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(Mi)2 Update: January 2016
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Partner Highlight: Michigan Math and Science Center Network | Foundations of Math | Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students With Learning Difficulties | Delta Math | Math Tools for Students With Visual Impairments | Math Around Michigan | (Mi)2 Resources | Upcoming (Mi)2 Dates | Enhancing Mathematics Course Offerings | (Mi)2 Partners | Subscription Details
Partner Highlight: Michigan Math and Science Center Network

The Michigan Math and Science Center Network (MMSCN) and (Mi)2 share a common goal of scaling high quality professional learning opportunities that improve mathematics outcomes for all students. We attend each other’s trainings to provide informed guidance to those seeking professional learning for their districts, their buildings, and themselves. Several MMSCN regional directors are trained to facilitate Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students With Learning Difficulties.

This school year, the MMSCN, with support from a Math/Science Partnership (MSP) grant, began scaling Math Recovery® in Michigan.

Since April 2015, 251 math interventionists, K-5 teachers, and special education teachers from Muskegon/Newaygo County, Calhoun County, Mason County, and the Eastern Upper Peninsula have joined educators from across the state in Math Recovery® professional development opportunities. Math Recovery® provides teachers with the tools and support to understand each child’s level of proficiency in computation and number sense, and identify instructional tasks most appropriate for the student’s advancement of mathematics number concepts.

Add+VantageMR® is a professional development program through Math Recovery® that is comprised of two four-day courses. It is designed to provide informed assessment in math teaching similar to instructional practices found in literacy.

Spring 2016 Add+Vantage Math Recovery® Training Dates:

Add+Vantage® Course One
Muskegon Area Career Tech Center, Muskegon

Days 1-3: February 2-4, 2016
Day 4: February 16, 2016
For information and registration, visit the Add+VantageMR® Course One registration page.

Add+Vantage® Course Two
Calhoun Intermediate School District, Marshall

Days 1-4: February 10, 11, 17, and 18, 2016
For information and registration, visit the Add+VantageMR® Course Two registration page.

Add+Vantage® Course Two
Location TBD – Muskegon, MI

Days 1-2: March 2-3, 2016
Days 3-4: March 9-10, 2016

Foundations of Math

Registration is now open for spring 2016 state-level Foundations of Math training.

Please visit the (Mi)2 Foundations of Math training page to complete the online registration form.

Shanty Creek (Bellaire, MI)
Days 1 and 2: March 14 and 15
Day 3: May 16
Days 4 and 5: May 23 and 24

Marquette-Alger RESA (Marquette, MI)
Days 1 and 2: March 17 and 18
Day 3: May 18
Days 4 and 5: May 26 and 27

Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students With Learning Difficulties

For those interested in bringing this training into their districts, (Mi)2 has developed a draft practice profile for participants, a draft practice profile for facilitators, and an informational Enhancing Mathematics “trifold” to help sites determine how the course might align with their needs, what outcomes can be expected, and how buildings might look for and understand implementation of new practices with fidelity.

Delta Math

The winter screening window is currently open to help schools identify students who need winter Tier 2 interventions and measure the impact from fall Tier 2 interventions.

Based on the analysis of user feedback, we now recommend that kindergarten students be screened using the first grade readiness standards beginning February 1. This data can be used to support local Tier 1 assessment data, such as section quizzes and tests, to help identify students for additional Tier 1 support. Kindergarten students will then be screened again in May to measure the impact of additional winter Tier 1 support and guide efforts to provide additional summer support.

The Delta Math assessment overview is available to support each school’s implementation of a math multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) so that all stakeholders understand when to use an assessment, who should be assessed, and why each assessment should be given.

If you have questions about grade-level assessments available with the Delta Math Response to Intervention (RtI) Program, please contact Mike Klavon.

Math Tools for Students With Visual Impairments

For students with visual impairments, manipulatives and tools that are tactile, large print, and/or in Braille can address barriers to learning mathematics content.

The American Printing House for the Blind has many math tools that may be familiar to math teachers and are specially designed for students with visual impairments, such as the Hundreds Board and Manipulatives Kit, with raised lines and manipulative items that can be placed on the chart.

MathWindow makes Braille, large print, and kinesthetic tiles (designed for the kinesthetic learner who may not have a visual impairment) that can be manipulated on a board, allowing all students to construct math problems in general math, algebra, and geometry classes.

Math Around Michigan

Conversations Among Colleagues
The Michigan Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators is hosting the 2016 Conversations Among Colleagues conference 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 blog.mrmeyer.com, and Cathy Williams, who co-founded youcubed.org with Jo Boaler. Check the MCTM website for more details. Questions can be directed to 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.

(Mi)2 Resources

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Upcoming (Mi)2 Dates

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

March 3, 2016 – Breakout Session: How Math Language Hinders and Helps Students Struggling With Mathematics
Michigan Council for Exceptional Children Annual Conference
Grand Rapids

March 14 and 15, 2016 – Foundations of Math
Days 1 and 2
Bellaire

March 17 and 18, 2016 – Foundations of Math
Days 1 and 2
Marquette

May 16, 2016 – Foundations of Math
Day 3
Bellaire

May 18, 2016 – Foundations of Math
Day 3
Marquette

May 23 and 24, 2016 – Foundations of Math
Days 4 and 5
Bellaire

May 26 and 27, 2016 – Foundations of Math
Days 4 and 5
Marquette

Enhancing Mathematics Course Offerings

January 12 – Oakland, Day 3
January 28 – Genesee ISD, 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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