Math Leadership: ML2N July Meeting

From July 12-14, members of the Mathematics Leadership & Learning Network (ML2N) gathered at the Hockley Valley Resort for three days of learning, sharing, and networking. Check out this report for a summary of the activities!

For full details and resources from the three-day meeting, please visit the ML2N website.

The ML2N is one of the partners in our Mathematics Leadership CoP. To learn more about this CoP, see their main page.

The summary report was provided by Dragana Martinovic, Mathematics Leadership CoP co-Lead. 

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.

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.

Kindergarten Forum for Action

Are you a faculty member at an Ontario university or an ECE instructor at an Ontario college interested in Kindergarten math? Join us for the Kindergarten Forum for Action on August 17, 2017 at the University of Guelph Humber!

Our Critical Transitions Community of Practice, in collaboration with the Association of Early Childhood Educators of Ontario (AECEO), is bringing together faculty and instructors who play a key role in the professional education of Kindergarten teaching teams in Ontario.

Faculty and instructors are invited to engage in dialogue, share knowledge, deepen learning, refine practices and connect with colleagues about early math development. The goal of the day will be to prepare a report and a plan for action to improve the mathematics outcomes of Kindergarten children in Ontario.

Visit here for more information and registration details!

 

Find out more about our Critical Transitions in Student Mathematical Development community of practice here.