For School - how to adopt and implement the program?
Adopting and implementing Math Challenge program in your school is straight forward and requires minimal volunteer time. Below are the requirements:
1. One dedicated and passionate volunteer as chair person of the Math Challenge program in your school. The chair person can be a teacher, a principal, or a parent. The tasks of the chair person typically requires about 1-2 hours of volunteer time every 2 weeks and consist of the following tasks:
- Promote the program to teachers, parents through various venues such as newsletter, announcements, email reminders, etc.
- Determine prizes, awards or recognition for students. This is optional but highly recommended as it will help entice students to do all challenges.
- Coordinate math challenge submission process with teachers and school staff.
2. Teacher and Principal support. It’s helpful to have teachers and principal’s approval from the start. Explain to them that the program is an enrichment that brings opportunities to students and their families to have fun with mathematic. With teachers and the principal supports, you will be able to reach out more to your students (and submission process will be much smoother).
3. PTSA Support. It’s helpful to also have PTSA support, especially if you want to have an incentive program as recognition to students who participate in the program. PTSA may be able to provide funds to purchase these prizes.
Deadline for schools to participate at 2019/2020 Math Challenge Program is September 1, 2019.
Please read on to get details on how to implement the program. When your school is ready to adopt the Math Challenge Program, register your school HERE. Contact Elly Sarwono at firstname.lastname@example.org for any question.
A number of tasks are needed before the first Math Challenge published. Below are general timelines from getting the words out at the beginning of school year to ending the program in June. Please adjust accordingly to your school's newsletter deadline and weekly announcement.
About One month prior
Two weeks prior
One week prior
- Send a brief announcement (to the school office, to teachers, to newsletter, to PTSA website) about the first Math Challenge, its due date, and information to students on how to submit their solutions. Provide the link to your school's page.
The week of publication
- Send a request to school office to be included in the morning announcement that the Math Challenge is available online to print/download. Remind students of the Math Challenge due date. Provide the link to your school's page.
End of the year - two weeks after the last Math Challenge
Below are options for school to recognize students who participated at the program:
- For prizes, Norman Rockwell Elementary had a lottery system for each challenge. 12 qualified entries are picked. I believe they did this so that at least each student will get a prize in the rotation (12 x 15 challenges). Prizes are budgeted and set at the beginning of the school year.
- Rosa Parks and Smith Elementary both graded the students' solutions. It took them sometimes, but they have a couple of volunteers to grade the papers. Rosa Parks gave back each math challenge. Smith gave papers back at the end of the program.
- Most schools gave end of the year awards (medals or trophies or certificates). Not all schools give prizes for each challenge.
- Ideas that came up if schools do not have budget to give prizes: get shout-out from principal during morning announcement, lunch with the principals, famous mathlete picture (photo taken with 'math bear' or 'math beagle').
- Rosa Parks had point system in place instead of asking students to do the minimum requirements of solutions. Students collected points through out the 15 challenges and organizers record those points.
- Alcott and Milburn give options to students to submit solutions online using google doc.