How to Teach Ambitious Math to Diverse K-8 Learners


Speaker: Deborah Loewenberg Ball


SKU: 8510

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Snapshot: What if educators were content with students becoming good-enough readers? If all that was expected of students was that they read fairly simple sentences, not complex sentences that expressed rich thoughts and ideas?

With the U.S. lagging far behind other countries in student math performance, raising math achievement and math ambition for all students has become a national imperative. Districts and schools are under pressure to teach more complex mathematical content to all their students, not just the select few.

Deborah Loewenberg Ball, an experienced teacher and leading researcher on effective math instruction, shares lessons learned from the elementary mathematics professional development classroom laboratory in Ann Arbor, MI that is at the core of Deborah’s research.

“How to teach more ambitious mathematics to diverse K-8 learners “ will help educators unlearn unproductive practices and learn new practices that support students to achieve more in math. Deborah will discuss the importance of scaffolding, student talk, explicit instruction and concretely acting on high expectations in effective math instruction. She will show video clips of the recommended practices in use in the classroom.

Webinar topics:

  • Key practices for expecting and enabling complex mathematical work from students
  • Ways to respond to mathematical errors
  • Navigating the languages of math, school and home
  • Using contexts that help students draw on their funds of math knowledge
  • Creating a respectful mathematically focused learning environment
  • Broadening what it means to be successful in math class
  • Teaching students to be “people who study mathematics”

Other webinar topics:

  • Choosing mathematical tasks
  • Reasoning with representations and tools
  • Analyzing others’ solutions
  • Homework and class work: How are they similar and different?
  • Helping students to believe in what they can do


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About the Speaker

Deborah Loewenberg Ball

Deborah Loewenberg Ball is dean of the School of Education at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and director of a new organization, TeachingWorks, also at the University of Michigan, which is leading an effort to rebuild the system for preparing teachers for our nation’s schools. She runs the Elementary Mathematics Laboratory at the University of Michigan School of Education, a professional development resource as well as a “classroom” for students. Deborah Loewenberg Ball, PhD, is an experienced elementary classroom teacher and a researcher who studies mathematics education, with a focus on improving teaching quality and student learning. She also works on teacher professional development. 

Deborah has authored or co-authored more than 150 publications and has lectured and made numerous major presentations around the world. Her research has been recognized with several awards and honors, and she has served on several national and international commissions and panels focused on policy initiatives and the improvement of education. Deborah was nominated by President Barack Obama, and unanimously confirmed by the Senate, to serve on the National Board for Education Sciences. In 2007, she was elected to membership in the National Academy of Education.


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