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Mi2 Update: June 2016
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New Math Offering at the 2016 Alt+Shift Summer Institute | Foundations of Math | Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students With Learning Difficulties | Delta Math | Communicating Math Accurately | Math Around Michigan | (Mi)2 Resources | Upcoming (Mi)2 Dates | (Mi)2 Partners | Subscription Details
New Math Offering at the 2016 Alt+Shift Summer Institute

Just added to the program is Elementary Students’ Understanding of Fractions: Poor Conceptual Knowledge Masked by Correct Answers, presented by Nicole Karaboyas.

Other math offerings include:
  • Can I Really Do This? A Journey Toward Ensuring Mathematical Success for All on implementing math response to intervention (RtI), TED-style talk and breakout session presented by Ann Bingham, Rex Pomeranka, and Carla Suckle

  • Innovation in Formative Assessment, or Really Cool Quiz Ideas That Increase Accessibility to High School Mathematics (Algebra 1 and Beyond), TED-style talk and breakout session presented by Derek Imboden
Full-day offerings include:
  • Intervention Strategies for Critical Learning Areas in Mathematics (K–12), presented by Kate Fanelli

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

  • Getting to Know the Delta Math Response to Intervention Program, presented by Michael Klavon
Other topics at the institute include:
  • English Language Arts

  • Literacy in the Content Areas

  • Instruction for Students With Low Incidence Disabilities

  • Alternative and Augmentative Communication

  • Project-Based Learning

  • Systems-Level Thinking and Improvements
Registration for the institute closes June 12. To register, and for more information on the sessions, visit the Alt+Shift Summer Institute page.

Foundations of Math

The first round of applications for usability testing sites and Level 2 Training closed at the end of April. Thank you to everyone who applied. Our inaugural class of Foundations of Math instructors will begin their Level 2 Training this fall, concurrently with our next Level 1 offering.

Kate Fanelli completed her Foundations of Math instructor training last month and reported that the process is well worth the time and effort. The training sequence allows math educators to deepen understanding of the mathematics content in the course (and in general), learn effective facilitation skills by watching a variety of gifted presenters teach the material, and improve their ability to engage in a feedback cycle with themselves and others.

Registration for Fall Level 1 Training at Clinton County RESA is now open for the following dates:

October 13–14
November 9
December 12–13

Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students With Learning Difficulties

(Mi)2 began its focus on students who struggle with middle school math in August 2010 when a four-member team representing (Mi)2 traveled to Boston to participate in a multi-state facilitator institute for the Enhancing Mathematics course. The team returned to Michigan and organized and presented a four-day course for Dearborn middle school math and special education teachers.

Since then, the course, now three days, has been offered to nearly 800 teachers over 41 course offerings in all regions of the state. (Mi)2 has trained 100 facilitators across the state.

Now what? Although strong training is the first step in supporting meaningful improvements in teacher practices, simply training facilitators and teachers rarely translates into ongoing classroom implementation of new practices.

We look forward with excitement to the expanded Enhancing Mathematics professional learning opportunity that is being developed, including implementation supports and additional facilitator training. Thanks to everyone who has contributed to this program as a facilitator or participant. Your work is invaluable in the ongoing efforts to strengthen professional learning and understanding of students who struggle with mathematics.

Join us at the Alt+Shift Summer Institute for a day of new learning, reconnecting with course content, and preparing to support middle school students in meaningful ways with Emily Fagan. Register online for the Alt+Shift Summer Institute by June 12.

Delta Math

Various opportunities are available throughout Michigan for schools interested in implementing a multi-tiered system of supports using Delta Math readiness screeners, reports, tier 2 intervention lessons, and progress monitoring resources. Locations include Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona ESD, Bay-Arenac ISD, Berrien RESA, Kalamazoo RESA, Ottawa Area ISD, and Traverse Bay Area ISD. Types of support will include Implementation Training, Follow-up Training, Data Reviews, and Tier 2 Instruction Support.

Find specific dates and locations of upcoming summer sessions at the “Around Michigan” section near the bottom of the new Delta Math home page.

If you have questions about Delta Math professional learning opportunities in your region, please email Mike Klavon.

Communicating Math Accurately

Although some “tricks” and turns of phrase may seem helpful in the moment, research shows that using correct, consistent mathematical language with students, and having them use that same language in the building of their own understanding, is the most effective way to teach math concepts and vocabulary.

