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(Mi)2 Update: December 2015
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Partner Highlight: Michigan Council for Exceptional Children | Foundations of Math | Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students With Learning Difficulties | Delta Math | How Does Instruction Impact the M-STEP Mathematics Assessment? | Math Around Michigan | (Mi)2 Resources | Upcoming (Mi)2 Dates | Enhancing Mathematics Course Offerings | (Mi)2 Partners | Subscription Details
Partner Highlight: Michigan Council for Exceptional Children

The Michigan Council for Exceptional Children (MCEC) and (Mi)2 work together to create and promote opportunities for special education professionals to grow as math educators. MCEC contributes to this newsletter, co-plans the annual Making Mathematics Meaningful through Collaboration conference, and offers multiple high-quality breakout sessions on math accessibility at their annual conference.

The call for proposals is now open for MCEC’s upcoming annual conference (see the announcement in the Math in Michigan section below). Please consider submitting a proposal. When math professionals and special education professionals share expertise, math education is strengthened for all students.

Also, save the date! Plan to attend the MCEC 76th Annual Conference, March 2-4, 2016, at the Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids. On the schedule are more than 100 breakout sessions and four awesome one-day workshops:
  • Dr. Anita Archer on Explicit Instruction

  • Dr. Kathleen Lane on Three Tiered Models of Prevention

  • Dr. Patricia Drake on Engaging Learners and Teachers with Essential Elements

  • Mary Medrum and Allison Geist on Stop Talking and Use Visuals

On Friday, March 4, the keynote speaker will be Brad Cohen, author of “Front of the Class,” which was made into a Hallmark movie of the same name (Watch the "Front of the Class" trailer on YouTube).

Session strands include evidence-based content on math and reading instruction, behavior, leadership, assistive technology, system change, and much more! The goal for each participant is to have a productive learning experience and an opportunity to share with colleagues from across our state through quality, research-based sessions, enjoyable receptions, and productive organizational meetings. Plan to attend the 2016 Michigan Council for Exceptional Children Annual Conference!

For more information and registration options, visit

Foundations of Math

Spring 2016 State-Level Foundations of Math training dates are here:

Location TBA
Days 1 and 2: March 14 and 15
Day 3: May 16
Days 4 and 5: May 23 and 24

Marquette-Alger RESA
Days 1 and 2: March 17 and 18
Day 3: May 18
Days 4 and 5: May 23 and 24

Save the dates and keep an eye on this newsletter for registration information.

Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students With Learning Difficulties

(Mi)2 is now printing participant books in-house. For Enhancing Mathematics facilitators planning to order print materials for upcoming course implementations, please allow three weeks for delivery when placing your order. Thanks!

Delta Math

In Progressions for the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics (draft): K, Counting and Cardinality; K-5, Operations and Algebraic Thinking, published by the Common Core Standards Writing Team in 2011, methods used by students to solve multiplication and division problems are presented in “levels” that use an increasingly sophisticated understanding of mathematics.
  • Level 1 involves making and counting all of the quantities involved in a multiplication or division problem.

  • Level 2 involves repeated counting on by a given number.

  • Level 3 methods use the associative property or the distributive property to compose and decompose.
Intervention lessons for the fourth grade readiness standards 3.OA.7a (multiply numbers by 0 to 10) and 3.OA.7b (divide numbers by 1 to 10) are in development and will use arrays of two-color counters and drawings of area models to support Level 3 conceptual understanding.

Release of these multiplication and division Tier 2 intervention lessons is scheduled for early December 2015. Tier 2 intervention lessons for all first, second, and third grade readiness standards and some fourth, fifth, and sixth grade are currently available online.

Tier 2 intervention lessons are developed collaboratively with Allegan AESA, Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona ISD, Bay-Arenac ISD, Berrien RESA, Kalamazoo RESA, Oakland Schools, St. Joseph County ISD, and Michigan’s Integrated Mathematics Initiative, (Mi)2.

Have direct questions about the Delta Math RtI Program? Email Mike Klavon.

How Does Instruction Impact the M-STEP Mathematics Assessment?

Jill Griffin, Urban Education and Mathematics consultant in the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) Curriculum and Instruction Unit, has written "How Does Instruction Impact the M-STEP Mathematics Assessment?" a short article that describes features of the assessment, links to sample items, and descriptions of high level mathematical claims that reflect what Michigan students should be able to do. The article also links to MDE support documents that align those claims with our state content standards and intentional instructional practices.

Math Around Michigan

Call for Proposals: Michigan Council for Exceptional Children (MCEC) Annual Conference
Presentation proposals for the 2016 MCEC Conference will be accepted until 5 p.m. on December 4, 2015. MCEC is 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.

To submit a proposal, visit the MCEC website.

Using Your Data from the PSAT to Support the SAT
Eaton Regional Education Service Agency (RESA) will host a “Using Your Data from the PSAT to Support the SAT” workshop on January 5 from 8-11 a.m. The session, presented by Ted Gardella from the College Board, is for administrators and teachers interested in learning about data reports and how to use them to support instruction, prepare for the SAT, and connect to the Khan website. Please view the “Using Your Data from the PSAT to Support the SAT” flyer for more information.

EMATHS Online Courses Begin in January
Based on the eight-day face-to-face workshops, EMATHS Online Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry Professional Development courses will run from January 13 to April 6. A facilitator will be assigned to each group of 8-12 participants taking the course online. Courses require Texas Instruments Nspire handheld technology. The courses were recently approved for Section 99s5 STEM professional learning funds. For more information, view the EMATHS course flyer.

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 Conversations Among Colleagues Save the Date flyer for more information about the speakers. Information on proposal submissions and registration are now available at the Conversations Among Colleagues conference website.

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 Charlene Beckmann or email Firas Hindeleh, the conference co-chairs. You can also visit the Math in Action website.

Save the Date: Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Conference
Plans are underway for the Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics 2016 annual conference next summer. The conference will be held at Traverse City Central High School Tuesday, July 26 through Thursday, July 28. Our two keynote speakers will be Dan Meyer, who blogs at, and Cathy Williams, who co-founded with Jo Boaler. Check the MCTM website for more details. Have a question? Email co-chair Kevin Dykema.

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 (Grades K–2)

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

  • Eureka Math – study of selected modules (Grades 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

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

February 26, 2016 – (Mi)2 Breakout Session: Strengthening Mathematics Instruction and Understanding for Students With Disabilities
Upper Peninsula Special Education Conference, Marquette

Enhancing Mathematics Course Offerings

12/3 – Bay-Arenac Session 3

(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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