Thames Valley District School Board

2016 Annual Report

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Strategic Priority #4: Numeracy K-12

Goal: To build and support leadership and instructional capacity in mathematics at all levels so all students are successful in mathematics

…by inspiring students and staff to appreciate and engage in mathematics:

 

  • Today, 68% of all of our elementary schools have a school improvement plan with a focus on improving mathematics.

  • The Secondary Focus project indicated that 69% of students reported that a focus on ‘math talk’ helped them in their understanding of math, and that 75% of the students indicated that the use of manipulatives helped them develop their conceptual understanding.

  • Fifteen of our 27 secondary schools participated in the first ever Secondary Math Challenge.

  • All elementary schools were invited to participate in the first ever “Elementary Challenge: The Week of Math” with a high level of participation.

  • Summer Numeracy Camp for 155 Grade 2 and Grade 3 students with all areas of TVDSB represented and included a first-time afternoon program organized by various child care providers.

  • The sold out STEAM 2016 Learning Conference took place in April. System and school based educators offered 44 different professional learning sessions to over 400 participants.

 

…by developing and mentoring math educators to build mathematical leadership capacity throughout the system:

 

  • A variety of professional learning opportunities were offered to school administrators to support their leadership in the area of mathematics.

  • Dr. Marian Small, mathematician and noted author, spent two days in April with elementary and secondary administrators as well as with secondary and elementary teacher teams and Instructional Coaches. The primary focus of her sessions involved leading effective mathematics instruction.

  • System-wide engagement by elementary schools at the ‘Number Talks’ in-service, sending a team from each school. School teams returned to their schools to lead other educators in the implementation of this teaching strategy.

  • Secondary Task Force members explored strategies on effective assessment in math and came back to lead Professional Learning sessions, and host in-school Classroom Inquiry sessions and classroom observations.

 

…by increasing content knowledge, skills, and instructional capacity of educators in mathematics:

 

  • Approximately 66% of all elementary networking release time was used to engage in school based professional learning on mathematics. Secondary networking/learning forward release time was utilized by teachers to engage in school-based professional learning in mathematics.

  • Secondary ELL Math Assessments were completed during the 2015-2016 school year to determine the math skills of English Language Learners in order to place students in the appropriate course (i.e. ESL math vs. regular math). Based on the 366 assessments completed, 156 students were placed in ‘regular’ math courses. Of those 156 students, 143 successfully attained their math credit leading to a 92% placement success rate.

  • During the 2015-2016 school year, more than 40 different system based mathematics professional learning opportunities were offered to educators and administrators with support from the mathematics team.

  • Teacher survey results for our “Elementary Focus School Math” reported increased confidence in consolidating lessons and in using manipulatives effectively.

  • Focus Schools Collaborating for Learning in Mathematics (CIL-M) project continued with cohort one (11 schools) returning and cohort two (15 schools) starting in the winter of 2016. This model is supported by research and has been very powerful in terms of the professional learning and change of practice seen in the classrooms of the schools involved.

  • Initiated first phase of the Secondary Grade 9 Math Focus project which started with four schools and is now expanding to nine.

  • Dreambox software pilot project with TVDSB staff and students studies the impact of correct software instruction on student learning.

  • Knowledgehook Math software (utilized by 17% of schools) targets Grades 7 - 10 in applied level mathematics. Teachers reported a high level of student engagement with this software.

…by involving parents in their children’s learning of mathematics:

 

  • Resources to engage parents in their children’s learning of mathematics were distributed to all schools throughout the system.

  • At the February 2016 TVPIC Symposium, a session was offered to school council members and school administrators on ways to engage parents in mathematics.

  • Math Home Connection newsletter inserts were developed for inclusion in school newsletters.

  • An increased number of elementary schools offered ‘Family Math’ events which were supported by the mathematics portfolio.

 

…by developing a three-year Mathematics Strategic Plan: