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Featured Speaker Spotlight

We are thrilled to welcome Professor Deborah Loewenberg Ball and Professor Maisie Gholson from the University of Michigan as our featured speakers on July 27, 2021, at the MCMI Summer Institute—Moving the Math Forward: Communicating and Connecting in the Mathematics Classrooms

Session Description

Authoring Post-pandemic Mathematics Futures: Learning New Storylines of Black Children’s Mathematics Experiences

The pandemic has reinforced the dominance of deeply-rooted deficit narratives about Black children and families––naming them as behind, struggling, and suffering learning “loss.” In this session, participants will engage in pedagogical practices of imagination, learning how to break with pervasive and persistent racial narratives. Grounded in classroom cases, the session is designed to construct together new storylines about Black children’s experiences and resources, to notice the power of these new storylines, and to use them in seeing, understanding, and relating to students as a new school year approaches.

Learn more about all our session choices at https://mcmi.uic.edu/summer-institute/.

Registration is available on Eventbrite.

Registration is FREE to all administrators and to teachers from schools or districts engaging in services with MCMI for the 2021–2022, and available for a fee to all non-MCMI Participants. Please verify your MCMI status and ensure that you have district approval prior to registering.

Please contact Jean Goldrich (sutow@uic.edu) with any questions.

2021-06-29T10:51:14-05:00 June 29th, 2021|Blog|

MCMI Virtual Book Study Week 6

On Wednesday, June 16th we will be discussing Chapters 12–15 of Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics by Peter Liljedahl. Get your copy via Corwin or Amazon.

Join our discussion

  1. Via Zoom from 4pm to 5pm Register here: https://bit.ly/3g4eYnj.
  2. Follow @MetroChicagoMathematicsInitiative on Facebook 
  3. Follow @uic_mcmi on Twitter

Access the pacing guide and discussions question here: https://bit.ly/2Qsh2dU

Questions? Contact Jean Sutow-Goldrich (sutow@uic.edu). 

 #mcmi_pd #buildingthinking #thinkingclassroom #mtbos #iteachmath

2021-06-14T14:25:15-05:00 June 14th, 2021|Blog|

MCMI Virtual Book Study Week 5

On Wednesday, June 9th we will be discussing Chapters 10 and 11 of Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics by Peter Liljedahl. Get your copy via Corwin or Amazon.

Join our discussion

  1. Via Zoom from 4pm to 5pm Register here: https://bit.ly/3g4eYnj.
  2. Follow @MetroChicagoMathematicsInitiative on Facebook 
  3. Follow @uic_mcmi on Twitter

Access the pacing guide and discussions question here: https://bit.ly/2Qsh2dU

Questions? Contact Jean Sutow-Goldrich (sutow@uic.edu). 

 #mcmi_pd #buildingthinking #thinkingclassroom #mtbos #iteachmath

2021-06-07T09:14:21-05:00 June 7th, 2021|Blog|

MCMI Virtual Book Study Week 4

On Wednesday, June 2nd we will be discussing Chapters 7–9 of Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics by Peter Liljedahl. Get your copy via Corwin or Amazon.

Join our discussion

  1. Via Zoom from 4pm to 5pm Register here: https://bit.ly/3g4eYnj.
  2. Follow @MetroChicagoMathematicsInitiative on Facebook 
  3. Follow @uic_mcmi on Twitter

Access the pacing guide and discussions question here: https://bit.ly/2Qsh2dU

Questions? Contact Jean Sutow-Goldrich (sutow@uic.edu). 

 #mcmi_pd #buildingthinking #thinkingclassroom #mtbos #iteachmath

2021-06-02T09:26:19-05:00 June 2nd, 2021|Blog|

Using Technology to Compare Solution Strategies

Coach: Jennifer Leimberer

Grade band: 6–8

8th graders check their understanding by solving problems and then taking, cropping and resizing photos in order to compare solution strategies with their classmates.

2021-06-01T08:57:11-05:00 June 1st, 2021|Blog|

MCMI Virtual Book Study Week 3

On Wednesday, May 26th we will be discussing Chapter 5 and 6 of Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics by Peter Liljedahl. Get your copy via Corwin or Amazon.

