Smarter Together! Engaging All Students in Challenging Mathematics

These two sessions will focus on addressing equity issues in K-12 mathematics classrooms.

Date(s): 2-Day Series: October 24, 2019 and February 18, 2020

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Location: Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), 1500 Highway 36 West, Roseville, MN, 55113, Conference Center B, Room 15-16. Find directions to MDE. MDE has complimentary visitor parking.


Thursday, October 24, 2019: Improving Learning by Identifying Participation Problems

Participants will explore how status interferes with student participation in mathematics, learn to identify status issues in classrooms, and work on strategies for engaging reluctant learners while also challenging high status students. We will consider how groups can improve student learning. Attendees will receive a copy of Smarter Together! Collaboration and Equity in the Elementary Math Classroom.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020: Getting Groups Together

Participants will experience different tools for supporting student learning through group interactions. We will explore the use of norms and roles and how to teach these skills to students. Attendees will receive a copy of Designing Groupwork: Strategies for the Heterogeneous Classroom.

Presenters: Both sessions will be led by Marcy B. Wood, PhD, an award-winning educator, author, and researcher who has conducted workshops across the United States and internationally for teachers from kindergarten through high school and also for university faculty. She is a co-author of Smarter Together! Collaboration and Equity in the Elementary Math Classroom, a best-selling book on group work in mathematics classrooms.

Event Type: 2-day Workshop Series.

Audience: Teams from schools or districts, administrators, district curriculum leaders, teacher leaders, teachers, coaches.

Sponsor: Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MTCM) and Academic Standards and Instructional Effectiveness.

Fee: $325 per person to attend both days, $175 per person to attend only one of the two days; for each team of four attendees from a district, one administrator may attend for free. The fee for each session includes lunch, a book, and session materials.

Register:   For more information and to register please visit the MCTM website.

Contact Information:

Contact Phone: 651-582-8484

Contact, Anne Danielson, 651-582-8484 to request a reasonable accommodation to participate in this event. Note: We require a two-week advance notice in order to provide the requested accommodation and ask for a 48-hour notice to cancel the request.