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Mi2 Update: September 2016
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Partner Highlight: Second Annual Making Mathematics Meaningful Through Collaboration Conference | Foundations of Math | Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students With Learning Difficulties | Delta Math | Thinking Blocks | Math Around Michigan | (Mi)2 Resources | Upcoming (Mi)2 Dates | (Mi)2 Partners | Subscription Details
Partner Highlight: Second Annual Making Mathematics Meaningful Through Collaboration Conference

(Mi)2 is once again collaborating with the Michigan Council for Exceptional Children (MCEC) and the Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) to present a one-day conference that brings math and special education teachers together to addresses the common challenge of ensuring mathematics achievement for every student.

What: Making Mathematics Meaningful Through Collaboration conference
When: October 3, 2016
Where: Morris J. Lawrence Building, Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor
Time: 8:30 a.m.–3:15 p.m.

Making Mathematics Meaningful Through Collaboration features keynote speaker and morning institute presenter Dr. Valerie Faulkner of North Carolina State University, and breakout sessions throughout the morning and afternoon. Sessions will focus on:
  • Instructional strategies

  • Collaboration structures

  • Behavior management

  • Technology integration

  • Engagement techniques

  • Tier 2 intervention

  • Students with special needs in the general education setting
Register today for Making Mathematics Meaningful Through Collaboration.

For more information, view the Making Mathematics Meaningful Through Collaboration flyer, or visit the MCTM website, MCEC website, or the (Mi)2 Making Mathematics Meaningful Through Collaboration event page.

Foundations of Math

(Mi)2 is preparing to launch a state-level offering of Foundations of Math: Teaching Students With Significant Disabilities. This five-day course is based on the same research as the original version, simply titled Foundations of Math. The new course shows that teachers' content knowledge affects students’ math achievement. It also shows how using the Components of Number Sense as well as research on how students with significant disabilities learn math can help to address challenges unique to teaching this population.

Watch for a one-hour breakout session that will preview this professional learning opportunity at the Making Mathematics Meaningful Through Collaboration conference (see above), and watch for announcements of additional preview opportunities in this newsletter.

Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students With Learning Difficulties

Enhancing Mathematics will have a new look beginning this year. (Mi)2 is looking at offering training to new facilitators, offering follow-up supports for those teams previously trained, and developing supports for implementation of the course after the initial three days.

If your team is planning to offer the course during the upcoming school year, be sure to register your training on the (Mi)2 website. Log into your (Mi)2 account, go to the Dashboard, and then choose "Register a Training."

For teams that have offered implementation support for the course, we would like to hear about your successes. Send an email to Kate Fanelli describing your experiences, successful and otherwise.

Delta Math

Tier 2 intervention lessons for all 1st through 5th grade readiness standards and a few 6th grade readiness standards are currently available on the Delta Math Tier 2 Intervention Lessons page. Development on the remaining lessons will continue throughout the 2015–2016 school year. Please continue to check our website for additional resources.

To learn more about providing tier 2 intervention using the Delta Math tier 2 intervention lessons, Mike Klavon will be leading a breakout session at the Making Mathematics Meaningful Through Collaboration conference at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor on October 3.

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

Thinking Blocks

The Thinking Blocks website and app promotes making sense of word problems through bar models and diagram literacy. Through tutorials, applets, and problem sets, students model quantity and relationships involving addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, ratios, and percents, which builds conceptual understanding and supports procedural understanding. Thinking Blocks Junior (with smaller numbers) and Modeling Tool (which can be used with algebra) extend learning to lower and upper levels of mathematics.

Math Around Michigan

Mini Grants and Scholarships: Detroit Area Council of Teachers of Mathematics (DACTM)
DACTM members (annual DACTM membership is $20 for teachers) are eligible to apply for $500 mini grants that support classroom projects, instructional materials, and teacher professional development. This year, the American Statistical Association is sponsoring one of the grants specifically for statistics teachers. College juniors and seniors who are currently pursuing a career in mathematics education are invited to apply for $1,000 scholarships. The deadline for both applications is September 30. For more information and links to the applications, visit the DACTM Grants and Scholarships page.

Call for Presenters: 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 Presenters 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.

Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) Fall Book Club
The 15th MCTM online book club is right around the corner.

This fall, the book club will be studying Balancing the Equation: A Guide to School Mathematics for Educators and Parents by Tim Kanold and current National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) president Matt Larson. The book is available at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics website. There is no cost to join the book club other than the cost of the book.

The online book study begins the week of October 9 and concludes the week of November 1. The group will read and reflect on one chapter each week.

To join the club or ask additional questions, please email Kevin Dykema.

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.

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 Grand Valley State University's 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 MCTM 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.

For information about the training, email Kate Fanelli. For information and registration, visit the Detroit Area Council of Teachers of Mathematics website or view the Building Thinking Classrooms flyer.

Number Talks
Macomb Intermediate School District presents full-day offerings on Number Talks throughout the coming school for grades K–2, 3–5, and secondary grades. One session will focus specifically on fractions, decimals, and percentages. Multiple dates are available for each grade band. Participants will learn how to develop efficient, flexible, and accurate computation strategies with their students, ways to build on foundational mathematics, mathematically rich classroom conversations, a variety of ways to elicit student strategies, and opportunities for students to engage in math practices. For more information, dates, and registration, view the Number Talks flyer.

Add+Vantage® Math Recovery Trainings
The Seaborg Math and Science Center is offering Add+Vantage® Math Recovery Course 1 and Course 2 this fall and winter at Northern Michigan University.

Add+Vantage® Math Recovery, Course One
Who: K–5 Teachers, K–12 Special Education Teachers
Where: Seaborg Math and Science Center, NMU
When: Oct 10, 11, 17, 19 and November 1

Add+Vantage® Math Recovery, Course Two
Who: K–5 Teachers, K–12 Special Education Teachers
Where: Seaborg Math and Science Center, NMU
When: January 19, 20, 26, 27, and February 9

View the Add+Vantage® flyer for more information and registration links.

Critical Math Content to Improve Student Understanding and Performance
Kim Sutton presents Critical Math Content to Improve Student Understanding and Performance, a full day K–5 offering at the Macomb Intermediate School District on November 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The workshop addresses properties of numbers, access to basic facts, properties of shapes, attributes of objects and proportional reasoning, using brain-based research, modeling of strategies, and real-world connections. For registration and information, email Kristine Hineman or view the Critical Math Content flyer.

2016–2017 Kalamazoo Regional Educational Services Agency (KRESA) Math Offerings
Kalamazoo RESA 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

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)
AssisTechKnow
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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