GECDSB’s Vision for Mathematics

In the spring of 2015, the Trustees of the Greater Essex County District School Board (GECDSB) approved a motion for the formation of a “Math Task Force.” Its purpose was to examine the practices of mathematics teaching and learning from multiple perspectives within the GECDSB, and to advise Senior Administration and the Board of Trustees as to how best to support future planning in the area of mathematical teaching and learning.

In the spring of 2016 the GECDSB released a report from the work of the Math Task Force. One of the areas examined in this report was that of mathematics leader and mathematics leadership. In the first year of implementation of the recommendations from the report, the GECDSB focused on building mathematics content, pedagogy, and leadership capacity of lead-learners. These lead-learners were identified as formal leaders (central office and administration) and school-based mathematics learning teams.

The GECDSB Math Task Force continues to meet and discuss implementations of the Board’s collective vision related to teaching and learning mathematics. Check out the learning briefs based on the research, and discussion and insights from the intensive work of the Math Task Force:

As the GECDSB is a partner in our Mathematics Leadership Community of Practice, their great work in mathematics has been informing the work of this CoP, and will continue to inform their work going forward.

Content for this post was provided by Dragana Martinovic, Professor at the Faculty of Education at University of Windsor, and Math Leadership CoP Co-Lead.

NEW: Computational Thinking + Math Literature Review

Our Computational Thinking Community of Practice has completed their literature review on Computational Thinking and Mathematics (Kindergarten to Post-secondary). See it here!

See what else our CT CoP is up to on their main page. To receive email updates about our CoPs and more, sign up for our mailing list (right side of page).

Literature review by Rosa Cendros (PhD candidate at Western University). 

NEW: Repeating Patterns + Coding Lesson Study Documentaries

Check out our Computational Thinking CoP’s NEW Repeating Patterns Lesson Study Documentaries with teachers and students from St. Andrews PS, TDSB!

  • Lesson study on Repeating Patterns in Grades 1/2
  • Lesson study on Repeating Patterns in Grades 2/3
  • Repeating patterns Side-By-Side (lesson sequence on Repeating Patterns using 2 different pedagogical approaches, shown side-by-side)

See it all here!

For more resources and information about our Computational Thinking Community of Practice, check out their page.

#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.