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Mathematics Learning That Transfers – Cohort 2

Course Description

How can we help students use the knowledge and skills of mathematics to understand the world around them and take informed action in their communities?

This in-depth course lasts 8 weeks, taking approximately one-two hours per week to complete.  We will guide secondary and elementary teachers through the design of a course overview, unit plan, instructional calendar, and lesson plan for learning that transfers. During this cohort model, content is released weekly so that we all stay at a similar pace, but all activities are completely asynchronous. Optional live calls for connection and Q and A included. View the course syllabus here.

Familiarity with conceptual learning and transfer are highly recommended before taking this course. Participants who complete the course will receive a certificate noting 15 hours and 1.5 continuing education credits (CEU), plus a Learning That Transfers Level 2 badge to use in emails, resume, etc.

Group discount for 4+ participants.

Learning Outcomes
  • Explain why education needs to evolve and articulate how the ACT model helps students become adaptable.
  • Build a disciplinary vision for mathematics that fosters disciplinary literacy.
  • Select Modern Literacies that prepare students to navigate a complex and changing world.
  • Write a story of the course that articulates the disciplinary vision and modern literacies that students will harness to transfer learning.
  • Draft unit plans that foster deep thinking and transfer of learning.
  • Design a summative assessment and a formative assessment plan for learning that transfers.
  • Create an instructional calendar that harnesses the ACT model to move students toward conceptual organization that transfers.
  • Create a lesson plan that helps students become more conscious of their learning and transfer their learning to new situations.
Course Commitment

A total of 15 hours over the 8-week course (1-2 hours/week)


Kayla Duncan

Kayla is a personalized instruction coach for Forsyth County Schools in Cumming, Georgia. Her passion centers around empowering student voice through meaningful, authentic experiences and increased ownership. Kayla currently supports personalized learning cohort schools in creating their new vision for education through the design thinking process. She believes the voices of students and the community should drive what happens in the school building. Before her coaching role, Kayla taught elementary physical education and middle grades mathematics.

Julie Stern

Julie Stern is passionate about synthesizing the best of education research into practical tools that support educators in breaking free of the industrial model of schooling and moving toward teaching and learning that promotes sustainability, equity, and well-being. She is the best-selling author of Learning that Transfers, Visible Learning for Social Studies, and Tools for Teaching Conceptual Understanding, Elementary and Secondary. She is the thought leader behind the global workshop series Making Sense of Learning Transfer and is a certified trainer in Visible Learning Plus. She is a James Madison Constitutional Fellow and taught social studies for many years in Washington, DC and her native Louisiana. Julie moves internationally every few years with her husband, a US diplomat, and her two young sons.

Course Facilitators

Niyesha Coleman

Niyesha Coleman is a veteran secondary mathematics educator who is passionate about empowering young people to use math to change their communities and the world. Niyesha believes that learning the logic behind mathematics empowers students to make rational and strategic decisions and problem solve at high levels. Earning her bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a minor in secondary education from Howard University and currently finishing a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction in May 2021, Niyesha looks forward to assisting other math educators with creative and innovative teaching strategies and activities to implement in their classrooms.

Ivette Mejia

Ivette Mejia is currently a third-grade teacher in Brazil at the American School of Belo Horizonte. As an educator, she is passionate about teaching in a manner that inspires students to become lifelong learners!

Kathy Beamer

Kathy Beamer is a district math specialist in Alberta, Canada. She is passionate about curriculum, professional noticing, and learning beyond the classroom.

Professional Learning Course Registration


Starts September 19, 2021


1-2 hours/week

Total work hours

15 hours


8 weeks

Certificate(s) available



$149USD/Participant (Register today get 10% off - Promo code: plm2021)

Learning That Transfers

Learning That Transfers is a ground-breaking approach to designing lessons that prepare students to be adaptable, life-long learners in a rapidly changing world. Our goal is to support students and teachers in using learning that transfers to construct meaning and agency in pursuit of equity, sustainability, and well-being.

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