Students should graduate from high school prepared for success in college and ready to meet their education and career goals. However, there is increasing recognition that the traditional high school mathematics course sequence is a barrier to opportunity for many students, particularly historically disadvantaged students, and that new ideas are needed to improve students’ mathematical readiness for post-secondary education. This webinar will present innovations being implemented in a variety of contexts that provide alternative pathways for students to successfully transition to and through college.

Phil Daro and Harold Asturias will discuss their new report from Just Equations, Branching Out: Designing High School Math Pathways for Equity, highlighting how alternative high school math pathways can provide students with mathematics opportunities that are better aligned with the diversity of careers that today’s graduates enter into and ensure more equitable outcomes. Max Altman from McREL/REL Pacific will share the work they have done with high school-college partnerships in the Pacific Islands developing and implementing high school transition courses that are adapted to local needs and community values. Finally, Elizabeth Texeira and Yovanny Vargas will present on how the Rhode Island Department of Education is spearheading efforts to bring high schools and institutions of higher education together across the state to improve college readiness with high school transition courses and related wrap-around services.

This webinar will be informative to K-12 and higher education participants alike. We encourage high school and college partners to attend the webinar together to seed conversations about implications for their students.


  • Ann Edwards, Carnegie Math Pathways
  • Phil Daro, Just Equations
  • Harold Asturias, Just Equations
  • Max Altman, REL Pacific
  • Elizabeth Texeira, Rhode Island Department of Education
  • Yovanny Vargas, Rhode Island Department of Education