Nigel Nisbet

A former California math teacher — and a guitarist in a British rock band — who is skilled at engaging audiences of all ages.

Speaking Topics

  •  Productive Struggle in Math
  • Neuroscience of Deeper Learning
  • Building Mathematical Discourse 
  • Game-based Learning and Teaching
  • Math Teaching and Learning
  • Algebra 1 and Visual Math
  • Blended Learning Classroom Management
  • Perseverance and Grit
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Loved it.  Fresh, short, to the point, excellent pace, excellent visuals, well-prepared.

John Tindall-Gibson
Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents

Always find Nigel’s presentations engaging.

Patricia Blood
Kearny School District

More from Nigel

Check out Nigel's speaking and writing on his areas of expertise.

The Geometry of Chocolate
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Algebra: An Upgrade For Your Mind
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Mythbusters: Adaptive learning
District Administration Leadership Institute
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Here’s How To Get Kids Excited About Math
Huffington Post
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Getting Middle School Math Right
MIND blog
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Active vs. Passive: The Science of Learning
MIND blog
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Fostering a STEM Mindset through Spatial-Temporal Reasoning
MIND blog
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ST Math: Differentiating Instruction with Mastery-Based Embedded Assessment
MIND blog
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The Neuroscience of Deeper Learning with ST Math
MIND blog
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Full Bio

Armed with a degree in mathematics, and early success as a rock musician with several hit songs in Europe and the U.S., Nigel Nisbet began his education career by teaching a class of 15 at an idyllic private all-girls school in rural England. After moving to the U.S., Nisbet taught Mathematics, AP Physics, and AP Computer Science at Van Nuys Senior High, where he was a pioneer of integrating technology into the classroom, and utilizing project-based learning to engage students’ critical-thinking skills. At Van Nuys, he successfully spearheaded the implementation of the LAUSD Los Angeles Virtual Academy program as a solution for Algebra 1, and collaborated with the AP Readiness Program in Computer Science.

Leaving the classroom in 2006, he became a Mathematics Specialist for the Los Angeles Unified School District, the second largest school district in the United States. At LAUSD, Nisbet designed many of the district’s algebra and geometry concept tasks and did wide-ranging professional development to drive classroom implementation. He has written, designed and implemented several instructional guides and curricula, focusing on middle school and high school math (Grade 6 and 7; Algebra Readiness; Algebra 1 & 2; and Geometry).

A passionate believer in the power of all students to learn mathematics conceptually, Nisbet joined the nonprofit MIND Research Institute team as Senior Mathematics Specialist in the spring of 2010, eventually becoming the Vice President of Content Creation. In addition to leading MIND’s project team in the creation of middle school curricula, Nisbet travels the country on behalf of the organization and speaks on such topics as “STEM Is a State of MIND” and “So You Think You’re Ready For Common Core.”

At MIND, Nisbet devotes his time to reaching into the structure and beauty of mathematics and finding ways to build engaging, interactive and completely visual games that teach all students how math really works. He recently led the team that developed new games for middle and high school ST Math programs, including games that introduce Algebraic concepts visually. He feels that there is much work left to be done to ensure that all children are mathematically equipped to solve the world’s most challenging problems. But given his experience of working with children in very different parts of the world he believes that given the right tools, all students can be mathematical thinkers and problem solvers.

Nisbet received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics at Queen Mary University, University of London in 1990. In 2009, Nisbet received a Master in Educational Administration at California State University Northridge.

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