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How to Learn Math: for Teachers

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 to Saturday, December 31, 2016
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Preview: How to Learn Math


Explore the new research ideas on mathematics learning and student mindsets that can transform students' experiences with math. Whether you are a teacher preparing to implement the new Common Core State Standards, a parent wanting to give your children the best math start in life, an administrator wanting to know ways to encourage math teachers or another helper of math learners, this course will help you. The sessions are all interactive and include various thinking tasks to promote active engagement - such as reflecting on videos, designing lessons, and discussing ideas with peers.

You Will Learn

  • New pedagogical strategies
  • An understanding of high quality math tasks
  • Questions to promote understanding
  • Messages to give students
  • Inspirational messages from educational thought-leaders


Teachers of math (K-12) or other helpers of students, such as parents. An accompanying course for students is also available here.


The course comprises 8 sessions, each with videos and activities that require approximately 1.5 to 3 hours to complete.

What is the course pace?
The course will be self-paced, you can start and end the course at any time in the months it is open.

The course is $125 for individuals who self-register using this website. No other materials or textbooks need to be purchased.

Group registration is available by sending a list of participants' names and email addresses to Groups are eligible for discounted tuition based on the number of participants, as outlined below:

  • 5-29 participants: $99 each
  • 30-499 participants: $80 each
  • 500 or more participants: $50 each


In the first run of the course many school districts in the US gave 16 professional development hours to the teachers who took the course – which means finishing the course and completing most of the assignments. Stanford University makes no representations that participation in the course, including participation leading to a record of completion, will be accepted by any school district or other entity as evidence of professional development.

Participants are solely responsible for determining whether participation in the course, including obtaining a record of completion, will be accepted by a school district, or any other entity, as evidence of professional development coursework.

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Jo Boaler

Professor of Mathematics Education

Dr Jo Boaler is a Professor of Mathematics Education at Stanford University, and the founder of She is 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 and a mathematics teacher in London schools.