the number lab was founded to meet the challenge of educating our children at high levels in mathematics. We do this through our micro-school, through practice-based teacher training and materials, and through student sessions during the summer that are open to students that are not enrolled in our micro-school.
The advancement of the education system in the United States has been severely stifled for decades by pervasive conservative notions of teaching and learning. This has caused historically poor mathematics instructional methods to persist, diminishing students' confidence as mathematicians and contributing to a considerable lag in performance in the classroom and then impacting the STEM-pipeline of the United States. the number lab strives to meet this challenge locally and nationally.
our micro-school: daily + innovation
the number lab is meeting the STEM challenge by infusing innovation into the educational landscape by creating Austin's first STEM-focused micro-school. the number lab's micro-school offers children an opportunity to experience learning mathematics, as well as other core subjects, in a very innovative, highly engaging, and cognitively demanding environment. Our unique mathematics program provides students with an experience that builds deep understanding of big ideas, a positive identity, and strong number reasoning skills, while constantly leaning on practices that promote growth of critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity. In addition, our micro-school experience, which runs under the name Long-View Micro School, provides a robust curriculum in science, reading, writing, and computer science for admitted students. Our micro-school crosses over with our work with teachers as it also serves as a lab environment for professional development (see more on "Field Study Days" and "Partner Schools") and a think tank for our on-going leadership in mathematics education.
our educator resources: unique + support
We know two things: Teaching math is hard work. And good mathematics teaching makes an enormous difference. So how do we grow our mathematics practice? the number lab offers support to teachers across the city and throughout the world. Our progressive professional development model opens teachers up to possibilities and invites a conversation about the powerful teaching moves that strong math teachers make. Our focus on Number Reasoning, big ideas, academic discourse, and student agency inspires schools, teachers, and districts to raise the level of their mathematics teaching. We offer school-based workshops and coaching, field study days at our micro-school, a selective Partner School program, and an intensive summer institutes at our Educators' Collaboratory in Austin. Additionally, we are constantly creating resources for direct classroom use and posting videos of our own teaching.
our summer sessions: STEM + experience
Kids see themselves as "math kids" when they are given the tools to make sense of the math they experience. Too many children sit all week in math classrooms that promote fragmentation of concepts or push them to learn to follow rules without thinking. the number lab offers 2nd-8th graders summer camp sessions in mathematics and other STEM fields to assist children outside of our micro-school in experiencing thoughtfully designed mathematics, computer science, science, and engineering classes. Additionally, select individuals enrolled in our summer math courses are invited to participate in lab lessons during our summer "Educators' Collaboratory" for teachers from across the country.