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Nationwide, Algebra I has a first-time failure rate of 50%. Two-thirds of students who fail the first time fail on their second attempt.

Districts pursuing a strategy of “Intensification” of Algebra instruction are producing better results, preventing Algebra failure and re-engaging students 1-3 grade levels behind.

Join us for a 3-part webinar series that explores how and why the intensification of Algebra instruction, versus remediation, is a better path to Algebra success. Pedagogy and instruction experts will discuss the underlying theory of Intensification and the results it produces, and representatives from multiple districts will share their experiences taking a proactive approach to preventing algebra failure by implementing Intensification strategies.


Part 1: Algebra Failure–The problem and the Intensification Solution
This webinar was recorded on Sept 18, 2014.

Part I of this series explores the theory and research supporting Intensification, introduces what Intensification looks like in practice, and reviews outcome data from districts pursuing Intensification strategies with a diverse population of struggling students.

Kathi Cook–Online Course Program Manager, the Charles A. Dana Center at The University of
Texas at Austin
Nicole Whitecar–Director of Professional Services, Agile Mind
Donna De Sena–Secondary Math Academic Coach, Hillsborough County School District (FL)


Part 2: Intensification in Practice–The Experience of Your Peers
This webinar was recorded on Sept 25, 2014.

This session focuses on the real experiences of district leaders who pursued Intensification as a solution for their Algebra I challenges. Attendees will hear first-hand case studies as leaders share their stories, advice and tips for best practices.

Chrisanne LaHue
–Director of Ninth Grade Academies, DC Public Schools (Washington, DC)
Craig Creller–K-12 Math Instructional Specialist, Norwalk Public Schools (CT)
Greg Nelson–Principal, North St. Paul- Maplewood-Oakdale School District (MN)
Jean Carwin–Secondary Math Specialist, Snohomish Public Schools (WA)
David Savage–Vice President; National Director of Professional Services, Agile Mind


Part 3: Intensified Algebra IA Guided Tour
Thursday, October 2, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM CDT

Intensified Algebra I is a program developed based on the strategy of Intensification. Created in collaboration with the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin, the Learning Sciences Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and other nationally renowned mathematics experts, Intensified Algebra I is a comprehensive program designed to help students 1-3 years behind in mathematics re-engage as motivated learners and succeed in Algebra I within a single academic year.

This session features a guided tour of the Intensified Algebra I program, and discusses how it is enacted in the classroom in ways that change the nature of an Algebra I teaching and learning experience.

Topics of discussion:

  • Course structure: rigorous Algebra instruction and development of critical non-cognitive skills
  • Powerful real-life scenarios, animations, and visualizations that build engagement and mathematical understanding
  • Robust, embedded daily educator professional development
  • Frequent embedded next-generation formative assessments

Dr. Massie McAdoo–Director of Professional Services, Agile Mind
Nathan Franz–Executive Director of Teaching and Learning, Syracuse City School District (NY)

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