Thinking Classrooms Cadre

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

What is Thinking Classrooms Cadre?

The Thinking Classrooms Cadre brings together secondary (5-12) math educators interested in implementing the strategies laid out by Peter Liljedahl in his book, Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics.  You’ve tried lots of instructional methods and delivery options for years, only for them to fade away or get abandoned when the status quo is too strong and the system returns to tradition.  These strategies are designed to shift your classroom routines to the point where the status quo cannot defend itself.  Change must happen, and along with it will come a change in your students’ engagement and learning.

Jeff Harker

Led By Jeff Harker

Who Should Attend

Math educators and/or math coaches in grades 5-12 wanting to begin implementing the Building Thinking Classrooms strategies. If you have been implementing, but still feel like a beginner or feel like you still have a lot to learn from sharing with and learning from others, and you want to take advantage of the collaborative network of the Thinking Classrooms Cadre, please join us.

Goals of the 2023 - 2024 Thinking Classrooms Cadre

  • Explore the strategies and research of Peter Liljedahl in Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics.
  • Collaborate with other teachers creating thinking classrooms of their own.
  • Engage with a network of educators and support while creating your own thinking classroom.
  • Gain an overview of the strategies during a two-day summer learning summit with a focus on setting routines for the start of school, then come together one day each quarter of the school year to assess implementation, make adjustments, gain new learning, plan forward, and give support to the cadre.

Days 1 & 2

  • Dig into the strategies of Building Thinking Classrooms.
  • Planning and implementation focusing on the start of the school year.
  • Engage with the strategies firsthand and collaborate with peers to design the first few weeks of school so that routines get established early.

Day 3

  • Analyze the pros and cons of the implementation during the first few weeks of school, make adjustments, and plan for renewed efforts going into the second quarter.
  • What is becoming routine for your students?
  • What’s going right?  What’s going wrong?  How can we help?

Day 4

  • Collaborate to reflect on the successes of the first semester.
  • What strategies need a renewed effort or adjustment moving into the second semester?
  • New learning about other strategies from the book that teachers can begin to experiment with.

Day 5

  • Collaborate to reflect on the successes and obstacles and make corrections if needed.
  • Think about what is now routine and what strategies they can begin to add.
  • Begin planning for the fall.
  • New learning about other strategies from the book that teachers can begin to experiment with.

Day 6

  • Put plans together for the start of the next school year.  Assessing this past year and refining their implementation process.
  • Sharing plans with the cadre will be an important part of the day in order to gain feedback from the group.

Register for Thinking Classrooms Cadre

1-3 People: $600/participant
4 or more people: $540/Participant
ESC Member
1-3 People: $510/Participant
4 or more people:  $459/Participant
CIESC Member
1-3 People: $480/Participant
4 or more people: $432/Participant


Summer Cadre Meetings
July 17-18

School Year Cadre Meetings
September 18, 2023
December 4, 2023
March 4, 2024
May 10, 2024

What you get

  • 6 days of professional development with other math educators in Indiana.
  • Access to a network of peers for collaboration and support.
  • 36 PGPs Possible