The past two years have brought unprecedented challenges to educators, schools, and districts. In response to changing needs, UT Austin GEAR UP and Agile Mind have continued to expand the range and scope of available offerings to support students and educators during the 2022-2023 school year.
Educator’s Course in Academic Youth Development
Course Topic: Enlarging Our Toolset to Inflect Student Learning
UT Austin GEAR UP and Agile Mind are hosting an exciting professional learning opportunity this September to introduce educators to the most current knowledge and tools for shaping student attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors that are critical to their academic success.
In today’s unprecedented times, UT Austin GEAR UP and Agile Mind are sponsoring educators who want to be equipped with the latest knowledge about how to shape students’ learning to foster growth, resilience, and a sense of belonging to academic success. Program admission will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis for up to 100 participants, with preference given to those schools that enroll groups of 4 or more educators. Click the blue box on the right to register for your preferred session.
The Educator’s Course in AYD (E-AYD) was created by the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin and Agile Mind, Inc., and leading psychologists. It is designed for educators interested in learning and applying the emerging knowledge on social, emotional, and academic development that can transform student learning and achievement.
9.19.22 • San Marcos
9.20.22 • Livingston
9.22.22 • San Antonio
About the Course
The E-AYD course begins with an in-person seminar where participants learn powerful strategies to transform students’ attitudes and behaviors, their own practices, and practices within their education systems and cultures. Educators’ experiences are enhanced with interactive animations and simulations of key concepts, rich instructional support materials, and select reference documents. This experience is followed by participation in an online learning community.
Continuing Professional Education Credit (CPE)
Upon completion of the in-person seminar, participants engage in additional self-study work in a facilitated online learning community to extend their learning and to strengthen new practices. Participants can earn 15 hours of continuing professional education (CPE) credit through the University of Texas upon completion.
- Better understand emerging research on shaping how adolescents learn between intelligence and the brain
- Learn how productive struggle and self-regulation strategies help students grow
- Study the conditions for motivated learning and gain strategies to foster it in the classroom
- Explore self-motivation and self-efficacy and strategies Understand persistence and effective effort and learn strategies to apply in daily practice
- Learn the best practices to develop a strong learning culture in classrooms
Click here to view the full course syllabus for the Educator’s Course in Academic Youth Development.
Academic Youth Development
Academic Youth Development—a suite of programs created by Agile Mind in collaboration with the Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin and leading psychologists—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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Agile Accelerator provides supplemental instructional and assessment resources for math and science that support a variety of learners across multiple grade levels. Interactive animations and simulations of key concepts and practice and assessment resources aligned to your standards equip educators to monitor progress and ensure all students are meeting expectations.
Relevant, flexible learning resources
Real-world scenarios, rich problem-solving tasks, and multiple entry points promote students’ engagement, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. Differentiation tools help target needs for individuals, small groups, and whole class instruction.
Learn how our blended print and digital resources are being used to support distance learning.
Powerful visualizations and interactivity
Hundreds of animations and simulations support the learning needs of all students with interactivity and multiple representations of mathematical relationships. Visualizations deepen student understanding of central concepts that are otherwise difficult to teach.
Balanced practice and assessment
Accelerator includes thousands of assessments expertly aligned to standards, reading level, and cognitive difficulty. Engaging, interactive practice sets — accessible by computer, tablet, and smartphone — support conceptual understanding, application, and procedural fluency.
Progress monitoring for success
Real-time reports pinpoint progress and gaps in learning by individual and by group. Identified needs and opportunities for additional challenge can be addressed with supporting instruction and practice resources.
TSI 2.0 Success Toolkit
In preparation for the Texas Success Initiative Assessment 2.0, the Dana Center and Agile Mind have developed customized assessments for the four TSI content areas. These assessments are joined by aligned support content and professional development to greatly increase the success rate of students on the TSI 2.0 Assessment.
- Professional learning—face to face or virtual—equips educators with specific knowledge of TSIA and of TSI Success Toolkit
- Assessment and reporting resources in Toolkit
- 10 tests, designed by Dana Center experts and available online, assess the 4 TSIA content areas
- Real-time reports show gaps and areas of strength
- Learning resources linked to tests
- Engaging, relevant online instructional materials
- Online and offline practice items
Precalculus Success Initiative
Designed for UT GEAR UP, the Precalculus Success Initiative combines customized readiness assessments and aligned resources to ensure all students can be prepared to succeed in their Precalculus coursework. The program will be paired with synchronous and asynchronous just-in-time professional development for teachers to strengthen their content and pedagogical knowledge. Finally, the platform includes Agile Mind’s full state-approved Precalculus curriculum to be used as a supplemental or a core resource during the school year.
