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Distinguished Speaker Series - Jo Boaler: The Mindset Revolution

Contra Costa County Office of Education

Thursday, December 15, 2016 from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM (PST)

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The Mindset Revolution: Teaching Mathematics for a Growth Mindset

Jo Boaler, Stanford University

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 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.  Mathematics teachers play a critical role in the development of mindsets and this session will review the ways to teach for a growth mindset, including attention to classroom norms, math tasks, questions and assessment.

In this day-long workshop we will consider together what it means to teach math for a growth mindset. We will look together at different mathematics tasks, different forms of assessment and grading, 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. 

Bio: Dr. Jo Boaler is a Professor of Mathematics Education at Stanford University, and the co-founder of She is also an analyst for PISA testing in the OECD, and author of the first MOOC on mathematics teaching and learning. Former roles have included being the Marie Curie Professor of Mathematics Education in England, a mathematics teacher in London comprehensive schools and a lecturer and researcher at King’s College, London. Her PhD won the national award for educational research in the UK and her book: Experiencing School Mathematics won the 'Outstanding Book of the Year' award for education in Britain. She is an elected fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (Great Britain), and a former president of the International Organization for Women and Mathematics Education (IOWME).  She is the recipient of a National Science Foundation 'Early Career Award' and the NCSM Kay Gilliland Equity Award (2014). She is the author of nine books and numerous research articles.  Her latest book is Mathematical Mindsets: Unleashing Students' Potential through Creative Math, Inspiring Messages and Innovative Teaching (2016), and is published by Wiley. She serves as an advisor to several Silicon Valley companies. She was an Aspen ideas speaker and a White House presenter on girls and STEM. She recently formed to give teachers, parents and student the resources and ideas they need to inspire and excite students about mathematics. Her work has been published in the Times, The Telegraph, The Financial Times and many other news outlets. She was recently named one of the 8 educators “changing the face of education” by the BBC.

Targeted Audience: Administrators, Coaches, Teachers, & Paraprofessionals


Cost: $110 per participant

 Materials and Lunch will be provided

 CCCOE is sponsoring a portion of the cost of this event.

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This session is subject to cancellation or rescheduling if the 15-participant minimum is not met.  Registration fees are non refundable unless a session is canceled.  Substitutions are gladly accepted if a registered participant cannot attend.

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  • Please make checks payable to: Contra Costa County Office of Education
  • Please mail checks to: CCCOE, attention: Christen Schwartz
    77 Santa Barbara Road, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523


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For  registration assistance please contact:

Gina Yetner, Administrative Assistant
or call (925) 942-3396

content information please contact:
Christen Schwartz, Math Coordinator
or call (925) 942-3435

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Pleasant Hill Community Center
320 Civic Drive
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

Thursday, December 15, 2016 from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM (PST)

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