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(Mi)2 Update: February 2014
In this Newsletter:

SBAC Guidelines | SBAC Sample Items | January Webinars: Archives Available | Math Around Michigan | (Mi)2 x 3 | Course Implementation | Upcoming Dates | Subscription Details
SBAC Guidelines

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) released the Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines to ensure that the assessment provides valid results for ALL students, including English language learners and students with disabilities. The SBAC press release outlines the types of supports and the rationale for providing them. Michigan’s Integrated Technology Supports has created a summary of the guidelines.

SBAC Sample Items

The SBAC released sample items, performance tasks, and FAQs to help educators implementing the Common Core State Standards and preparing students for the assessments. SBAC plans to release more items in the coming months. The press release describes the types of assessment items students will encounter, how technology is integrated into the administration of the assessment, and special features provided with sample items and performance tasks that will help educators, parents, and students prepare for the next-generation assessments.

January Webinars: Archives Available

Michigan Mathematics Experts Featured in January Webinars: Archives Now Available

Jane Porath, Teaching Math and Literacy Seamlessly, for EdWeb, originally aired on January 14, 2014.

Valerie Mills, Catherine Fosnot and Frances (Skip) Fennell, The Future of Mathematics Education: A Panel Discussion of Promising Practices, for Education Week, originally aired on January 22, 2014. (Free archive is available for a limited time.)

Math Around Michigan

MCTM Conference Speaker Proposals due February 14, 2014
The Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) seeks speakers to share their expertise with colleagues at the 2014 Annual Conference around the theme, “Balancing the Transition: Surviving to Thriving.” Lead presenters receive a complimentary conference registration.

If you have expertise in incorporating the Common Core, preparing students for Smarter Balanced Assessments, using project based learning, supporting different learners in your classroom, or implementing effective instructional strategies, please consider sharing your knowledge and ideas with Michigan teachers this summer in Holland. The online speaker proposal is available here.

MCTM Announces 7th Online Book Study
MCTM invites Michigan educators to join an online book study of Putting the Practices into Action: Implementing the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice by Susan O’Connell and John SanGiovanni, available in print and electronic form at

The study begins the week of February 2, 2014. One chapter will be discussed each week. The study will conclude the week of March 23, 2014. Questions are emailed to participants, who then “reply to all” with their input.

If you would like to join at any point during the book study window, or have additional questions, contact Kevin Dykema.

Three Spring Mathematics Offerings at Kalamazoo RESA
Danielle Seabold and Matt Mayer will facilitate professional learning opportunities offered by KRESA’s Instructional Center for Leadership and Educational Excellence. Registration is open to everyone and can be accessed through the following links:

Effective Fractions Instruction in Grades 3-5 is a 3-day offering scheduled for February 19, March 26 and April 23. Principals are encouraged to attend with their teachers as all participants develop a common understanding of content standards for fractions, lessons and pedagogy that support student understanding of fractions and diagnostics and assessment of student understanding. Follow the link for full course description and details. Facilitated by Matt Mayer. SCECHs available pending approval.

Secondary Math Instruction and Assessment in Light of the Common Core: The Mathematics Assessment Project is a 3-day offering scheduled for March 12, April 16 and May 14. Principals and teachers are encouraged to attend this activity-based PD series designed to help participants with the practical and pedagogical challenges involved in using Classroom Challenges, developed through the Mathematics Assessment Project, that supplement traditional classroom practice and support the Common Core State Standards for Math. Follow the link for full course description and details. Facilitated by Danielle Seabold. SCECHs available pending approval.

Smarter Balanced and Michigan’s Balanced Assessment System for Mathematics is a 1-day workshop scheduled for May 9, 2014 that brings together teachers and administrators to explore Michigan’s new Balanced Assessment system, learn about additional tools and resources being released as part of the new assessment system, and get answers to big questions around the transition to the new system. Follow the link for full course description and details. Facilitated by Danielle Seabold.

(Mi)2 x 3

(Mi)2 offers three types of assistance for Michigan mathematics educators to locate and discover resources and opportunities available around the state that promote math learning for all our students:

1. The initiative’s website,, provides math educators access to resources and professional learning opportunities. Additionally, the website continues to be the place for our trained course facilitators to download course documents, order materials, and connect to one-another.

2. The (Mi)2 Update connects you with resources and information to enhance math instruction, increase the accessibility of the educational environment, and improve student outcomes. Subscribe Here

3. (Mi)2 staff lend assistance to sites where research-based effective math instruction is being used and/or planned to help improve outcomes for ALL students in math. If we are unable to provide direct assistance, (Mi)2 will search for additional options and resources to fit your needs. Contact (Mi)2

Course Implementation

February Enhancing Mathematics Instruction Course Implementation

Wexford/Missaukee Session 3

Macomb Session 2
Shiawasee Session 2
Brighton Session 3

Upcoming Dates

2/2/14 MCTM Book Study opens
2/14/14 MCTM Speaker Proposal window closes
4/15/14 (Mi)2 @ MAASE
4/17/14 MiBLSi MCOP Webinar #3, Curriculum Across the Tiers featuring Frances (Skip) Fennell
6/16-19/14 Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students with Learning Difficulties Facilitator Institute in Traverse City
8/5/14 (Mi)2 Facilitator Reunion Day
8/5/14 (Mi)2 @ MCTM pre-conference Institute
8/5-7/14 MCTM Annual Conference and Institutes

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