How to Learn Math for Teachers

The first in our collection of online courses for educators!  If you are new to the ideas shared on youcubed and in the book Mathematical Mindsets, then “How to Learn Math for Teachers” is for you.

Explore the new research ideas on mathematics learning and student mindsets that can transform students’ experiences with math. Whether you are a teacher preparing to implement the new State Standards, a parent wanting to give your children the best math start in life, an administrator wanting to know ways to encourage math teachers or another helper of math learners, this course will help you. The sessions are all interactive and include various thinking tasks to promote active engagement – such as reflecting on videos, designing lessons, and discussing ideas with peers.

Course Information

What You Will Learn

  • New pedagogical strategies
  • An understanding of high quality math tasks
  • Questions to promote understanding
  • Messages to give students
  • Inspirational messages from educational thought-leaders

Who Should Enroll?

Teachers of math (K-16) or other helpers of students, such as parents. An accompanying course for students is also available here.

Course Structure

The course comprises 8 sessions, each with videos and activities that require approximately 1.5 to 3 hours to complete.

What is the course pace?

The course will be self-paced, you can start and end the course at any time.


  • $149 per person
  • Group enrollment is available at $149/person by purchase order, company check, credit card, or wire transfer by emailing
  • A discounted rate is available for groups of 150 or more, at $119 per person.  Please contact for more information on groups of 150 people or more

Continuing Education Units

By completing this course, you’ll earn 3 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). CEUs cannot be applied toward any Stanford degree. CEU transferability is subject to the receiving institution’s policies.

Record of Completion

When you complete the course, you’ll receive an email with a link to download your Record of Completion. This email will be sent to the address you provide in your mystanfordconnection within 1 week of course completion.


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Discussion Guide for Groups

In a previous research study, we investigated the impact of teachers taking one of our online courses. Over a year a large group of teachers took “How to Learn Math” and implemented the ideas in their classrooms. Even in the first year of the teachers implementing the ideas, their students significantly improved their mathematics achievement on state tests, compared to students of teachers in the same districts who did not take the course (Anderson, Boaler & Dieckmann, 2018). In this initiative, the district leaders had arranged for teachers to meet regularly, in paid time, to discuss the ideas from the course, and plan changes they would make in their classrooms. We recommend this model for teachers taking our online courses. It is most helpful when teachers can discuss the course ideas in groups, and plan changes they can make in their classrooms, then reconvene to discuss the responses of students.

Evidence of Impact

Research shows that when teachers take this course, their students achieve significantly higher test scores.  The changes are particularly strong for girls, language learners and economically disadvantaged students!