Supporting Students’ Productive Struggle

  • 1Day WorkshopSupporting Students’ Productive Struggle
    (Grades K-5)

    One-Day Workshop

    Hilton Los Angeles Airport • March 13, 2020 • Registration fee: $250

    This workshop takes an initial dive into exploring productive struggle. It is designed to begin the exploration of an understanding of productive struggle through the lens of mathematics. It supports the learning of teachers, coaches, school-based, and district-based administrators. Though connected, each topic addresses specific questions regarding the story of productive struggle in a mathematics classroom.

    Registration for the 1-Day workshop is now closed.    

    Learn more about the workshop in the video featuring facilitator John SanGiovanni.

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    One-Day Workshop Program


    • Grades K-5


    • John SanGiovanni

    Participant Outcomes:
    The following questions will be addressed throughout the workshop:

    • What is productive struggle?
    • Why is productive struggle important to students’ mathematics learning?
    • How do we support productive struggle for each and every student?

    Productive Struggle: Laying the Foundation

    • What is productive struggle and why does it matter?
    • What does productive struggle look like in a classroom?
    • How do we create an environment for nurturing productive struggle?
    • What are student and teacher behaviors of productive struggle?
    • What is the difference between productive and destructive struggle?

    Productive Struggle: Establishing Goals and Selecting Tasks

    • How do I establish mathematics goals within trajectory of learning?
    • What are the characteristics of a good task and how do I select them?
    • How do you anticipate where students might struggle?
    • How do you implement tasks with fidelity? How do I support productive struggle without reducing the demands of the task?

    Productive Struggle: Provoking and Supporting Struggle

    • How do you adapt tasks?
    • How do I respond to students that have unfinished learning?
    • How do I accommodate students who are able to extend their understanding beyond the learning goal?
    • What does students’ struggle look like when it’s not productive and how do you navigate it?

    Productive Struggle: Apply It...Live It!

    • What big ideas about productive struggle resonate with me?
    • What do others in similar professional roles think about productive struggle?
    • What actions will I take to enhance productive struggle in my classroom, building, or district?
    • Why is it important to address productive struggle coherently as part of a systemic learning culture?

    Program Schedule

    One-Day Workshop Schedule

    9:00  - 10:15 a.m.
    Productive Struggle: Laying the Foundation
    10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Productive Struggle: Establishing Goals and Selecting Tasks
    12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
    1:00 - 2:45 p.m.
    Productive Struggle: Provoking and Supporting Struggle
    3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
    Productive Struggle: Apply It....Live It!

    Registration and Hotel Information

    How to register and forms of payments

    • One-Day Workshop Registration fee: $250
    • Click here to register online. March 6, 2020 is the deadline to register for the One-Day workshop.
    • Credit Card: VISA, MasterCard or American Express. A confirmation letter and receipt will be sent automatically by email, once you complete the online registration process.
    • Check: This option will be available until February 7, 2020. An invoice will be sent to you automatically by email, once you complete the online registration process. Your payment must be received within 30 days of submitting your registration or the registration will be canceled.
    • Purchase Order: If a purchase order is being used, a copy must be attached to your online registration to complete your registration.

    The workshop will be held at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport. The room rate at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport is $159. The deadline for receiving the workshops room rate of $159 per night is February 24, 2020.

    How can I make reservations for the Hilton Los Angeles Airport?

    • Guests can make guestroom reservations by calling 310-410-6143 or 310-410-6147. Please mention group code VNCT at the time a reservation is made to receive the special group rate.


    Please contact if you have any questions.