Effective Practices Series

Effective Practices for Advancing the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics (K-5)


This primarily synchronous online learning experience is designed to connect educators from across the country and around 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. 

What’s New:

    • Two tiers of participation (Full Access and Limited Access), details below
    • Focus is only on grades K-5
    • Sessions are 90 minutes
    • Reduced cost
  • Each session is followed by a 15-minute Q&A (available for Full-Access participants)

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 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.

Hosts: Mike Flynn and Sarah Bent

Facilitators: Zak Champagne, Christopher Danielson, Annie Fetter, Graham Fletcher, Marta Garcia, Kristin Gray, Elham Kazemi, Max Ray-Riek, Christina Tondevold, Kaneka Turner, and Tracy Zager


Live sessions are scheduled on the following dates:

    • 1/16 – Christina Tondevold
    • 1/30 – Kristin Gray
    • 2/13 – Christopher Danielson
    • 2/27 – Zak Champagne
    • 3/13 – Graham Fletcher
    • 3/27 – Kaneka Turner
    • 4/10 – Max Ray-Riek and Annie Fetter
    • 4/24 – Elham Kazemi
    • 5/8 – Marta Garcia
  • 5/22 – Tracy Zager

All live online sessions are scheduled from 7:00 – 8:30 PM ET

Each session is followed by a 15-minute Q & A from 8:30-8:45. This is not recorded and is only available for Full Access participants.

Full Access Format: 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: 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.

Cost*:     Full Access: $348                              Limited Access: $98


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 facilitators 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 facilitators, 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.

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


Can I register a group of teachers with a purchase order? 

Yes. Contact Mike at mflynn@mtholyoke.edu to set up this payment method for teams of 5 or more.

Is the fee per session or for the whole series? 

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

How long will the videos be available? 

You will have access to the recordings until June 30, 2019.

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

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