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Strengthening Mathematical Mindsets

This partnership engaged district leaders in West Virginia’s Logan County and their community partners at the Education Alliance to improve students’ mathematics achievement in all of the district’s middle schools (grades 5 to 8). These partnership members recognized the need for a comprehensive approach that harnesses educators, community partners, and family engagement specialists to provide aligned and evidence-based support for students’ mathematics learning across multiple environments, including in-school, afterschool, and at-home settings. To achieve this goal, REL Appalachia staff engaged in a project that aimed to strengthen mathematical mindsets (mathematics attitudes and mathematical habits of mind) through improved use of evidence-based instructional practices as well as inclusive family engagement strategies.

Completed Projects

This coaching project built the knowledge and capacity of school-based teams to promote mathematical mindsets in Logan County, West Virginia. The professional learning opportunities that REL staff and district and Education Alliance partners co-designed and implemented included opportunities for participants to learn and reflect on their use of evidence-based instructional practices for building mathematical mindsets and inclusive family engagement strategies and integrate the use of such practices and strategies across multiple touchpoints—in middle school classrooms, in afterschool programs, and at home.
Event Type: In-person Event | Event Date: April 10, 2023
Location: Logan, West Virginia Description: At this workshop, participants shared and reflected on the use of research-based strategies to foster positive mathematics attitudes with middle school students and their families. The workshop featured three...
Event Type: In-person Event | Event Date: February 14, 2023
The slides and handouts present information on the importance of family engagement and how family engagement supports student achievement; research-based practices related to family engagement in mathematics; and mathematics activities and strategies...
Product Type: Blog | Publication Date: November 30, 2022
Perhaps you’ve heard about the Regional Educational Laboratories (RELs), and you’ve seen invitations to partner and connect, but you aren’t sure what that might entail. In this blog post, we provide an overview of how REL Appalachia joins forces with...
Event Type: In-person Event | Event Date: October 31, 2022
During this workshop, REL Appalachia staff presented research-based practices to foster positive mathematics attitudes, including growth mindset, self-efficacy, and sense of belonging. Participants also collaboratively planned how to implement these practices...
Event Type: Training Material | Event Date: September 20, 2022
Date: September 20, 2022 Time: 4:30–7:30 pm ET Location: Logan, West Virginia Description: The Strengthening Mathematics Learning In and Beyond the School project kickoff helps participants build a shared understanding of the high-level goals for the...
Product Type: Blog | Publication Date: August 03, 2022
As the director of REL Appalachia, I regularly learn about some of the most pressing educational challenges in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia...
Product Type: Infographic | Publication Date: June 2022
A mathematical mindset includes a student’s attitudes about mathematics and their mathematical habits of mind. This infographic presents strategies and resources educators can use to promote students’ mathematical mindset.