This series engages with topics related to supporting the learning of students with math difficulties and reflects on ways educator preparation programs (EPPs) can better prepare teachers and leaders to support mathematics instruction within multi-tiered instructional frameworks. It examines pertinent topics related to providing struggling learners, especially students with disabilities, with math instruction that promotes conceptual understanding and procedural fluency.

This PD pack was developed as a collaborative effort between CEEDAR and NCSI.


Math Materials

Math Resources

Explore the core reasons why students struggle with mathematics. As you analyze weaknesses in current math instruction, you will gain access to various resources that will propel your math instruction forward.

Guest Speaker: Sarah Powell, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Overview of MTSS & Mathematics- Best Practices

This module includes an overview of multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) best practices and framework. Learn about instructional best practices across the tiers from an EPP standpoint. Topics include knowledge retention, learning decay, and the importance of using visual representations in math instruction.

Guest Speaker: Paul Riccomini, Ph.D., Penn State University.

MTSS & Mathematics in Action Across NCSI Math States

This module provides an overview of MTSS in action across National Center for Systemic Improvement (NCSI) Math Collaborative states. Representatives from Vermont and Utah share how their states incorporate the MTSS framework into their schools and districts.

Guest Speakers:

Julia Scheier, Vermont Agency of Education

Malia Hite, Ed.D., Utah State Board of Education

Math EBPs & HLPs

Learn about math evidence-based practices (EBPs) and high-leverage practices (HLPs). Examine common obstacles for math learners and reflect on how classroom discourse can be an incredible tool for helping students refine their math language and sharpen their conceptual understanding and procedural fluency.
Guest Speaker: Kathleen Pfannenstiel, Ph.D., American Institutes for Research

Instructional Level Coaching of Math EBPs & HLPs

This module shares the current research on the potential coaching has for improving teacher performance and bolstering professional development (PD). Learn how to address teachers’ resistance points to coaching.

Guest Speakers:

Jennifer Pierce, Ph.D., American Institutes for Research

Robin Schumacher, Ph.D., Instructional Research Group

Erica Lembke, Ph.D., University of Missouri

Mathematics Assessments Through MTSS

Learn about progress monitoring and data-based individualization for learners struggling with mathematics. Gain an understanding of how to collect diagnostic data through conducting clinical interviews to guide planning of future instruction.

Guest Speaker: Jessica Hunt, Ph.D., North Carolina State University