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COMMIT toolkit coming this January

An interactive, resource-filled toolkit for forming and running a COMMIT community will be public at the end of January 2021.

We are excited to welcome four new COMMIT communities to our network: 4 corners, Southern Arizona, Hawaii, and California-Nevada

Until now, we were known as the IBL Communities (IBLC) Network. After much thought, discussion, and careful consideration, the network of leaders of the five established IBLCs unanimously approved a change to the COMmunities for Mathematics Inquiry in Teaching Network, or COMMIT Network. Why did we make the name change? We prepared a document here with the rationale that drove this big decision.

As part of the change in name, the leaders of the communities in our network also crafted and unanimously approved a set of shared principles. If you have a group that is interested in building your own COMMIT community, please take a look at our shared principles statement: click here or find the appropriate tab in the menu at the top of your screen.

Our NSF-sponsored project leadership team has compiled an network statement on anti-racism. To read the statement, click here or find the appropriate tab in the menu at the top of your screen.

Workshop Facilitator Meeting – Spring 2020

The purpose of the meeting was to agree on a common component for the spring events (2020) that each of the regional COMMIT will put on, as well as begin the process of sharing resources. Nine workshop facilitators met online to ask questions and share ideas on workshop facilitation and workshop activities.

The common components for the Spring 2020 workshops were:

(1) Answering the question of “What is IBL?” using exemplars such as live classroom immersive experiences or classroom videos, plus the 4-pillars definition

(2) A session exploring how you do IBL by digging into at least one practice in depth. Practices explored might include: opening up a problem, facilitating group work, choosing presenters, running a whole class discussion, etc.

Resources created included:

- A shared document for collecting potential math problems to use in a live classroom: Problems Used in Workshops for Live Classroom Experiences.

- A shared document for collecting resources and tips on running a live classroom in PD: Tips of Facilitating a Live Classroom.

NSF Project, October 1, 2020

We currently have funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF-DUE #1925188) to support and study several communities. As part of this project we are providing financial support for activities and collaborations in those regions, and we are developing a toolkit with effective practices to create a regional community of practice. For more details on this, click the NSF Project page in the menu at the top of your screen.