Save the Date for MCMI’s Summer Institute — Motivation Matters

Get ready for our Summer Institute: Motivation Matters, featuring keynote speeches from Matthew Larson and Peg Smith. Download the flyer for more event details.

Meet our Keynote Speakers

Matt Larson is president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). Previously, Larson was the K–12 curriculum specialist for mathematics in Lincoln (Nebraska) Public Schools for more than 20 years. He is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Dr. Larson began his career in education as a high school mathematics teacher. He has authored or co-authored several books, including a series on professional learning communities and Common Core Mathematics. He is co-author of Balancing the Equation: A Guide to School Mathematics for Educators and Parents, and he was on the writing team of Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All (2014). He is the co-author of a widely used K-12 mathematics series. Larson has taught mathematics at the elementary through college level and has held an appointment as an honorary visiting associate professor at Teachers College, Columbia University.


Margaret (Peg) Smith is a Professor Emeritus at University of Pittsburgh. Over the past two decades she has been developing research-based materials for use in the professional development of mathematics teachers. She was a member of the writing team for Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All and she is a co-author of two new books (Taking Action: Implementation Effective Mathematics Teaching Practices Grades 6–8 & 9–12) that provide further explication of the teaching practices first described in Principles to Actions.

She has authored or coauthored over 90 books, edited books or monographs, book chapters, and peer-reviewed articles including the book Five Practices for Orchestrating Productive Discussions (co-authored with Mary Kay Stein). She was a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (2001–2003; 2003–2005), of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (2006–2009), and of Teachers Development Group (2009–2017). She was the founding editor of the journal Mathematics Teacher Educator, which is co-published by NCTM and AMTE.

In 2006 she was selected to receive the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award given annually to honor outstanding faculty at the University of Pittsburgh. In 2009 she received the award for Excellence in Teaching in Mathematics Teacher Education from the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators. In 2010 she received the Susan Loucks-Horsley award from the National Staff Development Council in recognition of her efforts to promote professional learning in mathematics.

Registration information coming soon.

March 20th, 2017|News|

Pi Day is Coming!

Teachers, March 14 is Pi Day. We thought you might like to look over these Pi Day Resources from NCTM for some fun Pi Day activities to try in your classroom.

March 8th, 2017|News|

NCTM Annual Meeting in April

NCTM’s annual meeting is coming up in April. Learn more and register at if you plan to attend.

January 4th, 2017|News|

PARCC Released 2015–16 Test Items for G3–8

We thought MCMI teachers might be interested to know that PARCC has released items from last year’s tests for grades 3–8. See  for more information. You can access the released items here.

January 4th, 2017|News|

Get Ready for CGI’s 2017 Conference

Registration opens soon for this year’s COGNITIVELY GUIDED INSTRUCTION (CGI) conference.

See the flyer or visit their website at for more details.

January 4th, 2017|News|

District 89 Students Win at Proviso Math and Science Academy Math Competition

Congratulations to the students at Stevenson and Irving Middle School for their excellent performance at the Proviso Math and Science Academy math competition. The competition consisted of 9 middle schools with Irving and Stevenson representing District 89.

Each middle school brought 12 students, 4 from each grade-level. The competition had 3 different components. There was an individual section, team section, and joint team section in which students were teammates with students from other schools.

Stevenson Middle School won 1st place overall at the competition. Many students from Irving and Stevenson won awards. Individual winners are listed below. District 89 will be recognizing all of the competitors at the school board meeting on the evening of January 12th.

We couldn’t be prouder of our  District 89 consortium teacher participants and their students.


Irving Middle School
David Angon-7 1st Place Joint Team Competition
Kelby James-8 3rd Place Joint Team Competition


Stevenson Middle School-SCHOOL CHAMPIONS
Shantiah Watt-6 2nd Place Individual and 1st Place Joint Team Competition
Abigail Palomares-6 1st Place Individual and 2nd Place Team Competition 
Deana Delcarmen-6 2nd Place Team Competition
Jeylin Rivera-7 2nd Place Team Competition
Guadalupe Nunez-Palomares-7 3rd Place Joint Team and 2nd Place Team Competition
Isaiah Ketedji-7 1st Place Team Competition
Fernando Sandoval-7 1st Place Team,1st Place Joint Team, and 3rdPlace Individual Competition     
Amadis Castro-8       2nd Place Individual Competition           
Itzel Saenz-8 1st Place Joint Team Competition


January 4th, 2017|News|

Tools from The Math Forum and Desmos

Dear Teachers,
We wanted to share some resources. NCTM recently held their Innov8 Conference in St. Louis, and The Math Forum has publicly shared some problems and tools for teachers at this link.
Also, we know many of you are working to integrate technology into your instructional units. Desmos has a Linear Activity Bundle with 7 activities to develop students’ understanding of linear relationships and representations.
We hope this is useful. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
The MCMI Team
November 20th, 2016|News|

Summer Institutes Kick Off 2016–2017 School Year

This summer, about 400 teachers and administrators from the BSF-UIC Mathematics Initiative and SCMI and WCMI Consortium districts joined us at Elmwood Park High School and Shepard High School for our summer institutes, Engaging All Students in Meaningful Mathematics. We were fortunate to enjoy dynamic and inspirational keynote addresses from Harold Asturias, director of the Center for Mathematics Excellence and Equity at the Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California, Berkeley; and Dr. Cathy Seeley, former NCTM president and Senior Fellow at the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas. Check out some highlights from their keynotes.

Cathy Seeley MCMI Keynote.

Harold Asturias MCMI Keynote.

October 3rd, 2016|News|

Dwayne Reed Wows with Back to School Video

You may have already seen the viral video of teacher Dwayne Reed from MCMI participant District 68. What a fun and creative way to welcome students! We hope Dwayne and his students are off to the start of a fantastic school year.

October 3rd, 2016|News|

Lisa Nicks wins NSF Award

The MCMI team would like to congratulate Lisa Nicks, one of our former SCMI teacher leaders, on winning a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching from the National Science Foundation. What a wonderful honor and well-deserved accomplishment.

October 3rd, 2016|News|