Looking Forward to the Next 25 Years – Part 5

Part 5:
Making Math Real Build Your Own Group Consulatation Program

In looking forward to the next 25 years, the Making Math Real Institute (MMRI), in addition to continuing its focus on providing and expanding the 700 hours of seminars currently available, will present a new focus on providing significant support in helping MMR practitioners maximize their development as clinical math educators. I will be offering the following new structures to implement this new focus on the clinical development of MMR practitioners and all will be presented in a distance-learning format:

Distance-Learning Format

The Making Math Real “Build Your Own Group” is a consultation-based program for groups of any size from individual participants to groups of any number. If forming a group of 2 or more participants, all group members must share a common baseline of completed courses, which will define the parameters of the content covered for each group.

“Office Hours”

The Build Your Own Group Consultation Program (BYOG) is like having access to a professor’s office hours during which participants can receive whatever support they need/want, in any and all aspects of learning and applying MMR for a current course, any previous courses (group participants have in common), or extensions of content from any courses (group participants have in common). During MMR courses, there are frequent, good questions from participants spanning a wide range of requested information, which reflect a desire for deeper clinical understanding, specialized instruction not included in the courses, practical applications of MMR in the classroom or private practice, how to provide and interpret initial assessments, etc.

These kinds of questions typically require more time to respond to than is available during a course, and the BYOG Consultation Program can provide the platform and structure to answer these questions prescriptively and comprehensively. Benefits of the group sessions include the possibility of receiving a wider span of content and information and in defraying costs per person for group sessions: the greater the number of participants, the less the cost per person.

Build Your Own Group Information and Policies

If forming a group, the group must appoint a liaison to work with the Office of the Institute to get the group approved and is responsible for organizing all aspects of scheduling session(s) and payment(s). All sessions must be prepaid by the liaison and MMR accepts credit cards, checks, and money orders for all sessions’ tuition. Pre-payment can be for any number of 1-hour sessions, and when available, sessions can be for 1 to up to 3-hours per session. All session fees are charged by the hourly rate set for individual participants, groups of 2 – 6, 7 – 12, 13, 14 – 17, and 18 – 48.

IMPORTANT NOTE: It is never appropriate for participants to receive new and unstructured content. For example, if one member of the group has completed the Making Math Real: Algebra II course and asks a question about algebra 2 content, and another member has only completed the Making Math Real: Overview and Making Math Real: 9 Lines Intensive, it is not appropriate for the latter member to receive the response to the algebra 2 question as the response would be completely dissociated from all the structure required to make it meaningful and applicable for students. Therefore, prospective group members must first organize themselves around common courses completed and common goals/questions. In addition, as a consultation-based program, the Making Math Real “Build Your Own Group” is not structured or intended to present a new MMR course, rather, it is structured to provide any and all information and extensions relevant to current or previous course work.

Please contact the Office of the Institute for scheduling
and group pricing rates: [email protected]

SCHEDULING AND REFUND POLICY: Once the desired number of sessions have been scheduled and pre-payment has been received, the dates will be officially reserved on my calendar. Any participant and/or group canceling registration at any time or for any reason, after payment has been received, will NOT receive a refund. If MMR receives the cancellation at least 2 business days in advance of the scheduled date, rescheduling of the session(s) is permitted. If MMR cancels any session(s), all payments received will be fully refunded and/or credited back.

Next Up: Your Stories of Personal Transformation as a Result of Learning and Teaching MMR

For a number of years now, some of you have shared stories of “Changing Lives” of your students and their families as a result of successful MMR-based interventions. These success stories are inspirational and motivational in their evidence-based authenticity that there are solutions to the problematic teaching and learning conditions/challenges so prevalent within math education. Your success stories have provided countless new MMR participants the inspiration and motivation to empower themselves to begin solving these problematic educational challenges, so please keep contributing any and all stories you are willing to share with the world.

Personal Transformations

The entire reason I decided to go public with Making Math Real 25 years ago was to help effect positive changes in math education. Now, as part of celebrating 25 years of changing lives, I feel it is important to celebrate and acknowledge all of the successful MMR participants who have provided so much positive educational service. So many of you over the years have expressed to me your personal transformations of growth and development as a result of helping others grow, develop, and achieve.

So please stay tuned for the next installment of “Looking Forward to the Next 25 Years” for the full description of my request to those of you to share your stories of having experienced powerful, personal transformations as educators, clinicians, math learners, and as human beings. Your stories of personal transformation will again provide invaluable inspiration and motivation for countless others seeking to help their children/students

Be well and stay healthy.

David Berg, E.T.
Founder & Director of the Making Math Real Institute
Creator of the Making Math Real Simultaneous Multisensory Structured Methods