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(Mi)2 Update: November 2015
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Save the Date For the Next Summer Institute | Foundations of Math | Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students With Learning Difficulties | Delta Math | Did You Know? | Math Around Michigan | (Mi)2 Resources | Upcoming (Mi)2 Dates | Enhancing Mathematics Course Offerings | (Mi)2 Partners | Subscription Details
Save the Date For the Next Summer Institute

(Mi)2 is part of Accessible Learning Environments, an Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Grant Funded Initiative that supports learning for all students, including those with disabilities and those who struggle, by increasing the accessibility of the learning environment and seeing all students as able learners.

Last year, Accessible Learning Environments put on its first TED-style conference. Eighteen educators who turned innovative ideas into accessibility solutions for students shared the “what” and “why” of their ideas in a TED-style talk and then walked participants through the “how” in breakout sessions. Full and multi-day offerings completed the week of new learning and forward thinking.

This year’s institute will again use the TED-style format. Plan to join us, or submit a proposal, to share ideas, expand understanding, and network with like-minded educators.

Save the date:

June 20-23, 2016
Hagerty Center in Traverse City

Foundations of Math

Implementation and usability testing documents have been updated at our website. Sites interested in being part of usability testing, including instructor training, should review the testing documents and apply online. Please direct any questions to Kate Fanelli.

Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students With Learning Difficulties

Enhancing Mathematics has been in Michigan for five years. More than 100 facilitators have been trained. As time passes, roles shift and jobs change. Some sites have identified a need to train new facilitators. Are you one of those sites? If you have not already done so, please assist (Mi)2 in determining the statewide need for another round of facilitator training by contacting Kate Fanelli.

Delta Math

Ottawa Area ISD's communications department recently completed two videos to support the “awareness” stage for implementing Math RtI/MTSS.

The first video highlights personal reflections from participants who have used Delta Math resources over the past few years. Watch the video at

The second video illustrates how Delta Math RtI Program resources can be used to identify and support students who may not be ready to learn grade level content standards within a typical school year. Watch the video at

If you have questions about the Delta Math RtI program, or would like to schedule an information session for your district or region, please contact Mike Klavon.

Did You Know?

The Council for Exceptional Children's online catalog is another source for resources related to teaching mathematics to students with disabilities.

A new book, Bridging the Gap Between Arithmetic and Algebra, provides a review of evidence-based practices for math and special education teachers working to help students transition from elementary to secondary mathematics.

Laminated reference guides for elementary and secondary Common Core State Standards for Mathematics translate the standards into classroom practices that can be used in inclusive settings with students of all abilities.

Math Around Michigan

Detroit Area Council of Teachers of Mathematics (DACTM) and Metro Detroit Science Teachers Association (MDSTA) Fall Annual Conference
The DACTM/MDSTA Annual Fall Conference takes place Saturday, November 7, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Cousino High School in Warren. Session descriptions and the conference schedule are now posted at the DACTM website.

Call for Proposals: Michigan Council for Exceptional Children (MCEC) Annual Conference
Presentations for the 2016 MCEC Conference will be accepted until 5 p.m. on December 4, 2015. We are seeking presentations related to Assistive Technology, Behavior, Curriculum, Data Collection, Early Childhood, High Incidence, Instruction, Leadership, Low Incidence, Parents and Families, School Social Work, System Change, and Transition; and ranging in rigor from basic to advanced level of information. As a professional courtesy, reduced rates are given to teams of up to four presenters.

Conversations Among Colleagues
The Michigan Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators is hosting the 2016 Conversations among Colleagues at Western Michigan University on March 19, 2016. Emma Trevino and Edward Silver have accepted invitations to be the Plenary Session speakers. See the "Save the Date" flyer for more information about the speakers. Information on proposal submissions and registration will be available soon.

Webinar: Improving Math Problem Solving for Students With Learning Disabilities: Solve It!
Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), in collaboration with the Division for Learning Disabilities (DLD), presents this live webinar on Wednesday, November 18, from 4 to 5 p.m. More information can be found at the CEC professional development 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

The study group will begin the week of October 4 and will last ten weeks. Each week (with the exception of Thanksgiving week) we’ll read and discuss one of the nine critical habits. Questions will be emailed at the beginning of the week and you’ll have the week to read, reflect, and respond if you’d like.

If you have questions or would like to join the email-based book club, please contact Kevin Dykema.

Math In Action Conference
The annual Math in Action Conference will be held on the campus of Grand Valley State University in Allendale on Saturday, February 27. Math in Action presents lively and informative discussions of current issues in mathematics education while providing an opportunity for practicing Pre-K–12 teachers, prospective teachers, curriculum directors, and college and university faculty to share ideas, concerns, and resources. SCECH credits are available for most sessions. The conference consists of six hour-long sessions with eight separate interactive presentations during each. For further information, please email conference co-chairs Charlene Beckmann or Firas Hindeleh or visit the Math in Action website.

Bay-Arenac Intermediate School District (ISD) Offerings 2015-2016
Bay-Arenac ISD will offer a variety of math professional learning opportunities throughout the upcoming school year. Topics include:
  • Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students With Learning Difficulties

  • Delta Math training

  • Three-Act Math Instructional Model

  • Integrated Math Practices (grades 6-8 and 9-12)

  • Number Sense Series

  • Michigan M-STEP and Prep

  • SAT Preparation and Support

  • Enhancing Mathematics follow-up for previous participants
Visit the Bay-Arenac ISD website for more information, registration, and pricing.

Kalamazoo Regional Educational Services Agency (RESA) Offerings 2015-2016
Kalamazoo RESA will offer a range of multi-day professional learning opportunities this year. To view math offerings, visit the Kalamazoo RESA website and select “Mathematics” from the dropdown menu.

2015-2016 titles include:
  • Strengthen Early Mathematics Instruction (preschool)

  • Addition and Subtraction Learning Progressions to Fluency for K–2

  • Multiplication and Division Learning Progressions to Fluency for Grades 3–6

  • Eureka Math – study of selected modules for K–8

  • Number Sense Routines for Middle Grades Fact Fluency (Grades 6–8)

  • Persevering While Problem Solving (secondary)
Wayne Regional Educational Services Agency (RESA) Offerings 2015-2016
Wayne RESA’s math offerings are described on the Wayne RESA website.

Offerings for the upcoming year address a variety of topics and encompass ongoing projects, including Project PRIME and Title 1: Project Making Mathematics Matter.

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

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Upcoming (Mi)2 Dates

November 7, 2015 – (Mi)2 Breakout Session: Strengthening Mathematics Instruction and Understanding for Students With Disabilities
Detroit Area Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Conference

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

Enhancing Mathematics Course Offerings

11/5 – Genesee Session 1

11/5 – Bay-Arenac Session 2

11/12 – Oakland Session 2

(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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