PD Institutes 2018

Institutes bring educators together for multiday sessions designed to help participants strengthen Eureka Math implementation and to provide a forum for networking and sharing best practices. These events are facilitated by the Great Minds teacher­–writers and seasoned Eureka Math educators. 

Summer Sessions: Lead Eureka Math, Launch Eureka Math, Focus on Fluency, Major Work of the Grade Band, Solving Word Problems, Preparation & Customization

Prices: $600 per person, for two-day sessions (early registration prices available)


           Summer Institutes

ANAHEIM, CA — July, 10-13 ATLANTA, GA — July, 17-20 BOSTON, MA — July 17-20 CHICAGO, IL — July, 10-13
COLUMBUS, OH — July, 24-27 DENVER, CO — June, 26-29 GREENSBORO, NC — July, 10-13 NEW ORLEANS, LA — June, 26-29
NEW YORK, NY — July 31-August 3 OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — July, 24-27 ORLANDO, FL — June, 19-22 PHILADELPHIA, PA — June, 26-29
SAN FRANCISCO, CA — June, 19-22 SEATTLE, WA  — July 31-August 3    


Eureka Math PD sessions are crafted to meet the grade-band-specific needs of educators. They are designed around a recommended PD sequence that begins with Foundational sessions for educators who are relatively new to Eureka Math. For more seasoned practitioners, we offer Sustaining sessions designed to strengthen implementation.








Lead Eureka Math

In this two-day session, instructional leaders learn how to develop and sustain successful implementation. The session covers:

  • Eureka Math’s alignment with the key shifts,
  • an introduction to teacher- and student-facing materials,
  • strategies for engaging the school community; and
  • preparing, customizing, and delivering lessons that meet student needs.

Participants walk away ready to engage and support the school community, including teachers and families, as it begins to implementEureka Math.

Launch Eureka Math

In this session, the first of the Foundational series, instructional leaders and educators study the curriculum to understand how lesson components build toward a comprehensive understanding of mathematics. Participants practice proven strategies for lesson preparation and explore additional supplementary resources. Educators walk away prepared to present the session content to their school or district.

Focus on Fluency

In this full-day, six-hour session, participants explore cornerstone instructional tools, including Sprints, skip-counting and other counting exercises, various problem-solving strategies, and whiteboard exchanges. Participants experience each tool from a student’s point of view, analyze the tool’s design, practice using it, and experiment with crafting their own problem sequences. Professional reading and plenty of discussion time allow participants to reflect on how to leverage these powerful tools to improve students’ fluency. The session also helps participants understand fluency in the context of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.

Preparation & Customization

In this essential PD for educators Eureka Math facilitators will guide participants through a three-step process for customizing a lesson and a module. Educators will study the lessons in depth to discern the decisions inherent in each Eureka Math lesson and module, study the curriculum’s teaching sequences and learn how to customize curriculum materials to meet the needs of their students while maintain pacing.



Major Work of The Grade

Grades K-2

In this full-day, six-hour session, participants take a closer look at fundamental mathematics. The session showcases the coherence of addition and subtraction as participants explore how those operations develop in Grades K–2. Participants study Problem Sets, analyze teaching sequences, deliver lesson segments, practice fluency activities, and model with mathematics. The use of linking cubes, number bonds, 5-group drawings, the Rekenrek, place value charts, Hide Zero cards, tape diagrams, and unit language supports participants in making connections that help them develop students’ understanding of addition and subtraction with whole numbers.

Grades 3-5

In this full-day, six-hour session, participants take a closer look at fundamental mathematics. The session showcases the coherence of multiplication and division as participants explore how those operations develop in Grades 3–5.

Participants study Problem Sets, analyze teaching sequences, deliver lesson segments, practice fluency activities, and model with mathematics. By using tape diagrams, place value charts, arrays, area models, and unit language, participants make connections among content areas. As they multiply and divide whole numbers, fractions, and decimals, participants see that although units change (e.g., from whole numbers to fractions), the models, representations, and properties of arithmetic remain the same.

