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Mi2 Update: March 2016
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Raise Your Hand If You Can Hear Me… | Foundations of Math | Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students With Learning Difficulties | Delta Math | Estimation 180 | Math Around Michigan | (Mi)2 Resources | Upcoming (Mi)2 Dates | Enhancing Mathematics Course Offerings | (Mi)2 Partners | Subscription Details
Raise Your Hand If You Can Hear Me…

… is what I would say when I needed to know if anything I was going to say would be heard by my students.

This is the 29th (Mi)2 Update, and the time has come to ask you the same question. The (Mi)2 Update is intended to keep Michigan math educators, in both general and special education, up to date on (Mi)2 activities and math professional learning opportunities across the state.

This feedback survey consists of five questions. If this newsletter is worth your time to read, use, or forward (or if it is not), please take two or so minutes to let us know so we can pursue meaningful, helpful ways to provide you with useful and actionable information.

Take the survey now.

Thank you,
Kate Fanelli
(Mi)2 Math Accessibility Specialist

Foundations of Math

1. Save the Date for Fall Foundations of Math state-level training (location to be announced):

October 13 and 14
November 9
December 12 and 13

2. Applications for Level 2 training and usability testing sites are due April 30.

Sites interested in hosting local Foundations of Math instructors and participating in our first round of usability testing should visit our website to learn more about the process and submit applications for both Level 2 training and Usability Testing Sites through the online application system.

Level 2 instructor training for this round of successful applicants will occur during the Fall Foundations of Math state-level training (dates listed above).

3. There are still a few seats remaining for spring Foundations of Math state-level training. 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

*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 for additional information.

Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students With Learning Difficulties

(Mi)2 will present a one-day preview of Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students with Learning Difficulties at the Alt+Shift Summer Institute in Traverse City this summer (details forthcoming).

Emily Fagan, co-developer of the course and Senior Curriculum/Instructional Design Associate at Education Development Center in Boston, along with (Mi)2 project staff, will provide an overview of the three-day professional learning course. Districts and schools that are interested in having local facilitators provide the course for their staffs (or current sites looking for a refresher), as well as participants attending for their own professional learning, will deepen their understanding of how to address needs of students with disabilities and students who struggle in mathematics. The one-day preview includes an introduction to the Math Accessibility Framework, which includes considering the math, considering the student, identifying learning barriers, and aligning accessibility strategies.

The day also includes updates regarding the state scale-up of Enhancing Mathematics. For more information about the course, visit the Enhancing Mathematics training page.

(Mi)2 offers documents to help districts determine if Enhancing Mathematics would be suitable training for their staff. The Enhancing Mathematics “trifold” helps 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. Draft practice profiles for participants and practice profiles for facilitators identify critical components and fidelity checks for practices developed during the participant course and facilitator institute.

Delta Math

The spring screening window is now open. The Delta Math implementation guide recommends screening students who received winter Tier 2 interventions to measure the impact from the interventions and identify students who continue to need spring Tier 2 interventions. Also, all students are recommended to be “screened-up” in May to measure the impact of Tier 1 instruction throughout the year, based on the next grade-level’s readiness standards.

The Delta Math Tier 2 Implementation Guide identifies essential components of Math Response to Intervention (RtI) and includes descriptions of each component using Delta Math resources, time frames, and an alignment to the research used to guide the development of resources and recommendations.

If you have questions about the Delta Math RtI Program, please email Mike Klavon at [log in to unmask]

Estimation 180

Estimation 180 is a collection of 210 (and counting) short estimation activities created by Andrew Stadel, subtitled “Building Number Sense One Day at Time.” Students are presented with a photograph and asked to estimate amounts, distances, values, etc. Students enter values for “too low,” “too high,” “estimate,” “reasoning,” and “name,” and submit their answers to a Google spreadsheet, where they can see hundreds of other entries.

Estimation 180 not only provides practice with estimation but also provides thought-provoking visuals that build curiosity and serve as spring boards for rich mathematical discussion, with multiple entry points, around quantity, proportions, and algebraic and geometric thinking.

Using data provided in the Google spreadsheets, students can use regressions, averages, and other statistical analyses to identify patterns and trends and improve their own estimations.

To get an idea of what this looks and sounds like with students, watch Stadel describe the power of estimating in his Ignite Talk.

Math Around Michigan

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 titles 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. Additional information is available at the Conversations Among Colleagues conference website.

Math Recovery®: Spring and Summer Offerings
Spring/Summer 2016 Add+Vantage® Math Recovery Training Dates
Add+VantageMR® Course One

MAISD Regional Math and Science Center (Muskegon)
Days 1–2: April 18 and 19, 2016
Days 3–4: May 17 and 18, 2016
For information and registration, please visit the Muskegon Area ISD CourseWhere site.

Add+VantageMR® Course One
Calhoun Intermediate School District (Marshall)
Days 1–4: June 20–23
For information and registration, please visit the Marshall Course One event page.

Add+VantageMR® Course One
Location TBD (Muskegon)
Days 1–4: July 11–14
For information and registration, please visit the Muskegon Course One event page.

Add+VantageMR® Course One
West Shore Educational Services District (Ludington)
Days 1–4: July 11–14
For information and registration, please visit the Ludington Course One event page.

Add+VantageMR® Course Two
Location TBD- Muskegon, MI
Days 1–4: July 18–21
For information and registration, please visit the Muskegon Course Two event page.

For questions about the trainings, email Kristin Frang, Muskegon Area Intermediate School District and Michigan Math and Science Center mathematics consultant, at [log in to unmask]

New Math Resources From the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

The CEC is releasing Bridging the Gap Between Arithmetic and Algebra, edited by Bradley Witzel, with chapters describing evidence-based practices to support success for every student in Algebra. For more information, visit the Bridging the Gap page on the CECatalog website or view the Bridging the Gap flyer.

The CEC has also opened registration for two webinars:

Webinar: Improving Math Problem Solving for Students With Learning Disabilities: Solve It!

Problem solving is prominent in the current math curriculum reflecting national standards, yet solving mathematical word problems is a complex procedure. In this webinar, you’ll discover a research- and cognitive strategy-based instructional intervention called Solve It! You’ll learn about its theoretical foundations, core components, and application to current standards. For registration and pricing, visit the Improving Math Problem Solving webinar page.

Webinar: Calculation and Word-Problem Interventions for Elementary Students with Mathematics Difficulty

In this webinar, you’ll learn two interventions to develop mathematics skills and concepts in elementary students who struggle with math. The first focuses on developing addition and subtraction calculation and computation skills through regrouping, and the second intervention focuses on teaching word problems by schema. For registration and pricing, visit the Calculation and Word-Problem Interventions webinar page.

2016 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST): Nominate a Michigan Educator
Do you know an exemplary math or science teacher teaching 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.

Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) Annual Conference
The MCTM 67th Annual Institute and Conference will be held July 26–28 in Traverse City. The MCTM conference committee is preparing workshops on assessment as well as teaching and learning mathematics. Keynote sessions will include noted speakers Dan Meyer, Chief Academic Officer at Desmos, Advisory Board member at Conceptua Math, and author of the well-known dy/dan blog) and Cathy Williams, who co-founded and is now executive director of youcubed, a new center at Stanford, which she co-founded with Jo Boaler. For more details, visit the MCTM Annual Conference webpage.

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

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

March 10 – Oakland Schools, Day 5
March 17 – Genesee ISD, Day 3
March 17 – Saginaw ISD, Day 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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