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Mi2 Update: May 2016
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Math Offerings at the 2016 Alt+Shift Summer Institute | Foundations of Math | Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students With Learning Difficulties | Delta Math | Linear Functions in Context | Math Around Michigan | (Mi)2 Resources | Upcoming (Mi)2 Dates | (Mi)2 Partners | Subscription Details
Math Offerings at the 2016 Alt+Shift Summer Institute

In addition to three full-day math offerings and TED-style talks at the 2016 Alt+Shift Summer Institute, breakout sessions will be presented by some of the top minds and practitioners in mathematics education across the state.

(Mi)2 is proud to present a unique lineup of math offerings on Monday and Tuesday of the four-day event that runs June 20–23:
  • Ann Bingham, with co-presenters Rex Pomeranka and Carla Suckle, on implementing math response to intervention (RtI)

  • Derek Imboden on increasing accessibility to mathematics through formative assessment
Full-day offerings include:
  • Kate Fanelli, Intervention Strategies for Critical Learning Areas in Mathematics (K–12)

  • Emily Fagan, with co-presenters Kate Fanelli and Gary Money, One Day Preview: Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students With Learning Difficulties

  • Michael Klavon, Getting to Know the Delta Math Response to Intervention Program
Registration for the institute closes June 12. To register, and for more information on the sessions, visit the Alt+Shift Summer Institute registration page.

Foundations of Math

Kate Fanelli has been working with the North Carolina Department of Instruction, Exceptional Children Division, on revisions to Foundations of Math (many of which have already been incorporated into Michigan’s course offerings), the program evaluation, and implementation supports. Michigan educators and students are already benefiting from this collaborative relationship as we add to our learning about how best to teach adults and children foundational mathematical concepts and translate that into the classroom.

Collaborative work with Loyola University’s Center for School Evaluation, Implementation and Training will begin to pick up this summer and fall as we embark on our first round of Level 2 Instructor Training and usability testing in local buildings.

Most of all, (Mi)2 looks forward to continuing collaborative work with buildings and districts in Michigan as we continue to learn together how to create sustained implementation of Foundations of Math in local settings.

Registration for fall Foundations of Math is now open. Educators looking to further their own professional learning, as well as decision makers considering Foundations of Math for their buildings or districts, should attend. Register online today.

Clinton County RESA Dates:
October 13–14
November 9
December 12–13

Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students With Learning Difficulties

Year four of this course concluded as three sites conducted day three in April, adding about 60 more people to the list of educators improving their ability to make mathematics accessible to every middle school student. As we move forward, (Mi)2 will be looking at how to add new learning to the course and expand this opportunity.

Don’t forget the Enhancing Mathematics one-day overview during the 2016 Alt+Shift Summer Institute. We have been working with Emily Fagan of the Education Development Center to develop topics for the day that include an introduction to the Accessibility Framework, the Language of Math, and additional ways to sustain support for the course and sustain practices learned in the course.

The one-day overview is geared toward general and special education mathematics teachers, those who support these teachers, and educators in both groups who might be interested in becoming facilitators of the Enhancing Mathematics course. We look forward to seeing you in June.

Delta Math

Upcoming summer learning opportunities:

Delta Math RtI Program Information and Tier 2 Intervention Lessons Overview
When: June 20
Where: Michigan Migrant Education Program Statewide Training, Grand Rapids

Delta Math RtI Program Information and Tier 2 Intervention Lessons Overview
When: June 22
Where: Alt+Shift Summer Institute, Traverse City

Delta Math Tier 2 Instructional Support
When: July 26 (a.m.: operations with whole numbers; p.m.: operations with fractions)
Where: Michigan Council of Teachers of Math Institute, Traverse City

Delta Math RtI Program Implementation Training
When: August 17
Where: Ottawa Area ISD, Holland

If you have questions about the upcoming implementation supports provided by the Delta Math RtI program, please contact Mike Klavon at [log in to unmask].

Linear Functions in Context

Making algebra more concrete and connected to quantity can be challenging when it comes to understanding functional relationships.

Mathalicious is an online resource of lessons (some are free, others are open to subscribers only) that connects real-life phenomena with mathematics concepts and allows students to explore and apply procedural understanding to draw conclusions and solve problems. For example, in the lesson “Domino Effect,” students are told that Domino's Pizza does not publish a cost per topping for build-your-own pizzas (if you check the website, you’ll find this is true). In the lesson, students then look at prices of pizzas of various sizes and toppings to determine the per-topping cost. Students consider several questions: Is it the same price per topping? Does it vary? If I don’t know the price up front, how do I know I’m being charged fairly?

