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The Mindset Revolution: Teaching Mathematics for a Growth Mindset - Lower & Middle School
Jo Boaler

Friday, January 23, 2015
9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Hotel Palomar
505 N. State Street
Chicago, IL

*** Update November 24***
Thank you for your interest in this workshop. As of November 24, the workshop has reached capacity. If you would like to be added to the waitlst, please select the blue waitlist button and complete the information. If a space becomes available, ISACS will contact those on the waitlist. 

Carol Dweck’s research has shown that the “mindsets” students develop have huge implications for their learning and achievement. When students have a fixed mindset they believe that intelligence is unchangeable. These students often avoid challenging work, have low perseverance and crumble in the face of failure. Students with a growth mindset persist on problems and keep going when they make mistakes. The students with a growth mindset are also those who achieve at higher levels and have a productive learning relationship throughout their lives.

In this 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.

In the morning we will focus on mathematics tasks, messages, and mistakes. In the afternoon we will learn about grouping structures that promote high achievement, assessment and the importance of number sense.

Teachers who attend the workshop will leave armed with an array of new, research based ideas and inspirational new teaching strategies.

This workshop is for lower and middle school teachers.

Dr Jo Boaler is a Professor of Mathematics Education at Stanford University, and the co-founder of youcubed. She is also the editor of the Research Commentary Section of The Journal for Research in Mathematics Education (JRME), 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 seven books and numerous research articles. Her latest books What’s Math Got To Do With It? (2009) published by Penguin, USA and The Elephant in the Classroom (2010)  published by Souvenir Press, UK, both aim to increase public understanding of the importance of good mathematics teaching. She serves as an advisor to several Silicon Valley companies, and a White House presenter on girls and STEM. She recently formed to give teachers and parents the resources and ideas they need to inspire and excite students about mathematics.

The workshop will take place at the Hotel Palomar, 505 North State Street in downtown Chicago. Located in the River North area of Chicago, the Hotel Palomar is located near the Chicago River and North Michigan Avenue. Complimentary highlights of the Hotel Palomar include: a 24-hour fitness center, indoor pool, pet friendly policies, and complimentary coffee and tea and evening wine reception in the living room. Guests must join the Kimpton InTouch program (which is free of charge) to receive wireless internet access in guest rooms and common areas.  For more details on the Hotel Palomar, visit

Hotel Accommodations
ISACS has secured a discounted rate at the Hotel Palomar of $139/night (single or double occupancy) for the night of Thursday, January 22 (The rate will also be available for 3 days before and after the workshop date). To make a reservation call 1-877-731-0505 and use Group Code: "ISACS Mindset" to receive the discounted rates.  The discounted rate is available until Monday, January 5, 2015. To make your hotel reservations online, click here for an online link: ISACS Mindsets

If you have any issues booking a room at the Hotel Palomar, please contact the ISACS office at 312-750-1190. 

Valet parking at the Hotel Palomar is $18 for daily event parking (not overnight).

Valet overnight parking is $58/night for hotel guests with full in-and-out privileges.  Typically, overnight parking guests must leave by 2:00 pm to avoid additional fees at the garage. However, ISACS guests are able to park their cars with the valet until 4:00 pm without additional fees.

Note: Hybrid vehicles receive a 25% discount. There are other parking garages in the area that may offer less expensive rates.

Click here for directions and parking information for the Hotel Palomar.

Ground Transportation
A special rate has been negotiated on your behalf for GO Airport Express. Reservations MUST be made online to receive the discounted rate.  Walk-ups will not be eligible for convention rate, standard rates will apply. Please click here to go to their website and begin your reservation to reserve a seat. It will provide a 15% discount. Credit cards are required and charged at the time of reservation. 

Registration Fee

  • $250 member fee.
  • There is no group discount available for tthose attending from the same school.
  • Workshop includes lunch.
  • For this workshop, ISACS anticipates reaching capacity and is currently not offering registration for non-members. If you are interested in attending this workshop, but are not at an ISACS school, please call the ISACS office at 312-750-1190 or email to be placed on a non-member waitlist. ISACS will contact you if we are able to accommodate non-members for this workshop.
Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be received in writing to ISACS by emailing 10 business days prior to the event to receive a 50% refund. Cancellations received within 10 days of the event will not receive a refund. Registration may be transferred to another member from the same school. ISACS reserves the right to cancel the workshop for insufficient enrollment. In this case, participants will be notified and given a full refund. 
Questions? Please call 312-750-1190.

Member Cost: $250     Non-member Cost: $300
This event is open to participants from ISACS member schools only.


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