A Brief Video Overview of the CRR

 We Will Miss You Fred, our Friend and Founder

The CRR is sorry to share the news that the founder of the CRR, Dr. Fred Stevenson, has passed away from this world. We are incredibly saddened by this news. In this time that many mourn, we celebrate the life of a truly great man. Fred contributed to mathematics in so many ways, but possibly the most profound way was to mentor many mathematics educators in K-12 education!

He was a leader in the field of Mathematics outreach, connecting and encouraging the Southern Arizona mathematics education community. He inspired many teachers to reach further, risk more, and reach every student. No one was invisible to Fred! He changed the face of education in Southern Arizona, and his legacy continues through the Center he founded. Fred, we endeavor to live up to the immense standards you set, we strive to honor your memory in all we do, and we celebrate the incredible legacy you left.

Farewell, Dr. Fred Stevenson!

Fred’s family suggests that friends who want to remember him may contribute a donation to the CRR in his name.


Now Serving All of Arizona!!


The Center for Recruitment and Retention of Mathematics Teachers (CRR) has provided excellent professional development opportunities for teachers in Southern Arizona for nearly 20 years. With this new partnership with the Arizona Department of Education (ADE), we will now be able to offer our services state-wide in support of our mission to ensure that every student has a highly qualified mathematics teacher.  

This partnership will allow us to provide free online and hybrid training opportunities to all K-12 Arizona teachers of Mathematics. Free workshops will be designed to deepen teachers' mathematical understanding, promote hands-on, student-centered lessons, examine alternative ways to present particular topics, including using technology, develop effective pedagogical practices, and model effective teaching.

The Center will also host the annual Mathematics Educator Appreciation Day Conference (MEAD) for K-12 educators in January.

You can find a news story about the partnership at KOLD: https://www.kold.com/2020/09/21/arizona-department-education-announces-partnership-support-free-math-professional-learning-teachers-statewide/ 


[UPDATE: February 2021] Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction, Kathy Hoffman acknowledged the importance of our statewide partnership with ADE by recognizing the CRR and the MEAD Conference in her State of Education Address, as well as her State of Special Education Address


The Center for Recruitment and Retention of Mathematics Teachers (CRR) at the University of Arizona was created in August 2001 to address the shortage of qualified mathematics teachers at the middle and high school levels. Its goals are to retain mathematics teachers currently in the field and to attract mathematically talented college students to the teaching profession. Towards this end the Center coordinates several projects, including a New Teacher Induction Program, a Tutor Scholar Program to attract college students into mathematics education, teacher workshops, and an annual Mathematics Educators Appreciation Day Conference (MEAD) for teachers, grades preK-16. These and other projects are described in the pages linked in the menu above.

The CRR partners with the Secondary Mathematics Education Program to engage Mathematics Majors in programs that provide valuable experiences in the classroom. The Secondary Mathematics Education Program has internships and scholarships for interested students.