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MI2 Facilitators: August 2014
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2-Day Preview: Foundations of Math | Follow Us on Twitter and Facebook | Still time to register: Math for All and Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) | Research says: “What teachers decide to do in their classrooms in terms of instruction seems to matter for learning gains, achievement gains, for students.” | Free Summer Reading from National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) | Math Around Michigan | (Mi)2 Resources | Upcoming Dates | Subscription Details
2-Day Preview: Foundations of Math

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September 18-19, 2014 (Lower Peninsula) OR October 2-3, 2014 (Upper Peninsula)
-exact times and locations to be determined-


Foundations of Math is a research-based five-day training course for all educators teaching mathematics to students with special needs (K-12). The course is designed to develop instructors' knowledge of the mathematics they teach by seeing mathematics through the lens of a well-delineated number sense and using that knowledge to make solid teaching choices that positively impact student success.

During the preview, participants will receive an in-depth introduction to the “Components of Number Sense” model, central to the five-day course, designed to develop:

  • mathematical pedagogical content knowledge.

  • a greater understanding of mathematical connections that need to be made for students.

  • enhanced interactions between teachers and students.


Dr. Chris Cain (Mars Hill University, North Carolina), co-developer of the course, is a dynamic presenter who is passionate about students with special needs and those who work with them. Dr. Cain will present a way of understanding and teaching mathematics to struggling students—from building the understanding of “number” to developing understanding of function—that will challenge and enhance teachers’ current thinking about mathematics education.

Educators responsible for the mathematics education of students who struggle and students with special needs are invited to attend. Teams of educators (K-12 general and special education teachers, principals, district administrators, and county administrators) are encouraged to attend together. “Increased instructor knowledge of the mathematical content they teach… appears to be a critical factor in improving student performance.”

Foundations of Math supports teachers in making instructional decisions that:

  • increases the coherence of the mathematics they present.

  • increases the quality of the interaction between the teacher and the students.

  • directs teacher movement toward a habit of emphasizing discussions that develop number sense in their students.


Follow Us on Twitter and Facebook

Follow us on Twitter @MI2_Math and Facebook for a regular dose of math tools and trends.

Still time to register: Math for All and Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM)

(Mi)2 will host a Facilitator Institute for Math for All, a professional learning course for math and special educators of students in grades K-2 and 3-5. Please join us to preview the course and meet the developers at our MCTM Pre-Conference Institute.

  • Half-day preview, MCTM Pre-Conference Institute, August 5, 2014 (register at www.mictm.org)

  • Facilitator Institute, Lansing, MI, November 10-14 (details and registration information to follow)


Research says: “What teachers decide to do in their classrooms in terms of instruction seems to matter for learning gains, achievement gains, for students.”

Findings from a recent American Educational Research Association (AERA) study supports previous research from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) that explicit instruction is most effective with students who struggle in mathematics.

Co-author Paul L. Morgan discusses key findings including:

  • effectiveness of explicit instruction for students with difficulties in mathematics.

  • the fact that teachers are more likely to use ineffective instruction when teaching students with mathematics difficulties.


Free Summer Reading from National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)

NCTM invites you to take a free look at articles across all the NCTM school journals. Please explore, enjoy, and share with others!

Math Around Michigan

Oakland Schools Announces 2014-2015 Math Professional Learning Opportunities

Oakland Schools will offer a variety of professional learning opportunities for general education and special education math teachers, and principals, and open these opportunities to educators both in and out of district. For a full list of opportunities, cost, and registration, check out their flyer.

Mini Math Conference: Teacher to Teacher

The Great Lakes Bay Region invites you to an interactive day of sharing mathematical strategies aligned to the Common Core State Standards for your grade level, August 19, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Saginaw Valley State University. Attend sessions where area classroom practitioners will present strategies that were successful in their classroom. Participants will learn new strategies and take time to plan how they will implement these strategies during the upcoming school year. For details, cost and registration, check out their flyer.

Delta Math Team Training Session

Delta Math, a Response to Intervention program developed and researched at the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District (OAISD), will offer three Team Training Sessions throughout the 2014-2015 school year for building teams implementing Delta Math. The first offering will be August 12, 2014. Registration and details can be found at their website. Informational sessions are available, as needed, for sites interested in learning more about Delta Math and can be scheduled by contacting Michael Klavon, project lead, at [log in to unmask].

Detroit Area Council of Teachers of Mathematics (DACTM) Annual Conference

The 2014 Detroit Area Science and Math Conference, a joint offering from DACTM and Metropolitan Detroit Science Teachers Association, will be held Saturday, November 8, 2014 at Woodhaven High School. Registration is now open!

(Mi)2 Resources


  1. Website: mi2.cenmi.org

  2. (Mi)2 Update, a monthly e-newsletter: Subscribe

  3. Technical Assistance: Contact (Mi)2


Upcoming Dates

August 5, 2014 - (Mi)2 Facilitator Reunion Day
Hope College
Holland, MI

August 5, 2014 - (Mi)2 at Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) Pre-Conference Institute: Math for All
Hope College
Holland, MI

August 5-7, 2014 - MCTM Annual Conference and Institutes
Hope College
Holland, MI

August 12, 2014 - Delta Math Team Training Session
OAISD Building
Holland, MI

August 19, 2014 - Great Lakes Bay Region Mini Math Conference
Saginaw Valley State University

September 18-19, 2014 - Foundations of Math 2-Day Preview
location TBA

October 2-3, 2014 - Foundations of Math 2-Day Preview
location TBA

October 10-14, 2014 -Math for All Facilitator Training
Clinton County ISD
St. Johns, MI

November 8, 2014 - Detroit Area Science and Math Conference
Woodhaven High School
Woodhaven, MI

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