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Mi2 Update: July 2016
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Partner Highlight: Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) Annual Conference | Foundations of Math | Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students With Learning Difficulties | Delta Math | Bridging the Gap Between Arithmetic and Algebra | Math Around Michigan | (Mi)2 Resources | Upcoming (Mi)2 Dates | (Mi)2 Partners | Subscription Details
Partner Highlight: Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) Annual Conference

The 67th annual MCTM Institute and Conference is in beautiful Traverse City July 26–28 at Traverse City Central High School. Online registration is now open.

Keynote addresses:
  • Math is Power, not Punishment, presented by Dan Meyer, Chief Academic Officer at Desmos, Advisor at Conceptua Math, and author of the dy/dan blog

  • The Math Revolution, presented by Cathy Williams, Executive Director (and co-founder with Jo Boaler) of youcubed, a new center at Stanford University
(Mi)2 sessions:
  • Delta Math Tier 2 Instructional Support, pre-conference institute presented by Michael Klavon

  • How Language Hinders and Helps Students Struggling with Mathematics, breakout session presented by Kate Fanelli

  • Addressing Learner Variability: A Statewide Initiative, breakout session presented by Kate Fanelli and Michael Klavon
Look for sessions from our partners, including (Mi)2 facilitators, Michigan Math and Science Center directors, MCTM members, and Detroit Area Council of Teachers of Mathematics members.

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

Foundations of Math

Foundations of Math just concluded two more successful state-level trainings in Bellaire and Marquette, and preparations for our first round of instructor training and usability are underway.

For sites interested in becoming involved with instructor training and usability testing:
  • Identify a potential pair of instructors (one general education math and one special education) and make sure they have Level 1 Training complete. The next opportunity to complete Level 1 Training is in St. Johns this fall (see below). For sustainability, training more than two instructors is recommended.

  • Identify a building that would apply as the usability testing site.

  • Send other key stakeholders or decision makers to a training to gain a better understanding of the potential positive impact this professional learning can have on students.
Applications for the next round of usability testing and instructor training will open during the 2016–2017 school year.

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

October 13–14
November 9
December 12–13

Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students With Learning Difficulties

The one-day Enhancing Mathematics preview session was conducted during the Alt+Shift Summer Institute in June. We have positive and constructive feedback from those participants. Additionally, we have considerable amounts of feedback from Enhancing Mathematics participants and facilitators from the past years for consideration. Next steps will be to determine supports that Enhancing Mathematics can provide to teachers and facilitators to better meet the needs of struggling math students.

Delta Math

Tier 2 intervention lessons for the fraction readiness standards have been completed through 5th grade and half of 6th grade. Each set of lessons is designed to build procedural fluency from conceptual understanding using concrete models and representational drawings that support mathematical language and abstract symbols that record each action. All completed lessons can be found on the Delta Math Tier 2 Lessons page. Feedback is always welcome to support our continuous improvement process.

Find specific dates and locations of upcoming summer sessions in 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 contact Mike Klavon at [log in to unmask].

Bridging the Gap Between Arithmetic and Algebra

The Council for Exceptional Children just published Bridging the Gap Between Arithmetic and Algebra by Bradley Witzel. The book addresses the common phenomenon of students who may display little difficulty with arithmetic, but struggle with algebra. Many factors may account for this, including an inability to make connections between early level math and more complex mathematics, and a lack of mastery (which includes deep conceptual understanding) even when a student may produce correct answers.

To read an interview with the author and learn more about the book, check out the "Off the Shelf” article on Bridging the Gap Between Arithmetic and Algebra on the Council for Exceptional Children website.

Math Around Michigan

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

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 are accepted into and 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
High School Content Institute registration is now open. (Locate the event on the calendar and follow the link.)

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.

Three-Act Tasks in a Secondary Math Class Workshop
The Grand Valley State University Regional Math and Science Center presents this two-day workshop September 27 and November 1 on the Grand Valley State University Allendale Campus. Middle and high school math teachers are invited to attend. Three-act tasks are mathematics tasks consisting of three distinct parts, or acts. Learn about the instructional design of three-act tasks, free online resources, and implementation of these tasks in the secondary math classroom. For more information and registration, visit the Three-Act Tasks Workshop page.

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®: Summer Offerings
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.

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.

Save the Date: Math in Action Conference
Math in Action: Making Math Meaningful will be held February 25, 2017, at Grand Valley State University’s Allendale Campus.

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 approximately eight separate interactive presentations during each session. Presentations are focused on specific mathematics topics at a variety of grade levels. Visit the Math in Action conference website for more information.

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Upcoming (Mi)2 Dates

July 26 – Delta Math Tier 2 Instructional Support (Whole Numbers and Fractions)
MCTM Annual Conference
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 Sessions
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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