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*Learning Access and Equity in Math Teaching Virtual Series - FREE and open to anyone! - next session is March 13 so register today!

* Building Elementary Numeracy and Fluency: Addition and Subtraction with Ann Elise Record - workshop series held at Winman Middles School in Warwick - you've only missed one session. Registration is available until March 6 (next session is March 7)!


"Seeing Every Learner" Keynote Kyndall Brown - Saturday, March 23, 2024 at East Providence High School -REGISTER NOW!   .


Student of the Year: Lexi, Mt. St. Charles Academy

Rookie Teacher of the Year: Chelsea O'Connor, Samuel Slater Middle School

Teacher of the Year: Nicholas Horne, Burrillville High School

Amedeo DeRobbio Award: Vivian LaFerla

Thanks to all those who attended or supported the RIMTA Spring Conference with Mike Steele

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  • 11 Jan 2024 8:46 PM | Gina Kilday (Administrator)

    It is well known that the students in our schools and classrooms are increasingly diverse in terms of cultural, linguistic, and cognitive strengths and backgrounds. In her opening message for this calendar year, the commissioner has challenged us as educators to work collectively to “ensure all students are equipped with what they need to thrive during their educational journey” and “address challenges and tear down barriers to student success” (RIDE, August 2023).  This call-to-action aligns with NCTM’s (the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics) position on access and equity which states:

    (NCTM, April 18, 2014. Access and Equity in Mathematics Education: A Position of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

    As mathematics educators, RIMTA’s Access and Equity Committee is excited to share that we will be hosting a series of free collaborative learning sessions this spring aimed at helping Rhode Island educators support our increasingly diverse student body and NCTM’s and RIDE’s mission to break down barriers and provide access to high-quality learning and academic success for all learners.

    Specifically, the goals for the three spring professional learning sessions are to:

    • develop a refined understanding of what access and equity look like in PK-12 mathematics classrooms,

    • promote pedagogical practices that will support access and equity for mathematics learners, and

    • strengthen educators' confidence in their ability to facilitate effective and impactful mathematics teaching and learning. 

    The sessions will center the Project MINE: Mathematical Intersections of Noticing and Equity work of the Mathematics Teacher Noticing team out of the University of Kentucky. As the project title indicates, this work highlights the value of combining research around three key components of effective teacher noticing (attending, interpreting, and deciding; Thomas et al., 2014) with key dimensions of educational equity (access, achievement, identity, and power; Gutierrez, 2009). More specifically, the modules within this project support educators’ ability to (a) attend to the variety of strengths and perspectives students bring to their mathematical thinking and problem solving, (b) interpret what that thinking indicates about students’ level of understanding through an equitable lens, and finally (c) use that information to decide what instructional moves will best promote access and achievement for each student. 

    Through rich discussion around short classroom videos and language often used within professional conversations, the Project MINE modules will help us as mathematics educators from across districts engage in critical reflection around our own practices and beliefs related to students’ diverse mathematical strengths, personal identities, and community assets. It is our hope that this collaborative professional learning will then be brought back to and shared within our individual schools to help support NCTM’s work to address “factors that contribute to differential outcomes among groups of students” to ensure that “students from all racial, ethnic, linguistic, gender, and socioeconomic groups (can) attain the highest levels of mathematics achievement” in our state’s schools (NCTM, Access & Equity Position Statement, 2014).

    Session Overview

    Date, Time

    Session Focus

    Jan. 17, 6:30-7:30pm

    Introduction to Project MINE's foundational frameworks: Thomas and colleague's (2014) three components of professional noticing (attending, interpreting, and deciding) and  Gutierrez’s (2009) four dimensions of Equity (access, achievement, identity, and power)

    March 13, 6:30-7:30pm

    Broadening perceptions of "smartness" and ability and the use of number talks to empower students to use diverse strengths in the mathematics classroom

    May 15, 6:30-7:30pm

    Language development and multilingual learners & challenging the perception of mathematics as a universal and culturally neutral language

    How Can I Get Involved?

