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MI2 Update: March 2015
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Learning Environments for ALL Summer Institute: Save the Date | Foundations of Math: Register Now | Getting Ready for 3.14.15 | M-STEP Spring Preview | Math Around Michigan | (Mi)2 Resources | Upcoming (Mi)2 Dates | March Enhancing Mathematics Instruction Course Implementation | Subscription Details
Learning Environments for ALL Summer Institute: Save the Date

When: June 15-18

Where: Hagerty Conference Center, 715 East Front Street, Traverse City, MI 49686

In October 2014, Michigan’s Integrated Mathematics Initiative and Michigan’s Integrated Technology Supports became part of a new Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Grant Funded Initiative, Accessible Learning Environments. Accessible Learning Environments supports and promotes the consideration and implementation of accessible learning environments for ALL students, allowing students physical access to classrooms and materials as well as cognitive access to the curriculum.

The Learning Environments for ALL Summer Institute is a TED-style conference where participants and presenters will hear “ideas worth spreading” in education—educator ideas that turned into improved outcomes for all students, including those who struggle and those with disabilities—and then explore them more thoroughly in breakout sessions and full- and multi-day offerings.

Ideas center around meaningful use of technology, Universal Design for Learning, instructional strategies within content areas, the role of the teacher in student learning, and other ideas in categories all their own. They are meant to spark new ideas, inspire thoughtful dialogue, and manifest in Michigan classrooms this fall.

Join us for some good old-fashioned thinking and learning at this inaugural institute.

Foundations of Math: Register Now

Registration for all locations—Lansing, Marquette, Traverse City, and Novi—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, download the flyer or visit our website.

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

Getting Ready for 3.14.15

Looking for a fascinating way to celebrate Pi Day this year? Science Friday has an activity to generate pi without using circles. In “Estimate Pi by Dropping Sticks,” users can use the “Buffon’s Needle” experiment via a simulator to approximate pi by dropping needles on a grid of parallel lines. Try it yourself for a little Pi Day fun.

M-STEP Spring Preview

The Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) Spring 2015 Preview is now available for Michigan students and teachers. The preview is intended to provide students and teachers with a brief look at the technology-enhanced item types they are likely to see for English language arts (ELA) and mathematics. Students will also have an opportunity to use the navigation tools and features of the online delivery engine. Students and teachers may log into the Spring 2015 Preview as often as they like.

Please note: The Spring 2015 Preview is just that—a preview of the item types and system tools. It does not represent all standards for ELA and mathematics, nor does it represent all grade levels. A more complete M-STEP sample will be released in early 2015.

The M-STEP Spring 2015 Preview must be used in Google Chrome. Copy and paste this link into Chrome: https://wbte.drcedirect.com/MI/portals/mi/ott1. Click on the 2015 Preview Link. You will then need to sign in. Once you are on the sign-in page, use the username and password displayed on the screen to log in.

Math Around Michigan

M-STEP Spring 2015 Student Supports and Accommodations Webinars
These webinars will focus on what you need to know to be up to date with the latest information regarding the student supports and accommodations guidelines for the M-STEP summative assessments.

Topics will include Universal Tools, Designated Supports, and Accommodations. The webinars will also cover which students qualify for these accommodations and supports during this spring’s testing cycle.

Webinar registration is still open for 8–9 a.m. and 2–3 p.m. on March 3 and 4. Participants need to only attend one of the sessions.

A recorded version of this webinar is available at the M-STEP website.

To register for one of the live webinars this month, send an email to [log in to unmask] with the subject line “Student Supports and Accommodations Webinar.” Include the date and time you wish to attend. Interested participants may also call 517-373-7559.

Detroit Area Council of Teachers of Mathematics (DACTM) Pi Day Party
DACTM is having a Pi Day celebration from 5:30 to 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.

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, 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. Registration is open at their website.

Introduction to Instruction for Michigan Department of Education’s Early Literacy and Mathematics Initiative
Join Brandy Archer and Jill Griffin, Michigan Department of Education (MDE) Curriculum & Instruction consultants, as they introduce intentional instructional practices for the Early Literacy and Mathematics Initiative (ELMI).

The session outcomes include:
  • Building awareness of MDE supports for early literacy and mathematics instruction.

  • Engaging participants in the intentional instructional practices supported by MDE.

  • Building statewide partnerships to promote and support early literacy and mathematics instruction for students in Michigan.
All sessions are FREE for educators. For more information, see the flyer or visit their website.

Space is limited, so register today!

Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) Winter Book Club
MCTM has chosen Teaching Mathematics Vocabulary in Context for its 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 began February 15 but it is not too late to join in! All interested educators should 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 two national speakers: Dr. Temple Grandin, an internationally known advocate for people with autism who will give the keynote on March 6, and Dr. Anita Archer, who will present a full-day workshop on Explicit Instruction on March 4. More than 100 breakout sessions will be offered, including math sessions such as 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.

Standards for Math Practice Symposium
The Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona/Iosco Math and Science Center and Alpena Community College will host the Standards for Math Practice (SMP) Symposium on April 11 at Alpena Community College. This is an opportunity for K-12 teachers and community college students and professors to come together to learn about the SMPs and shifts in mathematics that are described in the Common Core State Standards. The symposium features a keynote address from national speaker Joanie Funderburk (Cherry Creek School District in Colorado), followed by breakout sessions. For more information download the flyer. To register, visit the website.

Amusement Park Physics
The Muskegon Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) Regional Mathematics and Science Center will be hosting an Amusement Park Physics (APP) program for students in grades 5-8 on May 20. This is a great learning opportunity for your students to apply mathematics, measuring, and physics to solve problems in a real world setting. The registration deadline is April 24.

For more information about APP, including registration, please visit the website.

Save the Date: Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) Annual Conference
Mark your calendar for the 2015 Annual MCTM Conference on July 28-30 in beautiful Traverse City. The conference features a variety of breakout sessions, pre-conference offerings, and keynote speaker Steven Leinwand. Stay updated at this newsletter and the MCTM website.

Call for Proposals: Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) and Michigan Council for Exceptional Children (MCEC) 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. 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.
Please consider sharing your expertise by submitting a proposal. Collaborative teams are encouraged to present together. Presentation teams of up to four presenters receive a discounted rate for the conference. To submit a proposal, visit the MCTM or MCEC website in mid-March.

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

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 15-18, 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

March Enhancing Mathematics Instruction Course Implementation

March 4 - Muskegon Session 3
March 5 - Bay-Arenac Session 2
March 9 - Clare-Gladwin Session 3
March 9 - Wayne RESA Session 3
March 10 - Genesee Session 3
March 11 - Oakland Session 5

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Accessible Learning Environments, encompassing Michigan’s Integrated Mathematics Initiative, is a Mandated Activities Project (MAP), funded under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) through the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Special Education.



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