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MI2 Facilitators: October 2014
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One Year Later… | Put Your Thinking in Reverse | Math Around Michigan | (Mi)2 Resources | Upcoming Dates | October Enhancing Mathematics Instruction Course Implementations | Subscription Details
One Year Later…

As I approach my one-year anniversary with (Mi)2, I want to share some of what I’ve learned, and what the initiative has been up to, over the past year.
  1. Patience. People often said, “Wow, you must be really patient,” when they found out I was a teacher. But I was not patient. I was impatient when it came to doing better and moving my students forward. At the beginning of the year I wanted to get people thinking about students and mathematics with accessibility in mind… immediately! A year seemed like such a long time to see results. But, since last year, (Mi)2 has supported 11 course implementations for middle school teachers and has 13 more on the books for the coming year. We trained 32 new facilitators, bringing our total facilitator network to 98 people, and have facilitated the course with over 250 teachers, bringing that total to nearly 400 teachers. We are well on our way!

  2. Know What You Don’t Know. This is a phrase I’ve picked up from Gary Money. Thanks to the generous sharing and collegiality I’ve experienced this year, I am always expanding my knowledge about high quality mathematics instruction for students with special needs. One program that has especially struck me is Foundations of Math, which (Mi)2 is introducing to Michigan educators. Sitting through the two-day preview in Oakland Schools showed me A LOT of things I didn’t know about how students conceptualize mathematics and how teachers inadvertently create confusion. I’m a better educator for learning this. I’m also discovering what educators need to implement accessible mathematics instruction. Subsequently, (Mi)2 has expanded its technical assistance to include monthly contacts, a new website, this newsletter, site visits, online support, community building, and facilitator networking.

  3. Teaching is the best profession there is. Going from the classroom to a state initiative took me from “I love my job” to “I love my profession.” Meeting with educators around the state has given me an even deeper appreciation for the give and take between teachers and students, the power of sharing one’s content area in just the right way to create new thinking, and the heavy (but often undetectable) physical, mental, and emotional toll that teaching takes every day. My favorite days at the initiative are when I talk with educators and we get excited about teaching mathematics to students who struggle and have special needs.
I look forward to another year of expanding our network of facilitators who share this passion for students and mathematics, supporting each other in the work, and uncovering the very best resources that will help us grow as professionals and help our students experience success in the mathematics classroom.

-Kate Fanelli, Math Accessibility Specialist, (Mi)2

Put Your Thinking in Reverse

Challenge the traditional models of start-to-finish instructional design in mathematics:
  • In his extremely brief blog post, David Cox proposes "The Real Flip."

  • “Pure mathematics is important, but I maintain complete allergy to error is unhealthy and gives a distorted view of mathematics…” In The Number Warrior blog, Jason Dyer contrasts “forward problems,” those with well-defined answers, and “inverse problems,” those that will not lead to well-defined answers. Dyer provides examples of his favorite inverse problems, and shows how teachers can create inverse problems of their own.

  • In her Finding Ways blog, Fawn Nguyen shows what happens when you delete the problem and let students find it on their own.

Math Around Michigan

Detroit Area Council of Teachers of Mathematics (DACTM) Annual

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!

Illustrative Mathematics Webinar Series

Founded by William McCallum, co-writer of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, Illustrative Mathematics is a community of educators dedicated to the coherent learning of mathematics. These educators collaborate to share vetted resources that give children an understanding of mathematics and skill in using it.

Illustrative Mathematics Virtual Lecture Series

The series includes talks from Skip Fennell, Susan Jo Russell, Deborah Shifter, and Steve Leinwand. Details and pricing are available.

Kalamazoo RESA 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 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 the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (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 ( and disseminated via email for these exciting events! (Mi)2 will host three webinars in November focused on the Math Accessibility Framework, universal math supports, and tools to help students read and write mathematics. Register for the math webinars through Michigan's Integrated Technology Supports (MITS) or explore a full list of webinars in the series.

(Mi)2 Resources

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Upcoming Dates

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

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

November 5, 2014 – Increasing Accessibility to Mathematics for ALL Students
(Mi)2 Webinar

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

November 8, 2014 – (Mi)2 Session: 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
(Mi)2 Webinar

November 19, 2014 – Helping Students Read and Write Mathematics
(Mi)2 Webinar

January 24, 2015 – (Mi)2 Workshop: 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
Location TBA

October Enhancing Mathematics Instruction Course Implementations

October 8 - Central Michigan University, Session 3A
October 9 - Bay-Arenac, Session 1
October 13 - Clare-Gladwin, Session 2A
October 14 - Oakland, Session 1
October 14 - West Branch, Session 2
October 14 - Wexford-Missaukee, Session 2
October 15 - Central Michigan University, Session 3B
October 22 - Eastern Upper Peninsula, Session 2
October 23 - Genesee, Session 2
October 27 - Clare-Gladwin, Session 2B

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