Since you participated in Academic Youth Development this summer, you, and all of your Algebra I students have free access to the AYD Algebra I Toolkit. It is perfect for remote learning as well as face-to-face classroom use!

The topics in the Algebra I AYD Toolkit are intended for use in your Algebra I class. These topics will present some key youth development ideas that help students understand what it means to be an effective learner. Each of these topics is presented in the context of algebraic problem-solving. The key ideas presented in the toolkit are:

  • Understanding functions and the malleability of intelligence
  • Linear functions and effective effort
  • Systems of equations and mindset
  • Quadratic functions and persistence
  • Solving quadratic equations and metacognition

Sign up before September 30 with two simple steps:

  1. Use this Google Doc Algebra I Toolkit Roster Form to submit your rosters and we’ll upload them—just as we did this summer. If you have questions, please contact Hallie Brantley, You can also download it and send your completed form directly to Hallie.
  2. Watch this short video to learn about how to integrate the Toolkit into your own Algebra lessons. Using the AYD Algebra I Toolkit The video also includes guidance about using the toolkit in remote learning. You will have access to all of the summer resources to use with your class as well, and all of the content is available on tablets and smartphones. If you need a brush-up on navigating through Agile Mind, these videos may also be helpful Agile Mind How-to-Videos

Click here to read more about the importance of SEAD

Social, Emotional, and Academic Development (SEAD) Essential for Success in a COVID World

Algebra I Toolkit Roster Form

AYD Algebra I Toolkit

Agile Mind How-to-Videos

If you have questions or need more information, please contact

Michele DeLaGarza | or
Hallie Brantley |

About AYD

AYD connects students’ social and emotional learning (SEL) to challenges in school. More students succeed in school, career, and life when they learn skills that support their social and emotional development and then explicitly connect those skills to their academic learning.

This suite of programs translates the latest research on student mindset, motivation, learning, and persistence into practical classroom strategies and tools that can be enacted every day, in every classroom, to produce a lasting impact on every student.

Academic Youth Development programs help students develop the habits of mind
and actions associated with success in school and the workplace, and
have daily opportunities to apply new learning to challenging problems
in mathematics.

Integrating SEL with challenging mathematics

Academic Youth Development connects students’ learning with foundational mathematics content. Students apply new skills to real-world problem-solving in areas of mathematics that are essential to their grade-level achievement. They learn and refine proven strategies for mathematics success, and collaborate with peers to analyze and understand problem situations, develop conjectures, and describe their thinking.

AYD Outcomes

This document highlights outcomes for students and educators who participate in AYD, in terms of what they know and do related to key ideas and strategies in the program.

Frequently Asked Questions

This one-page document shares common questions students have about Academic Youth Development.

AYD Fact Sheet

This document describes the Academic Youth Development family of programs and the benefits for educators, students, and school systems.

Transforming the Culture of Learning

In this video created by Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD (TX), students and teachers describe the impact of Academic Youth Development on their mindsets and their classroom learning culture.

Changing Attitudes & Mindsets

In this brief video, a teacher and her students describe the impact of Academic Youth Development on students’ mindsets for learning.

Academic Youth Development Introduction and Walkthrough

This video shares an overview and demonstration of the program, including key ideas and strategies that support students’ learning.

Productive Struggle

In this brief video, a teacher and her students describe how AYD helps them apply strategies to persist through academic challenges.

Changing the Culture of Learning Mathematics

In this brief video, a teacher and her students share how AYD helps students change how they feel, think about, and respond to mathematics.


Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a seven-year program of the United States Department of Education designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.

Region One Education Service Center (ESC) and its partners provide services at middle and high schools for a cohort of students beginning no later than the seventh grade and follow the cohort through high school.

With questions about GEAR UP or Region One ESC, please contact:

Kristopher L. McKinney
Education Specialist
Region One Education Service Center
Phone (956) 984-6128
Fax (956) 984-7645