Project EM-PACT

Enhancing Mathematical Practice
Among Communities of Teachers

Participants will have 4 additional full-day meetings during the 23-24 school year.

What is Project EM-PACT?

Ambitious math teaching asks teachers to create situations where students can sit together, critically think about the problems they are given, and collaborate with one another. In doing this, children are provided with more opportunities to learn and a critical friend to process with. Indeed, adults learn best this way too. Project EM-PACT will provide teachers with the spark they need to create spaces where every child has the opportunity to learn mathematics, become a “math person,” and maybe even have a little fun while doing so.

Led By Courtney & Ryan Flessner

Why Participants LOVE Project EM-PACT

Learning is a Collaborative Process

Project EM-PACT will bring teachers together to create a culture of collaboration to truly reimagine their mathematics teaching. For three days in the summer, pairs of teachers will participate in professional development together. They will learn together, set goals together, and plan together. They will determine their best next steps and how they will hold each other accountable throughout the school year. We learn best together. Teachers creating their own network of resources is crucial as they continue to learn more about ambitious and equitable mathematics teaching.

Learning is an Ongoing Process

During the school year, the entire cadre will meet 4 times as a whole group to share successes and struggles, engage in on-the-spot professional development, and modify goals and implementation plans. Additionally, pairs of teachers will have the opportunity for additional coaching throughout the year through both virtual and in-person opportunities.

Goals of the 2023 - 2024 Project EM-PACT Cadre

  • Increase mathematical content and pedagogical knowledge of mathematics teachers.
  • Connect learning to school-based textbooks and resources in order to work smarter, not harder.
  • Engage teachers in reflective teaching practices where they establish goals, determine evidence of success, and collaborate with teaching partners throughout their process of becoming the best mathematics teachers they can be.
  • Connect teams of teachers across Indiana by designing a space where they have a network of resources, and continue their journey in becoming ambitious mathematics teachers.

Day 1

  • What do mathematicians do?
  • An introduction to the 8 Effective Teaching Practices
  • Focus one content specific skill
  • An introduction to the workshop approach in teaching mathematics
  • Initial goal setting

Day 2

  • Continuing to build mathematical content knowledge
  • Materials exploration
  • Connecting the work to the 8 Effective Teaching Practices
  • Continue to develop goals

Day 3

  • Organizing our math block
  • Connecting what we’ve learned to a textbook resource
  • Finalizing goals and accountability with learning partner for the 23-24 school year

Day 4

  • Celebrations!
  • Reviewing our goals
  • Understanding the importance of the tasks we give our students in math class
  • Goal and accountability adjustments

Day 5

  • Celebrations!
  • Reviewing our goals
  • Understanding why we teach what we teach and why it’s important to know our standards
  • Goal and accountability adjustments

Day 6

  • Celebrations
  • Reviewing our goals
  • Taking a deep dive into grade level specific standards  
  • Goal and accountability adjustments

Day 7

  • Sharing our work, our stories, and our next steps. 
  • Understanding the value of collaborating and learning together.

Register for EM-Pact

Pair: $1650
Triad: $2250
Quad: $2800
Extra Person: $600
ESC Member
Pair: $1402.50
Triad: $1912.50
Quad: $2380
Extra Person: $510
CIESC Member
Pair: $1320
Triad: $1800
Quad: $2240
Extra Person: $480

If you would like to use member district credits please contact Elizabeth Johnson at
(4 credits per participant)

This is an application-based cadre. Teachers must apply with a school-based teaching partner. This does not have to be a teacher in the same grade level, but we do request they be located at the same school, as that will be crucial in their learning partnership. Teams of 3 will be accepted. Registration this year will only be open to teachers in grades K-12.


Summer Cohort Meetings
July 11 – 13

School Year Cohort Meetings

What you get

  • 7 days of professional development from leading math educators in Indiana.
  • Access to countless resources that can be easily used in the classroom.
  • A collaborative environment that fosters a growth mindset approach to the teaching and learning of ambitious mathematics.
  • 52 PGPs Possible