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(Mi)^2 Update August 2018
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Partner Highlight: Mathematics: Reaching All Learners Together



When: October 22, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Where: Lansing Community College West Campus


As you prepare to return to schools and classrooms, are you thinking about how you will address the challenge of teaching students with disabilities in your math classes? Are you considering new ways to improve collaboration between general and special education professionals?

Mathematics: Reaching All Learners Together is a one-day conference planned collaboratively by general and special education professional organizations. The conference is for general and special education mathematics professionals who share the common goal of improving math outcomes for students with disabilities and students who struggle.

The opening session and keynote by Dr. Thomasenia Adams will be followed by breakout sessions on topics including:

  • Collaborative structures.
  • Instructional strategies.
  • Assessment.
  • Student engagement.

Online registration for Mathematics: Reaching All Learners Together

Download the Mathematics: Reaching All Learners Together flyer.

Foundations of Math

This month, (Mi)2 kicks off its ninth 5-day Foundations of Math and second 5-day Foundations of Math: Teaching Students with Significant Disabilities offerings in St. Johns. Later this year, we will begin work in our third full implementation site as we engage with a local district to study factors that support successful implementation of Foundations of Math practices at the classroom level.

The trainings and implementation work continue to evolve through the Developmental Evaluation approach utilized by (Mi)2 and our evaluators at Loyola University Chicago. At the Alt+Shift Summer Retreat last month, (Mi)2 consultants, Loyola University evaluators, and local sites went through a process for sharing work, receiving feedback, and strategic planning that will continue to inform and strengthen implementation.

Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students with Learning Difficulties: Implementation Story

 
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Dana Colo

Bemis Junior High

Math Teacher

After attending Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students with Learning Difficulties, my co-teaching partner and I immediately began working on a plan to make our math classroom accessible for all. It's about equity, not equality. Our students come to us with a variety of different backgrounds and learning needs. All of our students have the right to an education where they can succeed.
 
We first looked at the six different models of co-teaching and realized we needed to make some changes. We felt that just one model alone did not work all the time. We began to incorporate the different models when we saw them best fit for students. For example, we felt our students would best benefit from alternate teaching during our solving systems of equations unit. During “out learning,” there were a group of students who needed extensive intervention. This model allowed one of us to facilitate our performance task while the other helped students reach a basic understanding. Our collaboration has been strengthened in a way where each of our students have more of an opportunity to have their needs met.
 
What stood out to us most in our learning about accessibility was understanding the equal sign. When we teach solving equations, we assume students understand the language we use such as "the left and right side of the equation". This assumption is not always correct. Students with language barriers may struggle. Ways we might help students are to use algebra tiles as manipulatives where students have a mat and can visually and tactically move the tiles from side to side to balance them. 
 
Not only did we learn a variety of accessibility strategies that help students with specific needs, but we learned how to put them into action. We chose a student with special needs as our caseload study student. Once we determined what strategies would best  help this student, we put the plan into action. We chose a student who attended multiple schools in her younger years. She was missing multiple basic grade-level skills. She struggled with short- and long-term recollection of basic facts. In planning how to help assess this student’s skills in a more accessible way, we provided her with a resource sheet and allowed her to use a graphic organizer that displayed the rules of exponents. This helped her succeed in proving her mastery of these skills. 
 
Making math more accessible to our students means we need to provide multiple ways in which our students can interact with math. We plan to incorporate more manipulatives (such as Algebra tiles and virtual manipulatives), incorporate other models of collaborative teaching, help better build students understanding of the language of math, make our assessments more accessible, and help students to better think aloud.

Delta Math

With the support of (Mi)2, implementation support for schools using or interested in using Delta Math during the 2018-2019 school year will be available at no cost to the school or district. Professional learning opportunities may include the following:

  • Information sharing for schools interested to learn more about Delta Math’s evidence-based resources and recommendations.
  • Implementation training for schools new to Delta Math and newly hired staff from schools currently using Delta Math. “Veteran” instructional leaders are welcome to join us for a “refresher” opportunity.
  • Data review and implementation planning for leadership teams to explore local data and reflect on current action plans for providing multi-tiered support.
  • Tier 2 instructional support for math interventionists and/or teachers to explore the evidence-based structure of the Delta Math tier 2 intervention lessons and focus on the visual representations used during the Concrete Representational Abstract (CRA) instructional approach.

If you would like to learn more about Delta Math or schedule an implementation support for your school or district, please email Mike Klavon.

Alt+Shift Update

Alt+Shift provides a variety of trainings and resources that are interrelated in nature including assistive technology, creation of accessible digital materials, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, literacy and math instruction for students with significant disabilities and complex communication needs, and Tier 1 and Tier 2 mathematics instruction. For each of these trainings, Alt+Shift provides initial training, facilitates implementation, and evaluates efforts to strengthen training and implementation moving forward.
 
Access to technology and information, ability and opportunity to fully communicate thoughts everywhere and all the time, and developmentally appropriate literacy and mathematics instruction are all critical components of educational environments that support social and academic growth for all students.
 
