News from the Canada Region
Carol Matsumoto, Canada Regional Director
Thank you to all of you who attended the Denver Conference, particularly the Canadian caucus. There were thirty-nine Canadian registrants who attended the NCSM Denver Conference and sixteen of them attended the Canadian caucus. There were two attendees who came from the Northwest Territories. Imagine how long it took them to get to Denver! It was wonderful meeting so many of you. I hope to see you in New Orleans next year.
I have included reports from some of our Canadian provincial leaders. I hope you have a great summer!
Alberta Report - submitted by Debbie Duvall
Alberta is just completing the last year of implementation of the revised high school mathematics curriculum. In an effort to support teachers with implementation, Alberta Education and the Alberta Regional Professional Development Consortia have sponsored the development of Moodle sites for each of the new high school courses. These moodle sites contain lessons, videos, and assessments for the new courses and also provide a venue for posing questions and sharing ideas with other teachers from across the province. These sites are updated on a regular basis and provide an excellent source of support to teachers as they implement not only new content but also new teaching and assessment strategies.
Later this spring, Manitoba Education will be posting the Kindergarten to Grade 8 Mathematics Curriculum Framework: 2013 Revisions. The document reflects revisions that have been made to the number strand of the 2008 Kindergarten to Grade 8 Mathematics: Manitoba Curriculum Framework of Outcomes. Manitoba Education has worked with provincial stakeholders to reinforce the importance of conceptual understanding, procedural thinking, and problem solving, and to clarify grade-level expectations. Revisions were made to the introduction and to some of the learning outcomes and achievement indicators in the number strand.
To help support the teaching and learning of mathematics in the province, Manitoba Education is creating a network of school division numeracy leaders. The goal is to create a collaborative culture in our province so that all divisions can dialogue and engage in developing innovative paths in order to build the capacity of our teachers and students. Manitoba Education continues to support the field through workshops and supports to positively impact educational outcomes for students.
MAMT will have its annual SAGE Conference on October 25 with the title Sum It Up! It will be held at Glenlawn Collegiate. For further information please contact Carol Matsumoto at
Ontario Report - submitted by Pierre Saarimaki
The recent OAME conference's theme was THINKING BIG!! There were three keynote speakers: Stephen Lewis, Annie Kidder (parent advocate) and Bob McDonald (CBC Quirks & Quarks).
There were eight featured speakers: Daniel Ansari (Western U), Ruth Beatty (Lakehead U), Cathy Bruce (Trent U), Jason Brown (Dalhousie U), Ron Lancaster (U of Toronto), Dan Meyer (Stanford U, CA), Tess Miller (U of Prince Edward Island), and Marian Small.
In addition there were 270 individual workshop/sessions over the 2 and a half days.
Total attendance was about 1800, the largest ever provincial math conference in Ontario. This was made up of 1350 paid delegates, 350 presenters, 30 exhibitors and 70 volunteers (committee, teacher candidates and students).
There were several full day workshops on Lesson Study, Bansho, and T3 (Teachers Teaching with Technology). Many sessions were doubles, giving delegates 2.5 hours on a topic.
The conference committee also sponsored a luncheon for the Past Presidents that was greatly appreciated.
Nova Scotia Report - from MTA Newsletter
On May 1, 2013 more than 250 Mi'kmaq students from across Nova Scotia gathered to explore the mathematics that is evident in their own community and cultural practices. Show Me Your Math allows Mi'kmaq children in Nova Scotia to find mathematics in their everyday environment, through counting, measuring, locating, designing, playing and explaining. Children explore these ideas through their community and create presentations about what they found.
The NS MTA conference will be held on October 25 at the new C. P. Allen School with the theme, Seeing Things from a Different Angle. It will focus on sessions that deal with the implementation of the new mathematics curriculum P-3 and grade 10 in September 2013 as well as offering relevant professional development for teachers who still deliver the APEF curriculum.