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Jo Boaler, PhD

Nomellini & Olivier Professor of Education, Stanford University

Masterclass 8:

Being Limitless: How Neuroscience Research Can Maximize Our Approach to Numbers and Life

Recent years have seen an explosion of scientific evidence showing that there is a different way to learn, lead and live. When people take a limitless approach to learning and leading, different pathways open up. Mindset messages are important but they do not take root unless they are accompanied by a different approach to knowledge and interactions. In this session we will consider what this different approach is, particularly in relation to quantitative knowledge. We will think together about ways to learn, lead and live without barriers.


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Jo Boaler, PhD is the Nomellini & Olivier Professor of Education at Stanford University. Former roles have included being the Marie Curie Professor of Mathematics Education in England, and a math teacher in London comprehensive schools. Her PhD won the national award for educational research in the United Kingdom. She is an elected fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (Great Britain), and a former president of the International Organization for Women and Mathematics Education (IOWME). She is the recipient of a National Science Foundation Early Career Award, the NCSM Kay Gilliland Equity Award (2014), and the CMC Walter Denham Mathematics Leadership Award (2015). She is the author of 18 books and numerous research articles. She is a White House presenter on women and girls. She co-founded to give teachers, parents, and students the resources and ideas they need to inspire and excite students about mathematics. Her work has been published in the New York Times, TIME magazine, The Telegraph, The Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal, and many other news outlets. Her latest book is: Limitless Mind: Learn, Lead & Live without Barriers (Harper Collins, 2019). She is currently co-leading a K-12 Data Science Initiative and was named as one of the eight educators “changing the face of education” by the BBC. She earned MA and PhD degrees in mathematics education from King's College, London University.



    • Walter Denham Mathematics Leadership award, California Mathematics Council (2015)

    • Kay Gilliland Equity Award, National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (2014)

    • Early Career Award, National Science Foundation (1999)



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