RPPL Awards Nine Research Grants to Advance Equitable Math Instruction

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Updated: June 21,  2024

RPPL Awards Nine Research Grants to Advance Equitable Math Instruction
Nine projects are funded to improve high-quality instructional material in math to serve students who are Black, Latine, Indigenous, AAPI, Multilingual Learners, students with disabilities, and students experiencing poverty.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Research Partnership for Professional Learning (RPPL) has awarded nine grants to research projects on professional learning that will enhance the knowledge base of equitable math high-quality instructional materials (HQIM). Each chosen project is designed to specifically expand our understanding of how we can support students who are Black, Latine, Indigenous, AAPI, Multilingual Learners, students with disabilities, and students experiencing poverty.

The chosen studies were selected from a competitive pool of applicants that responded to RPPL’s request for proposals for the 2024-2026 calendar years. RPPL initially set out to award five grants, but received such high-quality proposals that four additional studies were funded. These studies collectively focus on individualizing PL to teacher and student needs; building stronger, more empathetic teacher-student relationships; and strengthening the use of HQIM in mathematics education. 

The qualifications for the RFP included that the studies be planned by research-practice partnerships within RPPL’s network, focus on HQIM that enhance math professional learning for priority students, incorporate a priority area from RPPL’s Learning Agenda, and include an element from Building Better PL: How to Strengthen Teacher Learning

“The awarded projects will help us invest in professional learning that prepares educators to better serve every student, including those who have been historically marginalized. Through collaboration and a focus on evidence-based practices, we are making strides toward ensuring every student receives the high-quality math education they deserve,” said Dr. Camea Davis, RPPL’s Director of Equitable Research-Practice Partnerships.

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About The Research Partnership for Professional Learning (RPPL)

The Research Partnership for Professional Learning (RPPL) is a one-of-a-kind collaborative uniting PL organizations, researchers, school system leaders, funders, and those impacted by PL to develop research-backed professional learning that improves student outcomes. As a network, they are elevating the professional learning field by studying which practices support teacher learning to ultimately create a shared understanding that allows every teacher to meet the needs of every student. To learn more: https://www.rpplpartnership.org