Math Leadership CoP: MLN Updates

Celebrating their first-year anniversary, the Mathematics Leadership Network (MLN) (a partner in our Math Leadership CoP), centered in Sudbury, organized another face-to-face meeting of its members. The three days of the meeting were filled with excitement about learning and teaching mathematics, networking between participants, and discussing aspects of school inquires. The meeting was well attended by leadership groups from the participating school boards, Ministry personnel, and Mathematics Leadership CoP members, Heidi Horn-Olivito and Dragana Martinovic.

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The July 4 – 6 sessions were centered around:

  • Connecting assessment, instruction and the elements of universal design to meet the needs of all learners;
  • Exploring processes, structures and conditions that will support monitoring of student learning;
  • Understanding the development of assessment tasks to uncover student thinking and inform educator and student learning needs;
  • Deepening understanding of the relationship between content and pedagogy in effective learning and teaching of mathematics (through the lens of the Pedagogical System and Deborah Ball’s Domains of Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching, pictured above);
  • Engaging in mathematics learning to develop content knowledge related to division and multiplication, problem types, and connections to other math content areas;
  • Deepening understanding of how to support students with learning disabilities in mathematics and consider the leadership moves that will support system/school/classroom in this work.

During the first two days, they connected through Skype with Alex Lawson and Heather Wark, and discussed how to design tasks and organize interventions aligned with universal design. Connie Quadrini helped them to deepen their thinking about supporting students with learning disabilities, by introducing Division Math Tasks. They did a lot of mathematics activities with or without manipulatives, including a two-pen assessment task by Cathy Fosnot (pictured below).

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The third day was dedicated to the teams discussing their whole-school assessments that reflected: (a) the continuum of curriculum expectations each team is monitoring; and (b) a brief description of what success looks like in each of the grades with respect to the content area. With support from the MLN facilitators, the school boards’ teams left the meeting with actionable items they will be able to kick start in September.

At several occasions, Heidi shared her board’s (GECDSB) experiences with their Math Task Force, and with partnership and collaborative inquiry projects supported by the University of Windsor. More information will be shared on the MLN website.

Learn more about our Mathematics Leadership CoP on their main page.

This update was provided by Dragana Martinovic, Professor at the Faculty of Education at University of Windsor, and Math Leadership CoP Co-Lead.

Math Leadership at HWDSB

Check out this poster created by Alison Boehme, a Grade 5 teacher at Cootes Paradise Elementary. This poster describes the project Alison and her colleagues from HWDSB are doing with support from our Mathematics Leadership CoP. The collaborative inquiry team will continue with their work in the 2017/18 school year.

Visit our Mathematics Leadership Community of Practice page to learn more about the work of this CoP!

#NotABookStudy Exit Survey

The Northeastern Ontario Mathematics Leadership Network (MLN), one of the partners in our Mathematics Leadership CoP, recently concluded #NotABookStudy, a 9-week open learning opportunity guided by Dr. Cathy Fosnot to explore key math ideas and resources.

Educators listened to the live or recorded radio show with Dr. Cathy Fosnot, communicated over Twitter and Facebook, contributed to blogs, read the book: Young Mathematicians at Work: Constructing Multiplication and Division, read the newsletter, and much more.

If you participated in this open learning opportunity, please help the MLN and other Math Leadership CoP member organizations continue creating open, accessible learning opportunities by completing their Exit Survey by June 26, 2017.

Those inspired by their #NotABookStudy experience are invited to share their next educator moves through the digital storytelling tool FLIPGRID.

Whether or not you participated, you can check out their website to see all podcasts with Dr. Cathy Fosnot, and all other resources created during #NotABookStudy.

To learn how the MLN is connected to the work of the MKN, see our Mathematics Leadership CoP page.

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.