Deepen mathematics content knowledge. Hone implementation of instructional routines. Build professional capacity.
The Center for Mathematics Achievement is dedicated to ensuring that every student has access to the highest quality mathematics teaching and learning. The center has improved the content knowledge and teaching of math teachers nationally and internationally, having a profound impact on thousands of students.
Directed by Hilary Kreisberg, the center supports teachers, coaches, specialists, teacher leaders, and administrators through workshops, professional learning, webinars, coaching, and consultation. Whether you travel to Lesley University, we travel to you, or we collaborate virtually, you’ll be engaged in a process that will benefit both you and your students.
See our Center for Mathematics Achievement blog for our most recent updates, thoughts, sharings, and learnings.
Professional Learning Opportunities
If your school or district is looking for math professional development, we offer a variety of services that will increase student achievement and lead to improvement in student and teacher perceptions of mathematics. Explore our offerings, and contact us at 617-349-8311 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss how we can help you. The best option is a combination of services. According to the Institute of Education Sciences (PDF), effective professional development displays three primary characteristics:
- It's sustained over time
- It’s collaborative
- It allows teachers to practice concepts.
That’s why we offer professional development through various opportunities. We want to ensure that our collaboration and partnerships are effective.
Teacher and Leadership Development
Professional learning opportunities on-site or remotely via video conferencing:
Teacher and Leadership Learning Opportunities
- Teacher Learning Opportunities: We collaborate with you to offer personalized workshops and learning opportunities for teachers, paraprofessionals, and those who have direct impact on student learning. We customize these workshops to meet the needs of your school or district’s specific needs and meet teachers where they are.
- Leadership Learning Opportunities: As educators improve their practice, it’s also critical that leaders do, too. We offer workshops for leadership teams to analyze their practice, deepen their mathematical content knowledge, and understand what to look for when evaluating mathematics teaching and learning.
- Professional Learning topics:
Select an option from this list or request something new. Either way we’ll tailor the experience to your needs.
- Teaching Mathematics in a Remote Environment
- Deepening Mathematical Discourse in Distance Learning
- How to Use Virtual Manipulatives, Digital Whiteboards, and Math Apps to Leverage Distance Learning Instruction in Mathematics
- Aligning Curriculum with Content Standards
- Deepening Understanding of the Standards for Mathematical Practice
- Differentiating Math Instruction to Meet All Needs
- Enhancing Instructional Routines to Promote Conceptual Development
- Exploring Number Talks and Other Sensemaking Routines
- Incorporating Formative Assessment Strategies
- Elevating Mathematical Discourse in the Classroom
- Integrating Accommodations and Modifications to Reach All Learners
- ...and many more!
Mathematics Content Coaching
It’s nice to hear the “in theory” advice, but we all know that classrooms are complex spaces where one small shift can have a large effect on whether students leave class with confidence and understanding. To help, we come into your classroom to offer high-quality content coaching with the goal of improving the teaching and learning of mathematics.
In this model, we start by pre-conferencing through planning a lesson with a teacher or group of teachers, followed by co-teaching that very lesson. We then do a post-conference to debrief and cultivate ideas for how we can collectively improve our work.
We also offer e-coaching if your school prefers a remote content coaching model.
Family and Community Workshops
We help families understand how and why the way we teach math today is different from the way most adults learned. In addition to providing our own workshops, we also help schools and districts develop their own family math nights and information sessions.
If you're looking for more information on engaging families, our center director has co-written Adding Parents to the Equation and an accompanying free book to provide families support. She also offers a free 3-minute video (closed captioned in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Chinese) that you can share with parents to explain why today’s mathematics looks different than it did in the past. You can also offer your families a learning community through her free Facebook Group for caregivers.
She is able to work with your district to run book studies, workshops, webinars, or other engagements to ensure your families can communicate mathematically with their children.
Assessment of Curricular Alignment or Systemic Structures
We help with research and resources for selection, implementation, and alignment of curriculum. Whether you’re struggling to implement your current curriculum or looking to pick a new one, we can provide assistance. If teachers are developing their own materials, our center’s assistant director, as the author of Nix the Tricks, is uniquely poised to ensure the strategies support understanding.
Teaching During COVID-19
The center, in conjunction with the Kentucky Center for Mathematics, created a Caregiver Math Resources for COVID-19 School Closures as an immediate response to the initial COVID-19 school shutdowns. This guide is most appropriate for families whose children are in preschool through fifth grade and can be used throughout the summer or during the school year to support ongoing learning opportunities at each grade level.
We also offer all professional learning opportunities for remote instruction. We are here to help you navigate the challenges of distance learning. Simply send us an email and we will customize professional learning to your needs.
