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(Mi)2 Update: April 2015
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Learning Environments for ALL Summer Institute Registration Open | Foundations of Math Registration Open | Borrowing From English Language Arts to Strengthen Mathematics Vocabulary | Math Around Michigan | (Mi)2 Resources | Upcoming (Mi)2 Dates | Subscription Details
Learning Environments for ALL Summer Institute Registration Open

When: June 15-18

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

Registration and additional information can be found at our website.

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 Registration Open

Foundations of Math training began in Lansing and Marquette last month. To register for Novi or Traverse City, visit our website.

Foundations of Math is a research-based five-day training course designed at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, Exceptional Children Division for K-12 math teachers of students with special needs. The course is now part of teacher training for general and special education math educators in North Carolina because it supports teacher understanding of the mathematics they teach and assists educators in providing a consistent, cohesive math education for all students. The course is designed to assist teachers in 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.

Borrowing From English Language Arts to Strengthen Mathematics Vocabulary

Borrow tips on teaching vocabulary in context from our English Language Arts colleagues.

ASCD author Brett Vogelsinger suggests offering "vocabulary vouchers" to students who use new vocabulary to answer questions and participate in discussions. Vouchers can be redeemed on vocabulary quizzes, as students have already demonstrated understanding of new words.

Another ASCD author, Michelle Sencibaugh, describes a "layered approach to vocabulary instruction," beginning with pronouncing the word (an important step to owning vocabulary), explaining, providing examples (non-examples would also be appropriate), elaborating, and assessing.

Math Around Michigan

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 the 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. The proposal deadline is April 30.

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!

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.

Detroit Area Council of Teachers of Mathematics (DACTM) Annual Meeting
DACTM’s Annual Meeting will be held at the Butcher Educational Center in Warren on May 20 at 7 p.m. The evening features a guest speaker, and the DACTM Teacher of the Year and finalists will be recognized. For more information, visit the the DACTM website.

Registration Open: Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) Annual Conference
Register now for the 2015 Annual MCTM Conference July 28-30 in beautiful Traverse City. The conference features a variety of breakout sessions, pre-conference offerings, and keynote speaker Steven Leinwand. For registration and program information, visit the MCTM website.

Kalamazoo RESA 2014-2015 Math Professional Development Series
Kalamazoo RESA continues to 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 and view cost and registration information.

Oakland Schools 2014-2015 Math Professional Learning Opportunities
Oakland Schools offers 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 (Mi)2 Dates

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 10, 2015 – (Mi)2 presentation
MAASE meeting
Lansing

June 15-18, 2015 – Learning Environments for ALL Summer Institute
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 Twp.

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

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