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NCCTM Recap of “We All Speak Math”

At the North Carolina Council for Teachers of Mathematics annual conference Nov. 10-12, NC2ML co-design team shared their We All Speak Math campaign with math teachers and leaders from around the state! We All Speak Math is a yearlong, statewide campaign to support high school teachers, instructional leaders, and administrators in creating and sustaining classrooms rich in productive, powerful math discourse. Through this discourse, students will gain a better understanding of math content as they experience an engaging, flourishing, equitable math classroom centered around student voice.

Each month, the high school team is sharing collaboratively designed resources for teachers and students, professional development resources for instructional leads, and high-level overviews for administrators aligned to a research-based “Discourse Move of the Month.” In addition, DPI’s Monthly High School Content and Pedagogy webinar is aligned with the campaign as well. At the conference, several teachers and leaders shared stories of how they are engaging with the campaign. Brittney shared how she has been adapting and using the resources in her local context. Wendy described how significant and useful the webinars have been for her teaching this year.

Toolkits from September, October, and November are available on the high school resources page. Be on the lookout on the first of each month for a new discourse move and accompanying resources, and spread the word that We All Speak Math!

NC2ML and NCCAT Announce Retreat


A shared vision of high-quality mathematics instruction among administrators, teachers, and other stakeholders is essential for large-scale instructional improvement in mathematics.  NC2ML is partnering with NCCAT to send teams to a leadership retreat that will take place in Cullowhee, NC on March 4-7, 2024.  Teams will work collaboratively to learn more about high-quality equitable mathematics instruction at the elementary level, to develop and align a district-wide vision of mathematics instruction, and to plan for implementation. 

Contact Ana Floyd at [email protected] to learn more about the retreat and reserve your spot now.

NC2ML Announces a Statewide Empathy Book Club

Book cover of What Happened to You? by Bruce Perry and Oprah Winfrey

All mathematics students deserve to feel a sense of belonging in school and math class. Join us for an NC2ML Statewide Book Club where we will read and discuss the neuroscience behind trauma and how to develop empathy for all students in our mathematics classrooms so that each and every student is supported to flourish mathematically!


We will hold four Tuesday sessions offered both during the day and night to accommodate schedules. In order to best host these discussions, we need you to commit to either the Day or the Night Sessions. The same discussion questions will be posed in the Day and Night sessions, so if you signed up for the Day sessions and must miss one of them, email the Night Discussion Leader (TBD) to see if there is room in that night’s Zoom room.

Session 1: Oct 10 Tuesday 

10:30-11:45 am 

5:30-6:45 pm

Session 2: Oct 24 Tuesday

10:30-11:45 am

5:30-6:45 pm 

Session 3: Nov 14 Tuesday

10:30-11:45 am

5:30-6:45 pm 

Session 4: Dec 12 Tuesday

10:30-11:45 am

5:30-6:45 pm

Where: All sessions will be held via Zoom; space is limited so register as soon as possible.

Upon registration, you will be sent a Zoom link the week of each session. REGISTER HERE. We expect rich discussions that may generate change in your local context, so we highly recommend that you join with a PLC and an administrator from your school and/or district. If attending the book club with a group, you only need to fill out one registration form.

How to get the book

There are two ways to purchase the book (audio or paperback, each around $15). The audio version (at least, the one) is read by Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Bruce Perry, with audio excerpts from some of her talk show guests. You can also download key figures from the book from the audio service. On the other hand, you may want a print version of the book to take notes. 

If you have questions, email Michelle Stephan, [email protected]

Check In 2.0s and NC Instructional Frameworks

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction released the Grade 3-8 testing specifications for the Innovative Assessment Testing Authority (IADA), North Carolina Personalized Assessment Tool (NCPAT) or “Check-Ins 2.0.”

The NC Check-Ins are interim assessments developed “to provide students, teachers and parents with immediate in-depth action data and a reliable estimate of a students’ current performance in a selected subset of content standards.”

NC2ML has made recommendations for how NC Check-Ins can be used with Grades K-5 and Grades 6-8 Instructional Frameworks. Please refer to, Recommendations for Check-ins 2.0 Administration and Sequencing of Instruction Frameworks Clusters to see the recommendations by grade level.

NCDPI draft test specs webinars

NC Math Friends,
We hope your district has someone planning to attend one of the NCDPI Assessment Division webinars seeking feedback about the draft test specifications for the new NC Interim Assessments for mathematics. It is important for your district’s perspective and feedback to be represented in these meetings! Webinar dates are Dec. 6, 8, 14, and 16 with separate sessions for 3-5 and 6-8. If you haven’t received the information check with your district accountability person to see who is representing your district. Here is the information sent to districts from NCDPI:

The Test Development section of NCDPI Accountability Services will host a series of interactive webinars designed to seek feedback on draft test specifications for the new NC Interims for mathematics.
Important information for these webinars:
Draft test specifications will be shared during each webinar, along with a rationale for the grouping of standards.
PSUs are invited to participate in one elementary school (Grades 3-5) webinar and one middle school (Grades 6-8) webinar. The person(s) attending should be able to provide feedback on how the proposed test specifications will meet the formative assessment data needs of the PSU, in terms of groupings of standards at each grade level. As such, the ideal participant will likely be the person who responded to the original surveys (a curriculum specialist, district leader, or math coach).
Webinars will be capped at 75 participants each. Due to space limitations and given the interactive nature of these webinars, PSUs should register for a total of two spots – one elementary and one middle. PSUs may send the same person for both grade bands, or one person for the elementary school webinar and a different person for the middle school webinar. Contact Beth Nash ([email protected]) if your staffing does not align with these expectations.
Participants will be asked to provide feedback during the webinar. Feedback from all webinars will be used to inform final test specifications.
Registrants should plan to attend live, since recordings of these webinars will not be made available.

Announcing Instructional Frameworks for NC Math 4, Precalculus, and Discrete Math for Computer Science

The North Carolina Collaborative for Mathematics Learning (NC2ML) is pleased to announce the release of the Instructional Frameworks for NC Math 4, Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science, and PreCalculus. The Frameworks were created to ensure all mathematics teachers and leaders in North Carolina have access to resources and support for implementation. Developed by members of the NC Math Standards Writing and Review teams with feedback from mathematics educators from across the state, the Frameworks provide guidance on organizing the curriculum and offer a common organizational structure for NC mathematics educators working together to create, share, and improve instructional resources and professional development materials. 

Design-Based Implementation Research Workshop

This workshop, sponsored by the UNCG School of Education, is for individuals and teams interested in learning about how to develop proposals for, organize, and write about Design-Based Implementation Research (DBIR) projects.  (more…)