PL-CI-132 Mathematics & Mindset: Research and Strategies to Transform Mathematics Instruction


PL-CI-132 Mathematics & Mindset: Research and Strategies to Transform Mathematics Instruction (PK-12)

A 2-Credit Hybrid Course:  LPS Collaborative Study Group meeting face-to-face in Lexington combined with an online course titled “How to Learn Math” with Jo Boaler, Ph.D., Professor of Mathematics Education, Stanford University

LPS Collaborative Study Group Meetings:

Tuesday, February 14, 2017            3:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017                3:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017                   3:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.

Plus: After-School Partner Collaboration Sessions

Stanford University Open EdX Course

Total: 30 hours

In this hybrid course offering, LPS educators will meet as a collaborative professional learning team to participate in a Massive Online Open Course (MOOC), designed and taught by Dr. Jo Boaler, Professor of Mathematics Education at Stanford University. Participants will engage in activities and conversations centered on how the most current research about mathematics and mindset applies to our day-to-day instructional practices with K-12 students in the Lexington Public Schools and how it impacts student learning.   Throughout the semester, members of the group will complete a series of modules from the online course, sometimes in collaboration with colleagues in the class and sometimes independently, chronicling their work in a reflection journal and earning a Record of Completion certificate upon finishing all of the course modules. LPS faculty member Molly Rawding, Mathematics Specialist at Fiske Elementary School, will facilitate the LPS collaborative study group sessions.

For a 2-minute video overview of the content of the online portion, visit the site:

From the EdX Course Description:

Explore the new research ideas on mathematics learning and student mindsets that can transform students' experiences with math. The sessions are all interactive and include various thinking tasks to promote active engagement - such as reflecting on videos, designing lessons, and discussing ideas with peers. Taught by Dr. Jo Boaler, Professor of Mathematics Education, Stanford University, you will learn useful ideas and practices that you can apply immediately.  For example:

      • New pedagogical strategies
      • An understanding of high quality math tasks
      • Questions to promote understanding
      • Messages to give students
      • Inspirational messages from educational thought-leaders

Quotes from previous participants:

“There are so many rich tasks and great resources and ideas presented in this course, both online with Jo Boaler, and with Molly Rawding in the face-to-face meetings.  Everyone has something to learn from this course, and while it may seem overwhelming to implement all the strategies and ideas at once, there are a least a few things that can be embedded immediately with little effort, while the other things can grow and be attempted over time.”

“Engaging, thorough, and worth the time and energy!”

“This hybrid model kept it interesting and made it manageable.  Being able to do the modules online was nice for busy schedules, and meeting face-to-face was great to collaborate and push our thinking even more.”

About the LPS Course Facilitator:  Molly Rawding, Ph.D., LPS Mathematics Specialist

Molly Rawding has worked as a Mathematics Specialist for over five years. Prior experiences include teaching at the middle school level in Virginia and New Hampshire as well as teaching mathematics methods courses for pre-service teachers at George Mason University.

About the EdX Course Instructor:  Dr. Jo Boaler, Professor of Mathematics Education at Stanford University

Dr. Jo Boaler is a Professor of Mathematics Education at Stanford University, and the founder of  She is the editor of the Research Commentary Section of The Journal for Research in Mathematics Education (JRME), an analyst for PISA testing in the OECD, and author of the first MOOC on mathematics teaching and learning.  Former roles have included being the Marie Curie Professor of Mathematics Education in England and a mathematics teacher in London Schools.

Who May Enroll:  Educators of Grades PK-12, mathematics coaches, administrators

Location:  Fiske Elementary School, Room 184

PDPs/Credits:  30 PDPs/2 in-house credits upon successful completion of course requirements

Class Size:  20


Kristen McGrath
Phone: 781-861-2580 x 68043


Seat Availability: 1 of 20 available.
Last day to register: 2/9/2017

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Fiske Elementary School, Room 184
55 Adams Street
Lexington, MA 02420The zipcode must be numeric with at least five numbers.