(Mi)^2 Update April 2018
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Mathematics: Reaching All Learners Together - Call for Proposals and Save the Date


(Mi)2 is partnering with the Michigan Council for Exceptional Children (MCEC) and Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) for the 4th consecutive year to present this annual collaborative math conference.  

Location: Lansing Community College West Campus
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Registration: Opens May 1, 2018

Download the Mathematics: Reaching All Learners Together flyer.
Submit a Speaker Proposal.

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.

Dr. Thomasenia Adams of the University of Florida will provide the opening session, followed by breakout sessions the rest of the day.

  • Do you have instructional strategies that improved mathematics outcomes for students with disabilities?

  • Do you have tips for creating and maintaining effective co-teaching partnerships?

  • Have you successfully integrated technology into special education or inclusive settings?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, or if you have any other information that has helped you improve mathematics outcomes for all learners, please consider submitting a Speaker Proposal to present a breakout session at the 2018 conference.

Foundations of Math: Implementation Story

Julia Alder

Math and Science Curriculum Specialist
Troy School District 


I utilize aspects of Foundations of Math in my job to collaborate with classroom teachers to implement instructional strategies that develop the components of number sense.  I often utilize examples from the book Knowing and Teaching Elementary Mathematics by Liping Ma and articles about designing challenging curriculum for all students.  Making mathematics visible and accessible has been an area that we are exploring and trying to make part of every math classroom in Troy.


Foundations of Math has impacted how I work with teachers, principals, and support staff I have been able to cite research and practices that are necessary to uncover what students know.

One challenge has been reaching every teacher.  We have overcome part of that challenge by offering professional learning sessions in August, allowing teachers some choice in professional development. The district also provides grade level specific professional learning at least three times per year for one teacher per elementary building. We have also increased the opportunity for teachers to see and learn about math instructional practices through classroom visits.

Our next step is to coordinate training for math support teachers to attend Foundations of Math training.

As a reminder: 

2018-2019 Level 2 and Implementation Site applications are now open.

For information on the benefits of, and eligibility for, becoming an instructor and implementation site, visit the Foundations of Math webpage.

Fall 2018 Foundations of Math registration and Foundations of Math: Teaching Students with Significant Disabilities registration are now open.

The two 5-day trainings will again be offered at Clinton County Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA) in St. Johns from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
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


As reported in the March newsletter, we currently have several trainings in process. This month, we are sharing feedback from some of the participants from those trainings.

Here is what general and special education teachers are saying about the “Looking At Student Work” activities from the course:

  • Looking into student work gives me insight into student understanding.

  • Looking at student work causes me to analyze student thinking.

  • Looking at the student work is always helpful because, as educators, the math is easy for us. Looking at student work helps show us the different ways students may approach the problem.

  • Looking at student work helps differentiate different disabilities and how to help.

When asked about the impact the course is having on their teaching practice, responses showed that:

  • Teachers are making mathematics more visual.

  • Teachers are asking students to do more drawings in conjunction with problem solving.

  • Teachers are using the Concrete-Representational-Abstract (CRA) model as part of a scaffolding process more often.

Several teachers were appreciative of all the resources on accessibility strategies included in the material. One teacher went further and thanked the presenters for modeling the use of strategies to show how they flowed embedded in lessons.

The intention of reflective thinking about our practice is to improve what we do. This applies to us as well as to those we teach.

Delta Math


Guided Practice for sessions 5 through 8 are now included in all Delta Math tier 2 intervention lessons. They provide additional guided practice using math drawings and conceptual understanding based on the visual representations. 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. These 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: Start the Assistive Technology Journey


Registration closes soon for the Romulus, Grand Rapids, and St. Johns offerings. Registration closes next month for Gaylord and Kingsford (note - the offering previously scheduled for Marquette will now be in Kingsford).

Register today to learn more about how you can ensure that needed technology is getting into the hands of your students, making impossible tasks possible.

What is Assistive Technology?

Assistive Technology (AT) is a continuum of low to high tech tools that improve the abilities of persons with disabilities to accomplish tasks which might otherwise be a struggle or even impossible. Assistive technology can include:

  • Low, medium, and high-tech devices.
  • No cost items and items for purchase.
  • “Built-in” technologies.
  • Items you can easily make.
  • Items you might already own.
  • Items that require little to no training.
  • Items that require training and practice.
What will I learn at this training?

This full-day training will help your team begin to:

  • Think about a sustainable, team-based, local district approach to AT consideration.
  • Consider the skills and knowledge that the team would need.
  • Plan how best to develop those skills and knowledge in team members.
Who will benefit from attending this training?
  • Assistive technology, educational technology, and technology consultants, coordinators, and specialists.
  • General/special education teachers and paraprofessionals.
  • Therapists and related services personnel.
  • General and special education administrators.

Download the Start the AT Journey flyer for more information about this event, and who should attend. Then share this information with anyone else who should be included.

Registration Information

Location (click on the location to register) Cost
$30 for individuals or $20 per person in teams of three or more. Some complimentary administrator registrations are available (see registration form for details).

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs)
SCECHs are available, pending application approval.

Spatial-Temporal Math

Spatial-Temporal Math, or ST Math, is a visual math program that teaches math concepts by getting a penguin named Jiji through a series of puzzles. For students who are visual learners, and students for whom reading is difficult, ST Math provides conceptual understanding in a problem solving environment on a broad range of topics from the K-8 curriculum.

Upcoming (Mi)2 Trainings


Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students with Learning Difficulties, 3-day training, Macomb Intermediate School District, Day 3, April 17, 2018.

Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students with Learning Difficulties, 3-day training, Utica Community Schools, Day 3, May 3, 2018.

Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students with Learning Difficulties, 3-day training, Clare-Gladwin Intermediate School District, Days 2 and 3, April 5, and May 3, 2018.

Foundations of Math, 5-day training, Gaylord Public Schools, Days 2-5, to be announced

Math Around Michigan

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.

19th Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) Online Book Club

The MCTM book club began the week of February 12, 2018 and will last for seven weeks. Each week, the book club reads and discusses one of the chapters. Questions are added to a Google Doc and emailed to club members at the beginning of the week. Club members have the week to read, reflect, and respond if they would like.

The book club will study Routines for Reasoning: Fostering the Mathematical Practices in all Students by Grace Kelemanik, Amy Lucenta, and Susan Janssen Creighton.  

There is no cost to join the book club, other than the cost of the book.

If you would like to join, or have additional questions, contact Kevin Dykema.

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.

(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)

Michigan Math and Science Center Network logo
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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