    To promote equitable access to this learning opportunity:

    • sessions are open to all interested educators who are open to engaging in this work and willing to set up a free, RIMTA Basic Membership (this will support our ability to communicate with you and support your ongoing professional learning);

    • all sessions will be held virtually on Wednesday evenings;

    • you may attend as many or as few of the sessions as you can/wish; and

    • pre-readings/resources will be available to enhance your learning but they will not be required.

    Steps to sign-up:

    • If you are already a RIMTA member, you can simply go to, click on the “Events” tab at the top of the page, and complete the registration form..

    • If you are not currently a RIMTA member you will need to complete 2 steps:

      • First, go to and click on the “Membership” tab at the top of the page. Choose the membership level that you feel is right for you and then complete the membership application.

      • Second, once you get a confirmation email for your membership, then you can go back to, click on the “Events” tab at the top of the page, and complete the registration form.

    If you have any questions or difficulties with this process you can contact one of the committee co-chairs: Liz Brownlee ( or Sara Donaldson ( 

  • 29 Nov 2023 6:03 AM | Gina Kilday (Administrator)

    Greetings Rhode Island mathematicians!

    As we dive into the start of the 2023-2024 school year, the RIMTA Access & Equity committee would like to take this opportunity to share some ways that you can create a culturally responsive mathematics classroom that engages and excites learners of all ages. In our monthly newsletters, we will provide examples of activities, research, and best practices that lend themselves to access and equity and that aim to develop agency and self efficacy in all students.

    This month we take a look at the first weeks of school, also known as the induction period. According to Samuelsson, “there is a substantial amount of research that shows how negative relationships with mathematics affect students’ achievement in mathematics and it is also well known that affective factors such as a student’s intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, as well as self-efficacy and anxiety with respect to mathematics, are critical predictors of academic success.” Conversely, we know how impactful positive relationships can affect students' effort and achievement in mathematics and how important it is for teachers to foster a love of learning mathematics within all their students. Thus, the first two weeks of school are integral when setting out to build relationships that support students’ motivations for achievement and growth.

    There are many activities that you can use to engage with during the induction period that will help you to get to know your students, that will help the students to get to know each other, and that will provide invaluable information that can make your curriculum more rich and relevant, making space for your students' prior knowledge and experiences. One such activity is a well planned icebreaker. We really love the Personal Number Bingo activity. This activity is suitable for students in all grades. However, we recommend limiting the numbers used so that the students are more apt to match with other students in the class and for younger students so that the numbers are developmentally appropriate. 

    Materials needed: blank bingo cards, markers/pencils, timer, anchor chart/index cards (optional)

    Objective: Match 5 of your numbers with other students in the class so that you have a bingo on your card.

    Time needed to play: 15 minutes


    First: Students are given one blank bingo card (can be modified from a traditional 5x5 to a 4x4 or 3x3 as needed to suit your individual student needs). They are instructed to fill in each blank square with any number from 0-31 (or whatever range is most suitable for your students) that is meaningful to them (e.g., birthday, number of pets). This should take no more than 5 minutes.

    Second: Once all students have completed their cards, they are instructed to leave their seats and find classmates with a matching number. When they find their match, the students share why that number is meaningful to them and x out that number. This continues for 5, one minute rounds, or until a bingo is made. The teacher may repeat this process several times as needed. 

    Third: Students return to their seats. Teacher leads a discussion about what the students learned about each other. Here, the teacher can annotate an anchor chart to make visible what the class has shared or they can use index cards to privately take notes on each student that will be used in future lesson planning.

    We would love to hear about the activities you use in your classroom during the induction period that aim to support building relationships and creating a positive math mindset for all students. Please feel free to comment and share. 

    Thank you and we look forward to sharing our monthly newsletters with you. 

