Kick off your new year with purposeful PD!

With the new year upon us, it is a great time to reflect on all that you and your students have accomplished this year and set goals for the second half of the school year. Fuel your goals with inspiring professional development! I have personally used all the resources below and grown from them, so please consider participating!

Big Idea #1 - Join a Book Study

Big Idea #2 - Join an Online Virtual Community

  • K-5: Building  Math Minds was created by Christina Tondevold, a self-proclaimed recovering traditionalist. Check out her freebie offerings to inspire your classroom.

  • K-5/Coaches/Administration: Join one of the free Mathematics Leadership Program’s Virtual Professional Learning Networks. Mike Flynn of Mount Holyoke College in Pennsylvania offers multiple free virtual gathers for K-5 Math coaches, Book Studies and even a series for K-8 Administrators. Join one of his excellent virtual gatherings today!

  • K-5: Join the Montana Elementary Math Community (MEMC): Our goal is to build a community of Elementary educators across Montana that shares ideas, resources, questions, and inspiration for our math pedagogy. Monthly meetings are held using GoToMeeting with our next meeting on January 6th at 7 pm! Earn one renewal unit per meeting. Sign up today to learn more about the community!

  • 6 -12: Making Math Moments that Matter was created by Kyle Pearce and Jon Orr, leaders in helping math teachers spark curiosity and fuel student sense-making. Check out their four-part video series and resources on making math moments that matter every day in your math class.  

Big Idea #3 - Start your year off with a Week of Inspirational Math

  • Jo Boaler of YouCubed has just released her 2018 Week of Inspirational Math lessons for grades K-20! Start the new year off reminding students of the power of a growth mindset through videos and accompanying math activities!

  • Calling all High School Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry teachers who want to try out the newest curriculum from Open Up free Resources, the highest rated curriculum by EdReports. Interest forms are due December 21stThe cost is $30 to participate, and the pilot begins in February.

Bonus: Sign up today for January online courses on the Teacher Learning Hub


Hope you have a relaxing break and a Happy New Year! It is the perfect time to celebrate all of your students and your hard work so far this year!


Marisa Franklin Graybill

Mathematics Instructional Coordinator, Montana Office of Public Instruction