Instructional Leaders Workshop

  • Opening A Window Into Mathematically Powerful Classrooms—Making Student Thinking Visible

    October 5, 2018 • Hartford, CT • Instructional Leaders (Grades K-12)

    Plan to attend this workshop for school leaders to round out your conference experience! Preregistration is required. Reserve your space now when you register by selecting a workshop in the Optional Events step or log in to add it to an existing registration.

    Workshop Overview


    • Provide school leaders with tools and strategies for establishing a relationship with, and having a social-emotional connection to, their teachers in order to create a safe professional space for learning. By having a common understanding of what a mathematically powerful classroom looks like, both classroom teachers and their instructional leaders can join forces to create and support a coherent learning experience for each and every one of their students where those students become knowledgeable, flexible, and resourceful mathematical thinkers.


    Participants will:

    • The Teaching for Robust Understanding (TRU) framework—a framework for creating and describing access to, agency for, and ownership of relevant mathematics
    • How a theory of action gives coherence to a learning system
    • The central role of student agency in the learning process
    • The interdependency of language learning and disciplinary learning
    • The importance of observing mathematics classrooms with tools that make student thinking visible

    Who Should Attend

    • School Instructional leaders (e.g., principals, vice-principals, coaches, teacher leaders, teachers, etc.)


    • Harold Asturias, University of California, Berkeley


    9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

    Welcome, Goals, and Introductions

    Team Building 

    10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Vision, Beliefs, Theory of Action
    11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

    Intro to TRU Math Framework

    11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    TRU (Math continued): Observing as a teacher, as a researcher, as a student 
    1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
    1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    The Five by Eight card—a pithy, high leverage observation tool              
    3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
    3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Lesson Plan vs. Lesson Design

    How to coach teachers to design lessons that attend to the TRU five dimensions.                 
    4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Closing & Evaluation


    Registration Information

    Preregistration required.

    With Conference: $50   
    Workshop Only: $185