Professional Learning - Mathematics

Educators deserve to engage in professional learning opportunities that are research-based, easily accessible and directly linked to standards and instruction.

The Office of Instruction, Assessment, and Curriculum offers a collection of professional learning modules that meet these criteria. Some modules are interactive and are able to be completed by an individual, while others provide facilitation support for use with professional learning communities.  Module topics address both mathematical content development and pedagogy.


The resources below will support mathematics professional learning for educators teaching grades K-5.

Interactive CCSS Professional Development Fraction Modules


CCSSO Videos on the Fraction Progressions


CCSS Fractions Professional Development Modules

This set of six modules is an expansion of the CCSS professional development session Building Coherence in Fraction Instruction in Grades 3 – 5. Designed to be delivered as a series of successive CPT and/or department/grade level meetings or as after-school sessions, these modules explore the progression of understanding for the CCSS standards in Number and Operations-Fractions. Teachers will gain the professional understanding necessary to deliver content-rich, conceptually-based instruction in this domain. Highlights include connecting the fraction content standards to the Standards for Mathematical Practice, attending to precision through the use of a rich fraction vocabulary, and using the number line as a tool that is instrumental in transitioning from whole numbers to fractions. 


RIMTA - Elemetary Mathematics Leadership Group

Rhode Island Mathematics Teachers Association (RIMTA) - Elementary Math Leaders 

 RIMTA's Elementary Math Leaders Group, a network of elementary mathematics leaders from throughout Rhode Island, created professional development materials and instructional resources to support six core topics in Visual Models Across the K-5 Common Core, each resource looks a little different in order to meet a variety of needs.  

  • Number Sense 
  • Place Value
  • Fractions, Number Lines 
  • Tape Diagrams 
  • Algorithms 

Are all available at https://rimta.wildapricot.org/Visual-Models-Across-the-K-5-Common-Core.

Middle School 

The resources below will support mathematics professional learning for educators teaching grades 6-8.

The Rigors of Ratio and Proportional Reasoning in the Common Core State Standards

The Rigors of Ratio and Proportional Reasoning in the Common Core State Standards is a professional development module for middle school teachers. The module explores the power of the tape diagram and the double number line as strategies for developing conceptual understanding and problem-solving in this domain. Additionally, activities focusing on the relationships between ratio tables and graphs reveal the essential link between ratio and proportion and future work with functions and algebra. Included in the training materials is a  Power Point with facilitator notes and embedded instructional videos, as well as a variety of hands-on activities. These activities are both participant and student-friendly.


High School 

The resources below will support mathematics professional learning for educators teaching grades 9-12.

Formalizing the Concept of Transformations in High School Geometry

The dawning of the Common Core State Standards and PARCC has school systems rewriting curriculum, redesigning assessments, and rethinking instruction.  The concept of transformations is one that permeates the middle school standards in a very concrete way.  In high school, transformations are formalized, more abstract, and used as the basis for congruence, similarity, and the proof of geometric theorems.  Hung-Hsi Wu, author of Teaching Geometry According to the Common Core State Standards, goes so far to suggest that “Transformations are a means to an end.”  In this three-hour session, participants take a close look at just what is meant by formalizing transformations by collaborating on the development of precise definitions, performing transformations using various tools on and off the coordinate plane, and documenting their properties.  


Functions and the Common Core: Implications for Planning and Teaching

The concept of function is a powerful tool to solve problems and to express relationships and change in our world.  The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) have placed particular emphasis on the concept beginning in grade 8, where grasping the concept of function is named as one of the three critical areas for instructional focus. This PowerPoint Presentation and accompanying resources highlight the types of experiences students should have in order to develop a deep understanding of the concept as described in the CCSS content standards and the variety of expertise required by the Standards for Mathematical Practice.  The module examines the progression and focus of the function standards from 8th grade through Algebra 1 and connects to how these standards build on work in the earlier grades. Presenter notes are included with the PPT slides.
Functions and the Common Core: Implications for Planning and Teaching



The resources below will support mathematics professional learning opportunities that are non-grade specific.

CCSS Shifts, Focus and Instruction for Mathematics

Math Shifts Professional Development Module 

This 1-4 hour module is designed to provide participants with a deep understanding of the key shifts, focus, coherence, and rigor, required by the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM).  The module package includes facilitator materials, an annotated power point, and handouts with activities.  Additionally, there are links to videos one of which features a lead writer of the CCSSM, Jason Zimba.  We recommend it as a foundation to any Common Core professional development in mathematics.

Where to Focus: Math Shifts, Key Fluencies, and Major Work of Grade 

This document provides “guidance about which topics constitute the major work of each grade.

Deeper Insight into Instruction 

Resources provide deeper insight into the instruction required to meet the CCSS in Mathematics.


Integrating Practices Online Science and Math Modules

Online modules on integrating the Standards for Mathematical Practices and on the Next Generation Science Standards along with a Leadership Module and additional resources are currently available to all Rhode Island educators through RIDEmap. To access the modules, please log into RIDEmap and select the link to the Integrating Practices Online Modules on the right side of the page. If you do not have access to RIDEmap, please contact your district or enter a helpdesk ticket.

Site Documents

Documents on this site require the use of the following programs:

DOC - Microsoft Word

PDF - Acrobat Reader

PPT - Microsoft PowerPoint

XLS - Microsoft Excel