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Mi2 Update: December 2016
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Call for Presenters: 2017 Alt+Shift Summer Institute | Foundations of Math | Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students With Learning Difficulties | Delta Math | Fraction Talks | Math Around Michigan | (Mi)2 Resources | Upcoming (Mi)2 Dates | (Mi)2 Partners | Subscription Details
Call for Presenters: 2017 Alt+Shift Summer Institute

If you are implementing innovative practices that presume competence, increase opportunities to learn, and improve outcomes for every student, please consider submitting a proposal to present at this year’s Alt+Shift Summer Institute.

The deadline for proposals is December 15.

This annual event brings together general and special education personnel to learn about effective and innovative practices being used in Michigan classrooms. Feedback from participants is consistently positive and reflects an appreciation for an opportunity to hear stories from the field and learn how to begin implementing similar practices in new settings.

This year's topic strands include:
  • Integrating assistive technology in social and academic spheres.

  • Providing high quality mathematics and literacy instruction to every student.

  • Making communication a priority for students with complex communication needs.

  • Increasing participation and engagement for every learner.

  • Constructing district-wide systems that support accessible learning environments.
Information, including dates, location, institute format, and the proposal form, can be found in the online Alt+Shift Summer Institute call for proposals. Email Kate Fanelli with any questions.

Foundations of Math

Save the dates! 2017 Foundations of Math offerings have been scheduled. All offerings will be taught by Dr. Chris Cain. Keep an eye on this newsletter for registration announcements.

This year, (Mi)2 will offer two versions of this course. We will continue to offer Foundations of Math for teachers of students who are struggling, and students with mild to moderate disabilities. We are pleased to announce that we will also offer Foundations of Math: Teaching Students With Significant Disabilities. This new course is philosophically and pedagogically aligned with the original version of the course, and brings in research, video examples, assessments, and instructional strategies that address the unique needs of this population.

Foundations of Math: Teaching Students With Significant Disabilities
Students with significant disabilities learn math the same way every child does, although not always at the same speed, with the same consistency, or with the use of the same instructional materials. The two-day preview will sample content from the full five-day offering (to be offered in the fall of 2017), including research focused on the teaching and learning of mathematics for students with significant disabilities, using the "Components of Number Sense" model to make strong mathematical connections, understanding math concepts that support procedural knowledge, and how to make implementation choices that can be made to positively impact success for students with moderate to significant disabilities.

Training Dates
Two-Day Preview
June 21-22, 2017
Hagerty Center, Traverse City (part of the 2017 Alt+Shift Summer Institute)

Five-Day Course
August 9-10, October 17-18, November 10, 2017
Clinton County RESA, St. Johns

Foundations of Math Level 1 and Level 2 Training
The original version of this course, which has been offered in six locations over the past three years, will once again be offered in the fall of 2017. All educators responsible for the mathematics education of students with disabilities or students who are struggling are invited to register. Additionally, sites with successful applications for usability testing of implementation supports will send their instructors-in-training to this offering for their Level 2 training.

Training Dates
Five-Day Course
August 7-8, October 16, November 8-9, 2017
Clinton County Regional Educational Services Agency (RESA), St. Johns

Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students With Learning Difficulties

Welcome Jim Randall! Jim has joined the (Mi)2 team to help support ongoing implementation of our math professional learning opportunities. Jim became a facilitator for Enhancing Mathematics with the Grand Rapids cohort, has been part of a team in Oakland County that has offered the course for the past three years, and has been through Foundations of Math and Foundations of Math: Teaching Students With Significant Disabilities training. Jim has been involved in special education in Michigan at a variety of levels, and brings a perspective to the work that reflects an understanding of the teacher, the school, and the larger systems point of view.

Jim is currently gathering input from our Enhancing Mathematics facilitator network to inform future work with this course. The course has been offered all over the state of Michigan over the past four years. Feedback from participants and facilitators in Michigan is consistent with feedback that our partners at Education Development Center (EDC) hear. In an effort to address that feedback, and continue to provide relevant, helpful professional learning, Jim will be talking with facilitators and making recommendations for future course offerings and implementation supports.

Delta Math

Tier 2 intervention lesson development continues throughout the 2016–2017 school year supported by regional math consultants throughout Michigan. Tier 2 intervention lessons for all 1st through 5th grade readiness standards, most 6th grade, and one 8th grade are currently available online.

As teachers and interventionists use these Tier 2 intervention lessons, their feedback is encouraged to assist in the continuous improvement process. Last month, modifications were made to the Tier 2 intervention lessons for 2nd grade RS1–1.NBT.1. Base ten blocks are now used with the ten-frames to support the grouping of ten ones into one ten. Also, modifications were made to the guided practice problems and independent practice cards for 6th grade RS1–5.OA.1.

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.

Fraction Talks

Number Talks are short, daily routines that engage students with meaningful opportunities to practice “mental math” and computation. With open-ended questions and an emphasis on classroom talk, these talks elicit student thinking and support the development of number sense and mathematical habits of mind.

For teachers interested in developing thinking about fractions, Fraction Talks ask students to think and talk about how they perceive and calculate fractions. provides “how to” instructions on leading Fraction Talks and offers dozens of problems, in a variety of formats.

12 Days of Fraction Talks [PDF] was created by a teacher. The document provides a simple chart with days numbered 1–12, and one problem and question per day.

Math Around Michigan

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. K–5 Curriculum 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 affiliates, is for K–5 educators and content-area teachers interested in teaching the 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 workshop flyer.

Word Problems, Children’s Strategies, and Understanding Addition and Subtraction

Register now for Word Problems, Children’s Strategies, and Understanding Addition and Subtraction, an in-depth opportunity to learn more about problem solving with addition and subtraction for elementary aged students. The materials for this event are based on the research done with Cognitively Guided Instruction.

Dates: January 11, 2017 and February 1, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Location: Grand Valley State University, Allendale Campus
Fee: $25 per person, includes lunch and all materials
Facilitator: Nancy K. Mack, Professor of Mathematics, GVSU
Registration: Word Problems, Children’s Strategies, and Understanding Addition and Subtraction registration page

For additional information, read the workshop description for Word Problems, Children’s Strategies, and Understanding Addition and Subtraction in The Interchange, view the Word Problems, Children’s Strategies, and Understanding Addition and Subtraction flyer, or email Chelsea Ridge.

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.

Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)
Do you know or are you an exemplary math or science teacher in 7th through 12th grade? Please consider nominating him or her for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). The PAEMST is the highest recognition a K–12 teacher can receive for outstanding science or mathematics teaching in the United States.

For more information, download the PAEMST flyer. Deadline for applications is May 1, 2017.

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

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Upcoming (Mi)2 Dates

December 1 – Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students With Learning Difficulties
Sessions 2 and 3
Bay Arenac ISD

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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