In a Bootstrap Workshop, you will...
- See the curriculum in action
- Explore the research
- Investigate the cognitive challenges for students struggling with Algebra
- Be a student for a day, and see the lessons taught by a master teacher
- Earn PD credits while doing it!
In a Bootstrap workshop you'll work with your peers to discuss classroom experiences, and spend the day in your students' shoes. You'll have a chance to try activities from every single Bootstrap class. You'll be able to debrief with other teachers, talk pedagogy with the trainers, and try out the materials and software firsthand. And finally, you'll go home with a videogame that you
Explore the foundations of Algebra, why it differs from arithmetic, and what experts in the field believe are necessary to help your students make the transition. In a Bootstrap workshop, you'll have a chance to sample some of the current research being done in algebra and computer science education, and apply that to your own classrooms. Arm yourself with the tools to advocate for Bootstrap in your school or school district.
What teachers are saying...
"I was lucky enough to attend the workshop in Chicago. What a WONDERFUL USEFUL PD day -- the first one in a long while to get me excited about teaching Algebra for the 20th year. If you do come back -- I would love to know about it."
-- Aimee Smith, Chicago Public Schools
"I loved the HANDS-On approach! Getting the computer into my hands and actually doing the programming was so important to me."
"Thank you for the wonderful learning experience surrounding the Bootstrap Program. It was a fantastic demonstration of how our teachers can teach algebraic concepts within a real-world application that is personally significant to many of our students. There were so many wonderful things that teachers had to say about their experience."
-- Julie Staton, Lake County Public Schools
"Amazing! Best math workshop I've ever attended! I can't wait to use this with our students."
-- Dana Kirby, Anne Arundel Public Schools
"I wanted to tell you what a great PD you presented. It was probably the very best I've been a part of (and I've been to lots!). I can very clearly see how I could implement this with my students. I can't wait to see if I can get them engaged a little more than usual and have them making connections a little more deeply than usual."
-- Carol Mann, Ceiba College Prep Middle School
Depending on your district and the workshop being offered, you may be eligible to receive professional development credits for your participation, or even compensation for qualified attendees.
Anne Arundel, MD :: August 8th, 2013
Miami, FL :: July 23rd-24th, 2013
Boston, MA :: July 17th, 2013
Providence, RI :: June 24th, 2013
Anne Arundel, MD :: April 12th, 2013
Oneonta, NY :: March 9th, 2013
Fairfax, VA :: October 20th, 2012
Seattle, WA :: August 10th, 2012
Irvine, CA :: July 9th, 2012
Palo Alto, CA :: June 16th, 2012
Washington, DC :: June 9th, 2012
Boulder, CO :: April 21st, 2012
Chicago, IL :: April 13th, 2012
Anne Arundel, MD :: April 11th, 2012
Napa, CA :: March 18th, 2012
Austin, TX :: February 25th, 2012
Houston, TX :: November 11th, 2011