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(Mi)2 Update: August 2015
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Collaboration is Key | Foundations of Math | Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students with Learning Difficulties | Delta Math | Use Video to Continue Your Math Professional Learning This Summer | Math Around Michigan | (Mi)2 Resources | Upcoming (Mi)2 Dates | (Mi)2 Partners | Subscription Details
Collaboration is Key

(Mi)2 collaborates with state leaders to promote high quality math education for all students, including those who struggle and those with disabilities. New and ongoing collaborations are featured in this newsletter.

We strongly encourage you to link to our partners using their hyperlinked logos at the end of each (Mi)2 Update. Professional learning and networking opportunities can be found at their individual websites.

In July, (Mi)2 partnered with the Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) for the second consecutive year to offer a pre-conference institute to kick off MCTM’s annual conference. This year’s topic addressed meeting the needs of students with special needs in secondary general education classrooms.

A collaboration with MCTM and Michigan Council of Exceptional Children (MCEC) brings you the first annual collaborative math conference, Making Mathematics Meaningful through Collaboration, which will be held in September.

Last year, (Mi)2 worked with the Detroit Area Council of Teachers of Mathematics (DACTM) to offer a full-day professional learning opportunity for educators working with secondary math students who struggle or who have disabilities. This year, the collaboration centers on building thinking classrooms. Research supports the use of rich mathematical tasks and the use of the Standards for Mathematical Practices (Common Core State Standards for Mathematics). (Mi)2 and DACTM will explore how teachers may realize research-supported instruction in “thinking classrooms.”

Foundations of Math

Would you like to be able to offer Foundations of Math training in your area? Foundations of Math instructor training is available.

Interested Foundations of Math instructors must:

  1. Complete Level 1 Training (this would be as a participant in any of the current Foundations of Math offerings, including Traverse City or Novi)

  2. Apply for Level 2 Training

  3. Begin Level 2 Training (this would be as an instructor-in-training in subsequent Foundations of Math offerings)


Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students with Learning Difficulties

The time is NOW to register trainings for the 2015-2016 school year.

Planning on offering the course this year? Log in to your account at the (Mi)2 website, go to the dashboard, and register your training to ensure materials and program support are provided in a timely manner.

Have questions about course implementation? Need assistance getting the course on your professional learning calendar? Contact Kate at [log in to unmask].

Delta Math

The Delta Math RtI program provides resources for monitoring the progress of each student identified as needing additional support for readiness standards. These resources include:
  • Guided Reviews - Used to re-engage students at the beginning of the tier 2 intervention cycle by introducing the learning target and reflecting on prior knowledge.

  • Quick Checks – Used to measure short-term learning as a result of an intervention lesson.

  • Growth Chart - Used by students to monitor each student’s progress throughout each tier 2 intervention cycle.
Upcoming opportunities to learn more:
  • “Tier 2 Interventions for Mathematics” breakout session at Macomb ISD on Monday, September 28 (first annual MCEC/MCTM/(MI)2 conference).

  • Implementation team training at Kalamazoo RESA on September 15.

  • Program information/Q&A for implementation leaders at Bay-Arenac ISD on September 29.
If you have any questions about the Delta Math RtI Program, please contact Mike Klavon at [log in to unmask].

Use Video to Continue Your Math Professional Learning This Summer

Power Up What Works offers tools to educators to help students who struggle and students with disabilities meet standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics. Face-to-face and online learning activities can be used to create blended professional learning experiences. Math Teaching Strategies include math language, modeling, and visual representations.

Math Around Michigan

Making Mathematics Meaningful Through Collaboration Conference
Register now for this inaugural conference, a collaborative effort from Michigan Council for Exceptional Children (MCEC), Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM), and Michigan’s Integrated Mathematics Initiative (Mi)2. The conference features keynote speaker Karen Karp and a variety of breakout sessions on topics that include collaboration in the mathematics classroom, instructional strategies to address the needs of students who struggle and students with disabilities, addressing goals from the individualized education program (IEP) in the general education classroom, and many more. See the Making Mathematics Meaningful Through Collaboration Conference flyer for details. Register at the MCEC or MCTM website.

EMATHS Online Professional Development Courses
EMATHS Online Professional Development Courses for Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II will be offered beginning September 9. Register by August 26.