Algebra Experiments 1 is a resource book by Mary Jean Winter and Robert J. Carlson filled with experiments students can conduct in the classroom that demonstrate linear relationships between quantities. Students are asked to describe the experiment, identify variables, represent the relationship in a variety of ways, think critically, and draw conclusions. Algebra Experiments 2, by the same authors, does the same thing with non-linear relationships.

Math Around Michigan

Alt+Shift Summer Institute
Registration for the Alt+Shift Summer Institute: Rethink Possibilities is now open. Registration and information can be found on the 2016 Alt+Shift Summer Institute page. See article above for more information.

Summer Offerings From Oakland Schools
High School Content Institute: Transformational Geometry
Dates: July 11–14, 2016
Time: 8 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Cost: $70 in-county, $90 out-of-county
Registration available soon.

This series, intended for high school general education and special education teachers, is designed to engage participants in:
  • Rich mathematical tasks that investigate concepts of congruence, similarity, and symmetry from the perspective of transformations.

  • The development of transformations in algebra, functions, and geometry for grades 7–11.

  • Formative assessment pedagogy and strategies for assessment for learning geometry.

  • Ways in which computer-based kinesthetic and visual encounters with geometric functions make abstract geometric ideas real to students and enable them to build abstract function concepts based on their sensory-motor experiences.
Middle School Content Institute: Statistics
Dates: July 19–20, 2016
Time: 8 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Cost: $40 in-county, $60 out-of-county
Middle School Content Institute registration is now open. (Locate the event on the calendar and follow the link.)

This series, intended for middle school general education and special education teachers, is designed to deepen teachers’ understanding of the development of statistics across grades 6–8. Teachers will actively engage in mathematical tasks that highlight shifts in understanding as represented in the Common Core State Standards, including the Standards for Mathematical Practice. Attention will be given to formative assessment strategies that teachers can use as they incorporate tasks similar to these in their classrooms.

Making Mathematics Meaningful Through Collaboration Conference
The Michigan Council for Exceptional Children (MCEC) and the Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) in conjunction with Michigan’s Integrated Mathematics Initiative, (Mi)2, invite you to the second annual conference.

Date: Monday, October 3
Location: Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor
Time: 8:30 a.m.–3:15 p.m.

Making Mathematics Meaningful Through Collaboration brings math educators, including general and special education teachers, interventionists, coaches, administrators, consultants, and support staff, together for one day of learning and sharing.

For information and registration visit mictm.org or michigancec.org.

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
Days 3–4: May 17 and 18
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)
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].

Implementing STEM Practices with TI-Nspire™ Technology
This workshop explores strategies for identifying, implementing, and mutually reinforcing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) practices using TI-Nspire™ technology. For information, download the flyer.

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.

Building Thinking Classrooms
Building Thinking Classrooms (BTC) is the result of ten years of research that examines normative behaviors in the mathematics classroom and specific practices that promote problem solving and thinking. Dr. Peter Liljedahl, BTC researcher and developer and Associate Professor at Simon Fraser University working in both the Faculty of Education and Department of Mathematics, will present specific classroom practices you can use immediately to increase thinking and engagement. K-12 general and special education math teachers are welcome and encouraged to attend with colleagues. The training consists of a one-day workshop at Macomb ISD on Saturday, October 8, followed by three weekly half-hour structured coaching sessions with a DACTM coach. For more information on being a DACTM coach, contact Scot Acre at [log in to unmask]. For information about the training, contact Kate Fanelli at [log in to unmask]. Visit the Detroit Area Council of Teachers of Mathematics website for information and registration.

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Upcoming (Mi)2 Dates

May 16 – Foundations of Math
Day 3
Bellaire

May 18 – Foundations of Math
Day 3
Marquette

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

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

June 22 – Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students With Learning Difficulties
One-Day Preview
Alt+Shift Summer Institute
Traverse City

June 22 – Getting to Know the Delta Math RtI Program
Full-Day Session
Alt+Shift Summer Institute
Traverse City

June 23 – Intervention Strategies for Critical Learning Areas in Mathematics
Full-Day Session
Alt+Shift Summer Institute
Traverse City

October 3 – Making Mathematics Meaningful Through Collaboration Conference
Ann Arbor

October 8 – Building Thinking Classrooms
One-Day Workshop
Clinton Township

(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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