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Learning Access and Equity in Math Teaching Virtual Series

  • 17 Jan 2024
  • 15 May 2024
  • 3 sessions
  • 17 Jan 2024, 6:30 PM 7:30 PM (EST)
  • 13 Mar 2024, 6:30 PM 7:30 PM (EDT)
  • 15 May 2024, 6:30 PM 7:30 PM (EDT)
  • Virtual


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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 year aimed at helping Rhode Island educators 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).

The goals for the 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.

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.

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 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 (

RIMTA is a partner affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).

RIMTA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 

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