Call for Proposals: Math in Action
Math in Action will be held Saturday, February 27, 2016, at Grand Valley State University in Allendale. The conference, open to pre-service teachers, practicing K-12 teachers, and curriculum directors, presents breakout sessions on topics including Common Core, integrating technology, formative assessment, and more. For more information, and to submit a proposal, visit the Math in Action conference website.

Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics Book Club
Join the Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics in their free (other than the cost of the book) fall online book club. We will be studying Teaching Numeracy: 9 Critical Habits to Ignite Mathematical Thinking by Margie Pearse and K.M. Walton. It is available from corwin.com.

If you have questions or would like to join the email-based book club, please contact Kevin Dykema at [log in to unmask].

Early Literacy and Math Initiative Webinar Series Continues
The Michigan Department of Education is offering more webinars in its Early Literacy and Mathematics Webinar Series. Webinars are 90 minutes and are archived for later viewing.

Summer Professional Learning in Oakland Schools
Oakland Schools has two more professional learning opportunities this summer.
  • Middle School Content Institute: Statistics, August 18-20.

  • Connected Mathematics 3 Training, Grades 6, 7, and 8, various dates August – February.
The content institutes are intended for general education and special education math teachers and are designed to deepen teachers’ understanding of math concepts. The Connected Math training is designed to help teachers fully and effectively implement Connected Mathematics.

For more information and registration, visit the Oakland Schools website.

Wayne County Math Teachers Circle
The Wayne County Math Teachers Circle is accepting applications for the circle, which will kick-off with a one-day immersion on Tuesday, August 11. The circle seeks Wayne County teacher-participants who teach math in grades 5 through 9, but may accept others as well.

Granting Algebra II Credit Through State Approved Engineering, Manufacturing, and Industrial Technology Program Roll-out Conference
Michigan Engineering, Manufacturing, and Industrial Technology (EMIT) instructors, math instructors, administrators, and curriculum consultants are invited to this roll-out conference on Monday, August 17, 2015, at Grand Traverse Resort in Acme.

Math in Your Feet
The Grand Valley State University Regional Math and Science Center presents Math in Your Feet, a one-day professional learning opportunity for teachers of Grades 2-6, on October 14, 2015, on the Allendale campus of Grand Valley State University. This exciting workshop shows teachers how to teach math through percussive dance and is led by Malke Rosenfeld, a specialist in interdisciplinary arts programming.

Oakland Schools Mathematics Offerings 2015-2016
Oakland Schools has posted its full list of offerings for the 2015-2016 school year. Offerings where a green “out of district” fee is listed are open to anyone.

(Mi)2 Resources

  1. Website: mi2.cenmi.org

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Upcoming (Mi)2 Dates

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 1, 2015 – Breakout Session: “Strengthening Mathematics Instruction and Understanding for Students With Disabilities”
21st Century Learning Symposium
Port Huron

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 9, 2015 – Preview/Overview: Foundations of Math
Fall Educators Conference
Marquette

October 15, 2015 – Breakout Session: “Strengthening Mathematics Instruction and Understanding for Students With Disabilities”
AssisTechKnow
Grand Rapids

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

November 7, 2015 – Breakout Session: “Building Thinking Classrooms: Preview of a Professional Learning Opportunity"
Detroit Area Council of Teachers of Mathematics (DACTM) Annual Conference
Warren

December 2, 2015 – Breakout Session: “Addressing Learner Variability in the Mathematics Classroom"
Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association (MEMSPA) Conference
Kalamazoo

(Mi)2 Partners

Michigan Math and Science Center Network (MMSCN)

The Michigan Mathematics and Science Centers Network (MMSCN) collaborates with partners across the state to improve math and science teaching.

Detroit Area Council of Teachers of Mathematics (DACTM)

The Detroit Area Council of Teachers of Mathematics (DACTM) proactively supports Michigan math educators’ continued professional growth.

Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM)

The Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) is the professional organization for Michigan mathematics educators at any grade level, pre-K through college.

Michigan Council for Exceptional Children (MCEC)

The Michigan Council for Exceptional Children (MCEC) is part of a national community of educators who are the voice and vision of special and gifted education.

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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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