Open Doors, Open Minds: Leveraging Student Experience to Accelerate Learning

60 Minutes

During this edWebinar, we’ll unpack how the powerful intervention approach of identifying where math stopped making sense for our students and building upon what our students already know can accelerate their math learning.

As students return to learning, the need to accelerate learning for all students will be critical. Accelerating learning is not speeding through lessons to cover everything students didn’t learn in previous grades. Rather, it is an approach to teaching and learning that focuses on understanding where math stopped making sense for students and building upon that understanding to move students to grade-level proficiency.

Accelerating learning for all calls for the relationships between numbers and concepts to be made visible to students and learning pathways that include just-in-time scaffolding and appropriate data-driven differentiated math instruction. Research has shown time and time again that if you can get students to think critically about their own mathematical thinking, there is an opportunity to grow. All of our students can take off—some just need a longer runway in order to accelerate their learning.

In this edWebinar, viewers will:

  • Learn what it means to prioritize learning experiences
  • Learn about the role intentional math intervention can play to accelerate learning for students two or more years behind grade level in math
  • Learn how leaders can empower the learning community in their districts or on their campuses

This edWebinar will be of interest to teachers and school and district leaders of the middle school grades.

About the Presenters

Nikki La Londe, an educator for over 15 years, is currently the Director of Professional Learning for Math Solutions. She provides and supports K-12 professional development by facilitating professional learning courses and coaching for school-based math instructional leaders and teachers across the country. Nikki has served as an elementary and middle school math teacher, a 6-8 administrator, and participated on a school improvement committee. Under the leadership of a principal, Nikki initiated a student leadership program for students in grades 6-8 that had a noticeable impact on the middle school culture. Nikki regularly speaks at conferences such as NCSM, NCTM, CMC South and CMC North. Nikki is also one of the hosts for the podcast Method to the Mathness launched in January 2019 that features thought leaders such as Marilyn Burns, Matt Larson, Jennifer Lempp and more!

Brenda Konicke is currently a Director of Professional Learning for HMH Math Solutions. She has 17 years of experience as a K-8 general education teacher, a K-8 math specialist, and a K-8 curriculum director. Brenda has extensive experience working with special needs students. Her innovative approaches to mathematics instruction earned her master teaching status. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Montana State University with an emphasis in child development. Brenda is married and has three daughters. She is an avid sports fan and spends her free time attending sporting events and playing golf.

Danielle Winn serves as Director of Professional Learning. In her role, she supports district and school administrators in developing solutions-focused outcomes to promote student growth. Those that know Danielle understand, she is passionate about education and is always teaching and learning. Danielle is a graduate of Paul’s College, Virginia State University, and Liberty University. As a former elementary and secondary school administrator for over 20 years, she is still committed to supporting school leaders and teachers in bridging academic achievement gaps. Danielle is a wife of 21 years and a mother of seven school-age children. She enjoys traveling, supporting overseas mission trips, and sharing those new experiences with her family.