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Becoming a Math Family Launches New App

The Becoming a Math Family website provides research-based math activities and other information for parents of young children. The website is now available as an app.

To install it on iPhone/iPad:

  1. Open the special link https://becomingamathfamilyapp.uchicago.edu in your iPhone’s safari (note that this is a DIFFERENT link from the normal website link…do not simply go to the normal Becoming a Math Family website).
  2. Tap the Share icon at the bottom of Safari.
  3. Tap the Add To Home Screen icon
  4. Tap the Add button in the upper-right corner and you are done.
  5. Go to your home screen and tap the newly added icon.

To install it on Android:

  1. Open the site in Google Chrome.
    • Chrome will likely open a popup and ask you if you want to add the app to the Home Screen.
    • If not, tap the three vertical dots at the top right corner and then select Add to Home Screen. 

2019-09-17T09:12:09-05:00 September 17th, 2019|News|

Visiting Program Associate – Learning Sciences Research Institute

The Learning Sciences Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago is seeking Visiting Program Associates. Three part-time (50%) positions are available. The position supports the development and implementation of pre K–16 education improvement programs with a focus on mathematics improvement. Responsibilities may include curriculum and/or program development, serving as a liaison between the University and schools on program implementation, engaging in outreach activities and supporting key elements of the program. The position also engages in on-site-coaching, mentoring, collaborates with university personnel and project partners, and supports the overall goals of the projects. The position is contingent upon grant funding.

Duties:

  • Supports the development and implementation of pre K–16 mathematics education improvement programs.
  • Researches and develops educational materials for specified programs and grades.
  • Develops, reviews and revises related curriculum for specified programs and grades.
  • Supports and coaches teachers, schools and school administrators regarding mathematics educational and teaching program changes and implementations.
  • Observes and supports classroom teaching of mathematics to promote teacher reflection and learning.
  • Works with related team members, authors, editors, production personnel and publishers on the development of professional development and/or teaching materials.
  • Provides expertise, coaching and assistance to the education communities through conference and workshop presentations, individual and group sessions and through the writing and publication of related articles.
  • Designs, plans and facilitates professional development sessions.
  • Prepares related reports, findings and making recommendations for change.
  • Performs other related duties and participates in special projects as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Requires a minimum of a Master’s Degree in a related discipline which may include Reading, Literature, Mathematics, Science, and/or Education, along with advanced knowledge of related principles and practices.
  • Prior teaching experience in mathematics and education/grade levels is required.
  • Demonstrated abilities to communicate and write for students, teachers and school administrators in the particular discipline.
  • Requires excellent communication, organization, analytical, presentation and computer/pc skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) along with other related software.

Interested candidates must complete an online application at https://jobs.uic.edu/job-board/job-details?jobID=117009&job=visiting-program-associate-learning-sciences-research-institute and include a letter of interest, resume, and three references by July 12, 2019.

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 

The University of Illinois may conduct background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Learning Sciences Research Institute • University of Illinois at Chicago • 1240 West Harrison, Suite 1535 • Chicago, IL 60607

312-996-2448 (phone) • 312-413-7411 (fax) • www.lsri.uic.edu

2019-06-20T15:08:27-05:00 June 20th, 2019|News|

Meet Our Speakers

As the MCMI team is busy planning for our 2019 Summer Institute, Access for All: Energizing Mathematical Minds, we wanted to take a moment to share a little information about some of our sessions. Learn more about our featured speakers, David Foster and Cecilio Dimas, and guest presenter Michelle Rabkin. Visit https://www.regonline.com/mcmi_summer_2019 for more information about all our session choices and to reserve your choice slot selections.
 


David Foster, Executive Director/Founder of the Silicon Valley Mathematics Initiative  
Social Justice: Equitable Access and High Expectations
Closing the mathematics achievement gap for underserved students has been a major goal of K–12 education for several decades. This presentation will share recent research from TRU math, SCALE Language Routines from Stanford University, NCSM/TODOS Social Justice Agenda, and Studies of De-tracking Policies and Data of SFUSD. Participants will engage with all these tools and studies, view videos and discuss action plans to implement back in classrooms, schools and districts.  


Cecilio Dimas, Partner and Director of Innovation & Strategy of the Silicon Valley Mathematics Initiative  
Leveraging Language in Mathematics to Open Minds & Hearts
In Leveraging Language in Mathematics to Open Minds & Hearts, participants will engage in Math Language Routines anchored in a progression of mathematics through the use of multiple performance tasks. Participants will engage in discussions to surface how the routines are effective and practical for simultaneously learning mathematical practices, content, and language. Additionally, participants will analyze the power of utilizing the relationship between language and math as a source to shift and change mindset and expand identity to include mathematics. Participants will leave with a set of routines and performance tasks, as well as guidelines about how to implement a student-driven and cognitively-guided performance task experience.  


Michelle Rabkin, Vice President of Education at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum  
Is it Real? Connecting Learning In-and-Out of School Through Museum-School Partnerships
Learn how to leverage local museums and their resources to create partnerships that inspire curiosity, deepen learning for all students, and build personal connections to STEM topics. This session will explore instructional strategies and museum resources that can be used to put learners at the center of culturally responsive instruction.  
Register now: https://www.regonline.com/mcmi_summer_2019  
2019-06-14T09:44:09-05:00 June 14th, 2019|News|

Summer Institute Spotlight

The MCMI Team is excited to welcome Michelle Rabkin, Vice President of Education at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, to our 2019 Summer Institute. As the head of the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum’s education department, she oversees programming and resources that reach 65,000 school children, 2,000 educators and hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. 

