Microburst Series

Active Engagement in Math Class: A Microburst Series for K-8 Administrators

We all know the importance of ongoing professional learning for administrators, but we also recognize the enormous demands on your time as a school or district administrator. That’s why we designed this short and focused online professional learning opportunity. Each session is only 20 minutes long and administrators can choose to attend the live session or watch the recording at their own convenience.

About the Series

As administrators focus their attention on mathematics, they often invest in professional learning for their teachers to support them in making pedagogical shifts that will promote student-centered learning and active engagement. However, what does that actually look like in the classroom and how can administrators support teachers in this work? This series aims to provide key insights that all K-8 administrators need to know to support this work in their schools. Each session is recorded for those that can’t attend live.

Dates: 1/18, 2/15, 3/15, 4/12, 5/24, 6/7

Time: All sessions will begin at 3:30 PM ET

Cost: Free

Register here: Microburst Series Registration


Mike Flynn

Mike is the director of Mathematics Leadership Programs at Mount Holyoke College, where he runs the Master of Arts in Mathematics Teaching program and leads a wide variety of professional learning opportunities for teachers, teacher-leaders, coaches, administrators, and staff-developers. This work connects him with educators from around the world who are interested in the learning and teaching of mathematics.

Mike is also the author of Beyond Answers: Exploring Mathematical Practices with Young Children and the author of a number of articles and blogs about math education

Prior to this work, Mike taught second grade at the William E. Norris Elementary School in Southampton, MA for 14 years. He is the 2008 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year and a 2010 recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching. He also served for 8 years as an elected member of the Northampton School Committee. Mike’s full CV is available here: Mike Flynn’s CV


Sarah Bent

Sarah Bent is the Assistant Director of Mathematics Leadership Programs at Mount Holyoke College. In this role, she runs the Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics program and designs and facilitates professional learning opportunities for teachers and math coaches. Sarah also teaches math and math education graduate courses at the college.

Prior to her work at the college, Sarah was a third and fourth grade teacher in Chesterfield, Massachusetts and an adjunct faculty member at Westfield State University. She recently served as a collaborating teacher for a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded research project, “Using Routines as a Strategy for Developing Elementary Students’ Conception of Proof.” Her current interests include the role of context in supporting conceptual understanding and mathematical modeling in science class through different levels of inquiry.