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Professional Learning

Our Approach to Professional Learning

Open Up Resources curricula are free—so you can afford to invest in your team’s learning and success.

A growing body of research shows that pairing a curriculum adoption with strong professional development designed around the materials yields tremendous outcomes.

Our district partners agree that professional learning is a must:

95% of teachers who implemented the curriculum found in-person professional development helpful, and 21% shared that PL was an absolute necessity.

Hear from users of the curriculum about the role of PL in their success below.



Our Professional Learning (PL) Offerings

The Open Up Resources 6–8 Math program, authored by Illustrative Mathematics, is designed to elevate math practice, and success starts with supporting teachers with any necessary practice shifts.

We take a scaffolded approach to PL, meeting teachers where they are in their practice and building on their prior knowledge.

Our PL advances both instructional knowledge and professional practice, with options that help educators:

Master the Materials

To ensure teachers connect with the curriculum and internalize “the math behind the math,” we offer focused curriculum design launches, followed by unit launches that offer just-in-time support throughout the year.

Deepen Instructional Practice

As teachers build confidence with implementing new instructional moves – from succeeding with the Five Practices to exploring effective facilitation techniques, our customized PL will assist in making the shift from “sage on the stage” to “guide on the side” through topic-based design workshops and 1:1 coaching.

Cultivate Instructional Leadership

As districts build capacity around mathematics leadership, we will work with your district leaders  to train and develop coaches to support the implementation and coordinate learning walks for leaders to develop “look for’s”.



We offer in-person, hybrid, and virtual delivery. We also support train-the-trainer implementations.

We tailor PL packages around district capacity and needs, and we’d love to speak with your team.

Our District Partners Say It Best

The information was tailored to exactly what our site needed.

Kimberly Kellam, Monterey Peninsula USD (CA)

Coaching has been very helpful to me, and I have been able to use every strategy that has been introduced to me throughout [the] curriculum.  Confidence is huge for me, and this has definitely helped me in that area.

Heidi Stephens, West Carroll Parish (LA)

I had to make real shifts in practice with this curriculum. First, I had to reduce the amount of time I speak. I had the habit of going over detail, so I had to learn to sit back and let kids work through the problems. I also had to stop jumping to a student’s rescue. Now I let them struggle and collaborate with others around problems, rather than bailing them out right away.

Deb Steffen, Evergreen Public Schools (WA)



Meet Our Providers



BetterLesson provides the guidance, strategies, and processes teachers need to create learner-centered classrooms. The model consists of three phases of professional learning: TRY – MEASURE – LEARN, to support your successful implementation.

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Teaching Lab

Teaching Lab’s professional learning implementation process mirrors the cycle of inquiry by working with its partners to identify needs, design and test solutions, monitor teacher and student learning, and adapt.

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