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2020 Leadership Institute Chicago

2020 Leadership Institute Chicago
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After careful deliberation, we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel the MLC Summer Leadership Institutes for 2020. 

We know educators appreciate these events and understand that many will be disappointed. However, given the current and anticipated levels of uncertainty and risk, we feel this choice best aligns with our commitment to the health and well-being of all participants, speakers, and the MLC team.

All registrants for the Institute have been informed of this decision and will be issued a full refund. Please feel free to share this information with others who would be interested or who inquire about the event.


The Leadership Institute is designed for teacher-leaders, coaches, principals, and curriculum specialists who have implemented Bridges in Mathematics 2nd Edition for at least one full school year.

The annual Leadership Institute offers teacher-leaders, coaches, principals, and curriculum specialists the tools for developing and sustaining a successful implementation of Bridges in Mathematics, Number Corner, and Bridges Intervention. This year participants have the option of choosing from two cities: Denver or Chicago. The program will be the same for both institutes. 

We’re pleased to have lined up outstanding keynote speakers for 2020—Kyle Pearce, Jon Orr and Fawn Nguyen. 

In addition to attending these keynote presentations, participants have the opportunity to attend breakout sessions and a panel discussion. Panelists include leaders and staff from districts in their second through fourth year of implementation. 

Beyond implementing the curriculum, each of the panelists have successfully grappled with developing and carrying out a long-term vision and action plan to sustain and deepen the content knowledge and teaching practices within their districts. 

This year’s breakout session topics include:

  • Sustaining an effective Bridges implementation
  • Implementing Bridges Intervention
  • Differentiating in the Bridges classroom
  • Supporting Bridges teachers
  • Understanding the progression of mathematical ideas across the grades in Bridges 
  • Integrating technology 
  • ...and more

For more information, please call 1-800-575-8130 or email Shanel Parette, shanelp@mathlearningcenter.org

Attending the Leadership Institute will help you:

  • Understand how to continue an effective implementation of Bridges in Mathematics.
  • Enhance leadership effectiveness by differentiating supervision and coaching practices.
  • Explore ways to encourage the professional growth of teachers.
  • Experience math practices in action.
  • Network with colleagues from around the country.



Location: Chicago, IL


Chicago Marriott Midway

Dates & Times

July 20

  Optional Meet & Greet at 5:00 pm

July 21

  Sessions from 8:00 am–4:40 pm

July 22

  Sessions from 8:00 am–4:30 pm

July 23

  Sessions from 8:00 am–12:00 pm

You'll have the option of attending multiple Bridges Breakout Sessions each day. Topics include:

  • Sustaining an effective Bridges implementation
  • Implementing Bridges Intervention
  • Differentiating in the Bridges classroom
  • Supporting Bridges teachers
  • Understanding the progression of mathematical ideas across the grades in Bridges 
  • Technology integration
  • ...and more


The property is just 1 mile from Midway Airport and offers a 24-hour complimentary shuttle for those flying in. Parking is also complimentary.

Guests are welcome to take the free shuttle to the airport to catch the orange line train to travel into the city. 


Chicago Marriott Midway

You will find the information for your online reservation link below. If you have questions or need help with the link, please don’t hesitate to ask. 

Book your group rate for The Math Learning Center Conference


Breakfast and lunch will be provided by The Math Learning Center in the meeting rooms on Tuesday, July 21 and Wednesday, July 22. Dinner is on your own.

There is an onsite Starbucks and recently renovated restaurant, Copper Fox Gastropub, that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They are situated on a campus of 10 different hotels with numerous dining options within a 3-minute walk. 


Attendees are responsible for their own travel, lodging, and other expenses.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

You may request a full refund up to 21 days before the event start date, after which no refund will be given for any reason. Cancellation and refund requests must be emailed to Shanel Parette, shanelp@mathlearningcenter.org 


Fawn Nguyen

Fawn is a first-year teacher on special assignment (TOSA) with Rio School District in Oxnard, California. She garnered several awards and accolades during her 30-year career as a middle school teacher, including 2014 Ventura County Teacher of the Year and 2009 Math Teacher Hero from Raytheon. In 2005, she was awarded the Sarah D. Barder Fellowship from the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth.

In 2012, Fawn co-founded the Math Teachers' Circle in Thousand Oaks, California. She served a three-year term as a committee member of NCTM's Professional Development Services Committee (PDSC) during 2015–2018.

Jon Orr 

Jon is a math teacher at John McGregor Secondary School in the Lambton-Kent District School Board in Ontario, Canada. When not teaching his students and spending time with family, he leads workshops and presentations on teaching pedagogy in the math classroom. As an Apple Distinguished Educator and Desmos Fellow, he frequently addresses implementing technology in his classroom. Lately he’s excited about the benefits of appropriate struggle and talking math with primary-age kids while creating math prompts for MathBeforeBed.com. You can follow his classroom lessons, routines, and educational thoughts at Mrorr-isageek.com and also on Twitter: @MrOrr_Geek 

Kyle Pearce

Kyle is the K–12 Mathematics Consultant with the Greater Essex County District School Board in Ontario, Canada. His passion for mathematics leads him to uncover creative ways to spark curiosity and fuel sense making through the inquiry process by using tasks that are contextual, visual and concrete. He shares his most recent noticings, wonderings, and reflections in mathematics pedagogy and effective uses of technology by delivering workshops across North America and blogging on www.tapintoteenminds.com, www.mathisvisual.com, on the Making Math Moments That Matter Podcast, and @MathletePearce on Twitter