Synapse Math Institute

Students inspect the newly built geodesic dome in the playground


Check back soon for information on Summer 2020 Math Institute! 

Synapse's Math Institute for educators will return in August 2020!

We are hard at work hashing out the details for our second annual Synapse Math Institute. Henri Picciotto will return with Hands-On Geometry for educators teaching grades 6-8, and the Synapse Team will offer a broader range of Project-Based Mathematics workshops, including a session on Project-Based Learning 101. Morning and afternoon workshops will be available for educators from Early Education through Middle School. Registration will be open March 1.  


Scroll down to read descriptions of last year's workshop offerings. 


2019 Workshop Offerings


Visual Algebra (Grades 6-9)

In this three-day workshop, taught by Henri Picciotto, you will be presented a wealth of visual approaches to the teaching of algebra in grades 6-9. These approaches include: Lab Gear manipulatives for basic symbol manipulation, geoboard lattices for slope, a powerful parallel axes representation for linear functions, and intelligent use of technology.

Participants will learn techniques that will allow them to serve the whole range of students better by offering: greater access - because of using multiple representations; greater challenge - because of expecting multi-dimensional understanding; greater variety - because of using manipulative and electronic tools. The workshop will be aligned with the Common Core State Standards, both in content and in mathematical practices. CEUs from the University of Southern California will be available for this workshop. 


Math for Joy (Grades 2-5)

In this three-day workshop, taught by Synapse's Director of Mathematics, Federico Chialvo, teachers will learn how to create a joyful experience of mathematics for their students through student-centered routines, rich tasks, hands-on activities, empowering visual representations, games, authentic problem-solving, and investigations.

Participants will explore how to present the big ideas in elementary mathematics by providing a vision of mathematics that is open, creative, and joyful. Teachers will learn techniques to help each student find their mathematical voice, develop powerful visual models to support deeper understanding, and present authentic real-world and mathematical contexts in ways that leverage students' natural curiosity. The workshop will be aligned with the Common Core State Standards, both in content and in mathematical practices.


Project - Based Mathematics (Friday Only)

In this one-day intensive workshop, teachers of all levels will be introduced to Synapse School's approach to project-based mathematics curriculum and have support in developing project-based lessons and units for their own classrooms. In the morning, we will present an overview of how to develop project-based mathematics lessons and units, and share examples of mathematics projects from K-8 at Synapse School. In the afternoon, participants will have the opportunity to workshop project-based lessons and units for their own classrooms with the support of Synapse's veteran PBL curriculum specialists and teachers.

You may register for the one-day-only Project-Based Mathematics workshop without having registered for either three-day workshop. 


Check back for registration open first week of March! 

Level 2 students working with mathematics manipulatives


Join us!

When: August 4 - 7, 2020

8:00am - 3:15pm each day

Where: Synapse School

3375 Edison Way, Menlo Park, CA

Price includes breakfast, lunch, and all materials for all four days.
CEUs (Continuing Education Credits) will be available for all workshops. 

Registration will open March 1. 


Contact Synapse School with any questions. 


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