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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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!

Research Report: Mathematics Educator Leadership in ON

Our Mathematics Leadership CoP member organizations (pictured below) have been busy collecting data and monitoring their professional development activities.

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To learn about their research findings so far, check out this Research Report on Mathematics Educator Leadership in Ontario by Dragana Martinovic, co-Lead of our Mathematics Leadership CoP.

This report will be revised annually to address their recent activities and new data, and relate those to the findings of others. This living document will detail their work and inform further research-practice-policy conversations about mathematics educator leadership in Ontario.

See more from our Mathematics Leadership CoP here.

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.

#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.