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Making Struggle Productive
in the Mathematics Classroom:

From Theory to Practice

with Rebecca Hendrickson, M.S.Ed, Independent Education Consultant 

Date: Friday, December 2, 2022 * 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Location: ISACS Classroom, Downtown Chicago




Research shows that struggle and mistake making are essential components to learning and brain growth. And yet many math educators fear allowing their students to struggle during math time and as a result, may unintentionally foster ‘learned helplessness’ among their students. This workshop will explore why and how to make struggle productive and engaging for all students in the math classroom. Participants will gain concrete strategies to reduce math anxiety, support risk-taking, and increase student agency. This workshop applies to all K-8 teachers.


Rebecca Hendrickson

Rebecca Hendrickson, MSEd began her career in education over 25 years ago as a middle school teacher in the New York City public school system. Since leaving the classroom, Hendrickson has provided professional development, instructional coaching, and strategic consulting to districts, charter networks, teacher education programs and individual schools with a special focus on Math teaching and learning. Now based in Chicago, she works as an independent consultant to a number of schools, including independent schools, in the Chicago region supporting educators to adopt and implement a sense-making approach to teaching math. Hendrickson is passionate about helping teachers and students alike to develop a positive math mindset and to experience meaning and joy in the math classroom.

Important Information

Policies for Participation

During online registration, you will be prompted to acknowledge the following policies for participation. ISACS reserves the right to revoke the registration and end the participation of any registrant who does not follow ISACS guidelines.

How to Register for the Workshop

To register for any ISACS event, you MUST be logged into your contact record in the new system. Each person must register themselves for the workshop. 

Registration Fees & Details

  • $200 per person for ISACS members.
  • $275 per person for non-members.
  • Register early as we anticipate this workshop will reach capacity.
  • Each participant must register themselves for the 12/2 workshop.
  • Please see the tabs above on "How to Register". 
  • There is no group discount for this workshop.
  • The workshop includes coffee/tea, continental breakfast, lunch, and refreshments.
  • Once registered, you will receive an automatic confirmation email. ISACS will send a final confirmation approximately one-week prior to the workshop.

Cancellation & Questions?

Cancellation Policy for ISACS In-Person Workshops
Cancellations for workshops held at the ISACS classroom must be received in writing to ISACS by emailing 10 business days prior to the event to receive a refund. ISACS will determine the refund amount, if any, on a per workshop basis and may be unable to determine the refund amount until the workshop’s conclusion. At any time, registration may be transferred to another member from the same school. If a workshop has a waitlist and ISACS can identify a replacement, a full refund will be provided. ISACS reserves the right to cancel the workshop for insufficient enrollment. In this case, participants will be notified and will receive a full refund. 

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Please contact Karen Zeitlin, Director of Programs at