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Mi2 Update: March 2017
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Registration Open: Alt+Shift Summer Institute | Foundations of Math | Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students With Learning Difficulties | Delta Math: Implementation Story | Evolution of a Number Bond | Math Around Michigan | (Mi)2 Resources | Upcoming (Mi)2 Dates | (Mi)2 Partners | Subscription Details
Registration Open: Alt+Shift Summer Institute

It’s that time of year again! Hopefully the snow is beginning to wane in your neck of the woods and you are starting to think about what your summer learning opportunities could be. The 2017 Alt+Shift Summer Institute: Rethink Possibilities will be held June 20-22 at the Hagerty Center in Traverse City.

You asked, we listened. This year’s conference reflects participant feedback about a shorter week and more intensive workshops. On Tuesday morning, June 20, we will once again provide you with opportunities to hear ideas that work from your colleagues via TED-style talks. The speakers will then share the “how-to” of their idea in 75-minute breakout sessions on Tuesday afternoon.

Wednesday and Thursday are devoted to two-day, in-depth, institute-style sessions. Participants will engage in deeper learning and walk away with practices they can implement when they go back to their classrooms.

Alt+Shift Summer Institute registration and session information is available beginning March 6.

Foundations of Math

Registration is now open for summer/fall Foundations of Math training, which will be held at Clinton County Regional Education Services Agency in St. Johns. Click on the title of the training for which you want to register to get cost and hotel information, and the online registration form.

Foundations of Math Registration
August 7 and 8
October 16
November 8 and 9

Foundations of Math: Teaching Students With Significant Disabilities Registration
August 9 and 10
October 17 and 18
November 10

Applications are open through March 31 for sites interested in developing Level 2 trainers and participating in the implementation supports usability study. Interested sites should visit the Pilot Site Information page on the (Mi)2 website and follow the links to apply. Level 2 trainers will participate in the Foundations of Math offering listed above, which begins August 7.

Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students With Learning Difficulties

The Standards of Mathematical Practice reflect processes and proficiencies long considered critical to mathematical competence. The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) identified process standards that include problem solving, reasoning and proof, communication, representation, and connections. The National Research Council report Adding It Up identifies strands of mathematical proficiency that includes adaptive reasoning, strategic competence, conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, and productive disposition. Today, the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics gives us the Standards for Mathematical Practice:
  1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.

  2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

  3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.

  4. Model with mathematics.

  5. Use appropriate tools strategically.

  6. Attend to precision.

  7. Look for and make use of structure.

  8. Look for an express regularity in repeated reasoning.
These standards are present throughout the Enhancing Mathematics course as they are necessary for mathematics learning and are consistent with, if not embedded in, many accessibility strategies.

As you implement instructional practices from the course, do you have stories and evidence from your lessons that support the value of these practices?

Have you created lessons that focus on one of the standards (or several at a time)? Do you assess these standards? Do the students own them? Are they talked about in your classes?

(Mi)2 is interested in hearing your views. Share your story, or maybe the story of a colleague who is implementing the Standards for Mathematical Practice through the Math Accessibility Framework, by sending it to [log in to unmask].

Delta Math: Implementation Story

Educator: Ann Bingham, Math Consultant
District: Berrien Regional Education Service Agency (RESA)
(Mi)2 Cohort: Delta Math Response to Intervention (RtI) Program

I currently work with five districts developing a multi-tier system of supports in mathematics.

Before the districts began screening and identifying students for tier 2 intervention, I helped each school build a guaranteed and viable curriculum through the process of “powering” their standards. We used Achieve the Core’s priority clusters and required fluency, along with the Delta Math readiness standards, to help create a scope and sequence to align math instruction.

Leadership teams from each district then attended Delta Math implementation training and received follow-up support to schedule and prepare for screening and tier 2 intervention.

I hosted fall and winter “data drops” to provide districts an opportunity to collaborate around their data and best practices in high quality math instruction. A third data drop this spring will allow leaders to reflect on their implementation throughout the year and begin planning to help more students next year.

Goals for the data drops include:
  • Examine statewide trends in Delta Math data.

  • Celebrate successes and network with educators from other districts.

  • Use data to determine which readiness standards will be used to begin tier 2 intervention to all students, which readiness standards to schedule for small groups, and who should be included in the small groups.

  • Investigate different models used throughout Berrien RESA to provide tier 2 instruction.

  • Explore and share instructional strategies aligned with the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) evidence-based recommendations for providing tier 2 intervention.
I would like to share a few quotes from my Delta Math users during the last data drop:
  • "I appreciated the time to look into the data and the comparison from fall to winter and to the other schools. It validated the purpose and success of the program. We don't get so see that often enough."

