Every student has the right and the ability to learn math with understanding

CGI Math Teacher Learning Center

Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) professional development enhances teachers’ abilities to teach math with understanding through a focus on students’ mathematical thinking. CGI teachers start with what students know and build on their intuitive problem-solving processes so that each and every student understands rigorous math concepts. CGI enhances teachers’ use of any textbook or curriculum materials by developing teachers’ abilities to listen to students, ask good questions, and engage students with each other’s ideas. Research shows that CGI increases students’ math achievement, teachers’ mathematical knowledge, and teachers’ ability to engage their students with productive mathematical practices.  

The CGI Math Teacher Learning Center offers CGI Professional Development (PD) for teachers nationwide. Center Director, Linda Levi, and her team of 17 CGI PD leaders have over 375 cumulative years of experience with CGI. Dr. Levi was a member of the teams that designed and delivered CGI PD in multiple research projects starting in 1993. She is currently designing and supervising the delivery of the PD in the CGI Florida Project which is funded through 2021. Each of our CGI PD sessions is designed so that teachers meet the specific needs of their own students and make connections between research on children’s thinking and their State Math Standards.


CGI Math Teacher Learning Center Mission


Too few US students, especially those from traditionally underrepresented groups, have an adequate understanding of mathematics and a disposition that supports mathematical inquiry.  Lack of mathematics preparation is problematic both for our students and our society in that workplace expectations, household management, and informed citizenship require mathematical understanding.  Improving mathematical literacy requires more than increasing access to traditional mathematics instruction. A paradigm shift is required in how math is taught. Math instruction must move away from focusing on teaching procedures without connection to meaning and towards teaching that supports each and every student’s mathematical understanding. This paradigm shift will support students to learn the math they need to know and, equally important, view themselves as capable of generating their own mathematical ideas and reasoning about the ideas of others. CGI has a well-established track record of supporting equity and inclusion and excellence in mathematics. Research suggests the CGI approach is as effective, if not more effective, at increasing mathematics learning for students in high-poverty schools, Latino students, black students and students with learning disabilities.

Every student has the right and ability to understand mathematics.
— Linda Levi, Director, CGI Math Teacher Learning Center