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MI2 Facilitators: MI2 Facilitators: November 2014
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Foundations of Math – Michigan Teachers Speak | (Mi)2 and Michigan's Integrated Technology Supports (MITS) have Merged | Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, and Math Learning Disabilities | Math Around Michigan | (Mi)2 Resources | Upcoming Dates | November Enhancing Mathematics Instruction Course Implementation | Subscription Details
Foundations of Math – Michigan Teachers Speak

Dr. Chris Cain presented two-day previews of Foundations of Math in Howell, MI and Marquette, MI. The preview days were packed with looking at research, building a foundational understanding of K-12 mathematics, discussing mathematics with fellow teachers, and learning how disabilities in math may be prevented and corrected.

Based on overwhelmingly positive feedback from educators at the Howell and Marquette events, (Mi)2 is working to schedule the full five-day course. Please watch this newsletter for information as it becomes available.

What Michigan teachers are saying:

“I have attended professional development courses in the past for math and this has been the best so far. I am a high school teacher, and I left with examples of different ways to teach concepts. This course was great.”

“My longstanding notions about math were challenged… I came away with a lot of ‘big picture’ ideas I would not have had otherwise… Would highly recommend to my peers.”

“This has the potential to be a phenomenal opportunity for teachers… There are so many professionals in my district who I would send to this PD!”

(Mi)2 and Michigan's Integrated Technology Supports (MITS) have Merged

On October 1, 2014, (Mi)2 merged with MITS to become one project focused on supporting learning environments that address the needs of ALL learners, especially those with individualized education programs (IEPs) and those who struggle.

This new project, yet unnamed, will fully encompass (Mi)2 work by connecting Michigan educators to high quality math resources, providing technical assistance for implementing new practices, and maintaining a network of facilitators. During the transition, we will continue to operate under the (Mi)2 name until a new name is determined.

Questions? Contact Jim Stachowiak, Project Coordinator ([log in to unmask]), or Kate Fanelli, Math Accessibility Specialist ([log in to unmask]).

Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, and Math Learning Disabilities

PBS Misunderstood Minds shows how and why students struggle with mathematics, why we should care, and what we can do about it through simulations, research, and additional resources.

ModMath is a free app, designed specifically for people with dysgraphia and dyslexia, that allows students to do basic math problem solving, use virtual graph paper to set up math problems legibly, and print/email work.

Mathlanding is a collection of K-8 resources for teaching mathematics. The "Understanding Mathematics Learning Disabilities" professional development collection contains articles and videos on identifying and addressing math learning difficulties.

Math Around Michigan

Math In Action

Math in Action will take place Saturday, February 21, 2015, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Mackinac Hall on the Allendale campus of Grand Valley State University.

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.

Conversations Among Colleagues (CaC)

The Conversations among Colleagues (CaC) conference planning committee is pleased to announce that the 2015 conference will be held on Saturday, March 21, 2015, at Wayne State University. The theme is Supporting Teachers Mathematically and Pedagogically. James Hiebert, from the University of Delaware, and Hyman Bass, from the University of Michigan, will join the conversation and provide keynote talks.

More information, including a call for proposals, will be coming soon.

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 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 both 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 (www.ocali.org) 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

  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

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 by (Mi)2 in collaboration with Detroit Area Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Location TBA

February 21, 2015 – Math in Action Conference
Grand Valley State University, Allendale campus
Allendale, MI

March 21, 2015 – Conversations Among Colleagues (CaC) Conference
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI

November Enhancing Mathematics Instruction Course Implementation

November 4 - West Branch Session 2
November 6 - Bay Arenac Session 2
November 6 - Wexford/Missaukee Session 3
November 11 - Westshore Session 1
November 12 - Birmingham Session 2
November 13 - Muskegon Session 1
November 18 - Eastern Upper Peninsula Session 3
November 19 - Genesee Session 3
November 20 - Marquette Session 3

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