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(Mi)^2 Update March 2018
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Partner Highlight: 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.
  • Code.org.
  • 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 on the conference, visit the MCTM website or download the MCTM Annual Conference flyer.

 

Foundations of Math


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

Overwhelmingly, we hear about the benefits of going through this training with colleagues, and, even more so, as a building. When colleagues are able to gain shared knowledge during the 5-day training, return to their buildings with shared goals, and have instructional leadership ready to support the shifts in practice, participants report more confidence and ability to shift practices. They also report seeing student growth in mathematics.
We hear that sites wish they could access the training more often and closer to their districts.

Are you interested in having regional Foundations of Math instructors and becoming an implementation site?  

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


New county-level training sessions began in Macomb county in February.
 
Both administrators and teachers are focused on the need to improve student math scores and plan to accomplish this goal through teacher training. Increasing teacher skills, and providing new and effective strategies for student learning, will improve students’ opportunities to engage in math instruction and have success in math achievement.
 
The teaching staff are especially excited to have time with their co-teaching partners.  Too often planning and collaboration occurs “on the fly” and the time for in-depth conversation surrounding how collaborative practices can be improved can be limited.  One district is piloting a new math curriculum at the middle school level which has an embedded accessibility strategy component, so the training comes at the perfect time for them.
 
Additional trainings are in the works for additional counties.

 

Delta Math: Implementation Story


Joe ElsheikhiJoe Elsheikhi
Berrien Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA) Math Consultant (2017-present)
Buchanan Middle Schools Math Teacher (2012-2017)
 
Delta Math has transformed my teaching and inspired my students. I began using Delta Math as a middle school math teacher in 2012. It provided direction and clarity on how to reach all of my students’ mathematical needs.

Delta Math was used to provide a pathway for all students to strengthen development in specific mathematics content standards. We used the Delta Math readiness screener to show the students how we as teachers identified those areas of focus. By including students in looking at the reports and the data dialogue, they felt valued as learners. When students achieved growth in those standards, they loved to celebrate because they understood what they accomplished. No longer would students hide in the background of not knowing a math concept but instead they were uplifted by the involvement in their own progress monitoring and by receiving specific feedback. Many students would come up to me after mastering a “Quick Check,” which is a progress monitoring tool and say, “I used to not like math but now math is my favorite subject.”

As our school’s understanding of the readiness standards evolved, our implementation of Delta Math also evolved. We began using Delta Math during WIN time, a half-hour time at the start of our day,  allowing us scheduling flexibility to group students depending on the standards and needs identified by the screener. Every teacher was assigned to a grade level and math readiness standard. They became experts in that standard and built an atmosphere and school environment where everybody did Delta Math. What was amazing was the rich conversation between all subjects centered on math. As a team, we would constantly reflect on misconceptions students were having and how to help them.

Data in my grade level showed massive student improvement through the use of Delta Math! On the Spring 2016 to Spring 2017 NWEA, we had 89 percent of our 7th-grade students meet their growth goal. On the M-Step, our 7th graders had a Student Growth Performance (SGP) at 73, well above the state average of 50. This data wouldn’t have been attainable if we didn’t have a program like Delta Math. We really needed a system that was going to specifically meet our students’ needs and allow us as educators to instruct in a way that laid a strong mathematical foundation for our students.

We also used Delta Math data to look at the district’s curriculum and identify ways to strengthen it. Based on results from the Delta Math screeners, particularly results from the mid-year screener, we could identify student gaps in understanding and make changes before the state assessment.

Most important throughout our Delta Math implementation is that Delta Math, in our student's eyes wasn’t just another test but instead a chance to inform everybody about what learning was happening.
 

Alt+Shift Update: Start the Assistive Technology Journey


Register Now and Share with Colleagues

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)
Romulus event, April 24, 2018
St. Johns event, April 25, 2018
Grand Rapids event, April 27, 2018
Gaylord event, May 14, 2018
Marquette event, May 16, 2018

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).

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

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

The Simple Beauty of Mislabeled Fraction Bars


If you had two mislabeled fraction bars, could you use what you know about fractions to determine the correct labels?

Harry O’Malley’s blog post, “The Simple Beauty of Mislabeled Fraction Bars” is an interactive and informative post that will deepen both teachers’ and students’ understanding of fractions. As your understanding develops, consider how you might develop that same understanding for your students.

 

Upcoming (Mi)2 Trainings


Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students with Learning Difficulties, 3-day training, Macomb Intermediate School District, Days 2 and 3, March 15 and April 17, 2018.

Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students with Learning Difficulties, 3-day training, Utica Community Schools, Days 2 and 3, March 28 and May 3, 2018.

Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students with Learning Difficulties, 3-day training, Clare-Gladwin Intermediate School District, March 20, April 5, and May 3, 2018.

“From Research to Practice: Teaching Math to Students with Significant Disabilities,” breakout session, Michigan Council for Exceptional Children (MCEC) Conference, March 1, 2018 in Grand Rapids.

“Using Language in Mathematics to Improve Outcomes for Students with Disabilities,” co-presented with Kevin Dykema, breakout session, Michigan Council for Exceptional Children (MCEC) Annual Conference, March 1, 2018 in Grand Rapids.

Math Around Michigan


Pi Day with the Detroit Area Council of Teachers of Mathematics (DACTM)
DACTM is having a Pi Day Trivia Night on March 10, 2018 from 6-8 p.m. at Buddy's Pizza in Farmington Hills. Member cost is $10, non-member cost is $15.  A combined new membership with event registration is $25.

Pizza, salad, and a beverage will be included. Trivia will begin at around 6:45 p.m. 

In addition, at the beginning of March there will be an online pi day lesson plan exchange for members! Samples of the lesson plans will be available at the trivia night. 

Conversations Among Colleagues
Registration is open for Conversations Among Colleagues, the annual conference from the Michigan Association of Teachers of Mathematics Educators (MI-AMTE), being held on March 17. 2018 at Eastern Michigan University. This year’s theme is The Teacher Development Continuum: Preservice through Early Career.  Conversations among Colleagues was designed in 2003-2004 to facilitate conversations between and among mathematicians, mathematics educators, and leaders in mathematics education. The day-long meeting consists of talks and  conversations related to mathematics education and the preparation and continuing professional development of teachers of mathematics Pre K-College. In 2015, the Conversations Among Colleagues became the official conference of the MI-AMTE.  

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.
  • Code.org.
  • 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.

Using PSAT/SAT Results to Inform Instructional Decisions - Train the Trainer
This General Education Leadership Network (GELN) sponsored 1-day training will be held March 7, 2018 at Gratiot Isabella Regional Educational Service District (RESD) from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The training will provide an opportunity for intermediate school district (ISD) level trainers to experience a data analysis protocol and learn how using the protocol can provide information to drive cross-curricular instructional practices. Trainers will receive a wealth of resources they can use when conducting trainings in their own ISD. For more information, download the Using PSAT/SAT Results to Inform Instructional Decisions 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 Formative Assessment Academy 2017-2018
The Michigan Math and Science Center Network (MMSCN) presents this series of virtual meetings that focus on math and science formative assessment strategies. Each month (September through May), a different speaker presents a new topic related to the use of formative assessment in math and science. For more information on the topics, and how to join the meetings, download the Michigan Formative Assessment Academy flyer.
 
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.

Responsive Math Institute
The Washtenaw ISD in collaboration with Eastern Michigan University is proud to present the Responsive Mathematics Institute. The Responsive Mathematics Institute provides 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 strength-based instructional models 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 final institute event this year is March 18, 2018. For more information, visit the Responsive Math Institute website.
 

(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)

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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