Math Foundations:

Essentials for Special Educators

5-Day Course - Beginning in january 2016

January 7-8, 2016, February 26, 2016, and March 7-8, 2016

This 5-day course for Oakland County special education educators deepens understanding of the components of number sense which are foundational to any curriculum or intervention tools used with students with an IEP. The course is designed to provide intensive professional learning to special education teachers with an emphasis on building mathematical content knowledge to design specialized instruction. The focus is for teachers to assist students in building strong mathematical connections that promote mathematical coherence as opposed to solely developing techniques, strategies or "tricks" for answer getting.


The cost is $75 for all 5 days of professional development. Substitute reimbursement is available at a rate of $75 per day, per session attended. Scholarships available. Contact Karen Rockhold for scholarship details ( Successful completion of this course fulfills requirements to attend Level 2 training to be a facilitator/instructor through Michigan's Integrated Mathematics Initiative (MI2).


This session will be facilitated by Dr. Chris Cain, who is an Associate Professor in the Education department at Mars Hill University. Dr. Cain is a dynamic speaker who has a passion for mathematics, students with special needs and those who work with them. Dr. Cain works with multiple states to help develop teacher understanding and improve the outcomes for all students. He contracts with Michigan’s Integrated Mathematics Initiative (MI2) to assist the state in creating a cohesive and collaborative system of support and professional development among existing mathematics resources as well as development of a scalable research-based trajectory assessment for students who struggle in Mathematics.