(Mi)^2 Update February 2019
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New Feature: Supports for Math Students in the Lending Library!


We want to make sure that everyone is aware of the things we have to offer in our Lending Library here at Alt+Shift. As a new feature in our newsletter, we will highlight an item each month and explain how it can help students succeed. To find out what Alt+Shift has available for your students or to make a request, please visit the Lending Library page on the Alt+Shift website. Check out our featured item below!
 


Algebra can be extremely abstract for students. Many students struggle with this content because they cannot make the connections between the quantity and the algebraic symbols. These math manipulatives allow students access to the underlying quantity needed to work with expressions such as x² + 3x + 7. With these tiles, students can build geometric models of polynomials and explore related concepts. Our classroom set comes with 30 student sets. To try these tiles out with your students, contact Alt+Shift's Lending Librarian, Ashley!

Michigan Council for Exceptional Children (MCEC) Annual Conference


Michigan CEC will celebrate their 79th annual conference by offering national speakers, more than 120 breakout sessions, more than 30 exhibitors, and unique networking opportunities. CEC’s goal is for each participant to have a productive learning experience and an opportunity to share with colleagues from across our state through quality, research-based sessions; enjoyable receptions; and productive organizational meetings.

For more information, please visit the MCEC conference information page.
To register for this event, please visit the MCEC conference registration page.

Alt+Shift breakout sessions at MCEC include:

  • “Assisting the Team with Assistive Technology” by Carolyn O’Hearn and Ashley Rust
  • “Building CapAACity - Implementation of School-Wide AAC” by Carolyn O’Hearn
  • “Don’t Get Stuck in the Math Mud, Use Concrete” by Briana Bancroft
  • “From Research to Practice: Teaching Mathematics to Students with Significant Disabilities” by Kate Fanelli
  • “Shared Reading for Students with Significant Disabilities” by Megan Zell
  • “Writing for Students with Significant Disabilities” by Megan Zell

Enhancing Mathematics: Implementation Story



Dana Colo
Bemis Junior High
Part II


In our August 2018 newsletter, Dana reflected on her journey through the Enhancing Math course with her colleague and shared how they planned to take the information and learning back to the classroom this fall. We reconnected with Dana to see how implementation has been going in her classroom.
 
Our classroom has become an environment where math instruction is accessible to all. I have learned how to better identify potential barriers for all students, but mostly for those with disabilities. My students have been exposed to a variety of accessibility strategies and have benefited greatly as they have been showing mastery of the skills they are learning. 
 
Using the "Math Accessibility Framework," I begin each lesson plan by first identifying the goals and task demands for my students.  I then look to a variety of strategies and begin to plan how to implement.  Having this plan allows me to be ready to better deal with each student’s barriers so we can move past them and master our skills.
 
All students, especially those with disabilities, have gained confidence in their ability.  Accessibility strategies such as offering manipulatives and using visuals can move students to an entire new level in their learning. Some fear that accessibility means more time and work, but that doesn't have to be true. These strategies are often easily implemented and help all students to be successful. With time, each student has gained strategies that work best for them to support their weaknesses while building on their strengths. Applying this framework to any environment is a win for all.

Enhancing Mathematics for Students with Disabilities


Bay Arenac Intermediate School District is hosting a session of Enhancing Math. Mike O’Neill and Kathy Lupp will guide participants through learning activities to analyze math content and observe and discuss video case lessons, teaching practices, and instructional strategies that build on individual strengths and weaknesses. Districts should plan to send special education and general education team that teach collaboratively. 
 
Dates: February 11, March 1, and March 14, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Bay-Arenac ISD
Cost: $150/person
For more information or to register, please visit the BAISD Enhancing Math registration page.

Foundations of Math


We often hear from former participants who are constantly searching for new strategies to use in the classroom that will bring about a more rich student discourse or for ideas to utilize when planning with the Concrete-Representational-Abstract (CRA) model in mind. Email the Foundations of Math listserv at fom@listserv.cenmi.org your questions or ideas. Participants and their colleagues may also follow us on Facebook (Michigan’s Integrated Mathematics Initiative (Mi)2) or Twitter (Mi2 or @Mi2_Math) to find resources, strategies, videos, and learning opportunities you may be interested in to develop your students and/or your own knowledge of math. If you have an great resource, share it!
 
Don’t forget the Google folder for FoM resources. A new study included there discusses the effects an over-cluttered classroom can have on students with visual impairments. The teachers who were part of the study reported that the de-cluttered classroom had a positive effect or their performance too.

Delta Math


The winter screening cycle continues through February 28, 2019 to measure the impact of fall tier 2 interventions and identify students for additional tier 2 interventions. Many schools currently screen up in February to measure each student’s readiness for the next grade level.  “Screening up” data is used to identify students who may need additional tier 1 support. Screening up in May provides the opportunity to measure the impact of tier 1 intervention and to plan for students who may need additional summer and/or fall instructional support.
 
If you have questions about “when or why” to screen for readiness, please view the Delta Math Assessment Overview or contact Mike Klavon at mklavon@oaisd.org.