  • "Our grade level is making great strides in reducing the amount of kids that lack key math proficiency by using Delta Math."

  • "It was encouraging to see how others are using the program. I received good tips on management, it validated some of my struggles (this keeps me from discouragement), and I enjoyed discussing details with other experts."

  • In regards to the tier 2 intervention lessons, one participant noted: "Finding new and different ways to help students visualize the concepts are worth it even if it's not exactly clear to the adults at first."
These districts are in their second year and in the initial implementation stage. Many are working to develop a system for providing interventions to at-risk students. Early results are incredibly positive, and districts are realizing that Delta Math, along with the lessons to inform their RtI practices, results in significant student growth.

Evolution of a Number Bond

In her blog, Math Coach’s Corner, Donna Boucher writes about the Evolution of a Number Bond. In early elementary school, students may begin to learn about “number bonds” as a way to “break apart” numbers to make computation easier. For example, a model for the number bond that includes the numbers 7, 3, and 4 might show a 7 in a large box with lines extending to two other smaller boxes containing a 3 and a 4. In this way, the relationship between the 7, 3, and 4 is modeled.

Understanding number bonds at this early age helps students when they get to questions such as, say, 6 + 7. Knowing that 7 is composed of 4 and 3, they may see it is 6 + (4 + 3), and then use (6 + 4) + 3 to do the actual computation because working with tens is easy to visualize.

Using the concept of number bonds with single-digit whole numbers can create a habit of mind that helps students complete more difficult computations as their math understanding evolves along with the number bonds they will use.

Boucher’s blog post shows how a number bond would be useful in computing larger numbers, fractions, and time on a clock, which are common stumbling blocks for students.

When you are teaching your young students the concepts of composing and decomposing, or number bonds, you are not just teaching them a skill for that day or that year of school. You are teaching future middle and high school students a way to look at and understand numbers that can be used for years to come.

Math Around Michigan

Michigan Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Annual Conference
The Michigan CEC is celebrating its 77th annual conference by presenting national speakers, over 120 breakout sessions, 30+ exhibitors, and unique networking opportunities. The goal is for each participant to have a productive learning experience and an opportunity to share with colleagues from across the state through quality, research-based sessions, enjoyable receptions, and productive organizational meetings.

Event: MCEC Annual Conference
Dates: March 1–3, 2017
Location: Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Grand Rapids

Visit the MCEC conference webpage to register online and to see a complete list of sessions.

Sessions focused on math include:
  • Using Manipulatives to Develop Number and Operations, presented by Kevin Dykema

  • Making Student Thinking Visible With Students Who Take Alternate Assessments in Mathematics, presented by Jim Randall

  • The Power of Collaboration, presented by Vicki Lynn Holmes

  • Foundations of Math for Students With Significant Disabilities, presented by Kate Fanelli

  • Blended Co-taught Math Classroom, presented by Elena Girolamo

  • Low Incidence: High School Math Essential Elements, presented by Carrie Schade
Multi-Sensory Math Methodologies for Students With Learning Difficulties
Students with visual-spatial and language processing difficulties often struggle to understand and process the intricacies of mathematics. During this Council for Exceptional Children webinar, Dan Sinclair will present methodologies that have been used in small group and individual instruction settings to increase students’ abilities to make connections using multi-sensory, concrete representations. The webinar airs March 8. For more information, and to register, visit the Multi-Sensory Math Methodologies event webpage.

Detroit Area Council of Teachers of Mathematics Pi Day
Looking to get or share a lesson for Pi Day? Enjoy trivia? Pizza? Join other metro Detroit math educators for DACTM’s annual Pi Day celebration. This is an excellent opportunity to network, exchange Pi Day lesson plans, and test your skills at some Pi Day trivia. This year’s event is Wednesday, March 8, from 5–8 p.m. at Alibi Restaurant in Troy. For more information, download the Pi Day flyer. To register, visit the DACTM events webpage. Cost is $10 for DACTM members and $15 for non-members or guests. All are welcome.

Michigan Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (MI-AMTE) 2017 Conference
The 2017 MI-AMTE Conversations among Colleagues meeting focuses on how to develop coherent educational systems utilizing the full range of experts available in K–16 education within the state of Michigan. The one-day meeting is designed as a working conference among an even broader audience in sharing ideas about improving teaching and learning mathematics. The conference includes plenary sessions, participant working groups, and solicited talks related to the conference theme. The expected outcomes of the conference include building a shareable knowledge base; creating ideas for future collaborations with a variety of key stakeholders; and an action, plan, and/or advocacy recommendations for mathematics and mathematics education.

