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Math Coach Selected for National Conference

Candies Cook Oxford, Mississippi (April 6, 2021) — Oxford School District Instructional Math Coach, Candies Cook, has been selected to speak at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) conference in Atlanta, Georgia. This year's theme ”Empowering the Voice of Teachers from Critical Conversations to Intentional Actions” will reach thousands of math educators from around the United States. 

Co-presenting with Dr. Amidon and Dr. Monroe from the University of Mississippi School of Education, their presentation "Productive vs. Destructive Struggle in Mathematics Classrooms" was selected from hundreds of conference applications. 

"With a growth mindset, struggling through math is not a bad thing. A student's brain is actually growing in the struggle. We want to help teachers minimize the shame that students may feel. We want to help teachers build equitable teaching practices to help their students succeed in math,” said Cook. "It is an honor to take what we do in Oxford and teach others how to take this growth mindset back to their classrooms."

Cook has been a math teacher in the Oxford School District for 15 years and this is her second year at the district level as a part of the Curriculum & Instruction team for PreK-6th grades.