Rethinking Math Culture: Developing A Schoolwide Math Mindset

Location: Room 214C

Listen and learn

[Listen and learn : Panel]

Wednesday, June 28, 1:00–2:00 pm
Location: Room 214C

Rafranz Davis   David Woods  
To prepare students for an ever-changing future, we must focus on developing skills that encourage persistence for students to pursue their passions. This panel highlights how leaders can support a vision of transformation extending beyond the classroom to develop a growth mindset, deep connection to and love for mathematics.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Mac
Tablet: iOS
Focus: Leadership
Topic: Digital equity
Grade level: PK-5
Subject area: Math
ISTE Standards: Teachers : Facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity
Administrators : Digital age learning culture
Students : Empowered learner

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this session is to arm school leaders (administration and teachers) with the tools they need to transition from understanding the importance of a growth mindset into creating a culture that truly moves to a focus on student driven learning and teacher empowerment through powerful and ongoing professional development.

1. Educational or infrastructure challenge/situation: Participants will reflect on the current math culture in their buildings
2. Evidence of success: Participants will hear from educators who have built a school-wide culture that embraces a growth mindset, challenges students to persist through difficult problems, and develops a love for problem solving.
3. Other:
A. Participants will better understand the elements of math instruction that support the development of growth mindset and connect to student driven instruction
B. Participants will see how professional development opportunities can be structured to build an excitement of and love for mathematics, in both teachers and students.


Introduction (15 minutes) This panel will kick off with a brief introduction of theme and the panelists excitement and connected experience. This will include opportunities for audience survey that helps set the stage and direction of the content and discussion. Our moderator will lead this introduction and facilitate casual discussion between the panelists and the participants.

Part 1 (15 minutes): Panelists will then share their own experiences and tips by discussing area of interest/focus including: diversity, digital equity, nurturing growth mindset. Moderator will keep the content conversational by interjecting opportunities for audience participation through questioning and polling.

Part 2 (15 minutes): Panelists will then share their own experiences and tips by discussing area of interest/focus including: the importance of developing unique math teaching practices to prepare middle school students for algebra and to encourage confidence, as well as empower educators to embrace a culture of collaboration and enable professional learning that will help foster student-driven environment and lifelong love of math.

Conclusion/Reflection (10 minutes)

Supporting research

Academic Tenacity: Mindsets and Skills that Promote Long-Term Learning, Standford University
Access and Equity for All Learners in Blended and Online Education, iNACOL
Blended Learning Teacher Competency Framework, iNACOL



Rafranz Davis, Lufkin ISD

David Woods, DreamBox Learning

learning starts here

San Antonio

June 25-28, 2017

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