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MI2 Facilitators: December 2014
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Foundations of Math Dates and Locations Announced for 2015 | Sharing Ideas From Enhancing Mathematics | Using Video for Professional Learning | Math Around Michigan | (Mi)2 Resources | Upcoming Dates | December Enhancing Mathematics Instruction Course Implementation | Subscription Details
Foundations of Math Dates and Locations Announced for 2015

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.

Below are Foundations of Math dates and locations for 2015:

Lansing Area
March 16
March 17
May 12
May 26
May 27

Marquette Area
March 19
March 20
May 14
May 28
May 29

Traverse City Area
August 10
August 11
September 21
October 19
October 20

Location TBA
August 13
August 14
September 23
October 22
October 23

Registration information will follow.

For more information, visit our website.

Sharing Ideas From Enhancing Mathematics

Fall course implementations are coming to a close, and that means site visits and ongoing conversations are commencing. All course participants will receive an invitation to join the Enhancing Mathematics teacher listserv (starting this fall), a place for teachers across the state to connect, share information, ask questions, and continue conversations that began in the course. Kate and Gary will also share resources they learn about during site visits (with permission, of course).

If your course implementation concluded before Fall 2014 and you would like to extend this listserv opportunity to your participants, please contact Kate ([log in to unmask]).

To date, facilitators and participants have shared dozens of excellent resources, including:
  • Communication Tools – Creative solutions to finding time and tools for special and general education collaboration.

  • Adapted Lesson Plans – An example of how to take a typical published lesson plan and adapt it to increase accessibility for all students.

  • Student Work – Work examples from accessible lessons that demonstrate that all students can do rigorous mathematics.

  • Resource Books – Teaching Reading in Mathematics describes strategies (and the research behind them) that support language in the mathematics classroom.

Using Video for Professional Learning

The Teaching Channel offers free professional learning opportunities through searchable videos, including interactive notes, guiding questions, and virtual spaces to host private group collaborations. Through a cycle of Gather & Focus, Watch & Analyze, Translate & Adapt, Practice & Gather Evidence, and Analyze & Seek Feedback, viewers learn new practices, try them out, and reflect on them with colleagues.

Looking for a place to start? Try Mingle and Count, an elementary number sense lesson, or Algebra I Mixture Problems, a way to teach the classic word problem using conceptual understanding and mathematical structures.

Math Around Michigan

Nominations Open For 2015 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
Do you know or are you an exemplary math or science teacher in grades 7-12? Please consider nominating him or her for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). The PAEMST is the highest recognition a K-12 teacher can receive for outstanding science or mathematics teaching in the United States. Nominations are accepted online. Additional information can be found in this flyer.

Math Recovery Add+VantageMR®
Muskegon Area ISD (MAISD) Regional Mathematics and Science Center will offer Math Recovery Add+VantageMR® Course 1 beginning in January 2015. Visit the MAISD website for more details.

Teaching Mathematics to Students With Special Needs in the General Education Classroom (Grades 6-12)
The Detroit Area Council of Teachers of Mathematics (DACTM) and (Mi)2 are offering a one-day workshop that focuses on why students struggle to learn math and how to meet the learning needs of students who struggle and students with special needs in a general education setting. Registration and flyer are available at the DACTM website.

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.

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 both 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 Oakland Schools. For a full list of opportunities, cost, and registration, check out their flyer.

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Upcoming Dates

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 – (Mi)2 Breakout Session: Technology Based Strategies to Support Struggling Math Learners
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

December Enhancing Mathematics Instruction Course Implementation

December 4 – Bay Arenac Session 3

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