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(Mi)2 Update: February 2016
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Welcome to Alt+Shift | Foundations of Math | Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students With Learning Difficulties | Delta Math | Overheard on Twitter’s #elemmathchat | Math Around Michigan | (Mi)2 Resources | Upcoming (Mi)2 Dates | Enhancing Mathematics Course Offerings | (Mi)2 Partners | Subscription Details
Welcome to Alt+Shift

Accessible Learning Environments is now Alt+Shift.

When Michigan’s Integrated Mathematics Initiative (Mi)2 and Michigan’s Integrated Technology Supports (MITS) merged in 2014, they operated as part of Accessible Learning Environments, a temporary name for a new Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Grant Funded Initiative focused on the educational environment itself and looking at how to create cognitive and physical environments conducive to learning for all students.

The new, permanent name, Alt+Shift, reflects the need to look at alternative means of teaching and learning, both for students in the classroom and professionals in the field, and shift mindsets, instructional choices, and thinking accordingly.

(Mi)2 will continue to operate under its current name within Alt+Shift. Our focus continues to be on improving math outcomes for all students, including those who struggle and those with individualized education programs (IEPs), by creating a cohesive system of support from existing initiatives, partnering with organizations that have similar goals, and maintaining a statewide network of facilitators who are equipped to do this work.

The Alt+Shift Summer Institute Call for Proposals is now open. The summer institute, titled “Rethink Possibilities,” centers on the idea that every student can read and write, every student can communicate, and every student can do math.

When: June 20–23
Where: Hagerty Center, Traverse City

Please consider submitting a proposal that describes how you are making this happen in your classrooms, buildings, and districts. Proposals are due February 19.

Foundations of Math

Register now for spring Foundations of Math training. Space is limited.

If you are a Marquette Area Public Schools elementary school teacher who would like to register but have a conflict due to parent-teacher conferences, please email Kate Fanelli for additional information.

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

Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students With Learning Difficulties is a three-day professional learning course for middle school math and special education teachers to attend together. The course walks participants through the Math Accessibility Framework, an approach to planning that maintains the integrity of the math, considers student strengths and difficulties and anticipated barriers to learning, and aligns accessibility strategies.

The course places a heavy emphasis on the importance of collaboration between general and special education teachers to meet the needs of all learners, particularly those with disabilities. This is modeled by the two co-facilitators of the course, one of whom must have a math background and one of whom must have a special education background.

Middle schools who have a need to address math achievement, particularly among their students with disabilities, should visit the (Mi)2 Enhancing Mathematics training page for more information on how to implement the Math Accessibility Framework in their buildings.

Delta Math

The Bay-Arenac ISD is hosting a Professional Learning Conference on February 8, including two Delta Math information sessions. Mike Klavon will facilitate these sessions, which address how Michigan schools are using the grade-level readiness screeners, data reports, Tier 2 intervention lessons, and progress monitoring resources. The morning session is from 10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and the afternoon session is from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Please contact Bay-Arenac Math Consultant Michael O'Neill if you would like to attend either of these information sessions.

If you have questions about Delta Math information sessions in your region, please contact Mike Klavon.

Overheard on Twitter’s #elemmathchat

Show Your Work Versus Show Your Thinking is a blog post that illustrates the difference between asking students to show their work and finding out what students are thinking. Using student work samples from a fourth grade division lesson, the author shows how much more thinking can be accurately understood when a student not only shows it, but also talks about it. “We never learn more about student thinking than we do when we talk to students about their work.”

Counting Circles Variant: Tens and Ones is a blog post that shows what happens when teachers ask students in early elementary grades to sit in a circle, hand each student a “ten” or a “one” (base ten unit block) and then ask students to count orally, keeping a cumulative total. Using a hundreds chart to discuss what is happening creates deeper understanding and connections to higher math.

Always True, Sometimes True, or Never True is a Google document with dozens of mathematical statements for elementary (and even some secondary) students to discuss, debate, ponder, and prove. Students will think deeply about math concepts, number sense, and mathematical connections. These statements can be used to introduce, review, enhance, and teach a variety of topics in the elementary curriculum.

Math Around Michigan

Developing Powerful Measures
The Grand Valley State University Regional Math and Science Center presents Developing Powerful Measures, a three-day workshop series on March 8, March 24, and April 19. The series is an outgrowth of Strengthening Tomorrow’s Education in Measurement (STEM), funded by the National Science Foundation. Registration is open through February 15. Additional information and registration can be found at the Developing Powerful Measures webpage.

Detroit Council of Teachers of Mathematics (DACTM) Invites You to #mathequity
DACTM Vice President and NCTM Representative Desiree Harrison is hosting a Twitter chat on math equity on Sundays at 8 p.m. EST this winter and spring. Her chat is inspired by the book Impact of Identity in K–8 Mathematics: Rethinking Equity-Based Practices by Julia Aguirre, Karen Mayfield-Ingram, and Danny Martin. Join the chat on February 21 by using "#mathequity" in your tweets. The topic will be “Leveraging Multiple Math Competencies.” To stay updated for future chats, follow #mathequity, @dactmath, and @kidsmathtalk.

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. State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) 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.

Call for Speakers: Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Conference
The Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics is seeking speakers to share their expertise at the 2016 Annual Conference to be held July 26–28 at Traverse City Central High School. Please consider sharing your knowledge and ideas with Michigan teachers this summer. Proposals are accepted through February 29. Submit a proposal on the MCTM website. For more information, download the full Call for Proposals.

Michigan Council for Exceptional Children (MCEC) Annual Conference
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: Explicit Instruction

  • Dr. Kathleen Lane: Three Tiered Models of Prevention

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

  • Mary Medrum and Allison Geist: 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 related to math include:
  • Tools to develop metacognition in math

  • Manipulatives as a tool for building understanding in mathematics

  • How math language hinders and helps students struggling with mathematics
For more information and registration options, visit the MCEC website.

Detroit Area Council of Teachers of Mathematics (DACTM) Pi Day Party
DACTM is having a Pi Day celebration from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 12, at Buddy’s Pizza in Farmington Hills. Visit the DACTM website for details and registration.

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. 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.

2016 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST): Nominate a Michigan Educator
Do you know an exemplary math or science teacher in kindergarten through sixth grade? Please consider nominating him or her for the PAEMST. The PAEMST is the highest recognition a K–12 teacher can receive for outstanding science or mathematics teaching in the United States. Teachers may nominate themselves or someone else. Applications are due May 1. For more information, view the PAEMST flyer or visit the PAEMST 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 (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

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

March 3 – 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 – Foundations of Math
Days 1 and 2

March 17 and 18 – Foundations of Math
Days 1 and 2

May 16 – Foundations of Math
Day 3

May 18 – Foundations of Math
Day 3

May 23 and 24 – Foundations of Math
Days 4 and 5

May 26 and 27 – Foundations of Math
Days 4 and 5

Enhancing Mathematics Course Offerings

2/4 – Bay-Arenac ISD, Day 1

2/9 – Oakland Schools, Day 4

2/25 – Bay-Arenac ISD, Day 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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