Using History to Inspire in Math

The Power of Yet

Summer Academy


The research around growth mindset shows that when students approach new ideas with a belief that they can grow, their achievement improves significantly. This is particularly important and valuable to math achievement. In our classroom we incorporate growth mindset, which we call "The Power of Yet," by using true stories of people who achieved what had once been considered impossible. Their stories are referenced throughout the year when students are encountering difficulty in math. In this one day course, participants will learn about the lives of inspirational men and women and identify the attributes that make these historical figures relevant to encourage students to keep working until they master an understanding.

Participants in this workshop will:

  • Read picture books, articles, and other resources to identify relevant inspirational historical figures 
  • Work in teams to brainstorm lesson plans and find videos to give context and meaning to their students
  • Identify the key attributes for an historical figure to be an example of Growth Mindset
  • Select between five and ten inspirational figures for their own classrooms
  • Leave with a plan and organized materials needed to actualize the Power of Yet in their own classrooms

Audience and Grade Level

Teachers and Special Educators; PreK - 12.


Certificate of Attendance, 6 hours.


Future training dates will be announced here. If you have questions or are interested in offering this training on-site, please contact us.

For more information, contact:
Events Coordinator
413.586.4900 x5981


A maximum class size is set for each course and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If the number of registrations for a course exceeds the maximum seats available or is too low to be able to conduct a quality learning experience, CES will inform you of available options.

Course Cancellation

If you wish to cancel your registration, please submit a request in writing (via mail, email or fax) no later than 7 business days before the workshop’s start date. After that, there are no refunds or billing adjustments.

In the event that a course is cancelled by the Collaborative for Educational Services, we will notify you as soon as possible. Please be sure to provide your best email address and phone number so we can contact you. Although every effort is made to avoid last minute cancellations, if an emergency arises, we will do our best to reach you at the phone number and email address you provide. 

Inclement Weather

Any delays or cancellations are posted online at You may also call 413.588.5979 after 6:30am for information about classes that day.