First Meeting of the Indigenous Knowledge CoP

On June 27-29, 2017, our Indigenous Knowledge & Mathematics Education Community of Practice met at Trent University to discuss goals, plans, and hopes for the CoP going forward.

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After two days of rich conversation and sharing, members reflected on the following:

  1. What do you hope this network will be able to do? For yourself? For others?
  2. What are the resources/current work that we can we share at the moment?

See their reflections below (click to enlarge).

What does knowledge mobilization look like, sound like, feel like in the context of this CoP?

This was the question that the IK CoP hopes to answer by the end of August 2018. To work toward answering this question, they set the following goals:

  • Continue discussions raised from this meeting
  • Establish connections and build relationships (need support in building relationships)
  • Create safe places for educators to engage in Indigenous learning
  • Create a collaborative work space through TeachOntario
  • Focus on developing protocols/readiness tools
  • Continue to do work & attend conferences to present current work (oral dissemination focus)
  • Prepare video or radio/podcast style pieces on why this work is important
    • Need to show the power of mathematics in Indigenous education
    • Realize the immense mathematics learning in IK

The IK CoP is holding a Math Culture Camp mid-August to further develop their plans for this coming year and beyond.

For more information on the Indigenous Knowledge CoP, visit their page.

Photo credit: Virginia Brown

MKN June 2017 Updates

Want a quick update on the MKN so far? See below! This information is also available in a 2-page summary.

Network Growth

The MKN has grown to include over 12 school districts, 13 universities, and 16 community organizations.

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Sharing

  • OAME May 11-13: Many MKN CoP members presented and an MKN flyer was distributed at the OAME resource table.
  • Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum May 18: KNAER represented the MKN for the panel discussion with OME, KNAER, and KNSWB, and an MKN flyer was distributed at the KNAER resource table.
  • Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE) May 29: Panel discussion with OME, KNAER, and KNSWB.
MKN Website & TeachOntario

  • You can find us at our NEW URL: mathnetwork.ca
  • Our main page is now a blog page with weekly updates on CoPs and more. Stay informed of these updates by signing up for our mailing list.
  • Coming soon: sharing/engaging with Ontario teachers (and beyond!) through online discussion groups at TeachOntario.ca
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Communities of Practice Activities

At the first MKN Advisory Panel meeting on February 27 & 28, 2017, CoPs met and started planning for Year 1 (Nov 2016 – Aug 2017). To date, all MOUs, implementation plans, and budget plans have been approved for Year 1. CoP activities are now underway!

Computational Thinking in Mathematics Education

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  • 13-15 October 2017: Computational Thinking in Mathematics Education Symposium. Register here.
  • Wellington CDSB is developing a Math + Computer Science Cohort in Grade 10.
  • Updated math + coding documentary on symmetry as a transformation: Grades 2/3.
  • New repeating patterns + coding lesson study documentary coming soon!

See their page for more information.

Critical Transitions

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  • Online survey for kindergarten and Grade 1 teachers as well as ECEs.
  • 17 August 2017: Kindergarten Forum for Action. Registration for faculty members here.
  • 8 September 2017: Early Years Professional Learning Day. Stay tuned for more details.

See their page for more information.

Indigenous Knowledge and Mathematics Education

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  • Surveys targeting School Board Math Consultants/Coordinators, Math educators K-12 in provincial system, and Math educators in First Nations Schools.
  • 27-29 June 2017: CoP planning meeting at Trent University.
  • 28-29 October 2017: FNMIEAO Educator Conference. Details here.

See their page for more information.

Mathematics Leadership

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  • Ongoing meetings with CoP partners.
  • Collecting data related to educators’ needs.
  • Mathematics Leadership Network’s (MLN) “Not a Book Study” complete.
  • Partners are participating in Canada150 with math challenges.

See their page for more information.

IK CoP Updates

Want to know what our Indigenous Knowledge and Mathematics Education (IK) Community of Practice has been up to? We are excited to share the following updates!

MEETINGS

The IK CoP met online with TVO to discuss how they can use TeachOntario to create an online environment that will showcase their work and create a collaborative virtual working environment.

OAME 2017

Many lead members of the CoP attended and presented at this year’s OAME conference, including Jodie Williams (top right), Colinda Clyne (bottom right), and Pamela Agawa (top left), pictured below.

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The IK CoP also held a face-to-face meeting with their members who attended the OAME conference to get to know each other and the work they are connected to, and discuss their upcoming meeting in June 2017.

PUBLICATIONS

To help inform their network of the work they are doing, the IK CoP submitted their work to be published in the FNMIEAO annual newsletter.

SURVEYS

Three surveys have been sent throughout the province to assess the landscape with respect to the work of the IK CoP. They are targeting School Board Math Consultants/Coordinators, Math educators K-12 in provincial system, and Math educators in First Nations Schools.

If applicable, please take a few minutes to complete the surveys here:

This data will be shared at their June meeting and will inform their work going forward. As well, it will create a baseline for comparison at the end of the 4-year CoP.

FNMIEAO EDUCATOR CONFERENCE

The lead organization in our IK CoP, the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Education Association of Ontario (FNMIEAO), will be holding its Educator Conference on October 28 & 29, 2017 in London, Ontario. The theme of this year’s conference is Reconciliation through Education: Hearing the Truth.

Please consider coming and sharing your work! To do so, please respond to the call for presenters and/or request a vendor table by May 30th, 2017.

If you would like to attend, registration will open the first week of June.

 

For more information on the IK CoP, see their page and subscribe to our mailing list to receive regular updates.

MKN Video Overview

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Want a quick overview of the Math Knowledge Network? Check out this short video!

For more information on our Communities of Practice, outcomes, partners, and events, explore our website, follow us on Twitter @mknrcm, and join our mailing list for regular updates.

Special thanks to KNAER for putting this video together!