    Sara & Elizabeth, co-chairs Access & Equity

    References: Joakim Samuelsson (2023) Developing students’ relationships with mathematics, Educational Action Research, 31:2, 180-194, DOI: 10.1080/09650792.2021.1899012

  • 09 Nov 2021 3:32 PM | Gina Kilday (Administrator)

    Each year RIMTA highlights the outstanding work and contributions made by Rhode Island teachers and students to mathematics education through its three RIMTA Recognition Awards categories:

    • an “Outstanding Teacher of the Year” who has demonstrated the effective characteristics of an outstanding practitioner who positively impacts mathematics education for all members of the school community,

    •  an “Outstanding Rookie of the Year” who has shown outstanding promise for positively impacting mathematics education within their first three years of teaching, and

    •  an “Outstanding Student of the Year” who has shown “true grit” through sustained success and academic progress in the mathematics classroom.

    Applications for these three award categories are now open and available through theRIMTA Website ( under the “Awards and Grants” tab. 

    Completed applications are due on or before January 31, 2022. The “Outstanding Teacher of the Year” and “Outstanding Rookie of the Year” will be recognized at RIMTA’s spring conference on March 26, 2022. The “Outstanding Student of the Year” will be honored at their school in March at a date and time to be determined.

    Questions and completed applications should be directed to Sara Donaldson at

    Thank you for helping to promote mathematics excellence in Rhode Island!

    Sara Donaldson on behalf of the RIMTA Board of Directors

  • 09 Dec 2020 9:34 PM | Gina Kilday (Administrator)

    The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM),  the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM), and TODOS: Mathematics for ALL have all called upon mathematics educators across the country to make social justice a key priority in our work in order to create systemic change that will promote “fair and equitable teaching practices, high expectations for all students, access to rich, rigorous, and relevant mathematics, and strong family/community relationships” (NCSM & TODOS, 2020). 

    Heeding this call to action, the RIMTA board is working to establish a Committee for Access and Equity and to more actively engage our members (and future members) in our work to promote positive and inclusive math learning opportunities. To this end, we are seeking educators throughout the state who would like to help drive this work as members of the Committee for Access and Equity or through other RIMTA work (e.g.; conference planning and Twitter chats) to help empower Rhode Island educators and to hold us all accountable for ensuring equitable access and outcomes for marginalized students within our classrooms. If you are interested in joining this work or if you would like to learn more about these effort please contact Sara Donaldson at

  • 10 Jul 2020 5:00 PM | Stephen Levesque (Administrator)

    “You want us to see that there can be different approaches to solving a problem,” said one of my PrepareRI math scholars, his face showing up in a box on Zoom and a green band flashing indicating he has unmuted and is talking. “You really want to hear about our thinking,” typed another, in a chat window. A Seats at the Table task they were confronted with on this day.

    Source: WestEd

    Another day online for these incoming 9th grade Freshman students. A transition away from middle school and a new chapter in their lives while they are soon-to-be the class of 2024 high school graduates (in four years, that is). And, like the end of their last school year, device and camera on, meeting virtually through Zoom. Except, now it’s summer.. So, you may ask, “Why math over the summer?”

    Well, first of all, these scholars chose to do this. They could have opted-out and said, no, I really want to enjoy my summer, but these scholars--they want to be ready for what high school math is going to throw their way. And, some nice incentives are also thrown their way in the form of gift cards. Yes, you heard it here -- they EARN MONEY while taking this High School Math Readiness eight-week course over the summer.

    Source: PrepareRI

    PrepareRI, in collaboration with our Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE), Carnegie Math Pathways by WestEd, RIDE’s Summer Readiness division, and our learning management system, Realizeit, that houses all of my scholars’ asynchronous work -- all of these groups contributing to a research-based, evidence-based opportunity for young scholars to learn math over the summer. 

    Source: Rhode Island Department of Education

    Here is what a typical day looks like for a student...

    As for their math instructor, I was involved in an intensive one-week professional learning opportunity to gain pedagogical, philosophical, and best approach strategies to enact their curriculum. Although with any great curriculum comes opportunities for students to conduct deliberate practice with math, WestEd’s philosophical approach is more about “productive persistence,” tenacity, and the use of good strategies. 

