MKN November 2017 Updates

Want to know what we’ve been up to? Read the updates below to learn about network growth, resources, upcoming sharing, and our Communities of Practice in Year 2!

Network Growth

We have grown to include over 14 school districts, 15 universities, and 16 organizations!

MKN Website & TeachOntario

  • Explore our website, sign up for our mailing list, and follow us on Twitter @mknrcm to stay up-to-date on network activities and resources.
  • The MKN Hub is now live at TeachOntario.ca! Share & engage with Ontario teachers (and beyond!) through our online discussion groups.

Upcoming Sharing

  • KNAER Cross-Network Meeting (Nov 30): MKN will attend & learn/share with other KNAER networks.
  • MKN CoP Lead Meeting (Jan 26): CoPs will meet to discuss Year 2 progress, share artifacts, and discuss next steps.
  • Ontario Education Research Symposium (Feb/Mar TBD): potential joint-presentation with all KNAER networks, including the MKN.
  • MKN Advisory Panel Meeting (Apr 17): Opportunity for MKN partners to come together to discuss network updates and future plans.
  • OAME Math Conference (May 3-4): CoP members will present their work.

Find more details on our events page.

Communities of Practice

Our four CoPs completed their Year 1 activities and have created and shared various resources such as research minis, documentaries, lesson plans, literature reviews, and more.

CoP leads met on October 24, 2017 to share their work from Year 1, discuss future plans, and find cross-CoP connections. Attendees represented all 4 CoPs, the MKN Executive, TVO, KNAER, and the Ministry of Education. CoP leads will meet again in January 2018 to report on progress, share artifacts, and discuss next steps.

CoPs in Year 2 (Sept 2017 – Aug 2018)

Computational Thinking in Mathematics Education

  • Wellington CDSB:
    • Elementary: Leadership Projects.
    • Secondary: Gr 10 Math + Comp. Sci. Cohorts.
  • Andrews PS + Rainy River DSB collaboration.
  • Western Education: Refined Math + CT integration.
  • Brock/Niagara CDSB collaboration on CT in HS math.
  • Offer mathematics based activities for hour of code.

See mathnetwork.ca/ct for more information. You can find a more detailed Year 1 overview and plans for Year 2 here.

Critical Transitions in Student Mathematical Development

  • Early Years:
    • GECDSB Professional Development Day September 2017.
    • Scale-up Year 1 survey (~5000 educators).
    • Balanced Numeracy website development.
  • Gr 8-9 Transition workshops.
  • HS Math Enrichment Modules (Math9-12) – workshops, field testing with 9 teachers, 270 students, as well as a student survey.
  • Various OAME workshops. Stay tuned!

See mathnetwork.ca/transitions for more information. See their detailed Year 1 overview here.

Indigenous Knowledge & Mathematics Education

  • CoP meetings and sharing (e.g. FNMIEAO Educator Conference, IKME Conference in Fort Frances, OAME, OERS, etc.).
  • RMS Virtual Learning Series: Supporting Indigenous Learners in Mathematics with Ruth Beatty and Danielle Blair (IK CoP members)
  • Developing protocols for working with Indigenous communities, and developing a video resource.
  • Visiting school boards for co-learning sessions.

See mathnetwork.ca/indigenousknowledge for more information.

Mathematics Leadership

  • Ongoing meetings & events with CoP partners (e.g. Leadership Institute in North Bay with Cathy Fosnot, GECDSB Mathematics Symposium, and many other MLN, ML2N, and NWML2N events).
  • Blogging, podcasts, and Twitter chats via @TheMathPod – a collaborative learning space for educators who want to learn more about mathematics.
  • GECDSB: Mobilizing lead-learners to build depth and spread by developing the expertise of all educators.

See mathnetwork.ca/math-leadership for more information.

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RMS Virtual Learning Series: Supporting Indigenous Learners, in Mathematics

As part of the RMS Virtual Learning Series, four sessions focused on Supporting Indigenous Learners, in Mathematics will be offered from 1-3 p.m. on October 5, November 9, December 7, 2017 & January 11, 2018.

Ruth Beatty (Lakehead University) and Danielle Blair (on assignment with Ministry of Education) created and are facilitating these sessions which are based on their six years of research and, more specifically, the last five with Pikwakanagan First Nation, The Algonquin Way Cultural Centre, Omamiwinini Pimadjwowin, and Eganville and District Public School. Ruth and Danielle are both Indigenous Knowledge CoP members, and are happy to share their work via link to these sessions on the RMS Learning Exchange, which those interested can register for.

You can register for these sessions here. Details on the Supporting Indigenous Learners, in Mathematics sessions can be found in this PDF.

Be sure to also check out the variety of other sessions taking place during the Fall RMS Virtual Learning Series! You can find all session descriptions, resources, and recordings here.
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Upcoming Learning & Sharing Opportunities

Several opportunities for learning and sharing are coming up this month! Learn more about these opportunities and how you can get involved below.

Computational Thinking in Mathematics Education Symposium, October 13-15

The symposium is hosted by UOIT, sponsored by the Fields Institute and SSHRC, and is supported by the MKN. The registration deadline is Sunday, October 8th. Learn more about this great opportunity and save your spot here.
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The Math Pod, October 11, 18, 25, & November 1

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The Math Pod is an OPEN learning opportunity organized in collaboration between three regions in the Province of Ontario:

  • Barrie Region: Math Leadership and Learning Network (ML2N)
  • Northeastern Ontario Region: Mathematics Leadership Network (MLN)
  • Northwestern Ontario Region: Math Leadership and Learning Network (ML2N)

The Math Pod is a collaborative learning space for educators who want to learn more about mathematics. They will be engaging with researchers through podcasts, blogging and Twitter chats.

Join them for their Fall series of podcasts on October 11, 18, 25, and November 1 at 8 p.m. with Cathy Fosnot and Stephen Hurley. Learn more at themathpod.ca and follow them on twitter @TheMathPod for regular updates!

NOMA Mini Conference with Cathy Fosnot: The Development of Numeracy, K-8, October 21

The Northern Ontario Mathematics Association (NOMA) will be hosting a full day of learning with Cathy Fosnot in North Bay on Saturday, October 21.  All educators are welcome to register for this incredible opportunity.  Seats are limited! See their event flyer for more details.
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FNMIEAO Educator Conference, October 28-29

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FNMIEAO’s conference will be held in London, Ontario, and will include several workshops specific to the work of the Indigenous Knowledge & Mathematics Education CoP. Presenters include IK CoP members such as Pamala Agawa, Ruth Beatty, and Danielle Blair. Click the flyer on the left for more details!

Registration and all other conference details can be found on their guidebook.

OAME 2018 Session Proposals: Due November 1st

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The OAME 2018 conference will take place on May 3-4, 2018. Be sure to submit your session proposal here before November 1, 2017!

FNMIEAO Educators’ Conference – Details & Registration

Don’t miss out on the FNMIEAO Educators’ Conference on October 28-29 2017 in London, ON!

FNMIEAO’s conference will include several workshops specific to the work of the Indigenous Knowledge & Mathematics Education CoP. Presenters include IK CoP members such as Pamala Agawa, Ruth Beatty, and Danielle Blair. Check out their flyer below!

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See the information below regarding registration and other conference details:

  • Register through eventbrite.
  • Don’t miss out on early bird rates for hotels (ending September 18).
  • School board GROUP registration form.
  • All conference details will be continuously updated here on their guidebook.
  • For more information, please visit the FNMIEAO website.
  • If you have any questions, please contact: conference@fnmieao.com

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