Mindsets in Mathematics Teaching & Learning

Join Megan Holmstrom for a K-5 math workshop on the Guiding Principles for School Mathematics, focusing on Access & Equity and Assessment Principles. These principles ensure all students access a high-quality curriculum and integrate assessment to inform feedback and improve programs.
  • Professional Learning Institutes
  • K - 5 mathematics teachers, teaching partners, learning support teachers, instructional coaches, principals.
  • American International School of Johannesburg. Teaching and Learning Center, Johannesburg Campus, South Africa
  • More info in the description
  • 8:00 am (GMT+02:00) - 4:00 pm (GMT+02:00)
  • 6 December 2024 - 7 December 2024


The need for critical shifts in mathematics teaching and learning across all grade levels has never been more urgent. Over the past decades, those in the math education community have learned that teachers of mathematics must have the knowledge and skills to include the essential elements of teaching and learning in order to meet the ever-changing needs of the diverse learners in their classrooms. We must move from pockets of excellence to systemic excellence that supports a high level of mathematical proficiency for all students.

Join us for this K-5 math workshop Megan Holmstrom as we  build our understanding of the Guiding Principles for School Mathematics, including our Teaching & Learning Beliefs and Effective Math Teaching Practices. We will deepen the work around these critical documents, with a focus on the Access & Equity and Assessment Principles (NCTM Principles to Actions, 2014) outlined below:

  • An excellent mathematics program requires that all students have access to a high-quality mathematics curriculum, effective teaching and learning, high expectations, and the support and resources needed to maximize their learning potential.
  • An inclusive mathematics program ensures that assessment is an integral part of instruction, provides evidence of proficiency with important mathematics content and practices, includes a variety of strategies and data sources, and informs feedback to students, instructional decisions, and program improvement.

In this workshop, participants  will build their understanding of the essential principles for school mathematics. They will explore teacher and student mindsets that develop cultures of mathematical thinking, reasoning, and problem solving. Participants will analyze their belief systems about learning mathematics and understand how their beliefs impact student learning outcomes. Building from these core understandings, participants will deepen their understanding of the purpose and function of assessment of- and for- learning. Participants will analyze their current assessment structures to ensure equity and access are at the forefront.

Participants will examine the culture of mathematics teaching & learning in order to: 

  • Transform the math classroom into one that is collaborative, inclusive, and focused on the creative exploration of mathematics,
  • Recognize ways to ensure equitable and accessible learning of mathematics for all students,
  • Engage students in rich and meaningful lessons that invite all learners into mathematics,
  • Create equitable assessment practices in mathematics classrooms.

Recommended Hotels

City Lodge Hotel Fourways

Montecasino Blvd &, Witkoppen Rd, Fourways, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Cost per night in USD –  $96 (may change due to occupancy and exchange rate)
For a discounted rate of $91 kindly email and quote
“ American International School of Johannesburg  guest file no: 1017175”
Travel time from the airport to the hotel is 34 minutes
The cost of airport transfers, if arranged through this hotel, is $27

Indaba Hotel 

William Nicol Drive, Pieter Wenning Road, Fourways, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Cost per night in USD: $89 (may change due to occupancy and exchange rate)
Travel time from the airport to the hotel is 41 minutes
The cost of airport transfers, if arranged through this hotel, is $41

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  • The approximate cost of the visa is $108

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Registration Fees

CategoriesEarly Bird(Before 6th October 2024)Normal Rates (After 6th October 2024)
AISA Schools$ 225$ 265
Individual Members ($100 joining fee included) $ 325$ 365


  • Megan Holmstrom
    Independent Math Consultant

    Megan Holmstrom  is an independent math consultant. The focus of her work can be explored at MathSpeakGlobal. Her time is currently shared among several schools throughout the USA, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. Before moving to full time consulting, Megan spent three years at The American School of Dubai as a mathematics teaching & learning coach. Her 25 years in education includes 12 years in classrooms K-8, and then a transition to curriculum and instruction with a focus on instructional coaching.

    Megan also participates on state (California) and national (USA) panels for math education, including as an editorial panel member for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. She has led workshops across the globe for organizations including ECIS and NESA.  Megan’s professional goals include staying connected to classrooms as an important part of her commitment to what students and teachers “do” each day.

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