|The Problem||The Solution|
|Precalculus Success Initiative|
|Assess Prior Knowledge||Understanding where students have gaps in learning||Customized assessments|
|Precalculus Success Initiative|
|Fill the Gaps||Preparing students to succeed in Precalculus and beyond||Instructional support for key prerequisite knowledge and skills|
|Precalculus Success Initiative|
|Increase Proficiency||Ensuring student success in Precalculus||Comprehensive support for teacher PL and student engagement|
Precalculus Rational Functions
Intensified Algebra I
Intensified Algebra I is a comprehensive intervention program to help students who are significantly behind become successful in algebra within one academic year. Central to the Intensified Algebra I program is the idea that struggling students need a powerful combination of additional time in class, a challenging curriculum, cohesive and targeted supports for developing their capabilities as learners, and
just-in-time interventions to address their misconceptions. Educators who serve these learners also need richer supports for their instructional practice. With these supports in place, students can get back on track, progress with their peers to graduate on time, and restore their confidence in their ability to succeed in advanced learning.
This groundbreaking program melds best practices in algebra instruction with advances in developmental and social psychology and research on struggling learners to shape students’ engagement, confidence, and commitment to challenging academic programs. Design principles of the curriculum include:
- Rigorous algebra curriculum targeting students’ conceptual understanding,
associated skills, and related problem-solving and reasoning capabilities
- Efficient and effective review/repair strategies
- Ongoing, distributed practice
- Social, psychological interventions that promote students’ positive beliefs about
their academic abilities
- Supports for teachers, including classroom routines to help new teachers
establish positive learning environments
- Tools that help students organize information and support metacognitive
- Enhanced formative assessment strategies
- Supports for literacy and language development
Struggling students need a powerful combination of additional time, a challenging curriculum, and cohesive, targeted supports and interventions. Agile Mind provides tools and teaching supports to help students stay on track, graduate on time, and gain passage to advanced learning.
Agile Mind’s Intensified Algebra I program is a blended program that integrates a comprehensive, engaging mathematics curriculum with interventions for struggling learners to motivate and develop students’ positive beliefs about their academic abilities. To learn more, visit the Intensified Algebra I program page.
Transform beliefs and behaviors
Social and emotional learning constructs are integrated within our Intensified curriculum. This groundbreaking program melds best practices in math instruction with advances in psychology and in research on struggling learners to shape students’ engagement, confidence, and commitment to challenging academic programs. Students are motivated. Teachers are energized. And parents see for their children a future where success is achievable.
Learn more about the social, emotional, and academic development principles behind our Intensified programs.
Intensified Algebra Videos
We encourage you to review the resources below, which provide a brief overview of our approach to teaching and learning and examples of classroom lessons.
Intensified Algebra Research Briefs
Intensified Algebra I Data Snapshots
Inverness Research Brief
Journal about Hillsborough
Providence Assessment Brief
Intensified Algebra Resources
Intensified Algebra I Alignment
Intensified Algebra I Scope & Sequence
Sample Student Activity Book
Sample Advice for Instruction
About UT Austin GEAR UP
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Andrew Paulsen, Ed.D.
Regional Director of Professional Services
Dr. Andrew Paulsen currently serves as the Regional Director of Professional Services for the Midwest. Paulsen was formerly a High School Math Teacher and Instruction Coach in the Newark Public Schools and spent time abroad as a Fulbright Scholar researching eastern pedagogy and policy in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Dr. Paulsen is passionate about improving college access for traditionally underrepresented students and increasing educational attainment for incarcerated adults.
Originally from Levittown, New York, Andrew received his B.A. from Marist College, earned his Master’s in educational policy from Seton Hall University, and holds an Ed.M. in public school leadership from Columbia University. Andrew earned his doctorate in education from Vanderbilt University in 2021, and currently lives in Detroit, Michigan. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, scuba diving, and traveling around the world.
Vice President of Marketing
Charlotte serves as Agile Mind’s Vice President of Marketing. In this role, she oversees the company’s strategic marketing communications engaging with internal and external partners. With over 20 years in online educational technology publishing and implementation for K12 and higher education entities, Charlotte is committed to developing meaningful engagements, while maintaining the utmost integrity and audience respect in presenting Agile Mind’s mission and brand.
In her spare time, Charlotte enjoys documentary films, summer and winter outdoor activities in New England where she lives, and hanging out with her husband and their 15-year old daughter.
