Resources for Middle Grades (6-8)

The North Carolina Collaborative for Mathematics Learning (NC2ML) brings together math educators to support each other with resources developed from significant research and practical experience for classroom success. Together, we create a network of support; give teachers, leaders, families, and students a voice in the future of math education; and, most important, develop enthusiastic math learners.

The VISIONS Project: Leadership tools to support teachers with a shared instructional approach that helps each and every student flourish

Specially designed resources for middle school-based mathematics coaches

Whether they realize it or not, students in the Middle Grades are shaping their identities every day. Everyone can flourish mathematically, and it is our responsibility as mathematics educators to provide opportunities for each and every student to flourish, especially students from minoritized populations who should be supported and know their thinking is valued.

The resources below were designed to enable school- and district-based coaches as well as school administrators in charge of mathematics instruction to support each and every mathematics teacher to implement NC Mathematics Standards using High Quality, Equitable Mathematics Instruction (HQEMI). This short video shares our vision of HQEMI.


There are three main categories of inter-related resources below. We encourage mathematics instructional leaders to choose resoures that fit their context. Having said that, we believe that developing teacher empathy for each and every student is an under-explored topic and serves as the foundation for professional development.

Empathy, Mindsets, and Characteristics

Follow us on social media and connect via our Contact page to stay informed. NC2ML would like to thank the following mathematics educators who worked on these materials: Susan Davis, Katy Gash, Samantha Haislip, Anna Jarrett, Janet Jenkins, Lance Kanter, Katie Martin, Shelby Morge, Betsy O'Hara, Amy Preston, Premkumar Pugalenthi, Melanie Richey, Alisan Royster, Shonette Simmons, Jenni Thompson, Catherine Walston, Jonee Wilson, Toni Witherow, Stacy Wozny, Tisa Futch, Jennifer Neel, Lanre Oriowo and Andrea Wright

Teacher Empathy for All Mathematics Students

School-based instructional leaders will learn how to support their teachers to have empathic interactions with students so that each and every student feels a sense of belonging in mathematics class

Growth Mathematical Mindsets for All

School-based instructional leaders will develop a mathematics mindset in themselves and/or teachers so that the joy of doing mathematics spreads throughout the school

Characteristics of High Quality and Equitable Mathematics Instruction

School-based instructional leaders will have access to multiple resources to aid in defining and identifying characteristics of high quality and equitable mathematics instruction

Teacher Empathy for All Mathematics Students

Overview of entire set of materials. As the Overview indicates, there are two Options for implementing the Empathy Materials. Please read the Overview to help you decide which Option fits best for your context.

Option 1: Yearlong Experience

Option 2: Choose Your Own Experience

Growth Mathematical Mindsets for All

Overview of the entire set of materials. These 5 tasks do not need to be completed in any particular order or in their entirety. This module is designed to support each participant in the best course of action for their own professional growth with regards to their individual mathematical mindset.

Growth Mathematical Mindset

Characteristics of High Quality and Equitable Mathematics Instruction

There are 5 equity-based practices for instructional leaders and educators to explore; Going Deep with Mathematics, Leveraging Multiple Mathematical Competencies, Affirming Mathematics Learners’ Identities, Challenging Spaces of Marginality, and Drawing on Multiple Resources of Knowledge. Each practice is explained in a 2-page brief, with a slide deck to use in a professional learning setting, and suggested tasks to implement in the classroom (coming soon).

Characteristics of High Quality, Equitable Mathematics Instruction

Going Deep with Mathematics

Research Brief - Deep with Math Slide Deck (coming soon)
Leveraging Multiple Mathematical Competencies

Research Brief - Leveraging Slide Deck: (coming soon)
Affirming Mathematics Learners' Identities

Research Brief - Affirming Slide Deck: (coming soon)
Challenging Spaces of Marginality

Research Brief - Challenging Slide Deck: (coming soon)
Drawing on Multiple Resources of Knowledge

Research Brief - Multiple Resources Slide Deck: (coming soon)
This work was supported by the National Science Foundation under grant DRL – 2100895 awarded to East Carolina University, DRL – 2100903 awarded UNC Greensboro, DRL – 2100833 awarded to Appalachian State University. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed herein are those of the principal investigators and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. Prior related work was supported by the NC Department of Public Instruction.

How to integrate NC’s revised mathematics standards

A library of resources, by teachers for teachers

What do you need to know about revisions to NC DPI’s Math Standards and how should you integrate them to achieve high-quality, equitable math instruction? These are the questions that the NC2ML team — educators, district leaders, and researchers — takes on to ensure that teachers have support. We continue to refine support materials based on teacher feedback. Within this website, you can access these resources to ensure adherence to North Carolina standards while achieving your instructional goals.

Check-ins 2.0 Administration and Sequencing of Instructional Frameworks Clusters
Going Deep with Mathematics
Leveraging Multiple Mathematical Competencies
Affirming Mathematics Learners' Identities
Challenging Spaces of Marginality
Drawing on Multiple Resources of Knowledge

In addition to instructional frameworks, we’ve put together a set of tools to address common challenges and areas of opportunity in high-quality math instruction. In the links on the right, find resources designed to help you better understand the NC math standards in a way that  can make all the difference in your instructional planning and creation of classroom experiences.

Additional 6-8 Resources

Instructional Frameworks
Research-Practice Briefs
First Week Problem Solving Tasks
Sequence of Tasks
Formative Assessments
Units of Tasks
Parent Resources
Professional Development