That’s how a math lesson at a local elementary school started. Fun. Creative. Engaging. A partnership between Barancik Foundation and Sarasota County Schools has reinvented elementary math instruction so that every lesson includes these elements. The multi-year initiative, Maximizing Math Mentality, trained every single elementary teacher on ways to bring math to life through creative hands-on scenarios. The math teacher training was part of the district’s plan to help students think algebraically early on in their academic careers. What wasn’t part of their plan, was how the initiative would completely transform the way professional development is delivered.