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Professional Learning Courses

Every district, school, teacher, and student is unique, which is why we fully customize all our professional development courses. After conducting our needs-based analysis, Abacus team members work closely with school leaders to create a learning plan that will maximize student growth. Possible topics include but are not limited to:​​

  • Building number sense

  • Classroom discourse

  • Effective planning

  • Differentiation

  • Math workshop

  • Utilizing formative assessment data

  • Problem solving

  • Learning the language of mathematics

  • Supporting students through intervention

  • Inquiry-based learning

  • Creating safe learning communities

  • Increasing student thinking

  • Effective teaching practices

  • Conceptual understanding and procedural fluency

  • Content specific learning strategies based on place-value understanding


Research informs us that school-based professional development is most effective when paired with follow-up coaching. We believe that teachers have the greatest impact within the school system to impact student learning, so while students benefit from the  guidance and support of a teacher walking with them along their learning journey, teachers benefit from a similar supportive relationship with our coaching team.


At Abacus, we believe that students and their needs should drive great instruction, so we utilize a student-centered coaching model which keeps student thinking and learning at the center of every coaching session. Abacus coaches and teachers collaborate and plan instructional strategies to move students towards identified targets and collect and analyze data in the form of student work, classroom conversations, and/or student conferences to evaluate student progress. While the agenda of each day may look different (i.e. planning, co-teaching, modeling, collecting/analyzing data, practicing new instructional skills, etc.), the purpose of each day remains the same: increase student learning and understanding.

Classroom Coaching
Coaching for Coaches

All students, teachers, and coaches deserve a trusting and supportive partner to help them reach their full potential as learners and doers of mathematics. Our one-on-one and group coaching for coaches supports instructional leaders in developing their capacity to meet the needs of those they support within the mathematics classroom. 

Needs-Based Analysis

Because we place such a high value on building a collaborative relationship with the districts we serve, conducting a needs-based analysis is the first step to creating a productive learning partnership. This process includes classroom walkthroughs with data collection, teacher and student surveys and interviews, and recommendations for professional development and coaching support.


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