Alt+Shift Update: Conventional Literacy for Students with Significant Disabilities and Complex Communication Needs Implementation Story



Bethany VandenBrand
Autism Spectrum Disorder program teacher
Paris Ridge Elementary, part of Caledonia Community Schools

Alt+Shift: In what ways have you implemented ideas and information from the Conventional Literacy for Students with Significant Disabilities Complex Communication Needs training?

Bethany VandenBrand: I have embedded all components of the conventional literacy model. My favorite new routine is daily journal writing. I am amazed to see what my students are able to say when given the opportunity to choose a topic, when they have an appropriate and efficient writing tool, and when they have someone care about what they have to say.
 
AS: What impact has the training had on you and those with whom you work?
 
BV: Since attending the training and Camp ALEC, along with my fabulous speech-language pathologist, we are providing multi-day professional development focusing on conventional literacy for all program teachers, speech pathologists, and occupational therapists. It is amazing to see how each person uses the new strategies. We are seeing the benefits of everyone working on the same thing and working on common activities in student progress and growth.
 
AS: What is one implementation challenge you have experienced? How did you overcome it?
 
BV: As much as I like writing with my students, it was a challenge to find an appropriate pencil for all of my students. Collaboration with my paraprofessionals and occupational therapist made finding and creating alternative pencils easier. It just took time, determination, and a little non-traditional thinking.
 
AS: What is one implementation success you experienced?
 
BV: In the area of reading, I struggled with finding books that one of my students would be willing to read until I realized he loved to read video covers and video game CD cases. Now we present those to him as a choice, and he is an avid reader. This student provides a reminder to me to think outside the box and to not be afraid to take risks. As Dave (Dr. David Koppenhaver is a co-developer of the Conventional Literacy training) often says, “This is what is looks like today, how can I make it look better tomorrow.”
 
AS: What is your next step for implementing ideas from the training?
 
BV: It is an honor and privilege to be training with Karen and Dave (Drs. Karen Erickson and David Koppenhaver co-developed the Conventional Literacy training) to be able to provide this training to others in Michigan.

Steve Wyborney - Estimation Clipboard


Steve Wyborney, the creator of the Splat series, is back with another great tool for mathematics teachers. His Estimation Clipboard series includes 40 lessons that each include four highly similar images. Each image provides an invitation to estimate. As new images are introduced the students’ context and intrigue will grow, as well as their excitement! For more information and to watch a video about the series and how to use the presentations, visit the Estimation Clipboard page. To view more of Steve’s work, visit his blog: I’m on a Learning Mission.

Upcoming Alt+Shift Events


Upper Peninsula Special Education Conference
This two day conference is designed for special education professionals and offers sessions on a variety of topics.  Information about the conference will be available mid-January at the UP Special Education Conference event page.
 
When: February 21-22, 2019
Where: Marquette, MI

Alt+Shift breakout sessions include:

  • Emergent Literacy Instruction for Students with Significant Disabilities and Complex Communication Needs (title subject to change) by Megan Zell
  • From Research to Practice: Teaching Mathematics to Students with Significant Disabilities by Kate Fanelli

Michigan Council for Exceptional Children Annual Conference 
When: March 6-8, 2019
Where: Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Grand Rapids
For more information, visit the MCEC Conference Webpage

Alt+Shift Breakout sessions include:

  • Assisting the Team with Assistive Technology by Carolyn O’Hearn and Ashley Rust
  • Building CapAACity - Implementation of School-Wide AAC by Carolyn O’Hearn
  • Don’t Get Stuck in the Math Mud, Use Concrete by Briana Bancroft
  • From Research to Practice: Teaching Mathematics to Students with Significant Disabilities by Kate Fanelli
  • Shared Reading for Students with Significant Disabilities by Megan Zell
  • Writing for Students with Significant Disabilities by Megan Zell

Math Around Michigan


Math in Action

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.

79th Annual Michigan Council for Exceptional Children

The Michigan Council for Exceptional Children (MCEC) will be holding their annual conference March 6-8, 2019 in Grand Rapids. Participants can expect strategies, solutions, and best practices for meeting academic, social, and emotional needs to better address the whole child. To register for the conference, please visit the MCEC conference registration page

2019 Michigan Statistics Poster Competition

This competition is sponsored by the Department of Statistics and the Regional Math and Science Center at Grand Valley State University with support from the Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics. All students in grades K-12 residing in Michigan are eligible to participate. Entries will be judged in four different grade level categories. Posters must be postmarked by March 1, 2019. For more information and competition rules, please visit the poster competition information page.

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching - Last Call

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is seeking exemplary mathematics or science teachers in seventh through twelfth grade for nominations to the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Since 1983, the PAEMST is the highest recognition a K-12 teacher can receive for outstanding science or mathematics teaching in the United States, and more than 4,000 outstanding teachers have been recognized. Nominations are open now through March 1, 2019. For more information or to nominate someone, visit the online PAEMST nomination form.

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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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