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Jo Boaler and Cathy Williams – The Mindset Revolution: Teaching Mathematics for a Growth Mindset

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  • November 9, 2018
    8:30 am - 3:15 pm

Jo Boaler is a Professor of Mathematics Education at Stanford University, and the faculty director of youcubed. She is the author of the first MOOC on mathematics teaching and learning. Former roles have included being the Marie Curie Professor of Mathematics Education for Europe, a mathematics teacher in London comprehensive schools and a researcher at King’s College, London. She is the author of nine books – including the best seller: Mathematical Mindsets – and she has received numerous awards for mathematics equity and leadership.

Cathy Williams is the Co-Founder and the Executive Director of youcubed. Previously Cathy served as the Director of K-12 Mathematics in the Vista Unified School District where her professional development series earned a California State Golden Bell Award. Cathy’s former roles have included a high school mathematics teacher, AVID coordinator, and mathematics department chair and district curriculum leader over an 18-year span before she became a curriculum and instruction administrator in 2003. Cathy served for seven years as the San Diego County Office of Education K-12 Mathematics Coordinator where her key projects included developing the book and professional development program, Math Language that Works and the online math teacher support program Getting Ready for Algebra.

In recent years scientific studies have demonstrated that student and teacher ‘mindsets’ have a profound impact on learning. Students with a ‘growth mindset’ (Dweck, 2006) who believe that intelligence can be learned and that the brain can grow from exercise learn more effectively, displaying a desire for challenge and showing resilience in the face of failure. Such behaviors encourage greater maths persistence, engagement and high achievement. It is critically important that both teachers and students have growth mindsets and we will work together in this session to encourage both. Recent brain science research gives a clear direction for mathematics learning and Jo will
present some of the most important research and think about what it means for learners, and teachers.

During this workshop we will consider together what it means to have and to teach for a growth mindset. We will
consider what mathematics really is, and what is mathematically important for students, across all grade levels.
We will look together at brain research, at different mathematics tasks, grouping arrangements, encouragement and
praise, and many other aspects of mathematics teaching. We will do this through classroom videos and through
working on math tasks together.

Registration and Continental Breakfast 8:00 am – 8:30 am

Lunch provided


550 Shriners Drive, Addison, Illinois, 60101, United States

Additional Information
  • All registrations will be confirmed by email.
  • If you register 15 people, the 15th registration is free. Call 847-851-2256 to receive this discount.
  • Cancellations must be received at least 5 business days before the program event in order for refunds to be made. A $10 cancellation fee applies to all cancellations.
  • If you have questions or need assistance in registering, call Tresie at 847-851-2256 or email her at .