(Mi)^2 Update July 2018
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2018 Alt+Shift Summer Retreat

Implementation teams representing Delta Math, Foundations of Math, and Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students with Learning Difficulties were among the 15 teams at the first ever Alt+Shift Implementation Team Summer Retreat.

The teams spent three days learning from each other, Alt+Shift consultants, and our presenters from New York as they shared their work, received feedback, learned about the change process, and engaged in a process for strategic planning.

In their own words, participants:

  • Learned how to implement effective change, what happens when elements of change are missing, what other districts are doing in Delta math
  • Gained a better understanding of Delta Math
  • Learned the change protocol that needs to be implemented for virtually any venue
  • Liked hearing about the progress related to Delta Math and Foundations of Math
  • Left with a game plan for maintaining sustainability of the Enhancing Mathematics training, and for adjusting it yearly as follow up supports are provided

Teams reported:

“This retreat went way beyond my expectations. We were able to reflect, systematically examine and develop an action plan for next year.”
“I feel our team has the start of a great plan and acquired some great leadership skills.”
“Amazing strategies introduced and also gave excellent examples, and time to work together and hear what other teams are doing.”

Thanks for making this year’s retreat a success!

five participants at a round table

two participants engaged in conversation

5 participants sitting outside the lodge with the lake in the background

banquet hall with participants gathered around multiple round tables

Foundations of Math: Implementation Story

Kevin St. Onge

Eastern Upper Peninsula Intermediate School District

Math/Science Center Director

Alt+Shift: In what ways are you implementing Foundations of Math (FoM) in your job?

Kevin St. Onge: We are going to begin a training cohort in our region this summer. Also, FoM has increased my own capacity to help math teachers in our region through work in math professional learning community (PLC) groups.

AS: What impact has FoM had on you and those with whom you work?

KS: FoM has really provided direction for math support as we move forward in our region. We currently have dates scheduled for the upcoming year to offer FoM regionally. We also have a partner school working with us through the process as we work toward implementation in schools and classrooms.

AS: What is your next step for implementing FoM?

KS: Continuing to work with our partner school and recruiting regional teachers for the upcoming course offering.

Register Soon: Foundations of Math registration for training in St. Johns ends this month, July 19.

Foundations of Math

August 1 and 2, 2018

October 3, 2018

November 5 and 6, 2018

Foundations of Math: Teaching Students With Significant Disabilities

August 3, 2018

October 4 and 5, 2018

November 7 and 8, 2018

Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students With Learning Difficulties

Troy School District has just added two trainings starting this summer. On August 22, they will conduct a combined training of two session groups. The trainers will be Julia Alder and Angela Milanov. The group will be split into two smaller groups for the second and third days of training. The dates will be September 19 and 20 for Day 2 and October 17 and 18 for Day 3.

This arrangement addresses several common challenges related to scheduling professional learning. Reducing the number of days teachers are absent from their classrooms is always good. Therefore doing one day during the summer is advantageous. Having the total group together at the summer sessions is positive for establishing common culture and positive communications.

Splitting the larger group in half for Days 2 and 3 helps with finding substitute teachers. The problem arises to the number of substitute teachers a district can handle in one day. Splitting the group addresses this. It also addresses the challenge of how many substitute teachers can be put into one building in any given day, especially when multiple teams attend from one building.

The most important component that needs to be built into the planning of your dates for training is the need to have teachers working within their classes between training days. Troy’s plan allows this and makes it feasible.

As you enter a new fiscal year, consider plans for this year and the next year. (Mi)2 will offer a state-wide training on January 29 and 30, and March 5 and 6 in St. Johns. The first three days of training are open to all teachers in the state. The fourth day of training is for facilitators-in-training. More information will follow for people interested in becoming certified to facilitate this course. In both situations, (Mi)2 seeks teams of special and general education teachers who teach math to students with disabilities and students who struggle. While strategies discussed are applicable to a wide range of grade levels, content examples come from grades 4-10.