Regional Vice President of Professional Services
Director of Professional Services Education Consultants
Dr. Massie McAdoo is a passionate champion for the continuous improvement of teacher and learner practices in secondary mathematics classrooms. As a Regional Director of Professional Services, she designs and leads professional learning experiences that expand the capacity of leaders and teachers to ensure that all students have access to high-quality instruction and innovative resources. Massie’s expertise is grounded in real-world experience. Before joining Agile Mind, she served as an Instructor of Mathematics at Tuskegee University and Kennesaw State Universities, a middle grades and high school mathematics teacher, Mathematics Department Chair, and a Teacher on Special Assignment for the Georgia Department of Education.
Massie holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Curriculum and Instruction and a Master of Science degree in Mathematics from Auburn University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Tuskegee University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Education (Secondary Education) from Kennesaw State University. Her scholarly presentations focus on strategies to increase the number of underrepresented populations in the STEM pipeline.
Regional VP of Professional Services
Director of Design & Initiatives
Abby Neumeyer is a Regional Director of Professional Services at Agile Mind. In this role, she serves teachers and leaders who aspire to improve mathematics outcomes for all secondary learners through enactment of research-based practices, programs, and systems. Prior to Agile Mind, Abby was a high school math and science teacher and coach in the South Central Texas area. Abby holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Lamar University.
Sales Operations Manager
Laurie is Agile Mind’s Sales Operations leader and is one of the founding team members, having been with the company since its formation in 2002. Laurie has extensive experience in CRM management, sales, partner services and data analytics. She is passionately committed to Agile Mind’s equity mission to help teachers serve all students’ needs and achievement. Outside of the business day, Laurie enjoys traveling and genealogy research.
Director of Partner Services
Holly Wale helps businesses improve Partner retention by optimizing digital and material fulfillment and providing exemplary implementation and support services.
As National Director of Partner Services, she oversees the Partner Services and Roster Teams. She works closely with all Agile Mind teams to ensure the best possible Partner experience for all enacting Partners.
In her free time, Holly enjoys cooking, hiking, and reading.
Regional VP of Educational Partnerships
In his daily work, Brett collaborates with current and prospective district partners to ensure their secondary teachers and students are best prepared for the world of work. As a Regional Vice President of Educational Partnerships at Agile Mind, he oversees district relationships in the eastern half of the country, as well as other key organizational partnerships. For Brett, working with district leaders to greatly increase the number and diversity of students finding success in mathematics is by far, the most rewarding part of the role. Outside of the office, Brett enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and playing in wiffle ball tournaments.
Regional VP and Director of Inside Sales
Kristin is the Regional Vice President and Director of Inside Sales for Agile Mind, where she’s worked for over five years. She brings 14 years of educational sales experience in the K-12 market and is passionate about academic and instructional equity. In her role at Agile Mind, she partners closely with school districts to identify and prioritize areas of need and provides high-quality solutions and planning. She is particularly inspired by the company’s work around intensification and College and Career Readiness. Kristin is a lifelong learner and is committed to serving both students and educators across the nation.
Outside of the business day, she enjoys traveling, spending time with her family and friends, and her volunteer work in youth sports organizations.
Regional Director of Professional Services
Am Norgren began his career as a secondary mathematics teacher in Prince George’s County, Maryland, establishing himself as a respected educator and professional development facilitator. Currently working as a Regional Director of Professional Services for Agile Mind, Am supports school systems with their mathematics curriculum implementations. Am Norgren holds a Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Mathematics Education from American University and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Arizona State University. Outside of the office, Am enjoys camping, sailing, and spending time with his nephews.
Michele De La Garza
Regional Director of Professional Services
Michele is a native of San Antonio, Texas, and began her teaching career in Edgewood ISD where her passion for learning and community flourished. As a first-generation college graduate, she earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics, Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, and Masters of Educational Leadership from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Michele brings 13 years of secondary classroom experience and expertise as a middle and high school mathematics teacher. She also brings campus and district leadership experience as a high school Instructional Dean of Mathematics, middle school Academic Dean and Assistant Principal in Northeast ISD and K-12 Director of Mathematics in San Antonio ISD. Michele is driven by the belief that the power to positively impact students lies within us and our ability to create a culture of professional learning that improves teacher efficacy and student learning.
Program Development Manager
Alisa is the program development lead for Agile Mind’s secondary mathematics course programs. In this role, she oversees the creation of curriculum and resources to support transformative teaching and learning, including programs such as Intensified Algebra and Intensified Mathematics I that leverage psychology and learning science interventions to support struggling students. With more than 20 years in educational publishing, Alisa is committed to developing resources that leverage best practices in ways that are practical, scalable, and highly effective for a range of learners. Alisa is raising a family in San Francisco, where she enjoys volunteering with native habitat restoration projects around the bay.
