For Math Education Majors

The Mathematics Education Learning Community (MELC) is designed to bring together students who are planning to be mathematics teachers through academic, professional development, and social activities. The one-credit seminar course is offered in the spring – you will have the opportunity to get to know others who are interested in mathematics teaching and learning and participate in both curricular and extracurricular activities co-planned by students and instructors providing opportunities for learning and engagement. This learning community is just for the spring semester.  Members are encouraged to also participate in the TEACH! Seconday Learning Community during the fall semester to begin to get to know others planning to become middle and high school teachers. A residence option is available for all TEACH! students in Owen Hall.  Note:  Students can apply for this learning community during the Fall 2018.  Questions regarding the application can be directed to Professor Jill Newton (

NSF supported Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site at Illinois State University that is designed specifically for Pre-Service and In-Service Secondary Mathematics Teachers. The goals of the program are to introduce future and current teachers to research in Discrete Mathematics, develop the mathematical habits of mind necessary for research, and to translate these habits of mind to secondary classroom instruction. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to apply what they have learned by developing and implementing a Mathematics Research Camp for high school students from the Chicago Public School District. Please see our REU website ( for additional information.   We are asking for your help in recruiting eight pre-service secondary mathematics education majors to participate in this eight-week program (June 4-July 27). We are looking for talented, hard-working students who work well in group settings and would appreciate this unique opportunity. The stipend and cost of living amounts to approximately $750 per week. Members of minority and underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply. Please help us by posting the attached flier in your department, disseminating this information to others involved in secondary mathematics education, and by encouraging your students to apply.  The application deadline is February 23, 2018. For additional information please contact Dr. Saad El-Zanati ( or Dr. David Barker (

Budapest Semesters in Mathematics Education: Budapest Semesters in Mathematics Education (BSME) is designed for undergraduates and recent graduates interested in the learning and teaching of secondary mathematics. BSME was conceived by the founders of Budapest Semesters in Mathematics (BSM), and the two programs share a common goal—to experience the mathematical and general culture of Hungary. BSME is specifically intended for students who are not only passionate about mathematics, but also the teaching of mathematics.  Learn more at

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education is once again offering student teaching stipends for high-needs areas (math, science, and special ed) and underrepresented minority students.  All eligible students have been contacted and sent the application instructions.  Fall student teachers need to apply by October 4th, and Spring student teachers need to apply by January 31st.

Here are the links:

Student Teaching Stipend for Minorities:

Student Teaching Stipend for High-Needs Fields:

Indiana GEAR UP at Purdue needs tutors for middle school students in Lafayette and Frankfort. Not only would Purdue students have the content expertise but could be role models for these students as they go through middle and high school.   Additionally, Purdue students could take advantage of the EARN program and make an additional $10/hour tutoring on top of the $10 GEAR Up will pay them. Please apply here:

Homework and Tutoring program at Schuyler Avenue Wesleyan Church in Lafayette. We serve under privileged kids in the North End of Lafayette in a partnership with Vinton Elementary school to provide background checked and coached volunteers to help children in targets ways.  Our program has been a great success and we had a number of Purdue students volunteer throughout the first semester.  I would love if you could once again include our program in your announcements.  Right now we have more kids signed up than volunteers. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Shaina Patriquin at

New Scholarship and New Certificate Program for Preservice Teachers! 

Teacher shortage report at: Indiana starts on page 51.  You can certainly see trends.  As Licenture understands, the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) uses the number of emergency permits issued to determine the teacher shortages in Indiana. Numbers for 2016-17 most likely will be available in the spring.  Also, according to the IDOE, “Indiana has seen a significant decline in the number of individuals receiving initial teacher licenses issued in recent years.  Specifically, there has been an 18% drop in the number of initial teacher licenses issued over the last five years.”

Global Gateway for Teachers - Navajo Nation Program (apply junior year as it fills fast!) - You must let Office of Field Experience know if you are participating in this program.

You don't have to leave the United States to have a new cultural experience. Through our Navajo Nation Program, you'll live and work for a full semester on a Navajo Reservation in Arizona, New Mexico, or Utah. There, you'll teach in either a public reservation school or a Bureau of Indian Education school. Your engagement doesn't end when classes do, however. In exchange for room and board in reservation dorms, you'll coordinate after-school activities for students staying in the dorms, provide tutoring and homework assistance, and even work in the dorm cafeteria.The goal is to become a part of the community. You may visit students' homes, develop personal friendships with the adults you work with at school and in the dorms, attend tribal council meetings, and observe and participate in tribal celebrations and ceremonies. Many students are so energized by their teaching experiences that they go on to full-time teaching positions in their placement communities. This program is through IU. There are training/orientation tasks that must be done through IU, so you should apply by Junior Year.  Contact: for more information or visit their website at:


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