Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics

Welcome to Partners for Educational Leadership website for Building Thinking Classrooms

If you are a teacher or coach who would be willing to share what you’re doing with BTC with others, PLEASE CLICK ON THIS LINK TO FILL OUT A GOOGLE FORM. We will use this information to populate a spreadsheet that we will share ONLY with the people on this list and on the PEL/BTC website, which is not a publicly listed site. View that spreadsheet here.

If you wish to join the mailing list for BTC-related activities, please use this link to sign up.

This link takes you to the tasks we have been using to teach about the difference between a traditional, teacher-centric lesson (Model 1) and a BTC-influenced, student thinking-forward lesson (Model 2).

This link takes you to the recipes that we have developed and are testing as part of our work on standard work. For more information about standard work and recipe testing, please read Coaching Letter #190

This link takes you to emails we have sent to the BTC mailing list with the latest information about all our BTC-related resources and workshops.

BTC for Leaders, Spring 2024

Readings included in the Welcome Letter

In preparation for the workshop, please read at least one of the following chapters from Cobb et al. 2019, Systems for Instructional Improvement. We would like everyone to read Chapter 4 Systems for Instructional Improvement overview of the TLS.pdf. The other chapters are specified by role:
For coaches: Chapter 7 Systems for Instructional Improvement instructional coaching.pdf

For building leaders: Chapter 12 Systems for Instructional Improvement school instructional leadership.pdf

For district leaders: Chapter 13 Systems for Instructional Improvement district instructional leadership.pdf

Optional Readings

Kristal & Santos 2021,  GI Joe Phenomena

Rubie-Davies et al 2014,  A Teacher Expectation Intervention

Excerpt from Nobili et al, in prep,  Equitable Instruction  Section on leadership dispositions

Excerpt from Barnas 2016, Beyond Heroes  Chapter on standard work for leaders

Equitable Instruction Resources ToC


A recipe for a recipe

Link to the page on recipes (which is on this website)

A sample Google form for collecting specific information about a single recipe

A sample Google form for collecting information about multiple recipes

Isobel Coaching Tom, April 4, 2024

BTC for Coaches, Fall 2023


Learning goals and performance goals: pp. 21-22 of Making Coaching Matter

Hattie & Timperley (2007) | Hattie & Clarke (2018)

Single & double loop learning

BTC Toolkit 1 data collection form | BTC Toolkit 2 data collection form

June 30, 2023 meeting

Meeting hosted by Derby for math teachers, coaches, and instructional leaders looking to support the implementation of BTC in math classrooms.

List of Participants 

Building Thinking Classrooms Workshop: June 5, 2023

Peter Liljedahl's Visit to Connecticut April 2023

Day 1: April 3, 2023

Day 2: April 4, 2023

Day 3 (Manchester): April 5, 2023

Day 4: April 6, 2023

 Book Discussion

Elementary Sessions

Session 1 - March 14, 2023

Session 2 - March 21, 2023

Session 3 - March 28, 2023

Secondary Sessions

Meet your facilitator

Thomas Nobili Ed.D. is the Pk-5 STEM Instructional Supervisor for Milford Public Schools. Tom has held a variety of other roles throughout his career including as an elementary classroom teacher and instructional coach. He has a wealth of experience in the areas of curriculum development and implementation, instructional coaching, strategic planning, and instructional design; he has provided professional development in these areas at the local, state, and national level. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) and the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and  serves on the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Council of Leaders of Mathematics (CCLM). He teaches graduate classes in educational leadership at The University of Bridgeport.