Effective Practices Series

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

All New Sessions!



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. 

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.


Mike Flynn and Sarah Bent


Zak Champagne, Christopher Danielson, Marian Dingle, Annie Fetter, Graham Fletcher, Marta Garcia, Kristin Gray, Howie Hua, Christina Tondevold, Kaneka Turner, Mario Valdez, and Tracy Zager


To see a description of each session visit: Session Descriptions

Live sessions are held on Mondays and are scheduled for the following dates:

January 13: Tracy Zager – Lost in Translation: From Writer’s Workshop to Leveled Math Groups

January 20: Kristin Gray – Writing in Mathematics: The Why, When, and How

January 27: Christina Tondevold – Stop Teaching Strategies, Start Teaching Sense

February 3: Kaneka Turner: Using Routines to Promote Access

February 10: Zak Champagne – Playing the Long Game: Examining Routines, Tasks, and Structures that Support Student Thinking Over Time

February 24: Graham Fletcher – Building Math Residue with Lessons that Stick

March 2: Mario Valdez – Releasing Control to our Students through Socratic Sense-Making

March 9: Howie Hua – Counting Around the World

March 16: Marian Dingle – The Singing Math Teacher: Connecting Music to Memory and Joy

March 23: Marta Garcia – Productive Lingering: Nudging Beyond Noticing

April 6: Christopher Danielson – Looking for Mathematical Structure

April 13: Annie Fetter – Connecting Concepts and Procedures by Leveraging Students’ Methods

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. The Q & A session 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 the 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. We design the recording so that you’ll stay with one breakout group for each session. 

Cost*: We have a special early bird price for the full access option.

If you register by January 10th, the cost is only $248.    

 Full Access:  $248 (12/2 – 1/10)              Limited Access: $98

                          $298 (after 1/10)

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 educators. We are known for creating strong online learning communities so you’ll connect and collaborate with many like-minded educators and make new friends. In fact, it’s not uncommon for participants from this series to meet up at math conferences and have it feel like a reunion. We love seeing these online collaborations flourish beyond our professional learning events. 

Additionally, the optional features of having a Q&A session with each facilitator and participating in a micro-community to extend your learning make this format ideal for those wanting to dig deeper into the ideas 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. Just select the Group/Purchase Order Registration Form. 

Is the fee per session or for the whole series? 

The one-time fee covers all the sessions. If you pay $298 ($248 if you register before 1/10), 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 and course materials until August 31, 2020.

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





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