March 2017 Letter from Carolyn

Posted by Carolyn Olijnek

Dear US Math Recovery Council® Members,

Last year more that 5,600 educators participated in Math Recovery® courses across the United States. We consistently hear raving feedback about the high-quality training and instructors, about the models that provide a framework for educators to understand mathematical development, and about the assessments that help teachers understand their students’ mathematical strengths and needs for the first time. Not only are the educators growing in their ability to understand mathematics assessment and instruction, but they are also growing in their ability to understand math content.

A Michigan Mathematics and Science Partnership Grant, entitled Supporting Implementation of Math Recovery® Professional Development and led by Kristin Frang, quantifies the educator and student growth. We invite you to read through their findings under the “How It Works” tab on the website.

Across the Atlantic, our friends in the East Lothian authority in...

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FINAL CALL FOR SCHOLARSHIPS: Tuition Assistance Applications Due March 10, 2017

Posted by Carolyn Olijnek

In keeping with our mission, the US Math Recovery Council® Board of Directors has continued its tuition assistance for attendance at Math Recovery® events. All awarded funds will be used to offset US Math Recovery® registration costs.

In 2017, we are offering three $12,000 gifts to bring Math Recovery® professional development to school sites. Selection preference will be given to schools based on student and staff needs, administrative support, and potential impact, with special consideration for schools newer to Math Recovery® programs. Three separate sites will be selected. Interested schools should complete and submit an application form by March 10, 2017.

The US Math Recovery Council® is also offering three separate gifts of $3,500 toward Summer Institute training. Each of the three selected educators may choose to apply the award to Math Recovery® Intervention Specialist, Add+VantageMR® Champion, or Math Recovery® Leader training. Interested individuals should...

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BREAKING NEWS: Dr. Les Steffe to Speak at the 2017 US Math Recovery Council® National Conference!

Posted by Petey (Lucinda) MacCarty

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We are delighted to announce that Dr. Les Steffe will be one of the featured keynote speakers at the 2017 Math Recovery Council® National Conference in October. His research is a foundational part of all Math Recovery® programs. A couple of Dr. Steffe's significant contributions in the area of number learning include the Stages of Early Arithmetical Learning (SEAL) and Children's Fraction Schemes. We are very fortunate to be able to learn from him directly at this year's conference. Dr. Steffe has graciously agreed to provide a keynote address and two breakout sessions during the conference. This year's conference will truly be a convergence of Math Recovery® researchers and practitioners. We hope you will be able to attend! For more information about the 2017 conference please go to

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DEADLINE EXTENDED for Speaker and Instructional Activity Showcase Proposals

Posted by Petey (Lucinda) MacCarty

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It has come to our attention that people may need more time to prepare a speaker proposal or an Activity Showcase proposal for the 2017 US Math Recovery Council® Conference. We are responding to these requests by extending the deadline for proposals to April 17th.

Member sessions led by individuals like you, or you and some colleagues, could make all the difference for someone just beginning, for someone who needs an infusion of new ideas, or someone just learning about what Math Recovery® programs have to offer. Submitting a proposal is easy. Just go to and fill out the form. All it takes is a title and short description of your session.

The Instructional Activity Showcase is an easy way to share something that you have found useful in your work with Math Recovery®,...

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Register TODAY for Fractions Champion

Posted by Jennifer Scholla

April marks the launch of the Add+VantageMR® Fractions Champion course. The course is offered for current AVMR Champions or MRIS Leaders who have completed the AVMR Fractions Course. AVMR Fractions Champion builds the necessary knowledge required to facilitate trainings and support district implementation of the Add+VantageMR® Fractions Course.

Add+VantageMR® Fractions Champion begins with the Champion working as a practitioner. Requirements for this portion are to work with students in the domain of fractions, either 1:1 or in a small group using their knowledge of Math Recovery® Intervention Specialist and the Developing Fractions Knowledge. Three virtual cohort meetings will take place during April and May to support this work with students. The first meeting will launch this experience and set up expectations for course work. Meetings will be the weeks of April 3, May 1, and May 22. More than one meeting day and time will be offered...

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Math Recovery® On the Road

Posted by Cindy Johnson

Your US Math Recovery Council® staff is going on the road bringing our message of opening doors to the math community. Please stop by and say hello at our exhibitor booth or our speaker presentations.

March 6 & 7 - Kentucky Center For Mathematics Annual Conference
April 3 - 5 – National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics Annual Conference
April 6 - 8 – National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Conference
April 28 & 29 – Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics Spring Conference
May 4 & 5 – Wisconsin Mathematics Council of Math Annual Conference
July 10 - 12 – Texas Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching Annual Conference

Continue your Numeracy Education at the 2017 Summer Institute

Posted by Petey (Lucinda) MacCarty

US Math Recovery Council® invites you to attend the 2017 Summer Institute featuring the brand new Add+VantageMR® Fractions Champion course, plus Add+VantageMR® Champion, Math Recovery® Leader and Math Recovery® Intervention Specialist.

Visit to view the Summer Institute brochure for details of professional development opportunities offered by USMRC.

Apple Valley, MN Trainings

Add+VantageMR® Champion

  • June 26-30, 2017
  • July 17-21, 2017

Add+VantageMR® Fractions Champion

  • June 13-15, 2017
  • August 8-10, 2017

Math Recovery® Leader

  • July 23-28, 2017

Math Recovery® Intervention Specialist

  • August 15-18, 2017

Fond du Lac, WI Training

Add+VantageMR® Champion

  • August 7-11, 2017

Muskegon, MI Training

Math Recovery® Leader

  • Date Coming Soon

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March 2017 Twitter Chat

Posted by Mollie Gabrielson

Our March Twitter Chat will be on Tuesday, March 21st at 8pm Central Time. Twitter chats allow us to have a public Twitter conversation around our unique hashtag #USMRCchat. Use the hashtag to follow the discussion as well as participate in it, if desired. Every month we capture our chat and it can found at

Please consider joining us to share what is working for you and add to your ideas by learning from others.

Please Share Your Data and Stories with Us

Posted by Natalie Nigro

To submit a narrative response or story, email Math Recovery® Intervention Specialists may enter their student data online directly into their Math Recovery® accounts at

Read what course participants are saying…

"This course was very well facilitated and applicable to my work with students and teachers. The information given transcends a particular curriculum or program and gets into how students really learn and understand mathematics. Every teacher of math should take these courses!" -AVMR 1, MI

"This course was very specific and meaningful to guide me to a better understanding of how to teach math and assess my students. I feel stronger in my ability to know exactly where my students are in their understanding of the math concepts. Other courses I have attended have provided good materials but had not gone further in depth to helping me...

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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.

Please postmark your nominations by July 1, 2017!