Transforming the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics K–12 2021-05-13T13:21:07-05:00

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.

Read the latest LSRI Newsletter.

Join us on Wednesdays to discuss Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics by Peter Liljedahl.

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Learn More About Our Services

We are offering virtual PD for the 2020–2021 school year.

Please visit the Events section of our Website for more information.

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2021 Virtual Summer Institute

We are pleased to announce Professors Deborah Loewenberg Ball and Maisie Gholson and author Marian Small as our featured speakers for the MCMI 2021 Virtual Summer Institute, Moving the Math Forward: Communicating and Connecting in Mathematics Classrooms, on July 27th–28th.

All participants are also invited to join us for an additional half-day on July 29th focused on Desmos led by ICTM President Annie Forest.

For registration and session information, visit

We are currently planning and accepting districts for the 2021–2022 school year.

All new and returning districts interested in participating in our PD consortium or receiving Specialized Services for the 2021–2022 school year are invited to contact us for more information.

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