National Book Fund 2014-15: Applications Closed

Are you a teacher or principal who needs support to implement JUMP Math as a key classroom resource? If you work with students from high or special needs communities across Canada, you can apply for free teacher training and books through the National Book Fund.

Thank you for your interest. Applications have closed for 2014.

Program Goals

The National Book Fund is designed to assist teachers in high-need communities across Canada improve the math achievement of their students through implementation of the JUMP Math program in their classroom.

 It is made possible by the generous support of donors.

 

Who Can Apply?

The National Book Fund supports teachers at schools in communities across Canada. This program is not available outside the country.

Applications for the National Book Fund are invited from teachers who are committed to:

  • the JUMP Math philosophy and approach to math education,
  • using JUMP Math as a key math resource in their classroom,
  • JUMP Math professional development, and
  • evaluating the effectiveness of the JUMP Math program in their classroom.

Only complete submissions will be reviewed and evaluated. A completed submission consists of 2 parts:

  • one teacher application by each interested teacher. Teachers must submit their application first. This initiates an e-mail to the teacher’s principal with a link to the school application.
  • one school application by the principal. Only 1 application is required per school

Upon review of the teacher and school applications, JUMP Math will determine which schools will receive National Book Fund support.

If a school is chosen, JUMP Math will recommend teachers to the school principal, and the principal will make the final decision as to which teachers will receive the award(s) for the 2014-2015 school year.

Awards are allocated to the school and cannot be transferred if a teacher moves to a different school after an application is submitted.

 

Benefits to Book Fund Awardees

Classroom Resources

Through the National Book Fund, selected teachers will receive all of the student and teacher resources necessary to successfully implement JUMP Math in their classroom.  These include:

  • A set of JUMP Math Assessment & Practice books (Parts 1 and 2) for each student
  • A Teacher's Resource for up to two grades being taught in the classroom
  • SMART Lesson Materials for up to two grades being taught in the classroom
  • Unit Tests
  • Answer Keys
  • Professional Development
  • Support from JUMP Math

 

Professional Development

Familiarity with JUMP Math teacher and student resources makes teachers’ and students’ experiences with the program more productive and rewarding, therefore JUMP Math professional development is an important part of the National Book Fund award.

  • Teachers who have not participated in a JUMP Math professional development session during the past  two years (since January 1st, 2012) are required to complete an in-person session before July 31st, 2014.
  • Teachers who live in geographic regions where in-person professional development sessions are not offered will be offered a webinar.
  • Teachers who have completed a professional development session (in-person or webinar) since January 1st, 2012 are welcome to, a) participate in a professional development session of their choice, OR, b) attend a brief webinar session, which will include a meet & greet and Q & A with a JUMP Math Outreach Manager before July 31st, 2014. These teachers also have the option to take part in a free PD session during the 2014-2015 school year.

Please note that National Book Fund awardees cannot transfer their training to another teacher.

PD sessions will be held in larger centres in every region and consist of one one-day session or two half-day sessions during May, June, and July, 2014 (time, date, and location of each workshop to be announced).

Please note that training must be completed no later than July 31st, 2014. If training is not completed by this deadline, the award will be reallocated to a teacher on the Book Fund waiting list.

 

Program Evaluation

JUMP Math is committed to evidence-based practice and providing an effective program for teachers and students. Therefore, teachers who participate in the National Book Fund must commit to the evaluation component of the program. Completing the surveys and student evaluations are mandatory. All information is kept strictly confidential and only aggregate data will be reported.
Program evaluation consists of:

  • Completion of a teacher background and attitude survey (September 2014 and May 2015) and administration of student surveys (in September 2014 and May 2015).  Some teachers will also be asked to administer student math tests in September 2014 and May 2015
  • Completion of a short teacher survey in January 2015 to assess implementation of the program
  • Completion of a short teacher survey in June 2015 to provide feedback on the program to JUMP Math

 

Selection Criteria

National Book Fund applicants are selected according to the following criteria:

  • Enthusiasm about using JUMP Math
  • Commitment to using JUMP Math as a key resource through the 2014-2015 school year
  • Commitment to meeting the Professional Development requirements
  • Commitment to completing surveys and student assessments
  • Submission of a school application by the school's principal
  • Past participation and commitment as a National Book Fund teacher (if applicable)

Note: Support will be limited to a maximum of 3 years.

 

Application Process

Each application consists of separate submissions by a teacher and their principal. Application forms can be submitted online, and it is possible to save your work and complete it in stages.

Please note that teachers must submit an application before a school application can be completed by the school principal. Once a teacher application has been submitted, an email will be sent to the school principal with a link to the school application.

Thank you for your interest. Applications have closed for the year. Please check back in 2015.

 

More Information

For more information about JUMP Math’s National Book Fund please contact Heather McCollam at heather.mccollam@jumpmath.org or Noreen McLean at noreen.mclean@jumpmath.org or by phone at 416-596-7716 ext. 228.