Happy Pythagorean Theorem Day!

August 15th, 2017|News|

Total Solar Eclipse Visible Across the United States

A historic natural phenomena is an awesome way to start the school year!!! The Chicago area will be able to see a partial solar eclipse between 11:54pm and 2:42pm with the most coverage happening at 1:22pm. There are more details and an awesome animation at this site:

What is the best way to view the solar eclipse? 

Indirect viewing is the safest method, especially for younger children. The Adler Planetarium has a wealth of information about viewing here


August 8th, 2017|News|

Register Soon! Registration Closing for the MCMI June Institute

Spots are filling up for our 2017 summer institute, Motivation Matters in Mathematics

Registration for our June institute will close on Friday, June 9, at midnight.

Please register soon for the June or August sessions to reserve your spots for this engaging professional development opportunity!



Wednesday, June 21 and Thursday, June 22

Keynote Speaker: Matthew Larson, President of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Location: Oak Park and River Forest High School, Oak Park, IL


Tuesday, August 1 and Wednesday, August 2

Keynote Speaker: Margaret (Peg) Smith, Professor of Instruction and Learning in the School of Education, and Senior Scientist at the Learning Research and Development Center, University of Pittsburgh

Location: Colin Powell Middle School, Matteson, IL


We look forward to seeing you there!

May 26th, 2017|News|

Registration is Now Open for Our Summer Institute

MCMI Summer Institute Registration Flyer

Registration is now open for the MCMI Summer 2017 Mathematics Institutes for K–12 educators, Motivation Matters in Mathematics.

The institute will include a keynote speaker, core sessions focused on principals of motivation, classroom environment, and instructional strategies, and choice sessions to accommodate the needs of a broad audience of learners.

To register for the June 21–22 session, click here.

To register for the August 1–2 session, click here.

Further information on the choice sessions is located on the registration page under the “Session Descriptions” tab. 

WHO should attend: Teachers of mathematics and administrators in grades K–12.

Teachers will work in grade-band groups on core issues of mathematics teaching.

Teachers can also select breakout sessions based on their interests, contexts, and prior experience. Teachers either new to or experienced with our work are encouraged to attend.  (Please ensure that you have district approval prior to registering.)

Administrators can attend special workshops immediately following the keynote speakers’ addresses. Administrators interested in working with teacher groups are also welcome to do so.

MORE INFORMATION: For additional information, please contact Jean Goldrich at or Melody Chang at, or visit our website at

May 10th, 2017|News|

ICTM Webinar: Graham Fletcher on Mathematical Modeling in the Elementary Classroom

ICTM is hosting a webinar with Graham Fletcher on Mathematical Modeling in the Elementary Classroom!

Their description of the webinar and a registration link follows below:

The term “model” is frequently misinterpreted as simply the use of manipulatives in math. This alone doesn’t satisfy the expectation of Standard for Mathematical Practice #4: Model with Mathematics. Through the use of 3-act task, we’ll briefly discuss what mathematical modeling is and how to make sure it’s happening in our classrooms.

The webinar will be Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 3:30 PM CST. Space is limited, but please feel free to spread the word to friends and colleagues. You can register here. Once you register, you’ll get a confirmation email with more directions on how to join.

May 9th, 2017|News|

Congratulations District 218!

Congratulations to District 218’s Eisenhower, Richards, and Shepard schools on making this year’s U.S. News and World Report’s list of Illinois’ best high schools.

Of their ranking, Shepard’s Associate Principal Jen Pollack said “I know that SCMI and our math coaches weren’t mentioned in this article but in order for us to be in the top 100, step one was our performance on year 1 PARCC.  You helped make that possible for us, our students, and our communities.  I’m so proud to work with each of you! Thank you for all that you did and continue to do!!”

May 1st, 2017|News|

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|