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(Mi)2 Facilitators: September 2014
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Register Now: Foundations of Math 2-Day Preview | Cancellation: Math for All Facilitator Institute | Follow Us on Twitter and Facebook | Webinar: Tools for Effective Implementation of Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students with Learning Difficulties and Related Work | Problem Solving: Math Practice Standards Across the Elementary Grades | Improving Mathematical Problem Solving in Grades 4-8 | Math Around Michigan | (Mi)2 Resources | Upcoming Dates | September Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students with Learning Difficulties Course Implementations | Subscription Details
Register Now: Foundations of Math 2-Day Preview

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.

Read about the research-base for the course in this Council for Exceptional Children article.

Additional information, the flyer, and registration can be found at our website.

Cancellation: Math for All Facilitator Institute

For those of you who saved the date for the Math for All facilitator institute (scheduled for November 10-14 at Clinton County RESA), please be advised that the Math for All facilitator institute will no longer take place.

An important goal of (Mi)2 is to research and conduct thorough evaluations of professional learning opportunities. We do this to support high quality math instruction for students who struggle, and particularly students with special needs. After hosting a preview of Math for All at the Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Conference last week, we received valuable feedback that has led us in a new direction.

(Mi)2 will continue to look for an elementary course that meets the needs districts have expressed to us.

Follow Us on Twitter and Facebook

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

Webinar: Tools for Effective Implementation of Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students with Learning Difficulties and Related Work

The (Mi)2 facilitator network is gearing up to offer the course in 11 separate cycles (and counting) during the 2014-2015 school year.

During this short, live webinar, Kate Fanelli will introduce (Mi)2 facilitators to tools and techniques for effective implementation of the course and instructional strategies and practices taught in the course, using resources and information from the Active Implementation Hub. This webinar will be held Thursday, September 11th, from 4:00 to 4:30 pm. Registration information will be delivered directly to facilitators via email. Other interested parties can register by sending an email to [log in to unmask], with "Implementation Webinar" as the subject.

Problem Solving: Math Practice Standards Across the Elementary Grades

These math problem-solving posters, aligned to the mathematical practice standards, guide students in planning a strategy necessary to complete their math assignment.

Improving Mathematical Problem Solving in Grades 4-8

Visit the Institute for Educational Sciences (IES) website to explore five recommendations for improving mathematical problem solving in grades 4-8 through a practice guide and accompanying videos.

Math Around Michigan

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!

Michigan Department of Education (MDE): MTSS and Tier 1 Intentional Instructional Practices

The MDE will offer identical regional sessions happening in the month of September for ISD, district, and school staff around Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) and Tier I Intentional Instructional Practices. They will be visiting five locations across the state to support this critical work. Eligible participants will be reimbursed for all lodging, meal, and travel expenses (Title I regulations apply). Please visit their website for more details and to register.

Kalamazoo RESA Announces 2014-2015 Math Professional Development Series

Kalamazoo RESA will offer a variety of professional development series for math teachers and administrators. Each series is open to educators both in and out of Kalamazoo County. Explore their full list of opportunities, cost, and registration.

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 that are open to educators in and out of the district. For a full list of opportunities, cost, and registration, check out their flyer.

Math Accessibility Webinars

During the 2014-2015 school year, the Universal Design for Learning Center at OCALI, in collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Education and assistive technology services in Michigan, Indiana, Texas, and Maryland, will host a series of live webinars. Webinar registration and information will be posted on the OCALI website (www.ocali.org) and disseminated via email for these exciting events! (Mi)2 will host three webinars focused on the Math Accessibility Framework, universal math supports, and tools to help students read and write mathematics. Register for the math webinars through MITS or explore a full list of webinars in the series.

(Mi)2 Resources

  1. Website: mi2.cenmi.org

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

  3. Technical Assistance: Contact (Mi)2

  4. Follow us on Twitter @MI2_Math and Facebook

Upcoming Dates

September 11, 2014 - Tools for Effective Implementation of Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students with Learning Difficulties and Related Work
Webinar

September 18-19, 2014 - Foundations of Math 2-Day Preview
Livingston ESA
Howell, MI

October 2-3, 2014 – Foundations of Math 2-Day Preview
Hampton Inn
Marquette, MI

October 9, 2014 – (Mi)2 Technology Based Supports for Struggling Math Learners
AssistTechKnow Conference
Kent County ISD

November 5, 2014 – Increasing Accessibility to Mathematics for ALL Students
Webinar

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

November 8, 2014 – (Mi)2 Technology Based Supports for Struggling Math Learners
Detroit Area Science and Math Conference
Woodhaven, MI

November 12, 2014 – Universal Supports for Students in Mathematics: Number and Operations K-12
Webinar

November 19, 2014 – Helping Students Read and Write Mathematics
Webinar

January 24, 2015 – Teaching Mathematics to Students with Special Needs in the General Education Classroom (grades 6-12)
Presented in collaboration with Detroit Area Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Location TBA

September Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students with Learning Difficulties Course Implementations

September 22 - Wexford/Missaukee, Session 1
September 23 - Genesee, Session 1
September 23 - Eastern Upper Peninsula, Session 1
September 24 - Clare-Gladwin, Session 1
September 30 - West Branch, Session 1

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