Online classes at the Math Institute

Online Courses & Workshops

Online Learning to Fit Your Schedule

Take your professional learning online and expand your math support system with these online courses and workshops designed to fit your schedule.

Critical Math for the ACT


High school math teachers face continued pressure to raise ACT scores, which play a critical role in the assessment of both students and schools. How do you balance the expectations between developing conceptual understanding and reaching proficiency? A closer look at the ACT College and Career Readiness Standards and the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (WI State Standards), including middle school standards, reveals critical connections.

In this virtual workshop, you will compare these sets of standards and consider implications for your classroom instruction. How do the Standards for Mathematical Practice come into play? Explore sample items. Collaborate with colleagues around ways to address student achievement on this assessment.

Teams of middle and high school teachers are encouraged to attend, as well as administrators.



Building Student Ownership of Mathematical Learning: Middle and High School


Formative assessment is often defined as assessment for learning. But what does assessment for learning look like in a math classroom? What should teachers be doing? How are students positioned as active and engaged self-assessors to monitor and guide their own learning? This workshop will explore classroom-based formative assessment techniques and tools (including virtual options!) which can be used to plan, implement, and reflect on both teaching and student learning in your classroom.




  • Deepen understanding of formative assessment
  • Understand the role formative assessment plays in supporting all learners
  • Leave with more practices to use in your classroom

Designing Professional Development That People Value


Why do teachers have a negative reaction to professional development?

We’ve all been in professional development that felt like a waste of our time. The kind of PD that feels like it was being done “to” you instead of “with” or “for” you.

How do you design better learning for your colleagues that honors what they already know? How do you communicate through your PD design that you know they are busy and you value their time?

Time is valuable – make it count! Walk away with ideas to create professional development that engages teachers deeply in the content of the learning while building on their expertise.



Focusing on What Matters Most: Meeting Student Needs through a Cycle of Inquiry


In this three part series with Student Achievement Partners, you will experience and understand the tools, practices, and processes for completing a teaching and learning cycle of inquiry to determine and act on where students are in their mathematical understanding in order to finish the school year strong.

Part one (sessions 1 & 2) will guide you through a cycle of inquiry examining priority content in your grade or course and planning for assessment that makes student thinking visible so you will know what students understand and what understanding they need additional instruction on.

Part two (session 3) will include time to consider strategies that support student learning using student work.

Part three (session 4) concludes with analyzing the results of instruction based on evidence of student learning so next steps can be taken. In this session participants will also reflect on the teaching and learning cycle of inquiry and how it can be incorporated into regular practice throughout the school year.

During all sessions participants will engage with ideas to support students’ social, emotional and academic development. After attending all sessions you will walk away with a practical process to understand student thinking, plan instruction, and analyze student learning.



Workshop Dates:

  • Session 1: Tuesday, April 13, 2021
  • Session 2: Thursday, April 15, 2021
  • Session 3: Tuesday, April 20, 2021
  • Session 4: Tuesday, May 4, 2021

More Than Capable: Having brave conversations about identity and math.


We all aim to create learning environments where all students thrive, but have we been avoiding one of the biggest factors that impacts the learning opportunities that we offer our students? Join us for a conversation about identity and how our experiences play a role in our classroom community and our students’ personal math identities.



Actions for Equitable Math Instruction for ALL


Schools must function to provide each and every student with the opportunity to engage in rigorous and relevant mathematics in such a way that they become confident and successful doers of math. What structures and supports provide equitable math instruction for students? What do teachers need to enhance instructional practice? What established practices are currently in place within your system to ensure all students are learning mathematics?

Join the Math Institute and the WI RtI center to discover answers to these questions. Examine systems and structures that support students and teachers in a high quality math classroom. This two day virtual workshop will focus on strong Tier 1 instruction in mathematics. Utilize this learning opportunity to look closely at district structures to see where changes are needed to achieve positive, equitable mathematics learning experiences for all students. Discover school and classroom based strategies that promote student understanding of mathematics in Tier 1 instruction.



Math Foundations


After a year full of stops and starts, it has become clear that flexibility is more important than ever when it comes to teaching and learning. The same is true for professional learning, which is why we have reimagined our Summer Institutes to offer our most customizable summer courses ever. 

This summer we are going back to basics with seven new mini courses designed to ground you in the most important foundational math concepts. Each course will explore a major math content area where students struggle most, while empowering you with the tools and confidence you need to make informed decisions in your math classroom. 

Comprised of just two virtual half days, these mini courses are designed to be a manageable way to engage in meaningful math learning from anywhere. Choose the courses that work best for you and get ready to refresh your math content knowledge without changing your summer plans. 



  • $209 – Register by January 15, 2021
  • $259 – January 15, 2021 – March 31, 2021
  • $318 – Register after March 31, 2021

Focus On Fall: Planning for Success


A three-week online course designed to help you navigate how to head back to school in the fall, leveraging your strengths and the strengths of your students as you consider what mathematics instruction will look like, whether it’s face-to-face, remote, or hybrid. Throughout the course you will explore and analyze your current curricular materials to plan instruction that keeps grade-level learning as a top priority and focuses on moving students forward, using equitable instructional practices to make sure that all learners have opportunities for success.


  • $500 – Register by December 31, 2020
  • $550 – January 1, 2021 – March 31, 2021
  • $650 – Register after March 31, 2021

Course Goals:

  • Empower you to use current math materials to integrate unfinished learning coherently within grade-level expectations
  • Consider a variety of instructional models (e.g., face-to-face, synchronous/asynchronous, digital/print) and how to plan for meaningful learning in any situation
  • Connect and collaborate with a virtual professional learning community to prepare for fall

What our Community is Saying

“As a result of this online learning, I feel empowered, engaged and enthusiastic about what I can accomplish as part of a team committed to learning more about Math – both the doing and the teaching – in the world around us.”

-Course Attendee


Earn University Credits

Our online classes qualify for both Graduate and Undergraduate credits. Credit is available through our partnership with the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. Please note, participants must pay and register for credit through UWM.Learn More »

Convenient & Flexible

Professional Development doesn’t have to require endless hours in the classroom. Our online learning allows you to fit growth into your busy schedule. The convenience of our online programs allows for you to earn credits without the added hassle or expense of traveling.

Real Time Implementation

Participants in our online learning modules are exposed to a variety of new educational and instructional resources that can be directly applied in the classroom. This peer-to-peer collaboration allows you to learn from the successes and challenges of other educators.
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