Effective Practices for Advancing the Teaching and Learning of Middle School Mathematics

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An online professional learning series for 6 - 8 educators

Starting September 23, 2019

10 integrative sessions featuring: Fawn Nguyen, Andrew Stadel, Michelle Williams, Kris Childs, Lauren Lamb, Dionne Aminata Samb, Steve Leinwand, Chris Nho, Lauren Baucom, and Geoff Krall.


This primary synchronous online learning experience is designed to connect educators from across the country and around the world to learn from some of the educational leaders in the math community. Each session will feature a different lead instructor who will guide us in exploring an effective practice for advancing the teaching and learning of mathematics.

During these sessions, participants will work collaboratively on mathematical tasks, analyze student thinking, explore instructional methodologies, and prepare to apply their new learning within their own practice.

Goals and Objectives

As a result of participating in the session or watching the recordings, you will have opportunities to:

  • learn and refine a variety of instructional practices that support students in developing a deep conceptual understanding of mathematical ideas;
  • analyze the power and complexity of students’ mathematical thinking;
  • develop questioning techniques to help students deepen their mathematical understanding;
  • experience and reflect on mathematical tasks and resources to uncover the mathematics that students will learn; 
  • adapt curriculum to meet individual student needs;
  • make mathematical connections and enhance your ability to help students do so; and
  • learn and grow as professionals within a collaborative mathematical community.
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Kaneka Turner MAT’15


Live sessions are held on Mondays, from 7–8:30 pm ET. Each session is followed by a 15-minute Q&A from 8:30–8:45 pm ET.  The Q&A session is not recorded and is only available for Full Access participants.

  • 9/23: Steve Leinwand – Building the Practice of Gradual Reveal into our Instruction
  • 9/30: Chris Nho - Math Teachers as Mathematicians
  • 10/7: Kris Childs - Every Child Deserves an Opportunity to Speak - Discontinuing the Practice of Handraising
  • 10/14: Lauren Baucom - Aligning Practice to Instructional Vision
  • 10/21: Andrew Stadel - TBA
  • 10/28: Fawn Nguyen - TBA
  • 11/4: Dionne Aminata Samb - Culturally Responsive Lessons
  • 11/11: Geoff Krall - Inquiry: Plain and Tall
  • 11/18: Lauren Lamb - Teaching Mathematics for Social Justice
  • 12/2: Michelle WiIlliams - Response to Intervention: Using the Vertical Alignment to Close Achievement Gaps in Middle School


Full Access
  • Participate live for each session
    • Interact with each facilitator
    • Collaborate with teachers from around the world
    • Engage in a Q&A period with each facilitator following their session
  • Participate in an asynchronous micro-community to continue your learning with a small group of teachers (optional)
  • Access to the recording of each session until June 30, 2020
  • Access to all the session materials until June 30, 2020
Limited Access
  • Access to the recording of each session until December 31, 2019
  • Access to all the session materials until December 31, 2019

Which format is right for me?

The Full Access Format is highly recommended for a variety of reasons. First, you get to participate live with the facilitator and other teachers. We cap the class size at 50 so it’s a small group that will develop as a strong learning community. Additionally, the added features of having a private Q&A session with each facilitator and having a micro-community to extend your learning with the support of the hosts and facilitators make this format ideal for powerful professional learning.  If you’re an active learner and would like to connect with like-minded colleagues and interact with these inspiring facilitator, then Full Access is the right option for you.

The Limited Access option was created for our colleagues that live in time zones that make it hard to attend the live sessions or for our colleagues that have conflicts with the live schedule.  With this option, you still get to learn from each facilitator and have access to the materials that are shared. If your busy schedule or your time zone prevents you from attending the live sessions or if your budget supports a more affordable option, then Limited Access is the right option for you.

Full Access Format: $348*

The live sessions are highly interactive using Zoom video conferencing software and G Suite apps. You will participate in whole group and small group work, collaborate with colleagues on math tasks, have conversations with the facilitators and other teachers, and have opportunities to apply the new ideas to your own work.

Additionally, full access participants have the opportunity to join one of our micro-communities. These are small groups of participants that want to extend their thinking, apply new ideas in their settings, and have thought partners to help them reflect on this work. Following a live session, each micro-community will receive an email from the facilitator with a call to action and reflection prompts. Groups then interact and continue their learning together.

Limited Access Format: $98*

Each live session will be recorded and you will be given access to the videos within 48 hours after the session is over. You will also have access to the tools and resources in the Google Drive folder. You are encouraged to watch the video of each session and participate in the activities as if you were there live.

*Please note that a service fee will be applied if you pay by credit card.


Can I register a group of teachers?

Yes. Just select the Group/Purchase Order Registration Form.

Is the fee per session or for the whole series?

The one-time fee covers all sessions.  If you pay $348, you can participate in every live session.  If you pay $98, you will have access to all of the recordings.


If you have any questions, please contact Michael Flynn at mflynn@mtholyoke.edu or 413-538-2063.