Board Welcomes Interim Executive Director

Posted by Debora Farley

It is our pleasure to announce that Christina Miller is US Math Recovery Council's® Interim Executive Director. Carolyn Olijnek left US Math Recovery Council® in April and Christina stepped in as her replacement. Christina has been a US Math Recovery Council® employee since 2014.

However, her connection to the organization started long before she became an employee. She was a consultant and former board member. Prior to taking on the Interim Executive Director role, she was the Professional Development Director. She is experienced in both the business and educational aspects of a non-profit organization, and is currently a PhD candidate in Curriculum and Instruction: Elementary Mathematics. The board will be recruiting for this position in May, and Christina will be a candidate.

DR. ROBERT (BOB) WRIGHT to Share His Knowledge of Assessment and Teaching of Number at the 2017 US Math Recovery Council® Conference!

Posted by Petey (Lucinda) MacCarty

Dr. Bob Wright

Dr. Bob Wright, Southern Cross University, New South Wales, Australia, will share with us his latest insights, results and wisdom during this year's US Math Recovery Council® Conference in Bloomington, MN on October 23-26, 2017. Rarely do we, as educators, get the opportunity to speak directly with the developer. During the annual USMRC® Conference you will have the chance to hear him speak on such topics as: working with first-grade intervention students, structuring numbers to 10 and to 20, place value, and how to choose the best setting. Dr. Wright continues to work directly with teachers in the field, conduct research, and share his knowledge and expertise with others through published books, articles, and workshops. Whether you choose to participate in Dr. Wright's pre-conference session, listen to his keynote address, or attend his breakout sessions, you can refine or extend your current knowledge of...

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Opportunities Abound for Deepening your Math Recovery® and Add+VantageMR® Knowledge

Posted by Lisa Jobin

Pre-conference sessions at the 2017 USMRC Conference offer something for everyone. Whether you are a classroom teacher, an intervention specialist, or someone who is wanting to learn more about what the US Math Recovery Council® has to offer, there is a session for you!

Choose one or more of the following 4 pre-conference sessions:

  • Go to the source by attending the session led by Dr. Bob Wright and Petey MacCarty, Math Recovery® Intervention with First-Graders. This session will allow you to take a journey through MRIS teaching, deepening and refining what you have already learned, and just maybe adding a few new ideas.
  • Strengthen your classroom and small group Math Talks using a Math Recovery® lens by attending Christina Miller's pre-session, Math Recovery® Strategies in the Classroom: Number Talks! Christina will help you be strategic with your use of Math Talks and AVMR data.
  • If you...
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Register Now for the 2017 US Math Recovery Council® National Conference!

Posted by Lisa Jobin

Register now to attend the 2017 US Math Recovery Council® National Conference, Merging Knowledge and Practice: A convergence of Math Recovery® researchers and practitioners to deepen our knowledge and refine our practice! in Bloomington, MN on October 23-26, 2017. During the registration process you will be able to choose between 4 pre-conference sessions. There are many great speakers lined up for the conference, which include developers, authors, and your own USMRC members and colleagues. Registration is open at the following registration link.

Last year our conference reached full capacity sooner than expected. Please don't wait to register! The process is easy and registering early will allow you to utilize 2017-18 funds, if needed. Go to for more conference details.

Visit US Math Recovery Council® at Wisconsin Math Conference

Posted by Cindy Johnson

Please stop by and say hello at our exhibitor booth at the Wisconsin Math Conference and come to hear more about Math Recovery® at our speaker presentations.

May 4 & 5 - Wisconsin Mathematics Council of Math Annual Conference

  • Instructional Moves to Formalize Student Thinking - Dina Mendola - May 5 - 1:00 - 2:00 pm
  • Math Tools and Activities for Number and Operations - Dawn Dibley - May 5 - 2:30 - 4:30pm

2017-2018 Add+VantageMR® Fractions Courses Filling Fast!

Posted by Jennifer Scholla

Add+VantageMR® Fractions is a blended course where participants engage in independent and collegial learning experiences. The course takes 12 weeks to complete and involves reading, e-learning modules, working with children and nine 90 minute virtual collegial meetings to be held on the following dates: September 7, 14, 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19, November 2, and 16.

A second course option will be offered from January 4 through March 17, 2018. Virtual meeting dates will be on the folllowing dates: January 4, 11, 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15, March 1, and 15.

Contact Cindy Johnson to register at For more information about the Add+VantageMR® Fractions Course download a brochure here.

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2017 Tuition Assistance Awards

Posted by Natalie Nigro

US Math Recovery Council® is happy to announce the winning applicants for the three Tuition Assistance Awards for upcoming US Math Recovery Council® events. The Tuition Assistance Committee carefully reviewed and scored all applications submitted. Their selections were based on student and staff needs, administrative support, and potential impact, with special consideration for schools newer to US Math Recovery Council® programs.

Congratulations to the following winners:

Professional Development School Award ($12,000)

Pine River Area Schools, Michigan
Newberry Elementary School, Tahquamenon, Michigan
Johnson County School District #1, Wyoming

Summer Institute Award ($3,500)

Cyndi Cantwell - Green Bay, Wisconsin
Kristen Patton - Crestwood, Ohio
Cindy Hansen - Pine Island, Minnesota

National Conference Award ($400)

Cindy Townsend, Kentucky
Melissa Goodacre, Wisconsin
Jill Shilling, Michigan
Fred Meyer, South Dakota
Alison Palladino, Rhode Island

Thank you to everyone...

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Call for Nominees for the 2018 Pioneer Award

Posted by Amy Paladino

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The US Math Recovery Council® Pioneer Award is designed to honor individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of numeracy.

We are seeking nominations from the membership of exceptional educators who have demonstrated highly effective engagement with students in the mathematics teaching and learning process, who have demonstrated dedicated service to their school, community and/or the US Math Recovery Council® and who have demonstrated a significant commitment to their own professional growth. Click here to download the rubric.

Please postmark your nominations by July 1, 2017!

What Teachers are Saying

Posted by Natalie Nigro

"I have learned more in this class than any of my college courses. This taught me so much about how to move a child's mind of thinking to the next level." (AVMR 1, Ohio)

"I appreciated the "hybrid" format of this course. I liked the flexibility of learning on my schedule, practicing with students, reflecting, and regular periods to meet as a group on-line. I also liked that we had 1 face-to-face day." (AVMR Fractions, Wyoming)

"Very useful. Love that I have assessments and materials to take back and use right away. Thank you for reigniting my knowledge in math number sense! Very friendly and super knowledgeable instructor!" (AVMR 2, Rhode Island)

April 2017 Letter from Christina Miller

Posted by Christina Miller

Dear US Math Recovery Council® Members,

Today, I am writing this letter to membership as the newly appointed US Math Recovery Council® Interim Executive Director. I will be replacing Carolyn Olijnek’s position. For nearly four years Carolyn served the US Math Recovery Council® (USMRC) and the mathematics education community as Chief Executive Officer. Carolyn has decided to seek her next challenge and is no longer with the organization. All of us at US Math Recovery® wish her the very best as we know she will approach her new endeavors with dedication and passion.

During the past four years, so much has been accomplished as a team.

  • Doubled the annual number of educators served
  • Strengthened USMRC’s financial position with investments in mission-related activities, cost savings, as well as a 78% increase in annual revenues and a four-fold increase in net assets
  • Transformed USMRC from...
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