Project Making Mathematics Matter (TIPM)

Program Type

Curriculum/Instructional Materials
Teacher Development/Training
Hands on/Project-Based
Informal /Out of School
Work Readiness/Employment
College Readiness

Target Audience

All Students


Black/African American


Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

American Indian/Alaskan Native

English Language Learner

Low Socio-Economic Status

Teachers/Educational Leaders




Pre-K - 5
Grades 6 - 8
Grades 9 - 12

 Accomplished link

Program Impact

The projects which evolved into TIPM and which form its base have received recognition from a variety of sources including the Michigan Association of School Boards and the US Office of Education. Rigorous evaluation has provided extensive evidence of effectiveness over years of operation, not only in teacher acquisition of deeper content for teaching, but also in classroom implementation and student impact.
TIPM represents the pinnacle of government investment in developmental projects; through the culmination of prior efforts, a sustainable and ongoing professional development emerges and thrives with enthusiastic financial support from local districts.  Beginning in 2011, TIPM has operated parallel to the state level MSP Project PRIME, offering the same program on a tuition basis to Title 1 teachers in Wayne County. During 2016-2017, three TIPM courses included a total of 147 teachers from 51 schools and 19 districts.
For 30 years, the MMSCN has provided Michigan teachers with evidence-based services in STEM subject matter, curriculum standards, instruction and classroom practices, and student engagement strategies. These STEM programs—in the form of summer institutes, year-long workshop series, job-embedded activities, and/or online sessions—are designed to help teachers prepare their students for careers and college. Programs include options such as Making Mathematics Matter (TiPM), which won the 2013 Michigan Association of School Boards Best of the Best Award.


Program Overview

The ultimate goal of the TIPM Institutes is to help teachers increase their mathematical content knowledge for teaching with a focus on addressing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The construct of Mathematical Content Knowledge for Teaching includes the following three components:

  • Mathematical content knowledge about the content being taught over the course of the year
  • Pedagogical knowledge about effective teaching strategies for students to learn the content
  • Curricular knowledge about effective sequencing and scaffolding of content to help students make mathematical connections (Hill & Ball 2004).

In support of the overall goal, TIPM focuses on Michigan teachers of mathematics to gain:

  • a deeper understanding of mathematics content and pedagogy
  • the ability to integrate the appropriate standards of practice in classroom instruction
  • the ability to integrate geometry and algebra instruction
  • the capacity to utilize an inquiry approach to instruction
  • the skill to utilize formative assessment data to guide and differentiate instruction;
  • an understanding of new content expectations CCSS; and

the ability to help students develop the quantitative skills needed to be successful

As the facilitator of TiPM, MMSCN meets the need for STEM-related educational services by being the only boots-on-the-ground provider in Michigan, including professional learning for all teachers statewide. MMSCN analyzes constituent needs and quickly mobilizes, plans, and implements effective programs and services. A focus on the application of content is an important attribute characterizing a STEM focus on the Standards framework for integrating important content into real life problem solving settings.

How To Get Involved

If you are looking for evidence-based professional learning in mathematics, get involved in TiPM. Multiple programs are available from introduction to the state standards, job-embedded workshops to encourage best-practice, to elbow-to-elbow coaching in your building. The Michigan Mathematics and Science Network programs will support all levels of teachers and provide opportunities for the development of science and mathematics teaching as well as many other STEM-related areas, including coding.

Fees for workshops vary depending on the type of program needed. A needs assessment can be provided to schools, districts, or counties and then programs to meet the needs can be developed and implemented in collaboration with MMSCN. State STEMWorks grant funds can be used for these programs.

Funders and Partners

For 30 years. the Michigan Mathematics and Science Centers Network has  collaborated with state and national professional organizations, including:

• Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators Mathematics Leadership Team and General Education Leadership Network (MAISA MLT and GELN)

• Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL)

• Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM)

• Michigan Mathematics Coordinators and Consultants (M2C2)

• Michigan Science Professional Learning at the Network (MISCIPL@N)

• Michigan Science Standards (MiSS) Team

• Michigan Science Teachers Association (MSTA)

• MEMSPA (Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association)

• MASSP (Michigan Association Secondary School Principals)


• National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM)

• National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)

Universities and Colleges in Michigan and Nationally: Grand Valley State University, Northern Michigan, Saginaw Valley State University, Central Michigan University, Northwestern, Michigan State University, Lake Superior State University, University of Michigan, Clark University, Arizona State


Mary Starr 

Executive Director, MMSCN

(734) 999-0027

Design Principles

The programs in this database clear a high bar. STEMworks reviewed each program against the Design Principles for Effective STEM Philanthropy.

  • Accomplished
  • Developing
  • Undeveloped

Overarching Principles

  • Need

    Identify and target a compelling and well-defined need.

  • Evaluation

    Use rigorous evaluation to continuously measure and inform progress towards the compelling need identified.

  • Sustainability

    Ensure work is sustainable.

  • Replication and Scalability

    Demonstrate replicability and scalability.

  • Partnerships

    Create high impact partnerships

  • Capacity

    Ensure organizational capacity to achieve goals.

STEM Principles

  • Challenging and Relevant Content

    Offer challenging and relevant STEM content for the target audience

  • STEM Practices

    Incorporate and encourage STEM practices.

  • Inspiration

    Inspire interest and engagement in STEM.

  • Under-Represented Groups

    Identify and address the needs of under-represented groups.