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The Focus On Student Thinking: Engage & Reflect (FOSTER) program is a virtual Zoom series for K-12 mathematics teachers where we can focus on student thinking  and reflect on what learning is like for students.


As we reflect, we will also deepen your understanding of mathematics and engage with peers to unpack the teaching of mathematics. Between each session we will share opportunities for you to stay connected with fellow teachers on "tasks to try" before the next session. All activities will be led by Deb Stetson and Sayonita Ghosh Hajra.

Here are the topics we will be covering at each session:

  • Experience inclusion activities & build community

  • Problem solving, engaging in discourse, and question-posing

  • Open exploration and identify questions to extend thinking

  • Explore different technology & tools


Held via Zoom on Wednesdays, 4:15-5:45pm

$25 per event

  • September 20

  • October 25

  • December 6

  • February 7

  • March 6

  • April 24 new date!

Register to choose your dates!


Please see below for more details

on scholarship information.

  • Application is due by September 18th by noon.

  • Confirmation for scholarship recipients will be sent on a rolling basis.

scholarship (and stipend) opportunity

Thank you to the Math and Science Teacher Initiative we are able to offer a limited number of scholarships this year!


To qualify teachers must:

  • attend all six FOSTER Zoom sessions

  • fill out a pre and post survey for the year

  • attend one 60-minute group reflection meeting with Deb Stetson


Teachers that receive the scholarship will receive free registration to all six zoom events, and choose between a stipend for $150 OR classroom supplies up to $150.

If more teachers apply than we have funding for, consideration will be given to teachers who do not already have access to other outside funding sources. The application deadline has been extended to October 15th due to issues with our application platform. Confirmation for scholarship recipients will be sent out on a rolling basis.

The fine print


The cost per session is $25.00


Each session will be held via Zoom. The Zoom link will be sent out the Monday before each event.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
There are 0.75 units available for purchase for $100 if you attend all six of our FOSTER events. Please check with your organization to ensure the CEUs we offer meet your employer/school district's requirements.

Cancellation policy
Please notify us by e-mail no less than five days prior to the session* for a full refund. If your request is received five days before the course begins, you may transfer the full amount of your paid fees to another date in the series or receive a full refund, less a $10 processing fee. If you do not attend the course or notify us in the allotted time, you will not receive a refund. All refunds will be issued by check. Checks require one month for clearance prior to processing refunds. Refund checks are processed within four to six weeks.

​* A five day notice does not include weekends or holidays. E-mail your request to or send a fax to (916) 278-5480.

If you need more information or have questions, contact Debbie Dennick at

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