The 2017 conference is on March 18 and will be hosted by Michigan State University.

For more information, and to register, visit the MI-AMTE conference webpage.

Get Set for SET: Engaging in the Statistical Education of Teachers
The American Statistical Association (ASA) and the Statistics Education Special Interest Group (SIG) of MI-AMTE are offering a FREE one-day professional development workshop for mathematics teacher educators involved in the statistical education of teachers. This workshop will attend to the necessity of preparing mathematics teacher educators to work with K–12 teachers who teach statistics. This includes those who teach content and methods courses for pre-service teachers as well as those who lead professional development for in-service teachers.

The workshop will be led by an expert team of statisticians and statistics teacher educators, including Christine Franklin of the American Statistical Association (ASA) and Statistics Education SIG leaders Stephanie Casey, Christine Browning, Jon Hasenbank, and Darlene Kohrman.

Event: Get Set for SET: Engaging in the Statistical Education of Teachers
Date: March 17, 2017 (Note: this is the day before the MI-AMTE conference at the same site.)
Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: C-405 Wells Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing
Who can attend: Persons involved in the statistical education of teachers

For more information, download the Get Set for SET flyer. Register via the Get Set for SET Google Form.

Wayne State University and Ford Motor Company Present Free Professional Learning for Middle and High School Mathematics Teachers
Two separate one-day workshops will be offered at the end of March, one for middle school math teachers (When Will I Ever Use This: Percentages Everywhere!) and one for high school math teachers (When Will I Ever Use This: Algebraic Modeling). Each one-day workshop includes a math-enriched tour of the Dearborn Truck Plant. Registration ends March 13, and reimbursements for substitute teachers are available for districts. For more information, download the middle school workshop flyer or the high school workshop flyer.

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.

Alt+Shift Summer Institute: Rethink Possibilities
The Alt+Shift Summer Institute will be held June 20–22 at The Hagerty Center in Traverse City. The first day of the institute features TED-style talks and corresponding breakout sessions on how educators in Michigan are using innovative ideas to make sure every student is receiving the kind of education we all want for the children in our families and communities. Following the sessions, participants will engage with presenters at the Speaker Encounter Reception. Days 2 and 3 of the institute are two-day intensive institutes. Topics include literacy and math instruction, classroom engagement, augmentative and alternative communication, integration of assistive technology, and creating systems to support high quality education for every student. Alt+Shift Summer Institute registration and session information are available online. Registration opens March 6.

AP® Computer Science Principles (CSP) Professional Learning Series
The Michigan Math and Science Center Network is offering the AP® CSP Professional Learning series this summer for schools offering AP® Computer Science next fall. Interested schools will submit an application to attend the five-day conference-style workshop designed to introduce the computer science concepts from the curriculum, AP® elements of the course, and core teaching practices. The series runs from July 31 to August 4, 2017. For more information, including the application for participation, visit the CSP Professional Learning Series website.

Foundations of Math and Foundations of Math: Teaching Students With Significant Disabilities
Registration is now open for summer/fall Foundations of Math training, which will be held at Clinton County Regional Education Services Agency in St. Johns. Click on the title of the training for which you want to register to get cost and hotel information, and the online registration form.

Foundations of Math Registration
August 7 and 8
October 16
November 8 and 9

Foundations of Math: Teaching Students With Significant Disabilities Registration
August 9 and 10
October 17 and 18
November 10

2016–2017 Jackson Intermediate School District (ISD) Math Offerings
Jackson ISD has one more Math K–6 Single Day Offering this spring. For additional information, click the link below. Questions can be directed to Heather Holshoe. 2016–2017 Kalamazoo Regional Educational Services Agency (KRESA) Math Offerings
Kalamazoo RESA has several math offerings this 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

March 2 – Teaching Mathematics to Students With Significant Disabilities
Breakout session
Michigan Council for Exceptional Children Conference
Grand Rapids

June 20-22 – Alt+Shift Summer Institute
Traverse City

June 21-22, – Foundations of Math: Teaching Students With Significant Disabilities
Two-Day Preview
Alt+Shift Summer Institute
Traverse City

August 7-8 – Foundations of Math
Days 1 and 2
St. Johns

August 9-10 – Foundations of Math: Teaching Students With Significant Disabilities
Days 1 and 2
St. Johns

October 16 – Foundations of Math
Day 3
St. Johns

October 17-18 – Foundations of Math: Teaching Students With Significant Disabilities
Days 3 and 4
St. Johns

November 8-9 – Foundations of Math
Days 4-5
St. Johns

November 10 – Foundations of Math: Teaching Students With Significant Disabilities
Day 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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