CGI Professional Development For Teachers

Overview of our CGI Professional Development Courses

Our CGI Professional Development (PD) courses are informed by over 25 years of research on teachers’ learning and over 50 years of research on students’ mathematical thinking. Our center director, Linda Levi, was a member of the team that designed and delivered CGI professional development (PD) in multiple CGI research projects including a 2018 project reviewed by the What Works Clearinghouse.

We offer three grade bands of CGI Professional Development:

  • CGI for Kindergarten through second grade teachers

  • CGI for third through sixth grade teachers

  • CGI for Kindergarten through fifth grade teachers

Our full programs are 8 days. We typically hold 4 of those days during the summer and 4 of those days in the school year. We also offer a 3 or 4 day CGI intro course.

We can add grade level coaching sessions to our full CGI PD course or our CGI intro course.   Our coaching sessions follow a classroom embedded model in which we work with groups of teachers as they work with students and discuss students’ thinking.

Principals and other administrators who work with elementary school teachers are encouraged to attend our PD courses with their teachers. We also offer CGI Professional Development for Principals to support principals to increase their ability to be instructional leaders for mathematics.


About our CGI PD programs:

Our CGI PD leaders build on the knowledge and experiences of the teachers in their courses similarly to how CGI teachers build on the knowledge of their students. CGI PD leaders support each and every teacher to learn research-based frameworks for how children think about mathematics, including:

  • Problem Types Frameworks which describe how the structure of a problem influences how children think about the mathematical concepts embedded in the problem

  • Solution Strategy Frameworks which describe the developmental progressions of children’s mathematical thinking as illustrated by their strategies for solving problems

Our CGI courses also support teachers to use knowledge of children’s thinking to guide their instruction. Teachers who attend CGI PD learn to:

  • Support students to solve problems using their own strategies

  • Design or choose problems that engage their students with specific math content standards

  • Connect students’ strategies for solving problems to levels of understanding state math content standards

  • Adapt instruction so that all students learn with understanding

  • Engage students with each other’s mathematical ideas

  • Develop students’ identities as mathematicians capable of generating their own ideas and reasoning about the ideas of others


CGI K-2 Content Frameworks

  • Learning to count

  • Addition and subtraction with single digit addends and learning addition and subtraction facts

  • Introduction to multiplication and division with single digit factors 

  • Multidigit addition and subtraction

  • Base-ten number concepts – whole numbers

  • Equations

  • Early algebraic concepts

CGI 3-6 Content Frameworks

  • Multiplication and division with single and multidigit factors and learning multiplication and division facts

  • Understanding fractions as quantities

  • Multiplication and division of fractions 

  • Base-ten number concepts – whole numbers and decimals

  • Addition and subtraction of whole numbers and fractions

  • Equations

  • Early algebraic concepts

CGI K-5 Content Frameworks

Our CGI K-5 course is designed for times when a large group of teachers from a school can attend the session together. We typically focus on the following content frameworks but are happy to make adjustments to meet the needs of your group.

  • Addition and subtraction of whole numbers and learning addition and subtraction facts

  • Multiplication and division of whole numbers and learning multiplication and division facts

  • Base-ten number concepts

  • Understanding fractions as quantities

  • Equations

  • Early algebraic concepts