Geoff is committed to delivering high quality math professional development and coaching resulting in positive outcomes for students. He currently offers a series of various workshops and keynote addresses, based on his expertise in the following areas:
— Alternative assessment and using student work to drive professional development
— Academic Safety
— Problem Based Learning
Each experience is customized according to the context of the school or district. If you’d prefer, you can contact Geoff directly to inquire about each of these workshops or addresses or discuss other options (for example, a multi-day experience and/or coaching services). While most workshops are oriented around math, some can be modified for a general educator audience.
In a commitment to delivering high quality PD equitably, Geoff offers reduced rates for schools with high populations of students enrolled in the federal Free and Reduced Student Lunch program. For a CV, including past publications and presentations, see Geoff’s About page.
Workshops & Professional Development
Geoff offers three different themed, in-person professional development workshops. As an experienced professional development deliverer, he understands the potential and limitations of one-day PD experiences. Each workshop is accompanied by pre-planning and follow-up with a point person (such as a department head, academic coordinator, etc.) to ensure that real, sustainable change may occur. Each workshop also is accompanied by leave-behind physical and digital materials to help teachers and teams enact long-lasting change.
Click on the button beneath each description to learn more about specific takeaways and learning targets for each workshop.
Equalizing Practice and Assessment: Portfolio Workshop
How can we accurately and humanely assess student growth? We know that traditional tests decrease motivation for students and reinforce existing academic hierarchies, yet are the most common method of state and classroom assessment. In this workshop, Geoff will help schools, departments and individual teachers design their own assessment system, leaning on student portfolios filled with high quality performance tasks.
Academic Safety & Addressing the Care Gap
Academic Safety entails students’ perception of mathematics as a discipline and of themselves as mathematicians. How do you students position themselves in regards to the field of mathematics? Do they view math as something they have access to? Or do they see it as a field closed off for them? This workshop will help teachers and schools learn more about their students’ sense of academic safety and offer opportunities to make mathematics a more welcoming discipline. Teachers will begin to unpack the concept of Academic Safety and the innumerable issues that touch on it.
Problem Based Learning Workshop
Problem Based Learning (PrBL) is a pedagogical model of instruction in which students develop their own strategies toward solving a mathematical task. The teacher facilitates lessons by guiding students in their strategies and instructing after students have had a chance to attempt a task on their own. When students have an opportunity to explore a task before the teacher provides the scaffolding, they learn the material better and attain additional skills that go beyond the content. Skills such as persistent problem solving and communication are enhanced in a classroom that promotes collaborative problem based learning.
Geoff in an experienced and impassioned speaker. He has delivered addresses at conferences on various topics to various audiences, in-person and remotely. Typically, Geoff offers breakout sessions accompanying each keynote address so participants may dig deeper into the material. Check out Geoff’s topics below.
The Care Gap (60-90 minutes)
Students enter our classrooms with layers and layers of mathematical baggage. Students receive years of implicit and explicit messages about their identity as mathematicians. How can we ensure that each student feels welcomed by a discipline that can so often feel unwelcoming? How can we make sure students don’t fall through the care gap?
In this talk, Geoff Krall will illuminate some of the factors that go into a student’s mathematical identity. Sharing stories of students and mathematicians from history, he’ll discuss factors such as implicit bias, stereotype threat, and other barriers that have traditionally made math the “gatekeeper” of education. And how we can take strategic approaches through care and content to close the care gap.
Assessment: then, now, and moving forward (60-90 minutes)
The field of school assessment is at a crossroads. High stakes accountability measures are coming under fire from teachers, parents, students, and researchers. But what alternatives exist? What are the next steps in assessment and will they result in more equitable outcomes for students?
The story of assessment in the U.S. is the story of public education itself. In order to understand the present day reality of assessment, this talk draws upon the rich, yet troubled history of assessment from the 19th century to today. From early college admissions to No Child Left Behind to the abrupt cessation of tests during the COVID-19 pandemic, Geoff will plot the history of assessment with an eye towards where we can go next.
The talk will illuminate gaps and biases in our current testing regimes, while giving participants actionable next steps towards instituting their own quality assessments that enhance student learning.
Inquiry: Plain and Tall (60-90 minutes)
Most initiatives for inquiry start grand and never come down. Even though the goals are noble, inquiry can be intimidating for teachers and students alike. What if we made inquiry a daily practice with easily approachable routines and lessons? This talk will illuminate the “why” and “how” for incorporating inquiry into math class in a way that is approachable for everyone. This talk will offer tasks and strategies that encourage inquiry from a practical, implementable standpoint, while keeping an eye on potential larger inquiry projects and all they have to offer.
Remote Professional Development
With tightening school budgets and travel restrictions due to COVID-19, remote professional development may be the best option for your team. Geoff is currently offering brief, topical virtual PD in two-hour sessions.
Geoff is adept at facilitating virtually. At New Tech Network he was responsible for transferring the entire on-boarding experience to a virtual setting. Geoff offers three themed workshops, which will be customized to meet the needs of your school.
Remote Workshop: Rubric Building 101
Are you looking to enhance assessment practices at your school? Consider Geoff’s Rubric Building 101 Workshop. In this two hour session, Geoff will offer guidance and principles to classroom assessment practices via high quality rubrics. Teachers will learn how to identify desired outcomes for students on a specific task and develop a tool to assess students holistically and equitably. In addition, teachers will learn how to deploy rubrics to guide future teaching decisions, including differentiating instruction. Teachers will walk away from this workshop with a self-designed rubric in hand to implement immediately.
This workshop is appropriate for all content areas.
Remote Workshop: Academic Safety: Promoting self worth in mathematics
Academic safety is how students view themselves, each other, and the very discipline of mathematics. It encompasses the social and emotional safety of the student as well as the student’s perception of his or her own mathematical ability. This remote PD focuses on Academic Safety – what it is and how to create a classroom that supports it.In two two-hour sessions, teachers will learn about the concept of academic safety through articles, video, data, and discussion. They will then craft methods of assessing and improving the academic safety for their students. Special attention will be paid to strategies that create an environment of active caring, a state of student-teacher relationships that demonstrate to each and every student they are an invaluable asset to the classroom and the mathematics community.
Remote Workshop: All Access Math: How Quality Tasks and Effective Facilitation Provide the Conditions for Deep Understanding
Quality Tasks and Effective Facilitation are the nuts and bolts that promote deep mathematical understanding and persistent problem solving. This remote workshop will examine each of these components of successful math classrooms, while exploring how to ensure access for all young mathematicians. In two two-hour sessions, teachers will learn what are hallmarks of quality tasks and what are actionable steps to implement them throughout the year. Teachers will see and experience models of ten different types of quality tasks. Participants will also view and commit to strategies – both long term and short term – that will promote equitable facilitation, including facilitating discourse routines, establishing norms, and managing groupwork.