Rather than taking the small number away from the big number (which is not always the case throughout a K-12 math sequence), or identifying the top and bottom numbers in a fraction (a fraction is a number, it is not two numbers), when teachers use correct math language, students can clarify or avoid misconceptions.

For examples of common language used in mathematics teaching that may be causing confusion and misconceptions, along with reasons the language is troublesome and language that could be used instead, start with any of these four articles:

Math Around Michigan

Alt+Shift Summer Institute
Registration for the Alt+Shift Summer Institute: Rethink Possibilities is open through June 12. Registration and information can be found on the 2016 Alt+Shift Summer Institute page. See article above for more information.

Call for Proposals: Detroit Area Council Of Teachers of Mathematics (DACTM) Annual Conference
DACTM will again conduct a joint conference with the Metropolitan Detroit Science Teachers’ Association (MDSTA) on Saturday, November 5, at Cousino High School in Warren.

The deadline for proposals has been extended into June. Accepted speakers whose proposals are submitted closer to May will more likely be scheduled for their preferred times.

Submit a proposal online at the DACTM website. You may also view the full DACTM Annual Conference call for proposals.

Eureka Math Summer Institute
The Eureka Math Summer Institute will be held June 27–30 at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Kalamazoo. The workshops are designed to support new and continuing implementation of Eureka Math. For more information, including an agenda and registration, view the Eureka Math Summer Institute flyer.

When Will I Ever Use This?
When Will I Ever Use This? is an innovative professional development opportunity for middle school math educators from Ford Motor Company and Wayne State University. The workshop will focus on developing teacher skills in designing more meaningful contexts for teaching percentages, rates, ratios, and proportional reasoning. Participants who complete the workshop will receive $300 in compensation and PD hours. For a full description of the opportunity, view the When Will I Ever Use This? Letter to Middle School Teachers and the When Will I Ever Use This? flyer.

Volunteer Opportunities With the Detroit Area Council of Teachers of Mathematics (DACTM)
DACTM is looking for special and general education math educators who are interested in volunteering their time to help with the annual conference, book studies, membership, pi day celebration, educator of the year, or publicity. For questions, or to volunteer, please email DACTM President Scot Acre.

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 Making Mathematics Meaningful Through Collaboration conference.

Date: Monday, October 3, 2016
Where: 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

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.

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, view the TI-Nspire™ flyer.

Register Now: Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) Annual Conference
Make plans now to join us in beautiful Traverse City July 26–28 for the 67th annual MCTM Institute and Conference at Traverse City Central High School. Online registration is now open! Join us for exciting institute and conference sessions, highlighted by the following keynote sessions:
  • Math is Power, Not Punishment, presented by Dan Meyer, Chief Academic Officer at Desmo, a member of Conceptua Math's Advisory Board, and author of the well-known dy/dan blog

  • The Math Revolution, presented by Cathy Williams, Co-Founder and Executive Director of youcubed, a new center at Stanford University
For more information, and to register, visit www.mictm.org.
Use the conference hashtag: #mictm16
Find MCTM on Facebook: Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Find MCTM on Twitter: @michiganmath

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, email Scot Acre. For information about the training, email Kate Fanelli. Visit the Detroit Area Council of Teachers of Mathematics website for information and registration.

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Upcoming (Mi)2 Dates

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

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

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

July 27 – How Math Language Hinders and Helps Students Struggling With Mathematics
Breakout Session
MCTM Annual Conference
Traverse City

July 28 – Addressing Learner Variability: A Statewide Initiative
Breakout Session
MCTM Annual Conference
Traverse City

August 10 – How Math Language Hinders and Helps Students Struggling With Mathematics
Breakout Session
Calhoun Inclusive Learning Conference
Battle Creek

August 11 – Intervention Strategies for Critical Learning Areas in Mathematics
Full-Day Offering
Calhoun Inclusive Learning Conference
Battle Creek

October 3 – Making Mathematics Meaningful Through Collaboration Conference
Ann Arbor

October 8 – Building Thinking Classrooms
One-Day Workshop and Three Coaching Sessions
Clinton Township

October 20 – Teaching Mathematics to Students with Disabilities in the General Education Classroom (Grades 6-12)
AssisTechKnow
Grand Rapids

(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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