Rabkin and her team will be presenting a special session geared towards K—8 teachers, coaches, and administrators on connecting learning through museum-school partnerships.

In this session, participants will learn how to leverage local museums and their resources to create partnerships that inspire curiosity, deepen learning for all students, and build personal connections to STEM topics. This session will explore instructional strategies and museum resources that can be used to put learners at the center of culturally responsive instruction.

Sign up for Session 2.3C Is it Real? Connecting Learning in and Out of School Through Museum-School Partnerships if you’re interested in taking part in this special session as part of your Summer Institute experience. 

Register now: https://www.regonline.com/mcmi_summer_2019

2019-05-23T09:59:34-05:00 May 23rd, 2019|News|

MCMI Summer Institute – Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the MCMI Summer 2019 Mathematics Institutes for K–12 educators, Access for All: Energizing Mathematical Minds!

Some comments from educators about our past institutes….

“All the information was great. I can see some great uses in the classroom.”

“Engaging activities and real samples to contemplate”

“I was motivated to find more ways to motivate my students…”

“Outstanding information to improve teaching and learning in mathematics… fabulous session of learning. Thank you!”

The institute will include a daily featured speaker and choice sessions to accommodate the needs of a broad audience of learners.

To register, click here: https://www.regonline.com/mcmi_summer_2019

Further information on the choice sessions is located on the registration page under the “Choice Sessions Info” 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 featured speakers’ addresses. Administrators interested in working with teacher groups are also welcome to do so.

WHEN/WHERE:  Wednesday, July 31st and Thursday, August 1st

Featured Guest Speakers: 

David Foster, Executive Director/Founder of the Silicon Valley Mathematics Initiative

Cecilio Dimas, Partner and Director of Innovation & Strategy of the Silicon Valley Mathematics Initiative

Location: Elmwood Park High School, Elmwood Park, Il

MORE INFORMATION: For additional information, please contact Jean Goldrich at sutow@uic.edu, or visit our website at www.mcmi.uic.edu.

2019-04-30T10:45:55-05:00 April 30th, 2019|News|

Save the Date for the 2019 Summer Institute

The Metro Chicago Mathematics Initiative will be offering a 2019 Mathematics Summer Institute for teachers and administrators.

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 and learning.

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.

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

WHEN/WHERE: The two-day institute will run July 31–August 1 at Elmwood Park High School in Elmwood Park, IL.

MORE INFORMATION: For more detailed information, please contact Jean Sutow-Goldrich at sutow@uic.eduor visit our website at www.mcmi.uic.edu.Registration will be available in April.

2019-03-18T10:03:17-05:00 March 18th, 2019|News|

CryptoClub Summer Training Workshop Registration Now Open

The CryptoClub Project is offering a 2-day Summer Training Workshop for middle-grade teachers and afterschool educators at the University of Chicago, July 24-July 25.

Participants will be introduced to the CryptoClub curriculum, which teaches cryptography and mathematics to middle-grade students. CryptoClub uses games and other informal activities to engage students in exploring these important STEM topics.  It is adaptable to a variety of settings. Teachers have used it in their mathematics, technology, and elective classes, and in before- and after-school clubs. Others have used it in informal settings such as libraries, Boys and Girls clubs, 4-H programs, and YMCAs.

More information about CryptoClub can be found on the CryptoClub Project website. A three-minute video on the site shows the program in action.

Registration fees are $100 for the CryptoClub Leader-Training Workshop, including leader materials and meals during the workshop. The workshop is partially funded by the National Science Foundation.
NOTE: The cost to implement the CryptoClub curriculum typically includes $12 per student book.

Workshop registration is now open.

Please pass this information on to other interested educators. For questions, email Janet Beissinger, beissinger@uchicago.edu

2019-03-18T09:16:33-05:00 March 18th, 2019|News|

Congratulations to MCMI Participant Kristy Regan!

Kristy Regan, from Hazelgreen School in District 126 Alsip-Hazelgreen-Oak Lawn, is one of three finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) 2018. It is the nation’s highest honor for teachers of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM, including Computer Science). She will be recognized on Friday, October 19, 2018, during the ICTM Conference at the Tinley Park Conference Center. 

2018-09-07T13:54:44-05:00 September 7th, 2018|News|

Illinois STEM Rising Star Award

The Illinois Science Teachers Association (ISTA) and the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM), with the generous support of ETA hand2mind, are pleased to offer the Illinois STEM Rising Star Award for promising teachers looking to implement STEM in their classrooms. The winners will be honored at the 2018 Joint ISTA/ICTM Conference, held at the Tinley Park Convention Center on October 19–20.

  • There will be 3 awards—1 primary grades (K–2), 1 intermediate grades (3–5), and 1 middle school (6–8).
  • Applicants must provide evidence of a plan to implement STEM/Engineering Design projects that go beyond normal classroom teaching.
  • An emphasis is placed on plans that are innovative and that integrate multiple STEM areas.
  • Judges will be looking for evidence of current teaching practices that include hands-on learning, small group instruction, centers rotations, and overall student engagement.
  • Applications are especially encouraged from educators whose work involves student populations that are underrepresented in STEM fields.
  • The independent judging panel includes: ISTA/ICTM members, college/university professors, and/or last year’s winners.

Visit links.hand2mind.mkt8414.com to apply and for more information.

2018-08-20T10:13:12-05:00 August 20th, 2018|News|