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:

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:

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, or visit our website at

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 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,

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 to apply and for more information.

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

Congratulations, Annie Forest!

A big shout-out and congratulations to Annie Forest on being elected president of the ICTM Board of Directors! We love collaborating with you and are so excited for your sessions at our summer institute.

2018-04-26T09:11:25-05:00 April 26th, 2018|News|