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Diagnosing Mathematics Deficiencies with First Steps in Mathematics
August 9, 10:05-11:35am

Chris Castillero
, Mathematics Specialist, Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE)
Gina KildayK-6 Math Coach and RtI Coordinator, Exeter West Greenwich Regional Schools

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  • Math, K-8
  • Audience cap: 30

This is a joint session put on by RIMTA and RIDE to provide a no-cost option for districts to access materials and professional learning in diagnosing mathematics deficiencies.

First Steps in Mathematics is a free, open source resource that uses professional judgment and content knowledge as the starting point for making decisions. Combined with teacher resources, these materials and professional development help teachers make informed decisions over time. First Steps can be used in any instructional environment (Core Instruction, Intervention(RtI), Special Education etc.).

The participants in this session will be provided with access to the resources as well as a demonstration of how and why they work. In addition to the demonstration, participants will also hear about the RIMTA/RIDE partnership. The RIMTA/RIDE partnership will provide follow-up training during the school year, with training dates and locations that districts can access at no cost (districts only have to cover the substitute cost).

The hope is that RIMTA/RIDE can build capacity for educators to use these resources across the state over the next few years and that First Steps will enhance mathematics instruction at all levels.


Chris Castillero is a former district administrator, instructional coach, and teacher who is dedicated to mathematics instruction. Chris has lead professional development in intervention and diagnostic mathematics to many schools and districts over the past 12 years. Along with providing professional development to math teachers K-12, Chris has also implemented the common core state standards for mathematics in two districts as well as created the training materials for the unpacking of the standards for the state of Wisconsin.

Currently, Chris is one of the Mathematics Specialists for the Rhode Island Depart of Education (RIDE).

Gina Kilday is K-6 Math Coach and RtI Coordinator for Metcalf Elementary School in Exeter, RI and currently serves on the NCTM Board of Directors and the RIMTA Executive Board. She has taught in Exeter-West Greenwich for over 20 years.

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