The Algebra Project community celebrates Marcus Hung’s recent completion of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) Certification. A NBPTS certificate is “achieved upon successful completion of a voluntary assessment program designed to recognize effective and accomplished teachers who meet high standards based on what teachers should know and be able to do” (from the NBPTS website). National Board candidates in mathematics are required to complete a rigorous assessment (covering everything from Algebra to Calculus) and submit four portfolio entries that demonstrate clear and convincing evidence of highly accomplished teaching. We applaud Marcus’ use of mentoring, teaching, and leadership in the Algebra Project, which provided a framework for his work in this process.
Marcus also leads the AP’s Teacher Curriculum Team (TCT) which has gathered various AP teachers to work on the Trip Line module, and is a member of the project’s Teacher Resource Materials (TRM) working group, which has recently been working on aligning Algebra Project curriculum modules with the new Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.
Also, this Fall, Marcus began a 5-year Master Teacher Fellowship with Math for America at U.C. Berkeley, which he will use to further explore teacher leadership and work to incorporate Algebra Project pedagogy in professional development support of other teachers.