Grades 6-8

In this full-day, six-hour session, participants learn more about the instructional sequence that builds up to the introduction of functions in Grade 8. The session traces the trajectory of content from ratios to properties of similar triangles. It also shows the progression of those concepts, highlighting where they intersect and teaching participants why the slope of a line is well defined.

Participants study Classwork, analyze Problem Sets, deliver lesson segments, and model with mathematics. They synthesize what they learned in the first half of the day by developing an argument that the slope of a nonvertical line can be determined by using any two distinct points along the line. The second half of the day focuses on linear equations with one variable. Participants experience the curriculum’s progression of expressions and equations and learn how to leverage the support of visual models, identities, and properties.

Solving Word Problems

Teacher-leaders, math coaches, and curriculum specialists study and practice solving problems using math drawings, with an emphasis on tape diagrams. Eureka Math’s coherent design comes into focus as participants explore how each grade builds on prior knowledge and sets the foundation for future learning.

Grades K–2: Modeling Addition, Subtraction, and Two-Step Word Problems with Math Drawings

Participants study the early development of students’ part–whole thinking and experience how math drawings support understanding of both the text and the operations of word problems. Educators experience how intuitive, context-based drawings support the systematic teaching and use of the tape diagram in Grades 1 and 2, which leads to success with solving two-step problems in Grade 2.

Grades 3–5: Modeling Multiplication, Division, and Multi-Step Word Problems with the Tape Diagram

Participants study part–whole relationships in the context of multiplication and division, using both whole numbers and fractions. Educators experience how solving problems by using the tape diagram supports understanding of both the words and the operations in word problems. Participants practice modeling single- and multi-step word problems.

Grades 6–9: Building Algebraic Fluency with Tape Diagrams

Participants experience how the tape diagram—a powerful tool—develops algebraic fluency, both within expressions and equations and in word problems. They explore strategies and pedagogical approaches to help students make connections between the text and the algebraic operations in word problems. The session also bridges students from tape diagrams to algebraic operations.

On-Site Coaching

A series of on-site meetings for instructional leaders and educators.

Guided Observations for Leaders (PK-12)

Participating in this session improves instructional leaders’ ability to support effective classroom practice. Before observing in classrooms, participants are equipped with tools for lesson observation. The group then moves into classrooms for short observations. The pre-conference tools help focus leaders’ analysis of the instruction. A debrief follows the observations to discuss the group’s learning, ways of providing clear and precise feedback, as well as specific next steps for supporting classroom practice.

Observe a Sample Lesson (PK-12)

Participating in a Sample Lesson improves educators’ understanding of how to effectively and efficiently prepare and teach a Eureka Math lesson. Before the observation, a Eureka Math trainer shares critical elements of their preparation process. Then, while the trainer delivers the lesson to students, participants actively note instructional and pedagogical choices. Following the lesson delivery, participants debrief the lesson by reviewing the trainer’s decisions, sharing insights, studying student work samples, and making decisions about how to customize future instruction.

Deliver a Lesson Collaboratively (PK-12)

Throughout this session educators collaborate to analyze teaching and learning in their school community A Eureka Math trainer will guide a small group who will co-teach to analyze and customize a selected lesson based on student data. Participants will either co-teach this lesson or observe the co-taught lesson. The whole group debriefs the lesson through objective analysis of how the instruction affected student learning. Together they decide on adjustments to the lesson that are likely to improve student outcomes, and carry best practices into future instruction.



If your school or district wants to schedule on-site PD this winter or spring, please contact our PD Services Team. We recommend that educators who are relatively new to Eureka Math or who have not participated in Great Minds professional development participate in the following sessions: Lead Eureka Math, Launch Eureka Math, Focus on Fluency, and Preparation & Customization.