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(Mi)2 Update: January 2015
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Foundations of Math Registration is OPEN!!! | Welcome Aimee Cain | Parent Resources for Explaining the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics | Math Around Michigan | (Mi)2 Resources | Upcoming (Mi)2 Dates | January Enhancing Mathematics Instruction Course Implementation | Subscription Details
Foundations of Math Registration is OPEN!!!

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.

For more information and registration, visit our website.

Watch video testimonials from participants attending the two-day preview for this course.

Welcome Aimee Cain

In October, (Mi)2 and Michigan’s Integrated Technology Services (MITS) merged into one project, encompassing the work of both initiatives and expanding its scope to educational environments. Aimee Cain joined our staff in December as the Assistive Technology Lending Librarian. She will also support (Mi)2 efforts through event planning, registration, and print production. Aimee comes to us from the Center for Educational Networking (CEN), where she was the Administrative Assistant/Creative Support for 17 years. Welcome, Aimee!

Parent Resources for Explaining the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

  • Early Childhood - The California Math Council has shared “Early Learning: Math at Home," 11 short articles about how parents might support math learning for children ages 0-5. In the article “Getting Ready for Kindergarten and Beyond," parents will find an early grades version of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, while articles such as "Finding Mathematics Everywhere" and "The Earliest Mathematics Learning: Birth to Age Two" describe specific activities to do with young children and how those activities support mathematics learning.

  • Elementary Grades - The Council of the Great City Schools, a Washington-based group representing 67 big city districts, offers Parent Roadmaps to the Common Core Standards - Mathematics. These road maps, offered in English and Spanish, are concise parent guides for each grade K-8, and one for high school. The short roadmaps include explanations of mathematics content, examples and strategies, and resources for parents looking for more information.

  • Secondary Grades - Jo Boaler presents "Why We Need Common Core Math," a video in the Parents section of her website, youcubed.org, that demonstrates how the Common Core standards support math learning and teaching at the secondary level.

Math Around Michigan

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Showcase
Mason-Lake Oceana Mathematics and Science Center will host an all-day STEM Showcase in Ludington on February 17, 2015. The showcase highlights various STEM programs such as:
  • Project Lead the Way

  • FIRST Robotics

  • Family Engineering

  • Michigan Department of Transportation’s Transportation and Civil Engineering (TRAC) Program

  • Square One
This is an opportunity for educators to come to one place to learn about different STEM programs that are happening around the state. Vendor booths will also be available. Contact Kathy Surd with questions or for more information.

Call for Proposals Now Open: Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) Annual Conference
MCTM is currently accepting speaker proposals for the 2015 Annual Conference in Traverse City on July 28-30, 2015. Details and proposal forms are available at their website. Please consider sharing your expertise at this annual meeting of mathematics educators from around Michigan. Proposals are accepted through mid-February.

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.

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.

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. State Continuing Education Clock Hours (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.

(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 (Mi)2 Dates

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 Mathematics
Wayne RESA

February 4, 2015 – (Mi)2 Lunchtime Presentation
MAASE Meeting
Lansing

February 21, 2015 – (Mi)2 Breakout Session: Technology Based Strategies to Support Struggling Math Learners: Expressions and Equations
Math in Action Conference
Grand Valley State University, Allendale campus
Allendale

March 16-17, 2015 – Foundations of Math
Days 1 and 2
Lansing

March 19-20, 2015 – Foundations of Math
Days 1 and 2
Marquette

May 11, 2015 – Foundations of Math
Day 3
Lansing

May 13, 2015 – Foundations of Math
Day 3
Marquette

May 26-27, 2015 – Foundations of Math
Days 4 and 5
Lansing

May 28-29, 2015 – Foundations of Math
Days 4 and 5
Marquette

June 15-19, 2015 – Accessible Learning Environments Summer Institute
Traverse City

August 10-11, 2015 – Foundations of Math
Days 1 and 2
Traverse City

September 21, 2015 – Foundations of Math
Day 3
Traverse City

October 19-20, 2015 – Foundations of Math
Days 4 and 5
Traverse City

January Enhancing Mathematics Instruction Course Implementation

January 8 – Muskegon ISD Session 2
January 12 – Clare-Gladwin RESD Session 1
January 14 – Genesee ISD Session 1
January 15 – Oakland Schools Session 3
January 19 – Eastern Upper Peninsula ISD Session 3
January 21 – Shiawasee RESD Session 1
January 22 – Wayne RESA Session 1
January 28 – Mason-Lake Oceana Mathematics and Science Center Session 3

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