Alt Shift

Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students with Learning Difficulties: Algebraic Expressions and Equations

3-Day Training

January 29-30 and March 5, 2019

4th Day of Training for Facilitator [Re]certification only 

March 6, 2019

Course Information


The course is designed for teams of teachers. The target audience of middle grades teachers and special educators, as well upper elementary and Algebra 1 teachers, will deepen their understanding of the kinds of difficulties students have with mathematics, with a focus on content related to expressions and equations. The course will provide an approach and strategies to support the math learning of struggling students, particularly those with learning disabilities. Course participants will also focus on ways to strengthen collaboration between math teachers and special educators.

In the three course sessions, teaches will explore multiple approaches to math problems, view classroom videos, examine student work, engage in discussion, and plan accessibility strategies.

Course content has been revised to include connections to the Standards for Mathematical Practice, content examples from upper elementary through Algebra 1, and an updated video.


On the 4th day of training, those attending for facilitator certification will practice facilitating sections of the course, review course revisions, discuss facilitation and implementation considerations, and receive instructions on how to access course materials including participant books, facilitator manuals, and slides.

Sites interested in having facilitators certified or recertified should refer to the application for more information. Beginning with the 2017/2018 school year, all course facilitators must be either certified (if they are new to the course) or recertified (if they received certification prior to 2017) to offer the revised course. (Mi)2 will no longer support previous versions of Enhancing Mathematics.

Facilitation and implementation expectations have been revised to include increased opportunities to provide feedback and job-embedded support to participants throughout their implementation process, and more intentional data collection to inform course facilitation and classroom implementation.


Registration closes on January 21, 2019.

Payment Information

Registration Fee: $75.00

The registration fee is due before the beginning of training. The only form of payment accepted is check. Please make checks payable to Clinton County RESA.

Submit Payment To:

Attn: Cheryl Barry
1037 S. US Highway 27
St Johns, MI 48879

If you have questions regarding your registration or payment, please contact Cheryl Barry by email at


Kate Fanelli is the Project Coordinator for Alt+Shift, an Individuals with Disabilities Grant Funded Initiative through the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Special Education. She coordinates project efforts to ensure alignment with the goals of the project, collaborates with other agencies, and expands opportunities to implement those alternative options. Prior to becoming Project Coordinator, Kate was the Math Accessibility Specialist for Alt+Shift. Before joining Alt+Shift, Kate taught high school mathematics to students with severe emotional impairments at a center-based program in Wayne County for 13 years.

Mike O'Neill has been a math coach and consultant with Bay-Arenac ISD since 2013. Previous work includes 39 years as in instructor of a variety of topics, including many years teaching high school mathematics. Mike has facilitated this course many times and is sold on the value it has for growing instructors' awareness of the differences in learning math on virtually any level. The overriding comments he gets are universal - special education teachers appreciate learning nuances of math instruction and general education math teachers are thankful for the variety of strategies that exist. On a personal level, Mike is married with two grown children. He enjoys any time he can get to see them, as well as reading, golfing, fishing, swimming, being up north, and Tiger baseball.

Jim Randall is currently a contracted Consultant with Alt+Shift. For the last three years, he has conducted trainings in Oakland County on Enhanced Mathematics for Students with Learning Difficulties. While at Oakland Schools, Oakland County ISD, Jim co-presented with their math coordinators focusing on teaching mathematics to teams of special and general educators both at the elementary and middle school levels. Prior to that Jim worked as a special education curriculum developer for 25 years at Oakland Schools. Projects included Math, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies and various off chutes such as study skills and thinking skills.


Clinton County RESA


1013 Old U.S. 27
St. Johns, MI 48879


Click here for directions


[Re]Certification Applications are due by November 30, 2018.

To apply for facilitator certification or recertification, including attending the 3 day revised training and 4th day for facilitator certification, apply here

Continuing Education

State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs):

17-23 SCECHs are available for this course


8:00-8:30 Registration

8:30-3:30 Training

(Lunch will be provided)


Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Eastwood
3320 Preyde Boulevard, Lansing, MI 48912

Phone: 517-374-6500

Rate: $75.00 Queen Standard Room

Block Code: ALU Alt+Shift

Block Deadline: January 7, 2019