In the Wake of Changing Times: MMR’s Response to COVID-19 Part 1

April 1, 2020

First of all, we at the Making Math Real Institute hope all of you and your families are safe and remain healthy during the ongoing need for social isolation. The impact and uncertainty that are affecting all of us due to the COVID-19 pandemic have required us at MMRI to respond and adapt as best we can, because we intend to continue providing our services as best as possible while safeguarding the health and safety of all of us.

As of the writing of this document, all in-person courses are suspended until further notice deems it safe to once again return to our regular format of direct instruction in classrooms in the Oakland Center and/or the Alameda Training and Education Center, which have been our consistent locations for all MMR courses for many years. Consequently, if an MMR course can be successfully transitioned to a distance learning/online format, we have implemented this temporary measure to continue providing our services. In addition, our ability to fulfill and ship all orders for MMR materials and be available either by phone or email to respond to any questions as well as provide appointments for online consultation (I am not able to provide assessment services for students until it is safe to return to an in-person format) is unchanged by these current conditions. Please feel free to contact us at any time about anything.

Please understand, as soon as we receive definitive information that it is safe to return to our regular classroom format, we will do so as soon as possible, and we will let you know about this return to the regular structure immediately.

If an MMR course cannot be successfully transitioned to a distance learning/online format, it will continue to be suspended until such time as it is again safe to return to the classroom format. For Spring 2020, the Making Math Real: Algebra II has successfully transitioned to a distance learning/online format, but Making Math Real: Games!, a course requiring hands-on, in-person direct instruction, has been cancelled. All people who have registered for the Spring 2020 Games! course will receive refunds in full.

We are hoping to hear soon whether the 2020 Summer Institute can continue as scheduled or will need to be altered to a distance learning/online format. We will provide you with our decision regarding the 2020 Summer Institute within the next several weeks, at which time we will either confirm the regularly scheduled 2020 Summer Institute courses and dates or outline the new distance learning/online format and schedule. Please stay tuned for this upcoming announcement.

Be well and stay healthy,

David Berg, E.T.
Founder & Director of the Making Math Real Institute