The Knowles Academy offers state-of-the-art professional development experiences for teachers. All Academy courses are designed and facilitated by experienced teachers who understand the complexities of teaching in today’s world.

Through this Knowles Academy course, math teachers will work in small, collaborative groups as they learn to provide increased opportunities for students by increasing their use of high cognitive demand tasks in their classrooms.

Designing Instructional Tasks to Increase Student Engagement and Learning in Math

This sustained professional development course is designed to support teachers who aim to provide their students with a connected and conceptual understanding of math content. Through an introductory, five-day virtual workshop with both synchronous and asynchronous components, a virtual follow up small group session, and ongoing coaching, this course will help math teachers provide increased opportunities for students to learn by increasing their use of high cognitive demand tasks in their classrooms. Teachers will become more closely acquainted with the disciplinary practices described by the Common Core State Standards as well as the 5 Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematics Discussions. Using these resources as a framework, teachers will learn to engage students in authentic mathematics in ways that are aligned with the changing landscape of education in the U.S.

Course Highlights

  • Engage in mathematical tasks as learners
  • Modify tasks to increase cognitive demand
  • Plan a lesson using the 5 Practices
  • Organize and plan for collecting and analyzing data from that lesson
  • Plan a lesson that focuses on cognitively demanding tasks for your classroom



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All Knowles Academy courses can be customized to meet the specific needs of schools and/or districts. Please use the below form to request information about custom services.

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