(Mi)2 Update October 2017
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Sessions Descriptions Now Available for Making Mathematics Meaningful Through Collaboration Conference

Are you, or your colleagues, looking for ways to improve your math instruction for students with disabilities? Would you like to enhance your ability to help those students achieve in mathematics?

The Making Mathematics Meaningful Through Collaboration conference is a collaborative effort from the Michigan Council for Exceptional Children (MCEC), Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM), and (Mi)2 that focuses on improving mathematics instruction for students with disabilities.

General education and special education K-12 teachers who have students with disabilities in their classrooms will learn from colleagues and math education leaders from around the state on topics including instructional strategies, design of educational environments, collaboration between general and special education, integrating technology, and increasing engagement.

This year’s conference features Dr. Juli Dixon of the University of Central Florida who will provide a keynote address and opening session on “Redefining Success: Supporting All Students to Reach Their Full Potential.” Dr. Dixon speaks from both a researcher and parent perspective, as she is also the mother of a child with a disability.

Wherever you are in your journey to deepen your understanding of how best to teach math to students with disabilities, this one-day conference is a great opportunity to further your learning and spend time with educators seeking answers to the same, or similar, challenges that you are.

Session descriptions and registration information are now available at the Making Mathematics Meaningful Through Collaboration webpage.

Foundations of Math: Implementation Story

Sara Munson, teacher at Birchview Elementary School in Ishpeming, Michigan, is part of a school-wide Foundations of Math implementation effort. Sara attended a state-level Foundations of Math training taught by Dr. Chris Cain in Marquette last year, and is going through the course again at a local training provided by regional Foundations of Math trainers exclusively for the building staff at Birchview.

While two Birchview teachers have been through state-level training in the past two years, Foundations of Math is meant to be a district-wide initiative so that all of the practices taught in the course can get to all students throughout their school career. Mathematics is a cumulative subject, and having strong instruction throughout the K-12 mathematics education of a student is critical to building strong foundational understanding in elementary grades, and applying that understanding to more complex topics in secondary grades.

In this video, Sara describes the implementation implications for attending Foundations of Math as part of a staff versus as an individual teacher.
"Foundations of Math: Implementation Story"
Sara Munson, Birchview Elementary School, Ishpeming

Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students with Learning Difficulties

The new revised training for Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students with Learning Difficulties: Algebraic Expressions and Equations is a course designed for teams of general and special education teachers who are teaching grades 4 through Algebra 1.

Registration is open through November 6. For more information, including the link to register and information on becoming a course facilitator, visit the (Mi)2 website.
Workshop dates:
  • November 14-15 - participant course and facilitator certification, Days 1-2, Okemos
  • December 4 - participant course and facilitator certification, Day 3, Okemos
  • December 5 - facilitator certification, Day 4, Okemos
In the three course sessions, teachers will explore multiple approaches to math problems, view classroom videos, examine student work, engage in discussion, and plan accessibility strategies.

Course content has been revised to include connections to the Standards for Mathematical Practice, content examples from upper elementary through Algebra 1, and an updated video.

Facilitation and implementation expectations have been revised to include increased opportunities to provide feedback and job-embedded support to participants throughout their implementation process. Additionally, more intentional data collection will inform course facilitation and classroom implementation.

Below is what previous participants have said about the impact the course has had on their practice.
General education teacher: The course opened my eyes to more accommodations for students with special needs. I am now able to help these students more.

Special education teacher: The course made me think and slow down what I was doing. Also, finding new ideas and strategies helped me with my teaching.

General education consultant: We have become more collaborative. We have found ways to overcome problems—problems like not being in the same room together, or not seeing each other during the day. We came up with alternate methods to get together to plan. We found strategies to use, some not new but new ways to use them and get better results. We also discovered that these strategies can help numerous other students not just the special education students in our classrooms.

Special education administrator: We have partnerships. We are more collaborative now. We are more proactive and less reactive. We assess all the students and know the students learning levels. The students are more engaged. Teams that have been together for four years are now our high performing teams.

Delta Math

Based on feedback from schools currently using Delta Math readiness screeners, a brief Practice Screener is now available to help introduce young students to the online screening platform prior to their first online screening session. A scripted explanation of the safety icons and scrambled answer choices are followed by five simple problems that most students should be able to answer successfully. 
The practice screener can be assigned and made available from the list of grade-level readiness and tier 3 screeners located in each teacher’s dashboard. The five to ten minute script can be printed from the Program Resources page on the Delta Math website.