    During our online Zoom collaboration meetings, I encourage the use of sentence starters, such as, “I notice…, “ “I wonder…,” “I agree with ____, because,” and “I disagree with _____, because,” as a few examples. I really have to hold back and not interject my thoughts or opinions, but rather, facilitate online discourse and dialogue around mathematical thinking. That is, not so much what I’m thinking about with these mathematical tasks, but more so, what our math scholars are thinking. Making their thinking visible, is truly at the heart of this process.

    They unmute and contribute to the discussion, using the chat feature to articulate their typed-responses, building on other peers’ ideas -- “I agree with Manya, because…” I do not affirm correct or incorrect responses, I just continue to facilitate the conversation. Eventually, students are able to drive the discussion and help make their mathematical sense-making very transparent with justifications and rationale. Again, this process of making their thinking visible is at the heart of the process.

    I found Week 1’s curriculum to be strategic. There was one day with a focus on incorrect student responses and discussion around these. I framed these student work examples as some of my “favorite mistakes!” Then, the following day, we looked at three other student work examples (they all happened to be correct and viable solutions, all slightly different in their approach).

    Source: WestEd

    After our mathematical discussion around how many people can sit at 20 trapezoidal tables laid out in this fashion, I asked the question, “So, what was the method to my madness? Why did I present various incorrect and correct examples of student work?”

    “You want to give us the tools to persevere,” said one scholar. “It’s important to understand what other people are thinking so that we can help each other,” said another.

    As with keeping up with the philosophical stance of not necessarily confirming or judging any student response, I helped facilitate further conversation, where many other students expressed their thoughts. My heart was filled with joy to hear their responses, a small smile on my face was evident.

    This is going to be a great summer!

    Author: Timothy Marum ( -

  • 09 May 2020 9:15 PM | Gina Kilday (Administrator)

    RIMTA is partnering with the Rhode Island Department of Education in assisting teachers in this era of Distance Learning.  RIDE/RIMTA have organized a Professional Learning Community as a forum for teachers to share ideas and resources.  The session scheduled for this Tuesday, May 12, will focus on blended learning with breakout sessions for elementary and secondary teachers.  Join this PLC every Tuesday at 3:30 to be a part of this extremely beneficial program.  To get on the mailing list for the PLC, fill out this Google Form.

     As of now, the ATMNE Fall Conference is scheduled to be held on December 4-5 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Danbury, CT.  The conference program committee is currently seeking dynamic professionals to present sessions and workshops across a wide variety of topics and grade bands. They need your expertise. If you are interested in presenting a session at the conference, submit your proposalhere by June 30. 

    This is my final post as RIMTA President.  Starting soon, RIMTA will be in the highly capable (and far more organized) hands of Meredith Astrologo.  If you know Meredith, you know that her tireless work ethic, attention to detail, and willingness to cooperate with others will make RIMTA members the real winners for the next two years!

    I want to publicly thank the entire RIMTA Board for their advice, support, and hard work throughout my tenure.  They are the stars that make RIMTA the active, vibrant organization that it is.  Hopefully, I did a good enough job staying out of their way!

    Respectfully Submitted,

    Steve Levesque

    Outgoing RIMTA President

  • 12 Apr 2020 7:31 PM | Gina Kilday (Administrator)

    The Rhode Island Department of Education has compiled resources to help educators and parents navigate the current COVID-19 situation.  On this site , under the heading of "Resources for Distance Learning" there is a spread sheet with a Distance Learning Resource Guide by topic, subject and grade that will be updated regularly.

    Thanks to Chris Castillero from RIDE for sharing this update with us.

  • 27 Mar 2020 10:58 AM | Gina Kilday (Administrator)

         This is the new reality created by COVID-19, a pandemic that has impacted and will continue to impact our daily lives.  We are concerned as citizens. We are concerned as family members. And we are concerned as educators. Going forward, this will fundamentally affect how we conduct our daily lives; we need to be there for each other.

         We do not know when life will return to some sense of normalcy, but we know that until then, we are responsible for educating our students to the best of our ability.  How do we create a meaningful experience for our students while maintaining a semblance of order?  

