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Math for America Summer Think 

July 11-13, 2017

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Born from a need for summer growth, this conference is the product of Math for America teachers in New York City.

The MfA Summer Think is a three-day conference that has been imagined, designed, and led teachers in the MfA Community.  The conference program is currently being finalized. Stay tuned for updates!

In the meantime, read up on a few of the sessions. (more…)

Featured Speakers

Patrick Honner


Math for America Master Teacher

Patrick Honner has been teaching mathematics in New York City high schools since 2003, covering everything from introductory algebra to multivariable Calculus.  For the past ten years, Patrick has taught at Brooklyn Technical High school, one of NYC’s specialized high schools, and one of the largest schools in the country.  Patrick currently teaches Geometry, Linear Algebra, and Computational Modeling, and serves as the instructional coach for his 40-person department.

Patrick has been recognized for excellence in teaching mathematics both locally and nationally, including the 2013 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.  He is a frequent writer, speaker, and presenter on mathematics and teaching.  His work appears in the New York Times, he runs workshops for teachers and students, and he presents at local, national, and international conferences.

John EwingEwing

President of Math for America

Before joining MƒA, Ewing served as Executive Director of the American Mathematical Society for nearly 14 years. With a staff of over 200 employees in four offices and over 32,000 members, the AMS is a major publisher of mathematics research and the largest mathematics research society in the world. Ewing previously was professor of mathematics at Indiana University from 1973-1995, where he also served as Chair of the department for two terms. He has held visiting positions in the mathematics departments of Dartmouth College, the University of Virginia, the Newcastle University, and Göttingen University.

In addition to his research work, Ewing has been active in mathematical exposition, both as writer and editor, winning several national awards. In recent years, he has also written extensively on scholarly and electronic publishing.

In 1966, Ewing received his B.S. from St. Lawrence University, which also awarded him an honorary degree in 1996, and received his M.S. and Ph.D. from Brown University in 1971.

Megan RobertsRoberts

Executive Director of Math for America New York

Megan Roberts joined MƒA in May of 2015 as the Executive Director of the MƒA NY Program.

Prior to MƒA, Megan worked for the NYC Department of Education as Executive Director for the Office of Innovation. She served in this role for four years, during which time she and her team worked to support the school-based design of innovative whole school models. Building on the understanding that today’s education system requires transformation to prepare students for the 21st Century, her office’s mission was to design and test new learning models and supply schools with know-how and tools that bring promising models to scale.

Before joining the Office of Innovation, Megan served as a NYC Network Leader. In this role she provided instructional and operational support for 25 public middle and high schools across the city. Prior to this, Megan spent several years as the Director of Science for Region 9 schools, where she was responsible for the curriculum, instruction and professional development for 180 schools across Manhattan and the South Bronx.

Megan is a former science teacher, staff developer, school administrator and researcher. She earned her Ed.D. in Science Education at Teachers College, Columbia University in 2009, and also holds an M.A. in Secondary Science Education and a B.S. in Earth Science. In 2000, Megan was awarded a Woodrow Wilson Science Teaching Fellowship at Princeton University. In 2001, she received a Fulbright Memorial Teaching Fellowship in Tokyo, Japan. In that same year, she was also awarded a two-year Science Teacher Research Fellowship at Columbia University. She has published articles and presented nationally and internationally on topics in geosciences, science education, professional development, educational technology and innovation in education.

Megan serves on the advisory board of Columbia University Science Teaching Research Fellowship. She lives in Fort Greene, Brooklyn with her husband and two children.


We are honored to have such a wide variety of learning experiences for conference participants. Read below to learn about our Deep Dives, and also our Support Sessions.



Needless to say, I’m very excited. But if I’m honest, I have no idea how this thing is going to turn out. But, Like I said, I’m very excited.


These 3 days in the summer will provide a great opportunity for inspiration, growth, and thinking!

Looking Forward To The Space


Learn the latest about the conference directly from the planning committee.



Tues 7/11 Wed 7/12 Thurs 7/13
Doors Open 9 am Doors Open 9 am Doors Open 9 am
Introduction – (9:30 – 10:15) Changing The Conversation – John Ewing (9:30 – 10:15) Deep Dive Session/ Exhibition Prep (9:30 – 10:30)
Opening Remarks – Patrick Honner (10:15-10:45) Deep Dive Session (10:25 – 12:25)
Summer Think Exhibition (10:30 – 11:30)
Support Session 1 (11 – 12)
Closing Remarks – Megan Roberts (11:35 – 12:00)
Lunch at MfA (12 – 1) Lunch at MfA (12:25 – 1:25) Lunch at MfA (12:00 – 1:00)
Deep Dive Sessions (1 – 4)
Support Session 2 (1:25 – 2:25)
Support Session 3 (2:30 – 3:30)
Optional Open Spaces (3:45- 4:45)
Optional Happy Hour in the Lounge (4 – 5)
Optional social time at TBD