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Director, Center for Mathematics Achievement
Hilary is a passionate, dedicated, and well-rounded educator whose interests in education span from mathematics to accessibility. She began her career as an elementary teacher. Spending many lunch periods modeling mathematics instruction for her colleagues, she later decided to become a Math Coach to be able to support teacher understanding of mathematics, while still being able to teach and impact students.
As a member of several local, regional, and national mathematics teacher organizations, she became interested in educational leadership and was elected the President of the Boston Area Mathematics Specialists organization, a professional development network for supervisors of mathematics. As she continued to study mathematics education, curriculum development, and educational policy, she joined the Center for Mathematics Achievement at Lesley University, where she has acted as director since 2017, providing high-quality professional development, coaching, coursework, and training to educators nationally and internationally.
Hilary co-authored her first book, Adding Parents to the Equation (2019), with Dr. Matthew Beyranevand, which has won three awards by BookAuthority (Best Math Books of All Time; Best Parent Books of All Time, and Best New Math EBooks). The book is targeted for parents of children ages 2–12 but is also a resource for anyone interested in why math instruction has changed over the years and how kids are learning math in the 21st century. School districts, teachers, and parent groups are encouraged to use her FREE book discussion guide to facilitate book groups around Adding Parents to the Equation. Dr. Kreisberg and Dr. Beyranevand's second book, Partnering with Parents in Elementary School Math (2021), assists school leaders and educators in engaging and informing parents about the shifts in math instruction.
Dr. Kreisberg has also been featured on CBS Boston's WBZ-TV, NPR’s Boston News Station WBUR, and in the Lowell Sun. You can also hear Hilary on a variety of podcasts: AIMS Center - Zone of Potential Construction, How We Teach - Growing in Our Math Practice, and soon to be featured on Make Math Moments (11/4/19).
Hilary is also a Certified U.S. Math Recovery® Intervention Specialist, reviewer for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) journals, and local, regional, and national speaker. In addition, she is endorsed to teach Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) learners and holds both Special Education and Mathematics licensure. Contact the Center for Mathematics Achievement to work with Hilary or one of her team members.
Jen Miles (she/her) is a consultant for the Center for Mathematics Achievement at Lesley. She began her career as an elementary teacher. During her decade in the elementary classroom, she specialized in mathematics instruction and was an integral part of a commendation school as designated by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in Massachusetts.
She later became a K-6 Math Coach to support other teachers in their understanding and teaching of mathematics. Jen was an adjunct professor of Math Methods for several years at Endicott College. She has presented at local and regional mathematics education conferences.
Kit Golan is the Secondary Mathematics Consultant for the Center for Mathematics Achievement at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. Kit began their decade-long classroom career as a Math for America (MfA) Teaching Fellow, teaching all levels of middle school math in New York City public schools. Kit became a MfA Master Teacher, collaborating with and mentoring hundreds of MfA Master Teachers and Early Career Fellows and collaboratively designing, revising, and facilitating professional learning courses.
In 2019, Kit was a Fund for Teachers Fellowship Grant Recipient, studying Realistic Math Education at the Freudenthal Institute in Utrecht, Netherlands. They presented a TED-style talk, “Become the Subject,” at MfA’s MT2 2017: Master Teachers on Teaching event. Their 6th-grade classroom served as a model for the Instructional Routines Video Project with New Visions for Public Schools. Kit has also been a co-advisor for his schools' Gender and Sexuality Alliances, published an article, “We’ve All Got Homework to Do” in Kaleidoscope: Educator Voices & Perspectives, a magazine for the Knowles Teacher Initiative, and wrote a chapter, “Bathrooms for All,” for the upcoming book Social Action Stories: Impact Tales for the School and Community.
Shelby Strong (she/her) is the elementary and secondary mathematics consultant for the Center for Mathematics Achievement at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. Shelby began her education career as a secondary teacher in Louisiana. She became a Louisiana Teacher Leader in 2014, and soon began leading professional development and presenting at local, regional, and national education conferences. She later spent time writing and reviewing mathematics curricula.
In 2016, Shelby wrote a four part series for NCTM’s blog entitled Communicating in the Classroom. She wrote, “When Teachers Overcome Math Anxiety, Students Benefit,” for Edutopia in 2021. She has been a guest on Lesson: Impossible, Math 4 All, DebateMath, and Unprofessional Development. Shelby is a Certified Illustrative Mathematics K-5 facilitator and has experience supporting elementary and secondary educators.
Shelby holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics from the University of New Orleans and a Master’s Degree from the Math Leadership program at Mount Holyoke College. She holds her Teaching Certificate in Math Education (7-12) from Louisiana.
Hanna Woo (she/her) is the program coordinator for the Center for Mathematics Achievement and the STEAM Learning Lab at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. She handles a majority of the administrative tasks and daily operations of those programs. Hanna worked as a Special Education teacher helping students with reading, writing, and executive function skills before joining the team.
Hanna holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Amherst College and a Master’s degree in Moderate Disabilities from Simmons College.