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Productive Struggle in Math Prepares Students for Success

Thursday, February 29, 2024 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

Productive Struggle in Math Prepares Students for Success

Presented by Cole Sampson, Ed.D., Administrator, Kern County Superintendent of Schools (CA); and Nigel Nisbet, Former Math Coach, Current Vice President, Content Creation, MIND Education

Sponsored by MIND Education, creator of ST Math

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Productive struggle is a state of engagement in which students work through increasingly challenging problems, including problem types they may not immediately know how to solve. When given the right feedback, students can persevere in this type of challenge, resulting in a robust and deep understanding of mathematical ideas while simultaneously providing educators with an opportunity to creatively facilitate learning and monitor student outcomes.

View this session to discover practical ways of integrating productive struggle into different learning environments and how it enables students to explore complex solutions and produce rich learning experiences.

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to PreK-8 school and district leaders.

Cole Sampson

About the Presenters

Dr. Cole Sampson is a distinguished educator and leader, currently excelling as the Administrator of Professional Learning for the Kern County Superintendent of Schools. With a doctorate in educational leadership, his career is marked by significant contributions in various capacities, including experiences as a 6th-12th grade math teacher, a K-8 principal, and a county director of curriculum and instruction. As the President-Elect of the California Mathematics Council Central and a member of the recent Curriculum Frameworks and Criteria Committee (CFCC) for the new CA math framework, Dr. Sampson’s expertise and leadership continue to drive advancements in mathematics education and shape effective educational practices at both local and state levels.

Nigel Nisbet

Armed with a degree in mathematics and early success as a rock musician with hit songs in Europe and the U.S., Nigel Nisbet began his education career by teaching a class of 15 at a private all-girls school in rural England. After moving to the U.S., Nigel taught mathematics, where he pioneered integrating technology into the classroom and utilizing project-based learning to engage students’ critical-thinking skills. Leaving the classroom in 2006, he became a Mathematics Specialist for the Los Angeles Unified School District, the second-largest school district in the United States. Nigel joined the nonprofit MIND Research Institute as Senior Mathematics Specialist in the spring of 2010, eventually becoming the Vice President of Content Creation. Nigel received a Bachelor of Science in mathematics at Queen Mary University, University of London, in 1990. In 2009, Nigel received a master’s in educational administration at California State University, Northridge.

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Thursday, February 29, 2024
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
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