Delta Math

The Ottawa Area Intermediate School District, with support from the Michigan’s Integrated Mathematics Initiative, developed intervention lessons to build procedural fluency from conceptual understanding. These instructional resources are available at no cost on the Delta Math implementation support website. Please view the Standard-based Intervention Cycle Overview support video to see how Delta Math instructional resources follow evidence-based recommendations from the Institute of Education Sciences that include:

  • Explicit instruction that is systematic
  • Visual representations of mathematical ideas
  • Progress monitoring
  • Motivational strategies such as personal goal setting

If you have questions about providing Tier 2 support using Delta Math resources, please contact Mike Klavon.

Alt+Shift Update

Did you know that Alt+Shift maintains a Lending Library of assistive technologies that is open to all public school educators in Michigan? Assistive technology must be considered for all students with Individualized Educational Programs (IEPs) as part of their IEP. The Lending Library is a good way to try out tools—including devices, applications, and software—before purchasing.  IEP teams should engage in a thoughtful, collaborative consideration process to look at student strengths and challenges; environments in which the student participates throughout the school day (including classrooms and non-classroom areas); the tasks the student needs to accomplish; and technology that aligns the student, environment, and tasks. The SETT Framework (Student, Environment, Tasks, Tools) is one way to engage in this collaborative consideration process. To browse the library, or become a member, visit the Lending Library.

Cube Carving

In his blog post “The Cube Carving Template,” Steve Wyborney describes “cube carving” and demonstrates how his template can assist teachers in using cube conversations in their classrooms. For a quick 30-second walk through of a cube conversation, watch this video.

Cube Carving Overview

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

“Strengthening Mathematics Instruction for Students with Disabilities,” breakout session with Kate Fanelli, Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Conference, Grand Rapids, July 25-26, 2018

“Building Thinking Classroom,” breakout session with Scot Acre and Kate Fanelli, Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Conference, Grand Rapids, July 25-26, 2018

Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students with Learning Difficulties, 3-day course with Mike O’Neill and Kathy Lupp, 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

Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) Online Book Club

The next book club, starting July 1, will study Catalyzing Change in High School Mathematics: Initiating Critical Conversations. Questions will be emailed to club members each week for four weeks. There is no cost to join except the purchase of the book. To join, email Kevin Dykema.


Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) Annual Conference

The 69th Annual MCTM Conference will be held July 24-26, 2018 at the Grand Valley State University Eberhard Center in Grand Rapids. In addition to regular and extended workshops, this year’s conference features:

  • Number Talks with Sherry Parrish
  • Math Recovery®
  • General Education Leadership Network (GELN) 6-12 Literacy Essentials for Mathematics Project
  • GELN PreK-3 Early Mathematics Project
  • Statistics with Stephanie Casey
  • Open Educational Resources (OER)
  • Achieve, Inc

Conference scholarships are available.

Also, join your fellow attendees and presenters for After-Hours events hosted in downtown Grand Rapids, including Dinner and Discussion with Sherry Parrish at the Grand Rapids Art Museum.

Thinking about becoming an MCTM member? Consider a Joint Membership, which includes membership to a number of professional organizations in Michigan, including those focused on math, science, social studies, and reading.

For more information, visit the MCTM website or download the MCTM Annual Conference flyer.

Wayne and Washtenaw Counties Math Teachers Circle

Dates for the Wayne and Washtenaw Counties Math Teachers’ Circle (WWCMTC) 2018-2019 program are set.  Register by August 1st to reserve your spot.

The program is aimed at math teachers grades 5-9 working in Wayne and Washtenaw Counties, but there is space for all interested participants.

The WWCMTC will kick-off with a one-day immersion, Thursday, August 16 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Wayne RESA Annex (33500 Van Born Rd, Wayne).  During September through November and January through May, the WWCMTC will meet once each month for three hours. There are two choices for sessions each month: the third Tuesday of each month from 4:30 p.m. to 7:40 p.m. (at Wayne RESA Main Building) and the Saturday following from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (at Washtenaw Community College).

Come to enjoy new mathematics, meet teachers from other districts, and learn from each other.

For more information, visit the WWCMTC page.

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.

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.

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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