Professional Development in Alberta

Professional Development in Alberta is led by Benn Goddard, Charlene MacKenzie, and Mary Jane Moreau.

Professional Development

Upcoming Dates

JUMP Math’s Professional Development (PD) session is designed to give you the tools and skills to effectively implement the program in your classroom or school. In this workshop participants will:

  • Learn about the JUMP Math program, its philosophy and development
  • Examine their own comfort levels with mathematics and mathematics teaching
  • Discuss the importance of teachers' mathematical knowledge
  • Observe and critique a JUMP Math lesson
  • Become familiar with JUMP Math's teacher and student materials
  • Learn about anticipating ‘pitfalls’, task analysis and other JUMP Math teaching strategies
  • Discuss practical strategies
  • Have opportunities to share ideas and network with colleagues

Books (one set per participant) are available at a discounted price and must be ordered at time of registration. No books will be sold at the workshop.

Note: Our Professional Development session is also available as a series of webinars.

No upcoming dates scheduled at the moment - please check back soon!

Want Professional Development In Your School?

If there is sufficient interest in your school district, arrangements can be made to have a JUMP Math Outreach Manager provide professional development for your group. Prices vary according to location and number of teachers. Please contact Charlene MacKenzie for more details.
 

Discounts and Payment

When you register, you have the opportunity to order one set of grade-specific student Assessment and Practice books at the discounted price of $14 plus GST and one printed, binder-ready version of a grade-specific Teacher Resource package at the discounted price of $73.50 plus GST. This discount is only available up to one week before the workshop.

We recommend that you pay online when you register. However, if you do pay by cheque, please indicate which workshop you are attending and mail it to: JUMP Math, One Yonge Street, Suite 1014, Toronto, ON M5E 1E5. Please do not bring your cheque to the workshop.
 

Outreach Managers in Alberta

Benn Goddard
In 2013, Benn and his family moved to Calgary from London (England, not Ontario). He has 11 years of teaching experience that began in a private international school and took him to a management position at a large school in North East London. Upon arriving in Canada, Benn accepted a dual role with JUMP Math and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary. He loves this position as it gives him the chance to work with teachers across Alberta while supporting some of the most disadvantaged youth in Calgary. Benn also trains and supports any non-profit tutors using the JUMP Math program. Benn firmly believes that we all have the potential to learn any subject if it is carefully taught and we are allowed quality practice. He strives to ensure that pupils achieve their full potential and develop a love of learning. Benn loves to show that there is math in anything (particularly sport) and his lucky number is 29! Contact Benn.

Charlene MacKenzie
Charlene enjoyed math in high school only due to a good “memory”. But biology was her calling. It was in post-secondary bio that she “hit the math wall”, though, faced with calculus and certain chemistries. She made it through, yet her bio-based plans got sidetracked after drifting from the Maritimes to Calgary in the 90s; the only teaching positions were in high school math. Thus her extensive teaching career began, in grades 1-12 classrooms and an alternative educational setting for many years. Along the way, and often through kids’ eyes, Charlene found math’s elegance. In recent years, she loved supporting teachers and students in numeracy and literacy. It was in this role that she discovered JUMP Math and John Mighton’s writings, and she ‘jumped’ at the chance to see John speak and learn from the brilliant MJ. A scientist at heart, Charlene is deeply interested in how the brain learns. She is thrilled to bring JUMP to teachers and do all she can to oust that myth of “hitting the math wall”. Charlene adores the mountains’ year-round activities, but her soul belongs to the ocean and east coast music. Slainte. Contact Charlene.

Mary Jane Moreau
Mary Jane had a lengthy career teaching primary and junior grades in public, separate, independent and private school settings. Along the way she became familiar with John Mighton’s writing and had opportunities to work with him, piloting JUMP Math lessons in her classrooms and volunteering for JUMP Math. She soon saw that the materials, methodology and philosophy allowed her students to achieve outcomes that eclipsed those in all her previous years of teaching. As a teacher, MJ felt there was no higher calling than to have the privilege to be entrusted with young minds. As she neared the end of her career, she was invited to work full-time for JUMP Math in Alberta. She knew that it was an opportunity to help move the needle in math education for thousands of children.  Based in Calgary, MJ’s work takes her to fly-in northern communities, board offices of corporate funders, and to schools across Alberta, where she provides PD and support for teachers. Her favourite aspect of her work is going back to her teaching roots, visiting classrooms and witnessing exuberant children become highly competent and confident in mathematics. Watch Mary Jane on YouTube. Contact Mary Jane.