         Fortunately, the education community is an incredibly supportive group.  We humbly suggest a few resources for you in this difficult time. There have definitely been a multitude of resources, and we don’t intend to add to the information overload.  Feel free to use some, all, or none of these resources. 

    From the Rhode Island Department of Education

    • RIDE has worked tirelessly to support educators as they implement distance learning.

    • The Highlander Institute, in partnership with RIDE, is launching the Rhode Island Distance Learning Helpline. A free statewide helpline, staffed byFuseRI Fellows for 6 hrs M-F & 2 hrs Sat & Sun.Fellows are RI educators supporting other RI educators w/online coaching.

    From Tim “Tech” Marum

    From Dr. Sara Donaldson

    • The Leading Equity Center has a free online course that is good (takes a bit of time but focuses on equity).  Their resource blog is at

    • Learn Zillion has opened up a lot of their videos for free access.

    • Go on Twitter and follow NCTM, NCSM, ExploreMTBoS. There are a lot of great resources and support being shared.

    From Susan Pagliaro

    From Dr. Drs. Danielle Dennis, Sarah Bularzik, and Dr. Kees deGroot, curated by Dr. Diane Kern and sent by Dr. Nicole Hersey

    • Ten Percent Happier: Coronavirus Sanity Guide

    • EDpuzzle is an easy to use video platform that allows you to take any video (preexisting or made by you) and personalize it to your lesson. You can crop the video, record your voice on top of it, and embed quizzes in the video to check for student understanding.

    From others

    • is a site in which you can create assessments and assignments.  These questions are easy to score and diagnose misconceptions quickly...fantastic formative assessment!

    • Visit for videos on Diagnostic Questions that give students the most difficulty.

    Being away from our colleagues and confined to our homes, we may feel more alone than ever.  But you are not alone now. You are not the only one nervous and unsure in these trying times.  Together, we can do this!  

  • 13 Jan 2020 3:31 PM | Gina Kilday (Administrator)

    Thirty percent. Statewide, roughly 30 percent of students are meeting expectations in mathematics. That means that the vast majority of students are not proficient in math in Rhode Island.  

    So now what?  

    The data is daunting, but if we get back to basics and focus on the things that we know are most impactful for teaching and learning, we can move the needle. 

    We need high-quality math curriculum, supported with meaningful professional learning, and a continuous improvement mindset in instruction as we learn from one another and find what works in getting kids excited about and engaged in mathematics.  

    A big part of that is building relevance into the classroom, and helping students to understand how what they’re learning in class connects to career pathways, college readiness, and lifelong success. If we can’t answer that question from the get-go, students will lose interest. If we can’t answer that question, then we need to rethink our approach.  

    As math educators, you know more than anyone how important math is to future student success. As you continue your work and drive the effort to improve outcomes, just know that I’m in your corner. I want to be helpful to your community of practice as you not only improve math teaching and learning, but also as you change mindsets of students, families, and even fellow educators when it comes to the importance of math. 

    I know that if we are intentional in our approach, and if we remain focused on instruction, 30 percent proficiency will be a thing of the past for Rhode Island students. It’s a complex equation, but if we work together, it’s one that we can solve.  

  • 05 Dec 2019 11:40 PM | Gina Kilday (Administrator)

    National Winners for RI PAEMST Just Announced in October 2019 

    For Secondary - 2017 

    David Upegui - Central Falls High School (Science)

    Kristina Sparfven - Chariho Middle School (Math)

    For Elementary - 2018

    Kerri Luchka - Western Coventry Elementary School (Science)

    Lindsay Bliven - Ashaway Elementary School (Math)

    Congratulations 2019 PAEMST Secondary State Finalist

    • Robert Mayne of Chariho High School in Wood River Junction (Mathematics)

    • Jane Ramos of Vincent J. Gallagher Middle School in Smithfield (Science) 

    on their selection as the Rhode Island State Finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) for 2019! We recognize these teachers as outstanding educators who exemplify the highest standards of mathematics and science teaching at the secondary level (7-12).

    These teachers will now be elevated to the national level for consideration as a national finalist for the state. Good luck, Jane and Robert!

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