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.

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

Canada 150 Math Leadership

See the report on the Canada 150 Math Challenge prepared by our Mathematics Leadership community of practice!

This mathematics activity was initiated by the staff of Dr. David Suzuki PS in Windsor, as part of their whole-school mathematics leadership project. Check out the challenge tasks for Canada 150 of which most were developed by Kyle Pearce and Heidi Horn-Olivito from GECDSB, and enriched by many contributions across Canada.

Interesting findings emerged from the school data; students were interested and engaged in the activities with real-life data related to Canada’s anniversary. While this project enhanced Dr. David Suzuki PS students’ productive disposition towards mathematics, it may have also contributed to changing public attitudes towards mathematics, as it involved students, educators, parents, and communities across Canada.

Learn more about our Mathematics Leadership CoP here.

Content for this post was provided by Dragana Martinovic, co-Lead of the Mathematics Leadership CoP.

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