Project EM-PACT

Enhancing Mathematical Practice
Among Communities of Teachers

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.

Lead By Courtney & Ryan Flessner

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 2022 - 2023 Project EM-PACT Cadre

  • Increase mathematical content and pedagogical knowledge of elementary 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.

Summer Schedule (this is a working schedule).

DAY 1 Goals:

  • Engage in personal mathematics teaching practices reflection.
  • Develop an understanding of the 8 Effective Mathematics Teaching Practices.
8:30 – 9:15 -Welcome; reflections

9:15 – 10:30 Building Procedural Knowledge from Conceptual Understanding

10:30 – 10:45 – Break

10:45 – 12:15 – Establish Mathematics Goals to Focus Learning

12:15 – 1:30 – Lunch on your own

1:30 – 2:30 – Implement Tasks the Promote Reasoning and Problem Solving

2:30 – 3:15 – Sample lesson demonstration

3:15 – 3:30 – Reflection

DAY 2 Goals:

  • Develop an understanding of the components of   the  math block.
  • Connect school and district provided resources with the math block definition.
8:30 – 8:45 -Welcome back; reflections

8:45 – 10:30 Components of the math block

10:30 – 10:45 – Break

10:45 – 12:15 – Components of the math block

12:15 – 1:30 – Lunch on your own

1:30 – 2:30 – Math block demonstration

2:30 – 3:15 – Exploration of how this works with current resources

3:15 – 3:30 – Reflection

DAY 3 Goals:

  • Continue to develop an understanding of the 8 Effective Teaching Practices.
  • Establish goals for the 2022 – 2023 school year
  • Develop a working plan for the 2022 – 2023 school year.
    • Individual goals
    • Partner goals
8:30 – 8:45 -Welcome back; reflections

8:45 – 10:30 Pose Purposeful Questions; Facilitate Meaningful Mathematical Discourse

10:30 – 10:45 – Break

10:45 – 12:15 – Use and Connect Mathematical Representations; Elicit and Use Evidence of Student Thinking

12:15 – 1:30 – Lunch on your own

1:30 – 3:30 – Goal Setting and planning

Register for EM-Pact

COST: $500/person

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-6.


Summer Cohort Meetings
July 12 – 14

School Year Cohort Meetings
October 26, 2022
January 11, 2023
March 8, 2023
May 3, 2023

Groups of teachers will be given times where Courtney or Ryan will be available for on-the-spot professional development 4 times throughout the year in an “office hours” style of coaching.

What you get

  • 7 days of professional development from leading math educators in Indiana.
  • 4 opportunities for “on the spot” coaching, virtually throughout the year.
  • 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

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Registration this year is only for teachers in grades K-6.
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