For more information on Alt+Shift offerings, visit the Alt+Shift website.

Fractions as Division

Do you have a concept that seems difficult for students to grasp? Are you under the assumption that students are coming with knowledge from a previous year to support this lesson?
 
As Kristin Gray notes in her blog post Fractions as Division...Say What?, sometimes what students know and what we think they know can be the biggest barriers in the teaching and learning of math. She describes how being explicit in the understanding that fractions are division helped her students make a very important connection between fractions and decimals. Pre-skills are important...say what? 

Upcoming (Mi)^2 Trainings

Foundations of Math, 5-day training with Dr. Chris Cain, Clinton County Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA), August 1-2, October 3, November 5-6, 2018
 
Foundations of Math: Teaching Students with Significant Disabilities, 5-day training with Dr. Chris Cain, Clinton County RESA, August 3, October 4-5, November 7-8, 2018
 
Foundations of Math, 5-day training, Eastern Upper Peninsula ISD with Kevin St. Onge and Kate Fanelli, August 22-23, September 18, October 23-24, 2018
 
Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students with Learning Difficulties, 3-day course with Julia Alder and Angela Milanov, Troy School District Building, August 22, September 19, October 17
 
Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students with Learning Difficulties, 3-day course with Julia Alder and Angela Milanov, Troy School District Building, August 22, September 20, October 18
 
Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students with Learning Difficulties, 3-day course with Mike O’Neill and Kathy Lupp, Winding Brook Conference Center, Shepherd, October 4, November 1, and December 5
 
Mathematics: Reaching All Learners Together, 1-day conference, Lansing Community College West Campus, October 22, 2018

Math Around Michigan


Math In Action - Save the Date and Call for Proposals
Math in Action presents lively and informative discussions of current issues in mathematics education while providing an opportunity for practicing PreK-12 teachers, prospective teachers, curriculum directors, and college and university faculty to share ideas, concerns, and resources. State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECH) credits 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.

This year’s event will be February, 23, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. in Mackinac Hall on the Allendale Campus of Grand Valley State University.

For more information about the conference, go to the Math in Action event page or download the Math in Action Flyer.

View the Math in Action Call for Presenters to submit a proposal.  Proposals must be submitted by Monday, October 1, 2018.

 
Transforming Math Instruction With Google Classroom
The Detroit Area Council of Teachers of Mathematics presents this technology event on August 14 at Hillside Middle School in Northville. Participants will learn how to set up and effectively use Google classroom for their own classroom. For more information, visit the Transforming Math Instruction with Google Classroom event page or download the Transforming Math Instruction with Google Classroom flyer.
 
Detroit Area Council of Teachers of Mathematics (DACTM) Book Study on Formative Assessment
The book club will meet in person and virtually throughout the school year to study The Formative 5 by Francis (Skip) Fennell, Beth Kobett, and Jon Wray. The book club begins October 16 at Hillside Middle School in Northville with a special online appearance from the authors. For more information and pricing visit the DACTM Book Study event page or download the DACTM Book Study flyer.
 
DACTM PSAT/SAT Workshop with Tom Reardon
Join this workshop with renowned math educator Tom Reardon where he reveals how to leverage instruction to maximize student achievement on the PSAT and SAT. This workshop, back by popular demand, will be held at East Middle School in Farmington Hills on September 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit the DACTM website or download the PSAT/SAT workshop flyer.
 
Mathematics: Reaching All Learners Together
Previously named Making Mathematics Meaningful Through Collaboration, the Mathematics: Reaching All Learners Together conference brings together general and special educators for a day of addressing the challenges of teaching mathematics to students with disabilities.
 
Location: Lansing Community College West Campus
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Download the Mathematics: Reaching All Learners Together flyer.
Register today with Mathematics: Reaching All Learners Together online registration.
 
Dr. Thomasenia Adams of the University of Florida will provide the opening session followed by breakout sessions the rest of the day.
 
Michigan's New Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) Teacher Network
The STEM Teacher Network is a community-driven professional learning community that connects STEM instructors across Michigan. Members can interact through the online community or join in on monthly live, online meetings. Each meeting will focus on a specific topic (such as free resources, class routines, or fundraising) and will feature a panel of fellow STEM teachers who are knowledgeable about that particular topic.
 
The first online meeting was held in October. Live sessions will continue on the second Tuesday of each month.
 
Sign up to receive the STEM Teacher Network updates including an invitation to join the online community.
 

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(Mi)2 Partner Organizations

 

Detroit Area Council of Teachers of Mathematics (DACTM)

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The Detroit Area Council of Teachers of Mathematics (DACTM) proactively supports Michigan math educators’ continued professional growth.
 

Michigan Council for Exceptional Children (MCEC)

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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.
 

Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM)

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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 Math and Science Center Network (MMSCN)

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The Michigan Mathematics and Science Centers Network (MMSCN) collaborates with partners across the state to improve math and science teaching.

Alt+Shift, encompassing Michigan's Integrated Mathematics Initiative, is an Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Grant Funded Initiative out of the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Special Education.
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