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Mi2 Update: October 2016
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New Website Feature: Practices to Explore | Foundations of Math | Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students With Learning Difficulties | Delta Math | A Call for a Collective Action to Develop Awareness: Equity and Social Justice in Mathematics Education | Math Around Michigan | (Mi)2 Resources | Upcoming (Mi)2 Dates | (Mi)2 Partners | Subscription Details
New Website Feature: Practices to Explore

The Practices to Explore portion of the (Mi)2 website is designed to introduce potential users to a variety of existing supports that might align with learning needs of students of varying abilities across the state. Browse the list of supports, categorized into Curriculum, Curriculum Supplements, Professional Learning Courses, and Student Tools. For each practice, users may:
  • Read a synopsis of the practice

  • Connect to additional information and research

  • Leave and read reviews

  • Become a reference

  • Be connected to a reference
Sometimes, Michigan educators just want to talk to other Michigan educators who are using something new with students to find out what is working, learn how it aligns to need, see it in action, and ask questions. The “Practices to Explore” feature is designed to fulfill that need.

Please use this site to:
  • Become a reference for any and all of the below practices with which you have experience

  • Connect users to practices on the list

  • Ask questions

  • Familiarize yourself with evidence-supported tools and services
Featured practices include:
  • Singapore Math

  • Delta Math

  • Transition to Algebra (TTA)

  • Spatial Temporal Math (ST Math)

  • Math for All

  • Math Recovery Intervention Specialist (MRIS)

  • Add+Vantage MR (AVMR)

  • Connecting Arithmetic to Algebra

  • Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students with Learning Difficulties

  • Foundations of Math

  • MathType, MathFlow, MathPlayer, MathDaisy

  • Comic Books and Graphic Novels

  • Virtual Manipulatives

Foundations of Math

Matt Hoskins, Math and Leadership Development Consultant in the Exceptional Children Division of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, presented Foundations of Math Leadership Training with Kate Fanelli of (Mi)2 in Birmingham and Marquette at the end of the summer.

Administrators learned what their teachers are learning in the course, why that is important, and how they can support implementation of new practices in classrooms.

How can you support transfer of information learned in the course to practice in the classroom?
  1. Offer the initial five-day training, either by sending staff to an (Mi)2 training or getting instructors trained to offer it locally.

  2. Define the intervention. Practice profiles for Foundations of Math, which are downloadable from the (Mi)2 website, define the practices that teachers, administrators, coaches, implementation teams, and course instructors should be engaged in to get research-predicted results.

  3. Provide ongoing job-embedded follow-up. Research tells us that, even with the most thoughtfully designed professional learning, only 10–18 percent (depending on whose research you are using) of that learning gets transferred to practice. However, upwards of 80–95 percent transfer happens with ongoing job-embedded support such as coaching, peer observations, or professional learning communities.

Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students With Learning Difficulties

(Mi)2 is now in the planning stages for this year’s facilitator training course. As indicated last month, we will be adding implementation supports to the content of the course. Stay tuned for updates.

For sites offering the training during the 2016–2017 school year who have not yet registered the training, please do so by going to the (Mi)2 website, logging in, clicking on “Dashboard,” and choosing “Register a Training.”

Delta Math

Delta Math readiness screeners are intended to identify students who may not be ready to learn current grade level content standards and the type of support to schedule for each student.

To view the Fall Data Review Guide and sample reports used to guide each district’s multi-tiered system of supports, go to the Delta Math Implementation Training page and choose the options under “Identify Students.”

For implementation support to create an action plan for Tier 1 and Tier 2 interventions, fall data review with Tier 2 intervention support days are scheduled at the Kalamazoo RESA on October 20 and 21.

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

A Call for a Collective Action to Develop Awareness: Equity and Social Justice in Mathematics Education

The National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) has issued a call to build collective knowledge and understanding of topics and issues related to equity and social justice in mathematics education. This effort, a collaboration of several national organizations and experts, looks at equity from a variety of perspectives and asks mathematics educators across the country to engage in shared learning through book discussions, webinars, and conference meetings.

For more information on this call to action, including activities, readings, and events, view the document, titled A Call for a Collective Action to Develop Awareness: Equity and Social Justice in Mathematics Education.

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. The 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.

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 the training 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 more information and registration details, visit the Detroit Area Council of Teachers of Mathematics website or view the Building Thinking Classrooms flyer.

Third Annual Teaching Mathematics Content Courses (TeMaCC) Conference
The theme of this year’s Teaching Mathematics Content Courses (TeMaCC) conference, to be held on October 29 in Ann Arbor, is “Prioritizing Particular Content and Practices in the Mathematics Education of Teachers: Making Hard Decisions Together.” The conference will feature keynote speakers Deborah Ball from the University of Michigan and Dawn Berk from the University of Delaware. Registration for Teaching Mathematics Content Courses is now open online and closes October 16. There is no registration fee. For more information, email the TeMaCC conference organizers or visit the TeMaCC conference page.

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.

Three One-Day Workshops for Secondary Mathematics Instructors
Through December, Macomb Intermediate School District will present three full-day workshops geared toward secondary mathematics instructors. These workshops are:
  • Number Talks: Secondary Level

  • Formative Assessment: Secondary Level

  • PSAT/SAT Math Using Number Talks and Formative Assessment
Full-day offerings on Number Talks will be held throughout the coming school year for grades K–2, 3–5, and secondary. One session will also focus specifically on fractions, decimals, and percentages. Multiple dates are available for each grade group. Participants will learn:
  • How to develop efficient, flexible, and accurate computation strategies with students

  • Ways to build on foundational mathematics

  • How to have mathematically rich classroom conversations

  • A variety of ways to elicit student strategies

  • How to identify 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.

Code.org K–5 Curriculum
Code.org will offer a free workshop at Macomb Intermediate School District on December 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This workshop, presented by Code.org affiliates, is for K–5 educators and content-area teachers interested in teaching the Code.org elementary school computer science curriculum. The workshop covers content for three courses and includes supplies teachers will need to teach the course. For more information, view the Code.org workshop flyer.

2016–2017 Jackson Intermediate School District (ISD) Math Offerings
Jackson ISD has a variety of math offerings this fall and spring. For additional information, click the links below. Email Heather Holshoe with any questions.

Math K–6 Single Day Offerings:
  • October 17: Fractions, Grades 3–6

  • October 19: Advanced LEGO Mindstorms EV3

  • November 9: Math Model Drawing, Grades 1–6

  • January 25: Standards for Mathematical Practice, Math Journals, Three-Act and Performance Tasks

  • February 8: Numeracy Development, Pre-Kindergarten–2nd grade

  • March 15: Foundations of Number Sense, Grades 3–6
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 the KRESA mathematics page 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 6 – Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students With Learning Difficulties
Day 1
Bay-Arenac ISD

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 19 – Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students With Learning Difficulties
Day 1
Oakland Schools

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