Alliance for Michigan IBL (AMIIBL)

Save the date for our summer workshops! June 7, June 8, July 27-29. Details below.

What is Amiibl?


The Alliance for Michigan IBLers (AMiIBL) is a grassroots organization working to build and sustain a regional community of two-year and four-year college mathematics instructors in Michigan that is welcoming and supportive of all instructors using---or interested in using--a variety of active learning and equitable teaching strategies in their college mathematics classrooms; we believe this is best accomplished through collaborative learning and reflection, and depends on creating social and professional connections that traverse institutions and organizations.

What we offer:

With this goal in mind, we currently:

  • organize and facilitate workshops and events for both new and experienced practitioners;

  • Maintain a listserv with announcements of projects and events relevant to interactive and equitable mathematics teaching.

  • Provide financial and logistical support for smaller, collaborative activities---such as classroom visits, book groups, task-writing, etc. The financial backing for these projects is in the form of $500 mini-grants. See more on this below.

We are part of the larger COMMIT Network (Communities for Mathematics Inquiry in Teaching)


As part a grant supporting the COMMIT Network (NSF-DUE #1925188), we are excited to offer collaborative mini-grants. These collaborative mini-grants can support almost any collaborative activity focused on active learning and equitable teaching. Some examples of possible projects include: classroom visits (including virtual classroom visits), collaborative materials development, reading groups, lesson study groups, etc. Funds can be taken as a stipend and do not need to be related to material costs. To apply, use this form, or email your idea to whitenj(at)umich(dot)edu. See more information, including more ideas for possible mini-grants, here.

What kinds of pedagogy do we support?

We support a wide variety of active learning and equity-focused classroom teaching practices. While some of us originally came together under the umbrella of “Inquiry-Based Learning (IBL)”, pedagogical strategies or approaches that aim to bring deep mathematical learning, collaboration, and equity into the classroom can go by many different names. Regardless of a particular brand or name, we find the four-pillars of IBL (see graphic) expounded by Laursen and Rasmussen to be helpful in describing some of the key principles of any active-learning classroom: rich mathematics, student collaboration, instructors inquiring into student thinking, and instructors fostering equity with their instructional choices.

Summer 2021 Workshops

Introduction to IBL (June 7)

  • Free

  • Virtual

  • Lead Facilitators: Francesca Gandini (Kalamazoo College), Shanna Simpson-Singleton (Wayne State University)

  • Half-day

Establishing Teaching Collaborations (June 8 +)

  • $300 stipend for participation

  • Virtual

  • Half day June 8 + follow-up small group meetings in June and July

  • Lead Facilitator: Christine Von Renesse (Westfield State University)

  • Co-sponsored by University of Michigan Department of Mathematics

3-day IBL Workshop (July 27-29)

  • Free

  • Virtual

  • 3 x half-days + Homework

  • Lead Facilitators: Nina White (University of Michigan), Robin Wilson (Cal Poly Pomona)

  • Co-sponsored by University of Michigan Department of Mathematics

Other Upcoming Events

  • April 22th AMiIBL Tea:

Enjoy tea time with other instructors from our network AMiIBL (Alliance for Michigan IBLers). All instructors welcome!

Want to brain-storm new activities? Need to vent? Just want to talk to some colleagues? Want to sip some tea looking at some new faces and not talk to empty boxes for once? Come on by, we got you!

The next gathering, will be on April 22nd at 4:30 pm ET on the aptly-named platform Gather.Town (just click on this link and use the password: lunch)

Join our community to stay in the loop.

Past Events

April 9 and 16th, MI MAA Section Meeting. Mini Workshop.

March 26 Joint SINE-AMiIBL Joint Workshop: Developing Mindsets for Math with Appreciative Teaching Approaches presented by Dr. Jhenai Chandler (Santa Fe College), Dr. Jesse Ford (University of North Carolina Greensboro), and Dr. Lawanda Cummings (University of the Virgin Islands).

March 4 Virtual IBL hangout

January 26 Virtual IBL hangout

October 13, Virtual IBL hangout.

August 13, Virtual IBL hangout. Victor Piercey and Francesca Gandini from the AMiIBL leadership team hosted this informal meet-up. We hope to make these regular events.

July 28-30. Free virtual IBL workshop hosted by University of Michigan. Over 25 mathematics instructors attended this 3-day workshop designed and facilitated by Amy Ksir (US Naval Academy) and Nina White (University of Michigan).

June 4, 2020. Free virtual IBL workshop hosted by AMiIBL and the IBL Communities NSF Grant. Over 40 mathematics instructors attended this workshop designed and facilitated by Danielle Champney (Cal Poly) and Francesca Gandini (Kalamazoo College).

August 27-29, 2019: Free IBL Workshop at University of Michigan with guest facilitator Kyle Peterson (DePaul) and local facilitator Nina White (UM)

April 5, 2019. Free IBL workshop as part of the MI-MAA section meeting at University of Detroit Mercy.

August 28-30, 2018, Free IBL workshop at University of Michigan with guest facilitator Danielle Champney (Cal Poly) and local facilitator Nina White (UM)

March 24, 2018 (Valparaiso University). As part of Trisection Meeting of the Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan Sections of the MAA, there was a session on "Inquiry Based Learning: Math and beyond" led by Michael Starbird.

Leadership Team

Erik Brown, Jackson College

Francesca Gandini, Kalamazoo College

Victor Piercey, Ferris State University

Shanna Simpson-Singleton, Wayne State University (CEEM)

Nina White, University of Michigan

Interested in joining the leadership team? Email whitenj(at)umich(dot)edu