The Mindset Revolution: Teaching Mathematics for a Growth Mindset

The Mindset Revolution: Teaching Mathematics for a Growth Mindset

Jo Boaler, Stanford University

Jo Boaler, professor of mathematics education at Stanford University, is the co-founder of youcubed. She also is an analyst for the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) testing in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD),  and she authored the first massive open online course (MOOC) on mathematics teaching and learning.

Registration is Closed


In this workshop, we will investigate the ways students’ mathematics pathways can dramatically change, leading to higher achievement and enjoyment. Boaler will share new brain science that reveals critical information that will help math teachers promote equity in the classroom.

In recent years, scientific studies have also demonstrated that student and teacher ‘mindsets’ have a profound impact on learning. Students with a ‘growth mindset’ who believe that intelligence and ‘smartness’ 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 math persistence, engagement and, high achievement. Math teachers play a critical role in developing mindsets.

In this workshop, we will examine what it means to teach math for a growth mindset. We will look at different mathematics tasks, grouping arrangements, encouragement and praise, and many other aspects, using classroom videos and collaborative work.


PD hours available.

The workshop is currently full and registration is closed. Jo Boaler will also be appearing at two events hosted by the Family Action Network on Thursday, November 16th.

For more information or to be placed on a waitlist, contact the Master of Science in Education office: (847) 467-1458 or msedprogram@northwestern.edu

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Master of Science in Education School of Education & Social Policy

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Evanston, IL 60208
Northwestern University

Phone: 847/467-1458

Email: msedprogram@northwestern.edu