MCMI Virtual Book Study

We invite you to join us for a Virtual Book Talk hosted by MCMI— May 12, 19, 26 and June 2, 9, and 16.

Dive into your copy of Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics by Peter Liljedahl, and join us for a series of guided online discussions. 

Participation is free and available to all teachers and administrators participating in MCMI or BSF-UIC for the 2020–2021 school year. 

There are three easy ways to engage: 

  1. Register on Eventbrite at We will meet via Zoom from 4pm–5pm CST on May 12, 19, 26 and June 2, 9, and 16th.
  2. Follow @MetroChicagoMathematicsInitiative on Facebook 
  3. Follow @uic_mcmi on Twitter

Questions? Contact your UIC coach or Jean Sutow-Goldrich ( 

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Chalk Talk

Coach: Jenesis Byrne

District: South Cook

Grade band: K–5

Teachers planning and experiencing Math Talks. Practicing moves, as both teacher and student.

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MCMI 2021 Summer Institute Update

Planning is underway for our 2021 Virtual Summer Institute, and Professional Development Hours will be available for every session attended! Stay connected to learn more details about our featured speakers and session choices.

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Pi Day Ideas and Resources

Help your students celebrate Pi Day, 3/14, while engaging students in rich problem solving and explorations. Here is a list of some of our favorite resources and ideas for K–12 students. 

  • There are many fun and innovative ways to celebrate Pi Day in your classroom and beyond—you probably already use it as a jumping-off point for key mathematical lessons. If you’re in need of something to invigorate your tried-and-true Pi Day traditions, NCTM has you covered! Here is NCTM’s collection of K–12 ideas for Pi Day.
  • Here is an entire unit of problem solving with Circles. It’s a great way to engage students in multi-step problem solving and algebraic reasoning with lots of fun problems. 
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Save the Dates for the MCMI 2021 Summer Institute

The Metro Chicago Mathematics Initiative will be offering a 2021 Mathematics Summer Institute for teachers and administrators focused on Moving the Math Forward: Communicating and Connecting in Mathematics Classrooms.

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

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

Teachers may 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.

Administrators may attend a special workshop immediately following the featured speaker. Administrators interested in working with teacher groups are also welcome to do so.

WHEN/WHERE: The two-day institute will be offered virtually via Zoom on Tuesday, July 27, and Wednesday, July 28

MORE INFORMATION: For more detailed information, please contact Jean Sutow-Goldrich at or visit our website at Registration will be available in April. 

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ICTM Presents Friday Eve Elementary Math Happy Hour Chats

You are cordially invited to join in on our monthly informal virtual gatherings to explore and reflect on current topics in elementary mathematics. Although our focus will center around aspects of PreK-8th grade math teaching and learning, ALL educators are certainly welcome!

Upcoming session themes include: 

·  March:  Lessons Learned Throughout this Past Year

·  April:  Ramping Up Engagement Through “Re-Engaging” our Elementary Learners

·  May:  Using Technology to Enhance our Instruction

Complete this interest form in order to receive upcoming session details, meeting Zoom Links, as well as session reminders.

Check out this flyer for additional information about upcoming dates. 

Any questions can be directed to

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