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MI2 Facilitators: February 2015
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Foundations of Math: Fourth Location Announced | Math Accessibility Webinars | Spotlight on English Language Learners | Math Around Michigan | (Mi)2 Resources | Upcoming (Mi)2 Dates | February Enhancing Mathematics Instruction Course Implementation | Subscription Details
Foundations of Math: Fourth Location Announced

Foundations of Math will be in Novi on August 13 and 14 (Days 1 and 2), September 23 (Day 3) and October 22 and 23 (Days 4 and 5). Registration for all locations is open at our website.

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.

Math Accessibility Webinars

Kate Fanelli's three-part webinar series, “Increasing Accessibility to Mathematics for All Students,” “Universal Supports for Math,” and “Helping Students Read and Write Mathematics,” is now archived online. The series is presented in collaboration with the Universal Design for Learning Center at the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI), the Minnesota Department of Education and assistive technology services in Michigan, Indiana, and Texas. The webinars can be found on the MiSquaredMath YouTube channel.

Spotlight on English Language Learners

American Institutes for Research (AIR) and Engage NY offer scaffolding techniques and routines to support math learning for English Language Learners. In this article, authors present an annotated list of strategies consistent with research and Common Core practices as well as examples of how these strategies can be implemented in math lessons at various grade levels.

Education Development Center (EDC) offers Mathematical Thinking: Supports for English Language Learners, a collection of 14 tasks (from EDC’s Fostering Geometric Thinking Toolkit) with five types of support tools for use primarily with English learners in the middle grades.

Math Around Michigan

Detroit Area Council of Teachers of Mathematics (DACTM) Pi Day Party
DACTM is having a pi day celebration from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 14 at Buddy’s Pizza in Farmington Hills. There will be a social media contest for the best lesson involving pi, a trivia contest, a silent auction of gift baskets, and a 50/50 raffle. Visit www.dactm.org for sign-up information.

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. For more information, download the flyer. Contact Kathy Surd with questions or for more information.

Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) Winter Book Club
MCTM has chosen Teaching Mathematics Vocabulary in Context for their winter online book club selection. Although the book is listed as grades 6-8, the content is easily applicable to all grades. The book club will begin the week of February 15 and is open to all interested educators. Contact Kevin Dykema, book club coordinator, to join.

Math Offerings at the Michigan Council for Exceptional Children (MCEC) Conference
MCEC will host its annual conference March 4-6 in Grand Rapids. The conference features Wednesday workshops, keynote speakers, and more than 100 breakout sessions focused on meeting the needs of students with disabilities. Math sessions include Teaching Your Brain to Love Math, Teaching Common Core Math to Students with Severe Disabilities, Flipped Math, Quick and Quirky Math, and, from (Mi)2's Kate Fanelli, Strengthening Mathematics Instruction and Understanding for Students with Disabilities. For more information and to register, visit the MCEC website.

Call for Proposals Now Open: Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) Annual Conference
Mark your calendar for the 2015 Annual MCTM Conference, featuring a variety of breakout sessions, pre-conference offerings, and keynote speaker Steven Leinwand. 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 in Action
Math in Action 2015 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.

CMP Users’ Conference: CMP 3 Developing Mathematical Understanding and Reasoning
The annual Connected Mathematics Project (CMP) Users’ Conference will be held February 20-21, 2015 at Michigan State University. The conference is designed to provide thought-provoking and insightful conversations around mathematics teaching, learning, and assessing for all CMP classes. For more information, visit their website.

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.

Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) and Michigan Council for Exceptional Children (MCEC) Present a Collaborative Conference
The MCTM/MCEC Making Mathematics Meaningful Through Collaboration Conference will be held at Macomb Intermediate School District in Clinton Township on September 28, 2015. This inaugural conference will demonstrate and teach what can happen when special education and math education colleagues join together for the betterment of teaching and learning for all students. Educators looking for ways to improve educational outcomes for all students, particularly those with disabilities and those who are struggling, should mark their calendars for this event.

Initial plans for the conference are underway. Stay up to date by subscribing to our newsletter and the MCTM and MCEC websites.

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.

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.

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Upcoming (Mi)2 Dates

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

February 21, 2015 – Facilitator Meet-Up
Math in Action Conference
Grand Valley State University, Allendale campus
RSVP to Kate Fanelli

February 27, 2015 – (Mi)2 Breakout Session: Technology Based Strategies to Support Struggling Math Learnings
Upper Peninsula Special Education Conference
Northern Michigan University, Don H. Bottum University Center
Marquette

February 27, 2015 – Facilitator Meet-Up
Upper Peninsula Special Education Conference
Northern Michigan University, Don H. Bottum University Center
Marquette
RSVP to Kate Fanelli

March 6, 2015 – (Mi)2 Breakout Session: Strengthening Mathematics Instruction and Understanding for Students with Disabilities
Michigan Council for Exceptional Children Conference
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
Grand Rapids

March 6, 2015 – Facilitator Meet-Up
Michigan Council for Exceptional Children Conference
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
Grand Rapids
RSVP to Kate Fanelli

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

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

April 16, 2015 – (Mi)2 Presentation
MAASE Meeting
Lansing

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
Hagerty Center
Traverse City

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

August 13-14, 2015 – Foundations of Math
Days 1 and 2
Novi

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

September 23, 2015 – Foundations of Math
Day 3
Novi

September 28, 2015 – MCTM/MCEC Making Mathematics Meaningful Through Collaboration Conference
Macomb ISD
Clinton Township

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

October 22-23, 2015 – Foundations of Math
Days 4 and 5
Novi

February Enhancing Mathematics Instruction Course Implementation

February 9 - Clare-Gladwin RESD, Session 2
February 10 - Oakland Schools, Session 4
February 10 - Genesee ISD, Session 2
February 12 - Bay-Arenac ISD, Session 1
February 23 - Wayne RESA, Session 2

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