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Mi2 Update: November 2016
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Note From the Director | Three Years Later… | Foundations of Math | Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students With Learning Difficulties | Delta Math | Clothesline Math | Math Around Michigan | (Mi)2 Resources | Upcoming (Mi)2 Dates | (Mi)2 Partners | Subscription Details
Note From the Director

Kate Fanelli has been the face of Michigan’s Integrated Mathematics Initiaitve, (Mi)2, for the past three years, and during her tenure as the Math Accessibility Specialist, she has done a tremendous job of bringing professional learning opportunities to Michigan. Much of her effort has been on forging relationships and making connections to the math community. It is with great pleasure that I announce that Kate has accepted the position of Coordinator for Alt+Shift, which includes (Mi)2. I’m confident that Kate will bring the same passion and knowledge to the broader project while at the same time continuing to contribute to improving outcomes in mathematics for all learners in Michigan.

– Jeff Diedrich, Alt+Shift Director

Three Years Later…

Last month I started my fourth year with Michigan’s Integrated Mathematics Initiative, (Mi)2, by becoming the Project Coordinator for Alt+Shift. Alt+Shift is an Individuals with Disabilities Education Act grant funded initiative out of the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Special Education. (Mi)2 operates within the Alt+Shift grant.

After my first year, I reflected on the importance of patience. After my second year, the power of collaboration stood out as a major theme of the year. Both patience and collaboration continue to be critical to meeting our goals at (Mi)2.

Three years into this endeavor, I want to add “impact” to this list. Research on professional learning and implementation science clearly shows the limitations of training alone in terms of having an impact on teachers and students. Offering training to educators, even the highest quality intentionally designed training, cannot improve practices or student outcomes if it is not implemented with students. Even when transfer of new learning to practice does happen, without a plan for further professional learning or support there is no way for practitioners to know if they are practicing the new learning with fidelity.

I know, as a former classroom teacher who attended hundreds of hours of professional development every year, that a small fraction of that learning made it into my classroom, sometimes only for just one lesson, one unit, or one year.

As Jim Knight says in his book Unmistakable Impact, “A teacher should only be asked to attend a workshop, participate in a professional learning community, partner with a coach, or be observed by a principal, if those events will have an unmistakable impact on teaching and student learning.”

(Mi)2 is expanding professional learning to include both training and implementation supports. Emerging work with the Center for School Evaluation, Intervention, and Training at Loyola University in Chicago is informing efforts to provide ongoing implementation supports that lead to unmistakable impact for teachers and students.

I look forward to seeing what another year of patience, collaboration, and impact can do for Michigan math educators and students.

– Kate Fanelli, Alt+Shift Project Coordinator

Foundations of Math

Dr. Chris Cain returns to Michigan for another state-level offering of Foundations of Math this fall. Sixty math educators, including Level 1 and Level 2 participants, are converging in St. Johns for the five-day offering this fall.

Two frequently asked questions and their answers appear below:
  1. When is the next state-level offering of Foundations of Math?

  2. We are in the process of confirming dates for the next offering and getting closer to finding dates that work. Dates will be announced in this newsletter as soon as they are established.

  3. What is the next step if we want to train local instructors and be able to put on the training within our county, intermediate school district (ISD), regional educational services agency (RESA), etc.?

  4. Applications for the next round of usability testing sites will go out later this school year. Dates for that application window will be announced in this newsletter as soon as they are established. For more information on usability testing, visit the (Mi)2 Foundations of Math Pilot Site page.

Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students With Learning Difficulties

Enhancing Math is adding implementation supports to the course to encourage continued use of the strategies in classrooms. Facilitators will be interviewed in the next few months to provide insight as we move forward with organization of the course.

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

The winter screening cycle for Delta Math begins today and continues through February 28, 2017. Each grade level winter readiness screener measures the same standards with the same levels of difficulty as the fall readiness screener so that impact may be measured as a result of fall Tier 2 interventions. To measure the impact of fall intervention, simply generate the Standard Summary report and choose both fall and winter grade level readiness screeners.

If you would like implementation support for your winter data review or for working with visual representations integrated with the Delta Math Tier 2 intervention lessons, support days are scheduled at Kalamazoo RESA on December 1 and 2, 2016. A similar support day is also scheduled at Berrien RESA on January 6, 2017.

If you have questions about Delta Math professional learning opportunities or would like to schedule an information or implementation training session in your region, please email Mike Klavon.

Clothesline Math

Number lines can be an effective way to show understanding of quantity, magnitude, and number relationships that underlie mathematical concepts and procedures. "Clothesline math" is a phrase that refers to using a "clothesline" with folded cards hanging from it to teach number concepts in a dynamic, tactile manner. To learn more about what this is, and for ideas on how to get started, visit Andrew Stadel’s "Clothesline" blog post (or watch a video of Andrew Stadel describing a clothesline math activity he does). "Clothesline Math: The Master Number Sense Maker" is a website entirely devoted to these activities.

Math Around Michigan

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 Two this winter at Northern Michigan University.

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.

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.

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:
  • 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

November 3 – Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students With Learning Difficulties
Session 2
Bay Arenac ISD

November 15 – Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students With Learning Difficulties
Session 2
Oakland Schools

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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Alt+Shift, encompassing Michigan’s Integrated Mathematics Initiative, is an Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Grant Funded Initiative through the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Special Education.



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