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

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.