Math Recovery® Course Certifications Awarded

Posted by Christina Miller

Congratulations to the following individuals for their continuing dedication to numeracy education!

The Math Recovery® Leader Course is a year-long professional development opportunity. This course begins with six days of coursework, followed by on-going support throughout the year. The course culminates with a capstone project highlighting all aspects of Math Recovery® leadership. This course helps Leaders develop the knowledge and skills required for facilitating in-district Math Recovery® Intervention Specialist courses, MRIS coaching, and on-going MRIS support.

Congratulations to the following individuals who received Math Recovery® Leader certification in 2016:

  • Shelley Dickson
  • Jennifer Egen
  • Kim Fox
  • Kristin Frang
  • Kory Obenshain
  • Lisa Riggs
  • Jennifer Scholla

Add+VantageMR® Champion course focuses on knowledge and skills necessary to facilitate and support Add+VantageMR® Course 1 and Add+VantageMR® Course 2 in a district. The AVMR® Champion course requires participating in an initial 5-day course, followed...

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Addition and Subtraction to 100: Bead String Activities Resource is Now Available!

Posted by Christina Miller

Bead String We are pleased to announce the Addition and Subtraction to 100: Bead String Activities resource is now available for purchase for $22.50 plus shipping & handling. The purpose of this book is to provide a resource for teaching addition and subtraction to 100 that is organized according to the learning trajectories described in Developing Number Knowledge: Assessment, teaching and intervention with 7-11 Year Olds by Wright et al., 2012, and supported through Add+VantageMR® courses. The Math Talks and activities included provide a way to move through a range of mental math strategies to support students as they build facility with mental calculations to 100.

Call for Nominees for the 2018 Pioneer Award

Posted by Amy Paladino

Pioneer Award 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!

November 15th - Twitter Chat

Posted by Cindy Johnson

Twitter Chats are returning on Tuesday, November 15th at 8pm CST. Our Twitter chat allows us to have a public Twitter conversation around our unique hashtag #USMRCchat. The hashtag allows you to follow the discussion and participate in it.

Many participants at the USMRC 2016 National Conference got an opportunity during our first ever “unconference” to discuss ways Math Recovery® strategies are implemented and supported in their classrooms and schools. We are inviting you to continue this conversation and build onto what works for implementation of Math Recovery® ideas and strategies. The questions to start our conversation include:

Q1: What is a successful strategy or technique that has enhanced your implementation after training?
Q2: Describe essential resources needed to get you started in implementation?
Q3: What have been some of the obstacles that have impeded implementation or progress in students and how have...

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November 2016 Letter from Carolyn

Posted by Carolyn Olijnek

Dear US Math Recovery Council® Members,

This year’s conference theme “Continuous Learning: Connecting the Dots Between Research and Practice” reflects our on-going commitment to professional growth. A HUGE thank you to our featured speakers Dr. Bob Wright, Mr. James Martland, Dr. Anderson Norton, Dr. Amy Hackenberg, and Ms. Lucinda “Petey” MacCarty. What a thrill to have so many authors with us! Thank you to our member speakers, board, staff, and all who supported our conference learning. We appreciate contributions from SAGE Publishing and Corwin Press for their sponsorship of our opening reception and drawings. Congratulations to James Martland, our 2016 Pioneer Award Recipient!

The US Math Recovery Council® invites you to connect the dots between fractions research and practice in our Add+VantageMR® Fractions Course. In the design of this course, we not only bring fractions research to life, but also connect research about well-designed professional...

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Jim Martland - 2016 Winner of The Pioneer Award

Posted by Ann Stafford Dillon

James Martland, our friend and colleague from Chester, England, was the 2016 winner of the prestigious Pioneer Award. This award was presented to him at the recent Math Recovery® Conference for his service in the United States and as a co-author of three of the Math Recovery® texts. During the 90’s and early 2000’s Jim helped train Math Recovery® teachers in Vermont, Wyoming, Canada, and the United Kingdom and also participated in numerous Math Recovery® Conferences as a speaker and Leader. Jim has been an inspiration to many teachers and he always closed his sessions by asking participants the question, “What are you taking away from this today?” Jim is not only a Leader of Math Recovery® but he is also an accomplished artist and a participant in a marching band in his native England. Jim is retired from the University of Liverpool. Many thanks to Jim for his...

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US Math Recovery Council® National Conference

Posted by Lisa Jobin

The US Math Recovery Council® 2016 National Conference was a huge success! We are extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to learn from the original developers of the Math Recovery® programs, along with Dr. Amy Hackenberg and Dr. Anderson Norton, the authors of Developing Fraction Knowledge. It was a wonderful week of gathering colleagues together for high-level discussions, garnering ideas from each other, and networking with others from around the world. Please read the quotes below pulled from our conference evaluations.

  • “The keynote and breakout sessions really helped solidify my thinking and deepen my understanding. I also appreciated the time to collaborate with others around the country. I am always amazed by the level of conversation and the willingness to both participate and continue to learn together.”
  • “The Fractions class was powerful and the other fraction pieces throughout the conference were...
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Join USMRC for Twitter Chat on November 15th

Posted by Mollie Gabrielson

Tuesday, November 15th will be our return to monthly Twitter chats. We will meet at 8pm CST using #USMRCchat. Our Twitter chat allows us to have a public Twitter conversation around our unique hashtag. The hashtag allows you to follow the discussion and participate in it.

Our Twitter chat is recurring and on specific topics to regularly connect our members in conversation.

Our November chat will play off our World Café session from our unconference held at our national conference last month. If you were unable to join us check out the conference feed using the link The World Café setting allows participants time to discuss with other participants. At certain time intervals, we will move to a different question to participate in other specific discussions. Questions will include:

Q1: What is a successful strategy or technique that has enhanced your...

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Visit us at NCTM Innov8 Conference on November 18th!

Posted by Dina Mendola

We are proud to announce that the US Math Recovery Council® will be presenting at NCTM Innov8 Conference on November 18th in St. Louis, Missouri. Come visit and hear our Lifesaver Session on “Discourse, Engagement, and Productive Struggle to Support Struggling Learners.” When students struggle, educators need to look beyond the tip of the iceberg to determine what concepts students do not know or cannot connect yet. Together, we will be identifying which Key Elements of Teaching can be utilized to develop high leverage instructional practices in a discourse-rich environment. Achievement skyrockets when teachers utilize mathematical discourse and powerful instructional strategies at a student's cutting edge of knowledge. Understanding, reasoning, and confidence is ramped up by empowering students to become self-driven, active learners! This session will be a great opportunity to provide you with the skills and resources to make the shift to implement productive discourse in your instruction...

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Champion Information: Holiday Shipping Timelines for Kit Orders

Posted by Lisa Jobin

MATH RECOVERY® CHAMPIONS: We would like to accommodate your December and January trainings before holiday shipping timelines become challenged and overburdened. Your Purchase Orders must be received by December 12th for any courses occurring before January 16, 2017.

Just as your school district will be closed for a period of time during the upcoming holiday season, our office will also have staffing fluctuations and office closures during the holidays. If you have orders that are either on the books currently or being sent to us in the near future, please let us know what days your school district will be closed for receiving shipments. You may email with your closure dates.