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Teacher Talks!

Presented by the SDSU Math/Science Teacher Initiative (MSTI)


Teacher Talks! 

Presented by the SDSU Math/Science Teacher Initiative (MSTI)


Join us for a free lecture series presented by MSTI to help teachers in the community--like you!


Each lecture will focus on a specific teacher-related topic, formatted to help you succeed in your career and connect you with other professionals.  Snacks will be provided, as well as a space to build community and share resources.  To be added to the invitation list, please send your name and email address to: [email protected]


Hybrid Lectures held on select Mondays

5-6 PM at CRMSE and virtually on zoom:

6475 Alvarado Road, Suite 128

San Diego, CA. 92120-5013 

Free and Plentiful Parking



Monday, October 16, 2023:  Sarah Strong:  Dear Math

In this Teacher Talk, we will explore math identity development through student storytelling in "Dear Math: Designing Classrooms With Student Voice at the Center" letters. We will start with some of our own storytelling before taking a deep dive into student words and research-backed routines that center student voice. Prepare to have fun, think hard, and re-imagine math classrooms (and all classrooms!) where student brilliance can truly shine!

Register for Sarah’s talk here.



Previous Talks:

Randy Philipp:  I Wish I’d Known That Earlier in My Career!

Monday, September 18, 2023:  

“If you could talk to your past self, is there any teaching-related advice your present self would give?  Drawing upon examples and anecdotes from my career as a mathematics teacher and mathematics teacher educator, I’ll address this question. My response will include asking an additional question during discussions and working even harder to show my students that their thinking is respected. Audience members who come with their answer(s) will have an opportunity to share.”


Zoom Recording

Monday, May 15, 2023  Nina Drammissi: The Power of Partnerships with Students, Families, and Communities

As a retired Principal, Educator, and current Family Resource Coordinator and University Instructor, Nina has always focused on engaging students and families. Involving people to engage and advocate for a productive present and future takes authenticity, positive interaction, and skill. Come to this presentation on May 15th to gather ideas that can work for you to engage and empower students and families! 

Link to Slides

Monday April 17, 2023: Lara Dickens:  School Involvement: From Aquaponics to Thrift Stores

Lara Dickens has been teaching AP environmental science and physics at Patrick Henry High School for over 22 years. She created Henry's student run thrift store, which has been featured on Inside California Education. Students helped create a 600-gallon aquaponics system that acted as a sustainable food source lesson and a mental health koi fish retreat space. Students are currently working vermiculture and other green waste management practices into the normal school-wide behaviors of staff and students.  Come hear Lara as she shares her ideas on ways to incorporate these ideas into any class or school setting. 

Zoom recording

Monday March 20, 2023 Feeling Supported and Understood as a Teacher, Post-COVID with Stephanie Mahan.

Zoom recording


Future Topics may Include:
  • Feeling Burnt Out?  We’ve Got You Covered.
  • Teachers, Your Mental Health Matters Too!
  • How To Find the Support You Need When Admin Doesn't Get It. 
  • School Climate, Why it Matters
  • Focusing on Phenomena in NGSS
  • So, they’ve asked you to teach Computer Science!
  • Teaching with External Stressors 
  • Mindfulness in the Classroom