Alliance for Michigan IBL (AMIIBL)

SINE-AMiIBL Joint Workshop

March 26, 2021

3-5 pm ET

(no cost)

Mathematics is a subject that intimidates many students, particularly women and underrepresented groups, but it is not an impossible barrier to overcome. With a growth mindset, strong math identity and networks of support, students can thrive and succeed in college math. This session will provide faculty an opportunity to identify barriers to math success and how to apply appreciative teaching strategies that foster mindsets to succeed in mathematics and college overall.

Dr. Jhenai Chandler, Dr. Lawanda Cummings and Dr. Jesse Ford will facilitate engaging sessions that provide faculty opportunities to develop their own appreciative teaching strategies to utilize within their courses.

This event is sponsored by SINE COMMIT, AMiIBL, University of Nebraska at Omaha, and University of Michigan.


We are working to build and sustain a regional community of mathematics instructors in Michigan that

  1. is welcoming and supportive of all instructors using, or interested in using, inquiry-based mathematics education;

  2. makes cross-institutional connections between instructors in the state (and nearby areas);

  3. provides a platform for sharing ideas, resources, and events pertaining to inquiry-based mathematics in the region;

  4. organizes in-person IBL events for both new and experienced IBL users;

  5. supports instructors' reflective teaching practice in a safe community of practitioners.

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

What is IBL?

Inquiry-Based Learning (IBL) is a form of active learning in which students engage in the practices of mathematicians: sense-making, proving, example exploration, conjecture-making, revising, listening, sharing, collaborating, persevering, and facing uncertainty. While courses may look different, they rely on four core principles (“pillars”) illustrated in this picture.


As part of a new NSF grant to support regional IBL communities, we are excited to offer Peer Collaboration Mini-Grants and Travel Mini-grants. While travel grants are on hold during COVID-19, you can still apply for peer collaboration grants (suggested: $500/person) to do virtual classroom visits, material development, etc.

Upcoming Events

Facilitator: Jon Oaks (Macomb Community College)

Registration: Workshop - Sign Up

Description: Have you ever wanted to use Inquiry-Based Learning (IBL) in your own classes, but don’t know where to start? Are you looking for suggestions for student interaction in a remote environment? Do you have concerns about getting student buy-in? This first day of the free two-day traveling workshop will provide an overview of the four pillars of IBL, a discussion on how you may already be using inquiry in your classes along with research supporting IBL. A demonstration of an IBL activity will be presented, as well as resources on where to find IBL activities that can be tried in your classes. For more information visit:

  • March 26, 3-5pm ET. “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).

We will send out registration information (no cost) soon over the listserv soon! Watch your inbox.

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Past Events

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, Henry Ford College

Nina White, University of Michigan

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