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D3- Deconstruct, Design, Deliver: Math Systems for Student Achievement

  • Teaching Trust 1825 Market Center Boulevard, Suite 260 Dallas, TX, 75207 United States (map)

Series At A Glance

In this three-part workshop, learn to design and implement effective math instruction that develops student fluency and number sense, gets students articulating their math knowledge, and builds student ownership over math growth.

Dates: 8 AM – 5 PM: August 24, October 19, November 30

Designed for: Elementary school teams of 4-5

Cost: Early Bird- $350/person for series (July 17-31); Regular registration- $400/person for series (August 1-11)

Click here for a PDF summary of this series.

D3- Deconstruct, Design, Deliver: Math Systems for Student Achievement

Led by Aspiring Leaders Program alumnus April Sandolph, assistant principal at KIPP New Orleans, the D3 math series is designed specifically for elementary math teams who want to increase the rigor of their campus' math instruction and support students in developing a deeper understanding of conceptual math principles.

Bring your campus team of four to five:

  • a campus leader
  • a math instructional coach
  • 2 or more math teachers

Practice-based and grounded in actionable learning, you and your team will:

  • design a structure for an ideal math block
  • develop a process for teaching and solving word problems
  • learn strategies to develop fluency and number sense
  • get students articulating their math knowledge
  • implement small-group math instruction
  • and provide feedback to build student ownership over their academic data

Decide if this workshop series is right for your team: Take this short Schoolwide Mathematics Diagnostic to determine if your campus is ready to take on this professional development series.

Workshop Dates

Day 1: Thursday, August 24th, 8 AM - 5 PM

  • Building a Mathematical Community: design and prepare to implement a revised campus math block structure that aligns with campus priorities, student achievement goals, and components of effective mathematics instruction

  • Math Stories: Developing a Process to Teach and Solve Word Problems: describe and practice using a problem-solving protocol to develop critical thinking skills with staff and students to solve math word problems

Day 2: Thursday, October 19th, 8 AM - 5 PM

(with optional on-campus planning & implementation support Friday, October 20th*)     

  • The Language of Math: Math Fluency and Number Sense: unpack the "developmental number sense trajectory" and identify research-based strategies that allow for a balance between procedural and conceptual fluency

  • The Language of Math: Number Talks and Math Problem Solving Journals: learn how to help students make sense of mathematics by incorporating "number talks" and problem-solving journals into daily schedules

*On Friday, October 20th, campuses who are looking for additional support can schedule an on-campus consultancy with April Sandolph.

Day 3: Thursday, November 30th, 8 AM - 5 PM

(with optional on-campus planning & implementation support Friday, December 1st*)         

  • The HeART of Mathematics: Small-Group Instruction: learn strategies to differentiate instruction using guided small groups

  • Feed-up, Feedback, Feed-Forward: Building Student Ownership in Academic Data: learn how to align your interventions to students' misconceptions and implement student data tracking and investment systems

*On Friday, December 1st, campuses who are looking for additional support can schedule an on-campus consultancy with April Sandolph.

Participants are eligible to receive 24 Continuing Professional Development (CPE) credits for their attendance at all three sessions.



April Sandolph, Aspiring Leaders Program alumnus and assistant principal at KIPP Believe College Prep in New Orleans

April Sandolph, Aspiring Leaders Program alumnus and assistant principal at KIPP Believe College Prep in New Orleans

April Sandolph is an Aspiring Leaders Program alumnus and is currently the Assistant Principal at KIPP Believe College Prep in New Orleans. She directly supports and develops math and science teachers as they work towards providing a math and science program that is both culturally relevant and responsive to the academic needs of all students.

April served as the Primary School Director at Uplift Mighty Preparatory, a K-10 school in Fort Worth, Texas. Under her leadership, the school's math proficiency scores grew by 22%.

Prior to that role, April was a Primary Years Program Dean at Uplift Heights Preparatory. She is a former Instructional Coach with Uplift Education where she coached new teachers across the district. Previously, she served as the Academic Data Analyst at Summit International Preparatory and taught 5th and 6th grade math.

Prior to joining Uplift, April taught 6th and 7th grade math and 5th grade social studies at KIPP Truth Academy in Dallas. Before moving to Dallas, April was a 2002 Teach for America Corp member where she taught 5th grade social studies in St. Louis.

April graduated cum laude from Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia with a major in political science and philosophy. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and watching a good movie.



How do I know if this workshop series is a good fit for my campus?

Use this diagnostic tool to help determine if your team is in a place to best utilize this professional development series. The descriptors show foundational practices that need to be in place at least at a 50% level across the campus to best make use of the content being delivered. 

We want to encourage teams to register who are ambitious, excited, and willing to do the work. The foundational indicators in this diagnostic tool need to be put into place prior to or simultaneously with attendance in this workshop.

How does my campus opt-in to a on-campus consultancy with April Sandolph?  

Campuses will be able to choose a time and date (Friday, October 20 or Friday, December 15) for a school walk through with facilitator April Sandolph. More information will be given at the first session on August 24. 

What is the cost to attend?

During Early Bird registration (July 17-31), the cost is $350 per person for the entire series (three sessions).

During the regular registration window (August 1- 11), the cost per person is $400 per person for the entire series (three sessions).


When is the deadline to register?

The final deadline to register is Friday, August 11, 2017, at 11:30pm CST or when capacity is reached:

  • Early Bird Registration is open from Monday, July 17 until Monday, July 31, 2017, at 11:30pm CST.
  • Regular registration is open from Tuesday, August 1 through Friday, August 11, 2017, at 11:30pm CST.


Can I bring a guest from my campus?

Yes. In fact, we encourage it! We encourage registration in campus teams of four to five, including a school leader, instructional coach, and 2 or more math teachers.  Guests do NOT have to be Teaching Trust participants or alumni to attend.

If you are registering guests, please have the following information ready for each guest upon checkout:

  • guest name
  • campus
  • role
  • email address
  • cell phone number
  • special accommodations  


I can no longer attend the event. Does Teaching Trust offer refunds?

Unfortunately, Teaching Trust cannot offer refunds once an order has been placed. However, you may substitute another individual from your campus. All campus leaders will be asked to provide final registration/attendee information for members of their campus teams by Friday, August 18, 2017.

To change attendees from your campus team, please email Haley Pittman at


How do I earn CPE credits?

Participants are eligible to receive 24 CPE credits for their positive participation in the training series. At the conclusion of the series, participants will be awarded all hours (24) or no hours (0) based on: 

  • Attendance at all three training sessions. Late arrivals or early departures by more than a half hour will count as an absence.
  • Completion of end-of-session surveys

No partial credits will be awarded.


Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

For questions or concerns about the training, please contact Haley Pittman at


Please expect to receive a full logistics memo, including complete event information, pre-work, and other important logistics, in early August.