Mathematical Mindsets

The second in our collection of online courses for educators!  If you are knowledgeable about the latest research, you already use number talks regularly, and/or you have taken “How to Learn Math for Teachers,” then “Mathematical Mindsets” is the next course along.

The Mathematical Mindsets course helps educators inspire and boost math achievement. You’ll learn the latest neuroscientific research on the best methods by which students learn math, as well as the specific methods and approaches you can use to successfully help your students develop a growth mindset.

The Mathematical Mindset Theory is an idea developed by Professor Jo Boaler, that addresses the need to infuse mindset ideas into mathematics teaching, learning, and assessment. Research has shown that for mindset ideas to take root, students need to see mathematics as a subject of growth, which comes when questions are more open, and assessment provides feedback on learning.

In this class, Dr. Boaler will provide visual examples of how she taught mathematics to 6th and 7th grade students using these effective techniques. The teaching intervention, which was 18 lessons long, raised the students’ test scores by an average of 50%.  Participants will also hear from thought leaders such as Carol Dweck and Steve Strogatz.

Course Information


It is recommended teachers first take How to Learn Math for Teachers before enrolling in Mathematical Mindsets.

Topics include

  • Methods to start math class off right
  • Messages and praise we give students
  • Teaching visual mathematics
  • Approaches to designing and choosing good tasks
  • Techniques to encourage productive class and group discussions
  • Ways to encourage a mistakes-friendly environment
  • Methods of inspiring mathematical problem solving and investigation


Mathematical Mindsets is an online course, consisting of approximately 30 classroom videos. It will take approximately 30 hours to complete. The course includes an online community where teachers are invited to discuss the videos and topics with other participants. It is completely aligned with the Common Core standards.


  • $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.