Transforming the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics K–12 2020-06-11T14:30:13-05:00

Transforming the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics K–12

The Metro Chicago Mathematics Initiative (MCMI) is a program of the Learning Sciences Research Institute (LSRI) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) that supports teachers and school districts in transforming their mathematics education practices through intensive professional development and coaching services.

Our work is driven by a focus on student learning. Drawing on decades of research and experience, we aim to change the way that mathematics is taught and learned in every classroom, for every student. We help teachers engage students deeply in mathematics by building their own mathematical knowledge and supporting their ability to use student thinking to inform their instruction. Learn more about Our Approach.

Partial funding for the initial work of MCMI was provided by a series of grants during 2009–2017 by the Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust. That funding supported activities of the West Cook Mathematics Initiative and the South Cook Mathematics Initiative. We thank the Chicago Community Trust for their generous support of this work.


During these challenging times, we would like to support all educators as we transition to distance teaching and learning. Please visit the new section of our Blog (Covid-19 Distance Learning), which is dedicated to sharing ideas and resources.


Visit our Summer Institute page for additional information.


We are currently planning and accepting districts for the 2020–2021 school year.

All new and returning districts interested in participating in our PD consortium or receiving Specialized Services for the 2020–2021 school year are invited to contact us for more information.

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To our MCMI Community

 We are saddened by the recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery,   and extend our deepest sympathies to their loved ones. Although these three incidents are the most recent and horrific, these are just the tip of the iceberg; it is the collective unseen that must also be addressed and acknowledged. As a part of the mathematics education community we must not tolerate acts of racism, hate, bias or violence. 

 As we listen to the stories of our Black colleagues and friends, we realize we need to refocus our efforts to support anti-racist practices in our daily lives and through our ongoing work with mathematics educators. We need to continue our own learning and improve the ways in which we support districts and schools who serve communities of color.

We are in agreement with the statement by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics: https://www.nctm.org/News-and-Calendar/News/NCTM-News-Releases/A-Statement-on-George-Floyd,-Breonna-Taylor,-and-Ahmaud-Arbery/

MCMI has consistently advocated for equitable practices, and we continue to be committed to supporting districts to create structures and systems that provide equitable experiences for students, and supporting educators to ensure that each and every student has the opportunity to engage in meaningful mathematics.


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