym Access

Access to the UCR Student Recreation Center comes as part of the free program

Pamela Clute is the Executive Director of the ALPHA Center

Pamela Clute is the Executive Director of the ALPHA Center

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — School teachers are sharpening their skills this week at UC Riverside, at the Mathematics Academy for Teaching Excellence [MATE], a program that offers techniques that teachers can use in the fall to inspire young people to see the beauty of mathematics.

“There are a million reasons why this is important for individual student success and a healthy economy for the area, including better college-going rates and students who are qualified for jobs in technology, science and business,” said Pamela Clute, the executive director of the ALPHA Center. “The program is full this week with 70 teachers and future teachers learning how to inspire and motivate the next generation toward high mathematics achievement.”

The program takes place at the Student Recreation Center with activities in the morning and guest speakers in the afternoon.  MATE began in 1998 and is still going strong with 1,180 teachers who have been through the program from Southern California and beyond.

Teachers spend part of their summer learning about how to inspire students to achieve in mathematics

The program is free for the teachers, who are from a variety of schools. The program also connects to California’s new “common core” standards to help teachers make a transition by 2015. “We have teachers from fourth grade up through community colleges, as well as student teachers, all in the same program,” Clute said. That means interaction and learning up and down the pipeline….articulation among education institutions is necessary for students success.”

An added bonus, teachers are allowed full access to the UCR Student Recreation Center while they take the program. “We believe in a “healthy body/healthy mind” philosophy,” said Clute, who is herself a fitness buff as well as an evangelist for the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education.

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