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(MI)2 Update: December 2013:
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Expanding the (MI)2 Network | Contacting (MI)2 | New IES Practice Guide, Teaching Math to Young Children | Improving Accessibility through Technology | Math Around Michigan | December Course Implementation | Upcoming Dates | Subscription Details
Expanding the (MI)2 Network

The (MI)2 Update is a monthly e-newsletter featuring high quality resources for use in math classrooms, notifications of math professional learning opportunities in Michigan, and important information regarding (MI)2 activities. The newsletter will connect you with resources and information to enhance math instruction, increase the accessibility of the educational environment, and improve student outcomes.

We encourage you to forward this to your professional networks to expand our network and strengthen communication and collaboration around math instruction and learning in Michigan.

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Contacting (MI)2

(MI)2 staff are available to 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. If you are seeking additional resources or supports to strengthen math teaching and learning, please send us an email!

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New IES Practice Guide, Teaching Math to Young Children

Teaching Math to Young Children has just been released from the IES What Works Clearing House. The practice guide outlines evidence-based recommendations for building mathematical concepts with preschool and kindergarten aged students, ages 3-6 years old. Like previous practice guides, each recommendation is rated according to the strength of evidence to support it, and includes suggestions for classroom implementation.

Improving Accessibility through Technology

Shodor is a free online national resource for virtual manipulatives, simulations, and modeling activities for math and the computational sciences. Shodor also offers lesson plans, structured learning activities and plenty of opportunities for individual practice.

The IES Practice Guide, “Assisting Students Struggling with Mathematics: Response to Intervention (RtI) for Elementary and Middle Schools,” contains 8 research-based recommendations for instructional practices. Recommendation 3 focuses on the use of guided practice, corrective feedback and frequent cumulative review. Recommendation 5 states that students should work visual representation of mathematical ideas.

Shodor tools and activities address both these recommendations across a wide variety of topics, grade levels, and tools in an engaging and motivating way.

TechMatrix is a searchable database of instructional and assistive technology products and research. You can filter your search by content area (including math), grade level, IDEA disability category, and type of instructional support. If you are considering the purchase of new educational technology with research-based effective instructional impacts, you may find both the product information as well as links to research articles to support your purchase.

Math Around Michigan

MCTM Conference Speaker Proposals
The Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) will begin accepting proposals this month to present at the 2014 MCTM Conference to be held in Holland, MI from August 5-7, 2014. Speaker proposal submissions are completed online at MCTM’s website. Keep a look out for the speaker proposal link to go live in December. Applications are accepted through February 2014. Exact dates will be posted at And don’t forget to save the date for the conference and institutes in August.

MiBLSi MCOP Webinar Series
MiBLSi is pleased to announce a Mathematics Community of Practice (MCOP) Webinar Series for 2013-2014. The purpose of this MCOP Webinar Series is to provide a forum for Michigan mathematics leaders (county level math consultants, district level math consultants, and those involved with math initiatives in Michigan) to learn and share research based information about teaching and learning.

The first webinar will be on December 18, 2013 from 11am to 1 pm. The topic for the first webinar will focus on Problem Solving.

The details for the remaining webinars are currently being finalized*.
However, the tentative dates and topics are (topics may change dates dependent on speaker availability):
January 16, 2014 (1-3pm) Assessment- Daily Formative Assessment
April 17, 2014 (9-11 am) Curriculum- Supporting Curricula across the Tiers
May 13, 2014 (1-3 pm). Instruction- Tier II instruction and intervention

Further information will be shared as soon as it is available with this newsletter, the M2C2 group, and on the MiBLSi website. Please contact Beth Lang, Math Content Specialist for MiBLSi, at [log in to unmask] for more information.

*If you have a draft table of the schedule please discard as this is no longer accurate.

NCTM Interactive Institutes
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is offering online courses as part of their Interactive Institute series beginning in January, with one course addressing each grade band (elementary, middle school, and high school). More information can be found at their website, including pricing, full descriptions and syllabi,

Math In Action Conference at Grand Valley State University
Math In Action will be held on the Allendale Campus of Grand Valley State University on February 1, 2014 from 8 AM – 3:30 PM. The theme of this year’s conference is “Strategies for Student Success.”

Math in Action presents lively and informative discussions of current issues in mathematics education while providing an opportunity for practicing PreK-12 teachers, prospective teachers, curriculum directors, and college and university faculty to share ideas, concerns, and resources. SCECH credits are available for most sessions. The conference consists of six hour-long sessions with eight separate interactive presentations during each. Presentations are focused on specific mathematics topics at a variety of grade levels. A special focus for the conference are the Common Core State Standards for mathematics and the Standards for Mathematical Practice.

For more information about the conference go to: The program will be available online December 1, 2013.

December Course Implementation

12/3 Birmingham Session 2
12/3 Dickinson Iron Session 2
12/11 Genessee Session 2
12/12 Wexford/Missaukee Session 2
12/12 Brighton Session 1

Upcoming Dates

12/18/13 MiBlSi webinar “Unpacking Problem Solving”
2/1/14 Math in Action Conference, GVSU
4/15/14 (MI)2 @ MAASE
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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