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Mi2 Update: August 2016
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Partner Highlight: Detroit Area Council of Teachers of Mathematics (DACTM) | Foundations of Math | Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students With Learning Difficulties | Delta Math | The Teaching Channel | Math Around Michigan | (Mi)2 Resources | Upcoming (Mi)2 Dates | (Mi)2 Partners | Subscription Details
Partner Highlight: Detroit Area Council of Teachers of Mathematics (DACTM)

(Mi)2 and DACTM present Building Thinking Classrooms, a one-day face-to-face workshop followed up by three half-hour coaching sessions.

We know that problem solving is an effective way for students to learn to think mathematically and to acquire deep knowledge and understanding of the mathematics they are learning, which is why we must find ways to introduce problem solving into our classrooms.

But the implementation of problem solving in a classroom where the students are not used to problem solving is not a fertile setting for success.

Teachers need a set of tools to help them push through this early resistance.

In this workshop, Dr. Peter Liljedahl of Simon Fraser University will look at a series of such tools that have emerged from research and are specifically designed to build a problem-solving environment in the classroom. Dr. Liljedahl will also present the results of research that investigates the tools’ effectiveness in helping teachers to kick-start the use of problem solving in their teaching. Results indicate that a problem-solving environment and culture can be quickly established, even in very traditional classrooms.

What: Building Thinking Classrooms
When: October 8, 2016 (and three subsequent half hour coaching sessions)
Time: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Where: Macomb Intermediate School District, 44001 Garfield Rd., Clinton Township, MI, 48038
Who: K–12 teachers of mathematics, including special and general education
Cost: $10 for DACTM members, $25 for non-members (includes a one-year DACTM membership)

For more information, download the Building Thinking Classrooms flyer. Online registration for Building Thinking Classrooms is now open.

Foundations of Math

Leadership Training for Foundations of Math will be offered August 25 (Birmingham) and August 26 (Marquette) for principals, district/county curriculum and special education administrators, implementation teams, instructional specialists, and teacher leaders.

Pending successful completion of Level 2 Foundations of Math instructor training, Oakland County, Charlevoix-Emmett Intermediate School District, and Marquette-Alger Regional Educational Services Agency will be able to offer local course offerings.

Building, district, and county administrators and math leaders in those regions are encouraged to attend this three-hour leadership training to find out:
  • What teachers are learning in Foundations of Math

  • Why this is important

  • What administrators can do to support successful, ongoing implementation of new practices
Matt Hoskins, Math and Leadership Development Consultant for the Exceptional Children’s Division of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (where Foundations of Math was developed), and Kate Fanelli, Math Accessibility Specialist for Michigan’s Integrated Mathematics Initiative, will present.

Follow this link to register for the Birmingham Foundations of Math training. Follow this link to register for the Marquette Foundations of Math training. There is no cost for attending, as this training is part of the implementation support for Foundations of Math.

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

(Mi)2 team members are having discussions to determine the best course of action for Enhancing Math. The team is working to decide how to provide supports to teachers and facilitators to meet the needs of struggling math students.

Planning to offer the course during the 2016–2017 school year? Remember to register your training at the (Mi)2 website. Log in to your (Mi)2 account, choose Dashboard, and then Register a Training.

Delta Math

Implementation support for the 2016–17 school year is available for schools interested to explore or use the Delta Math readiness screeners, reports, Tier 2 intervention lessons, and progress monitoring resources. Locations include Bay-Arenac ISD, Berrien RESA, Kalamazoo RESA, Ottawa Area ISD, and Traverse Bay Area ISD. Types of support will include Implementation Training, Data Reviews, and Tier 2 Instructional Support.

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

If you have questions about Delta Math professional learning opportunities in your region, please contact Mike Klavon at [log in to unmask].

The Teaching Channel

The Teaching Channel is a searchable site of exemplary teaching practices for Pre-K through secondary teachers packaged in professionally produced videos.

Teachers looking for targeted professional learning around specific topics (e.g., certain practices, lesson topics, age groups), will find helpful resources and examples at The Teaching Channel. Most videos show teachers in action, teaching lessons, and discussing their process. Other videos show teachers reflecting on their process, or in the planning phase.

The Teaching Channel also offers Teaching Channel Teams, a video-enabled online professional development platform that allows teams of teachers to engage in collaborative professional learning.

Looking for some videos to start with? Here are three videos that exemplify the best of what The Teaching Channel has to offer:

Math Around Michigan

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

The Math in Action Call for Proposals is online and open. Deadline for proposals is October 3.

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.

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 contact DACTM President Scot Acre at [log in to unmask].

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 event webpage.

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 the MICTM website or the MCEC website.

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 at [log in to unmask]. For information about the training, email Kate Fanelli at [log in to unmask]. Visit the Detroit Area Council of Teachers of Mathematics website or view the Building Thinking Classrooms flyer.

2016–2017 Kalamazoo Regional Educational Services Agency (KRESA) Math Offerings
KRESA has released their list of math offerings for the upcoming school year. Visit their Mathematics webpage for additional information and registration. Course offerings include:
  • Cultivating Confident Math Learners: Supporting a Growth Mindset

  • Cultivating Flexible Thinkers Through Number Talks: Number Sense Routines for Grades 4-9

  • Cultivating Flexible Thinkers: Teaching Addition and Subtraction Through Number Sense and Visual Representation

  • Cultivating Flexible Thinkers: Teaching Fractions Through Number Sense and Visual Representation

  • Cultivating Resilient Problem Solvers (Secondary)

  • Cultivating Resilient Problem Solvers (Upper Elementary)

  • Delta Math Implementation Training

  • Exploring the Power of Visual Representations Across Secondary Math

  • Teaching With Eureka Math for the First Time

(Mi)2 Resources

  1. Website: Michigan's Integrated Mathematics Initiative

  2. Monthly e-newsletter: Subscribe to the (Mi)2 Update

  3. Technical Assistance: Contact (Mi)2

  4. Follow (Mi)2 on Twitter and find (Mi)2 on Facebook

Upcoming (Mi)2 Dates

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

August 25 – Foundations of Math Leadership Training
For Oakland County administrators and curriculum leaders
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

August 26 – Foundations of Math Leadership Training
For Marquette-Alger RESA administrators and curriculum leaders
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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 12 and 13 – Foundations of Math
Days 1 and 2
St. Johns

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

November 9 – Foundations of Math
Day 3
St. Johns

December 12 and 13 – Foundations of Math
Days 4 and 5
St. Johns

(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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