If you would like to learn more about Delta Math Practice Screener or other Delta Math implementation supports, please contact Mike Klavon at

Alt+Shift Update

What is Alt+Shift? Alt+Shift is the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act grant-funded initiative within which (Mi)2 functions. Alt+Shift is focused on collaboration and impact. It provides professional learning through training implementation support, and technical assistance that advances the belief that all children are capable of learning and thriving in their educational environments.

Alt+Shift is currently offering professional learning opportunities to strengthen communication for students with complex communication needs and to help sites create accessible materials for public-facing websites. For more information on these opportunities, visit the Resources page at

Vi Hart Videos on YouTube

Occasionally, special education teachers find themselves assigned to teaching, tutoring, co-planning, or simply helping students with high school level math that they may not have worked with for years, if at all. When that happens, a clear, concise, illustrated summary of the content may be helpful. Vi Hart is a mathematician (among other things) who has made a series of videos that may help you when you need to brush up on math before attempting to teach it.  All of Ms. Hart’s videos are available at Two videos that exemplify the effectiveness of her teaching style, and are particularly helpful, are The Calculus of Bad Driving and How I Feel About Logarithms.
The Calculus of Bad Driving
How I Feel About Logarithms

National Council for Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Regional Conference Is Coming to Chicago

NCTM regional conferences and expositions are an opportunity to share knowledge and learn with leaders in the field of mathematics education. Gain new strategies to unleash the mathematical mind of every student when you join NCTM in Chicago this fall for Mathematics Education Meets Excellence. More information, and registration, are available at the event webpage.

Upcoming (Mi)2 Professional Learning Opportunities

Upcoming Regional Foundations of Math Dates

Ishpeming, Days 4 and 5 (October 13, November 10)

Charlevoix-Emmett ISD, Days 4 and 5 (October 17, October 26)

Math Around Michigan

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 will be Tuesday, October 10 at 8 p.m.
Live sessions will continue on the second Tuesday of each month. 
Sign up here to receive the latest updates including an invitation to join the online community.

Responsive Math Institute
The Washtenaw Intermediate School District (ISD) in collaboration with Eastern Michigan University is proud to present the Responsive Mathematics Institute. The Responsive Mathematics Institute is an opportunity for educators to examine mathematics instruction from an equity perspective. Participants will explore the following questions:
  • How does identity influence one’s perception of math? 
  • What are strength-based instructional models that can be implemented in the mathematics classroom?
  • How can cultural modeling be embedded within the mathematics classroom?
  • How have I imposed my biases on students?
  • What privileges do I have because of my identity?
  • How can we, as educators, develop a reflective practice?
 The institute takes place on various dates throughout the fall and spring. For more information, visit the Responsive Math Institute website.

Making Mathematics Meaningful Through Collaboration (MMMC)
Registration is now open for the third annual MMMC conference, offered jointly by the Michigan Council for Exceptional Children, Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and Michigan’s Integrated Mathematics Initiative. This one-day event will feature Dr. Juli Dixon of the University of Central Florida. Juli will conduct an opening session and keynote address on “Redefining Success: Supporting All Students to Reach Their Full Potential.” The event will also include breakout sessions from math and special education leaders in Michigan on topics designed to help both general and special education teachers improve math learning for students with disabilities, including instructional strategies, collaborative structures, and student engagement.

Where: Lansing Community College
When: October 23, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) are available at no cost.

For information and to register, download the MMMC Conference flyer or register online.

Detroit Area Council of Teachers of Mathematics (DACTM)/Metropolitan Detroit Science Teachers Association (MDSTA) Annual Conference
Make plans to join Detroit area math and science teachers for a day of learning and professional development. The 2017 DACTM/MDSTA annual conference returns to Cousino High School for a full day of sessions, workshops, and exhibitors. K-12 math and science educators will learn from fellow educators on topics including math instruction, science instruction, curriculum, technology integration, and STEM.
November 11, 2017
Cousino High School (30333 Hoover Rd., Warren, MI, 48093)
$40 - $80 based on membership status and special pricing for pre-service teachers
$8 lunch
Online registration, pricing, and session descriptions are available on the DACTM website.

Save the Date: Math in Action Conference
Math in Action will take place Saturday, February 24, 2018 at Mackinac Hall on Grand Valley State University’s Allendale campus. Math In Action presents lively and informative discussions on current issues in mathematics education. It also provides an opportunity for practicing Pre-K to 12 teachers, prospective teachers, curriculum directors, and college and university faculty to share idea, concerns, and resources.  For more information, download the Math in Action Save the Date flyer.

(Mi)2 Partner Organizations


Detroit Area Council of Teachers of Mathematics (DACTM)

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

Michigan Council for Exceptional Children (MCEC)

logo for Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics
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)

logo for Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics
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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