Program Development Manager
Peter is the program development lead for Agile Mind’s middle school mathematics and Academic Youth Development (AYD) programs. He manages the development of industry-leading curriculum and tools that support students as they are approaching and transitioning to the new academic and social rigors of high school. With more than 15 years in education and 6 years in the classroom, Peter is passionate about helping teachers transform the lives of their students. Outside of Agile Mind, Peter enjoys exploring the outdoors and making up games with his wife and two young children.
Director of Production
Debbie directs a team of project managers, instructional designers, artists, animators, and front-end programmers to build Agile Mind’s instructional materials. She works closely with our program development team and our partners at the Charles A. Dana Center to ensure that Agile Mind materials make outstanding use of the online, interactive medium to bring math and science concepts to life for students in the most engaging ways possible. Watching students have “aha” moments with Agile Mind is the most rewarding part of her job.
Outside of the office, Debbie enjoys traveling and water sports with her husband and two daughters.
President of Agile Intiatives
Gregg has supported schools and districts to develop strategic plans for educational improvement with Agile Mind for nearly 20 years. Before joining the Agile Mind founding team as Chief Operating Officer, Gregg began his career as a CPA in the audit and consulting practice of KPMG. He was a founding executive of Jostens Learning, an educational software publisher and services provider for pre-K to adult learners. At Jostens he held a number of executive positions including chief financial and administrative officer, vice president and general manager of package software, and senior vice president responsible for national sales, marketing, government relations, and customer service. In the mid-90s, Gregg founded Whole Village Technology, a pioneering educational application service provider. In partnership with the state of Florida, Whole Village created ActionProfiler, a tool for enhancing parental involvement in student learning.
VP and National Director of Professional Services
David Savage helps schools and districts operationalize strategic plans to support student achievement through exemplary, sustainable teaching practices. As Vice President and National Director of Professional Services, David leads our team of exceptional educators in their work with district leaders, school principals and teachers to transform teaching and learning outcomes in every classroom through implementation planning and professional learning support. He also works with our university, research and philanthropic partners to learn from the work of Agile Mind teachers and leaders to strengthen our programs and services and to contribute to the field of K-12 education broadly. David lives just outside of Washington DC, in Maryland, where he enjoys kayaking, gardening and hiking.
Clarence (Andy) Felong
VP of Engineering
Andy brings more than 25 years of experience in software development, IT management, quality assurance, and operations to this leadership role.
Before joining Agile Mind, Andy served as CTO and VP of advanced technology at Walmart.com, where he oversaw end-to-end e-commerce architecture, ensuring a scalable, available, and secure platform. Prior to that, Andy was CTO and vice president of engineering at Internet start-up More.com, where he was responsible for integrating business systems, including supply chain management, customer relationship management, and data warehouses with the company’s web portal. Andy also served as vice president of the Internet Applications Division at Oracle, with responsibility for technology management of e-commerce, collaboration, web portals and document management. He also spent eight years at Apple Computer in a variety of capacities ranging from managing software development for the original PowerBooks to senior director of communications and collaboration technologies, which included responsibility for Apple’s collaborative learning products. Andy began his career writing real-time imaging software for Voyager Spacecraft at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He is an active contributor to the Open Source community and maintains an online resource of wearable computer technologies.
VP of Sales and Educational Partnerships
John Moore has over 25 years of experience in U.S. and international market development and sales strategy, customer relationship management, and organizational development. John has consulted extensively in the education and educational technology sectors, supporting new market initiatives, innovative product strategies and the development of sales and service organizations. John brings deep knowledge and experience in direct sales initiatives in the K-12 education sector, including sales channel development, consultative sales, and customer service models and regional partnership arrangements. John received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and a master’s degree from the University of Michigan. He has presented on education sector trends at numerous conferences and events around the world.
Founder & CEO
Linda Chaput, founder and CEO of Agile Mind, Inc., leads our efforts to transform the teaching and learning of mathematics and science in our nation’s middle and high schools. Under Linda’s leadership, Agile Mind is realizing its commitment to help educators teach smarter and to equip students to take more responsibility for their learning. Before founding Agile Mind, Linda founded and led Cogito, which developed supplemental digital resources for critical competency subjects in higher education. Earlier, for almost a decade, Linda led the education and reference publishing companies of Scientific American. Linda has been named one of the 10 Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs, an award created to honor “the most innovative, ground-breaking, game-changing female entrepreneurs in the U.S.” by Fortune Magazine and American Express OPEN. She received a B. S. in journalism from the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas.
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