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Foundations of Math: Teaching Students with Significant Disabilities

Days 1-2: August 5-6, 2020

Day 3: September 23, 2020

Days 4-5: October 13-14, 2020


IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Two versions of Foundations of Math are being offered. This course is designed for special educators, therapists, and related services personnel who are involved in the teaching of mathematics to students with moderate to significant disabilities, including those with complex communication needs. This includes students who receive instruction in self-contained classrooms and center-based programs, who take the alternative math assessment, and/or are learning the Common Core Essential Elements.


If you are a general or special educator responsible for teaching math to students who struggle with math, including students with disabilities, and may receive their instruction in inclusive settings or resource rooms, you may want to consider registering for Foundations of Math. Both courses cover the same content and teach the same approach to instruction.


For assistance with deciding which training is most appropriate for you, please email


Registration closes on July 24, 2020.


Course Information

This course is designed to develop educators' knowledge of the mathematics they teach by seeing it through the lens of a well-delineated number sense. This course focuses on research and practice that addresses the unique instructional challenges of teaching mathematics to students with significant disabilities, and provides teachers with the mathematical understanding needed to provide coherent, consistent mathematics instruction.


Participants will:

  • build deep foundational content and pedagogical knowledge
  • learn how to make solid instructional choices that positively impact students
  • connect procedures used in mathematics to conceptual understanding
  • build mathematical understanding & accurately assess learning for range of learners


Dr. Chris Cain (Mars Hill University, North Carolina), co-developer of the course, is a dynamic presenter who is passionate about students with special needs and those who work with them. Dr. Cain will present a way of understanding and teaching mathematics to students with significant disabilities– that will challenge and enhance teachers' current thinking about mathematics education.

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


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3320 Preyde Blvd
Lansing, MI 48912

Rate: $85.00
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Block Deadline Information:

August 2020 (Book by July 14, 2020)
September 2020 (Book by August 30, 2020)
October 2020 (Book by September 20, 2020)


8:00 a.m.-8:30 a.m.: Registration

8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: Training

(Lunch will be provided)

Continuing Education

State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs)



Clinton County RESA

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

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