Join our discussion

  1. Via Zoom from 4pm to 5pm Register here: https://bit.ly/3g4eYnj.
  2. Follow @MetroChicagoMathematicsInitiative on Facebook 
  3. Follow @uic_mcmi on Twitter

Access the pacing guide and discussions question here: https://bit.ly/2Qsh2dU

Questions? Contact Jean Sutow-Goldrich (sutow@uic.edu). 

 #mcmi_pd #buildingthinking #thinkingclassroom #mtbos #iteachmath

2021-05-24T13:41:08-05:00 May 24th, 2021|Blog|

SolveMe Puzzles

Coach: Jennifer Leimberer

Grade band: 3–HS

Looking for interesting ways to engage and challenge your students? Puzzles are a great way to engage students to think strategically, flexibly, and develop language. SolveMe Puzzles are awesome for late elementary students through high school students. https://solveme.edc.org

2021-05-24T08:42:03-05:00 May 24th, 2021|Blog|

Featured Speaker Spotlight

We are excited to welcome author and international professional development consultant Marian Small as our featured speaker on July 28, 2021, at the MCMI Summer Institute—Moving the Math Forward: Communicating and Connecting in the Mathematics Classrooms.

Meet Marian Small

Marian Small has authored more than 100 resources for teachers and students at the K–12 level. She writes and speaks about K–12 math around the world. Her focus is on teacher questioning to get at the important math, to include and extend all students, and to focus on critical thinking and creativity.

About Ms. Small’s Session

Getting to Know Your Students (Mathematically) 

You have a fresh group of students in front of you this coming year and you want to establish the right personal and academic environment for them as quickly as possible.

What can you do to start the year to provide you the information you need to meet students where they are and move them forward in as non-threatening a way as possible?

We will explore the kind of diagnostic information you might want to gather and how gathering that information through the use of open questions might serve them and you in a very useful way.

Ms. Small will meet with administrators immediately following her session.

Learn more about all our session choices at https://mcmi.uic.edu/summer-institute/.

Registration is available on Eventbrite.

Registration is FREE to all administrators and to teachers from schools or districts engaging in services with MCMI for the 2021–2022, and available for a fee to all non-MCMI Participants. Please verify your MCMI status and ensure that you have district approval prior to registering.

Please contact Jean Goldrich (sutow@uic.edu) with any questions.

We look forward to working with you this summer!

2021-05-17T07:48:40-05:00 May 17th, 2021|Blog|

MCMI Virtual Book Study Week 2

On Wednesday, May 19th we will be discussing Chapters 2, 3, and 4 of Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics by Peter Liljedahl. Get your copy via Corwin or Amazon.

Join our discussion

  1. Via Zoom from 4pm to 5pm Register here: https://bit.ly/3g4eYnj.
  2. Follow @MetroChicagoMathematicsInitiative on Facebook 
  3. Follow @uic_mcmi on Twitter

Access the pacing guide and discussions question here: https://bit.ly/2Qsh2dU

Questions? Contact Jean Sutow-Goldrich (sutow@uic.edu). 

 #mcmi_pd #buildingthinking #thinkingclassroom #mtbos #iteachmath

2021-05-17T07:36:17-05:00 May 17th, 2021|Blog|

MCMI Project Director wins ICTM’s Max Beberman Award

Congratulations to our very own Project Director Mary Jo Tavormina on being this year’s winner of the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM) Max Beberman Award!

The Max Beberman Mathematics Educator Award honors one outstanding person each year who has made significant contributions to the field of mathematics education through research, curriculum design, or teacher training.

In her years as an educator, both in the classroom and in leadership roles in Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and at UIC, Mary Jo has touched the lives of countless students, teachers, and administrators while improving the quality of mathematics education and teacher training at schools and districts throughout the Chicagoland area. In addition to her role as Project Director of the Metro Chicago Mathematics Initiative, Mary Jo is also a collaborator for the Elementary Math Specialists Project with the University of Chicago and DePaul University and the Principal Investigator for the Big Shoulders Fund-UIC Mathematics Initiative. Prior to her time at UIC, she was the Director of Mathematics for the Chicago Public Schools.

Everyone at MCMI is thrilled to see Mary Jo receive this honor.

2021-05-10T13:06:45-05:00 May 10th, 2021|Blog|