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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Play this video for your students

Everyone can learn math at the highest levels.
If you work harder, you'll get smarter.
Play this in class today and then support your students in living by these messages.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Opportunity for Kalamazoo county educators

The INSPIRE Conference
Be sure to join the Learning Network for Greater Kalamazoo for the educators conference of the year on August 19th! Be among the first 1,000 people to register by Saturday, August 1st to receive a $25 gift card. 

Now in its second year, the Inspire 2015-2016 conference takes place on Wednesday, August 19th from 9 am to 12:15 pm. at Miller Auditorium in Kalamazoo. The event is open to anyone involved in education in Kalamazoo County; teachers, custodians, secretaries, tutors, the home-school community, volunteers and more. 

Thursday, July 9, 2015

PD opportunity: A High School Probability Course with REAL answers

Create a new mindset for mathematics teaching and learning that is applications-based & problem-driven. Experience the standards for mathematical practices as they come to life with probabilistic decision models.
When will we ever use this?
Probabilistic Models of Complex Decisions for High School Mathematics
Professional Development Workshop – 3 days
Probabilistic models are critical for improving decision making in the uncertain environment
faced by businesses, government, and each of us on a personal level. This workshop provides a
wide array of contexts that involve the development and interpretation of probabilistic decision
models. Probabilistic reasoning is emphasized and technology is employed to represent
randomness. Participants will learn to use probabilistic models to assess risk and explore options.
The curriculum is applications-based and problem-driven. These include applications from
medical testing, investment, scheduling, the hospitality industry, health care management, sports,
personal life, and emergency services. We say that it is problem-driven because the problems are
stated up front and drive the development of the mathematical ideas. In this way, we hope to
improve students’ ability to solve multi-step problems and interpret the results. Through this
approach, we demonstrate the broad applicability of mathematics. This obviates a common
student question and complaint: When will we ever use this stuff?
The workshop materials are currently in use in high schools in Michigan, North Carolina,
Georgia, California, New York and Indiana.
For more information visit our website

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Register now for the MCTM annual conference - supporting assessment

The MCTM annual conference offers numerous opportunities to learn about upcoming assessments.  The conference is being held in beautiful Traverse City on July 29-30.  Additional information, including a schedule of sessions, registration, and lodging, can be found at the MCTM website.
*Are you looking for the latest information on the M-STEP?
On Thursday, Pat King, Assistant Director of the Office of Standards and Assessment for Michigan’s Department of Education, will be delivering a keynote titled “Next Steps with M-STEP”.
She will then be joined by Ruth Anne Hodges and Kyle Ward for grade-banded breakout sessions on Thursday.  This will be a great opportunity to ask questions as well as offer feedack.
*Are you looking for the latest information on the SAT?
On Wednesday, Kathy Berry, MCTM’s President-Elect as well as the Coordinator of Research, Evaluation, and Assessment for the Monroe County ISD, will be presenting a session titled “New SAT/PSAT- Preparing for the Mathematics Portion”
*Are you looking for ideas and strategies for Formative Assessment?
There are several sessions throughout the conference focusing on this including:
  • “Tips for Incorporating Formative Assessment Activities in Your Classroom” presented by Joanne Philhower on Thursday
  • “JumpStart Formative Assessment Modules- an NCSM Resource” presented by Denise Brady on Wednesday
  • “Stress-free Formative Assessment: Concept Development and Re-engagement” presented by Diane Rogers and Danielle Seabold on Wednesday

Questions can be directed to Kevin Dykema.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Memorizers are the lowest achievers and other Common Core math surprises

It’s time to debunk the myths about who is good in math, and Common Core state standards move us toward this worthy goal. Mathematics and technology leaders support the standards because they are rooted in the new brain and learning sciences.
All children are different in their thinking, strength and interests. Mathematics classes of the past decade have valued one type of math learner, one who can memorize well and calculate fast.
Yet data from the 13 million students who took PISA tests showed that the lowest achieving students worldwide were those who used a memorization strategy – those who thought of math as a set of methods to remember and who approached math by trying to memorize steps. The highest achieving students were those who thought of math as a set of connected, big ideas.
The U.S. has more memorizers than most other countries in the world. Perhaps not surprisingly as math teachers, ... more from Jo Boaler's Op Ed in The Hechinger Report.

Friday, May 22, 2015

PD opportunity: 2015 KRESA Administrator Academy

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Click the flyer to download full Administrator Academy details
June 16-17, 2015 | 8:00am-9:00pm
John E. Fetzer Center, 2350 Business Court, Kalamazoo, MI
Registration Fee:
Consortium: $250 | Non-Consortium: $400

(Fee includes light breakfast, lunch and dinner both days)
50 SCECHs or 2 WMU graduate credits available
(CHs fee $15 | grad credit @ WMU tuition rate)


Dr. Kevin Feldman, Emeritus Director of Reading and Intervention with the Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE)
Lisa Swem, Attorney with Thrun Law Firm, P.C., specializing in school, labor and employment law
Wendy Zdeb-Roper, Executive Director of the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP)
Dr. Grant Chandler, Dean of the Arcadia Commons Campus of Kalamazoo Valley Community College and the Director of KVCC's Center for New Media
** Deadline June 9 **

Friday, May 1, 2015

NCTM and Hunt Institute Math Video Series

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and the Hunt Institute have produced a series of videos to enhance understanding of the mathematics that students need to succeed in college, life, and careers. The series also covers the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Standards for Mathematical Practice and examines why developing conceptual understanding requires a different approach to teaching and learning. You will also find a useful video for parents wishing to support their child’s mathematics learning. Please view the videos on the NCTM Teaching and Learning Mathematics with the Common Core Web page. 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Michigan Awards Future Assessment System for Spring 2016 and Beyond

(Excerpt from Official Press Release)
Michigan has awarded a three-year contract to both Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) and Measurement, Inc. for the future Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) system beginning with the 2015-2016 school year. The recommendation of award was made jointly by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE), and Department of Technology, Management, and Budget (DTMB), which runs the state procurement process. “Data Recognition Corporation and Measurement, Inc. were the two highest scoring bidders and are among the most experienced education service and test administration providers in the nation,” said State Superintendent Mike Flanagan. “This now allows Michigan schools and teachers to move forward and fully transition from the 40-year-old MEAP to M-STEP, a 21st Century assessment system.” DRC and Measurement, Inc. are the same vendors that are being used for the 2015 M-STEP statewide assessment, providing a seamless transition to the statewide assessments for the foreseeable future. “This fortunate outcome will give this year’s tests greater significance and be a foundation from which to build,” Flanagan said. To learn more, read the full MDE press release.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Spotlight: March 5, 2015

Tip of the week (grades 6-11):
M-STEP Online Calculator Practice: Have your students practice using the M-STEP online calculators using the Google Chrome browser.

Updates and info: