Professional Development in Ontario

Professional development workshops in Ontario are led by Frances Agro, Caroline Kim, and Catherine O'Brien.

Professional Development Events

Upcoming Events

JUMP Math’s Professional Development (PD) sessions are designed to give you the tools and skills to effectively use the resources in your classroom or school. Topics covered in our session include:

  • Learn about JUMP Math resources, it's philosophy and development
  • Examine 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
  • Discuss practical strategies
  • Have opportunities to share ideas and network with colleagues

Our Professional Development sessions are also available as a series of webinars.

 

‘Closed’ Professional Development Events

Our Outreach Managers also provide customized, individualized, professional development and teacher support - mostly within schools and school boards, but also at conferences and conventions.  To discuss PD options, pricing, and scheduling, please contact your Outreach Manager or phone 416 596 7716 x 228.

Outreach Managers in Ontario

Frances Agro
Frances used to love math until her “math-smarts” disappeared in Grade 11. Following university Frances worked with Young Offenders and individuals with Developmental Disabilities while volunteering as an adult literacy tutor and life-skills coach for incarcerated women. After twelve years of this work Frances certified as a teacher and began working in the Hamilton Public School Board. Frances discovered JUMP Math while teaching in multi-level classrooms at Colin Macdonald Community School, an alternative school for gifted and learning-disabled students. During this time, Frances earned her specialists in Reading and Special Education but it was her pre-teaching experience that taught her the importance of varied practice and of introducing skills in small, scaffolded steps. She brought this experience to her Learning Services role at Hillfield Strathallan College. After seven years of growing her own skills and confidence as a math teacher, Frances joined JUMP Math as a Manager of Outreach and Teacher Support for Ontario and Eastern Canada. Contact Frances.

Caroline Kim
Caroline has enjoyed the beauty and the challenge of mathematics her entire life. She loves seeing the mathematics in visual arts and music, as well as in the more practical applications. She discovered JUMP Math when she embarked on a study of various curriculum materials while leading an independent school, and was thrilled to discover a Canadian resource that was aligned with what she and her teaching team understood about building student skills, success, and confidence in mathematics. She found that year after year, even “weak” students were able to build solid foundations of mathematics as they were taught by dedicated teachers who understood the math, used the pedagogy of JUMP Math, and actively assessed and responded to student needs. Caroline loves to continue learning about research and best practices to support mathematics success. She has studied the role of gender in confidence in mathematics as well as the effective use of technology to support mathematics teachers and learners. Caroline is an avid amateur photographer. Contact Caroline.

Catherine O'Brien
At the Faculty of Education at Queen’s University, at age 23, Catherine discovered that math could be fun! As a classroom teacher for the next 26 years, she experienced a wide variety of approaches to math education; and, repeatedly, she struggled to support her program with extra resources and materials.  Finally, in the winter of 2012, Catherine found what she had been searching for at a PD workshop focusing on ‘how to close the gap and engage students with JUMP Math’. She immediately started using JUMP Math in her Grade One classroom and delighted in witnessing the quickly growing engagement and confidence among her students. Inspired by the power of this first-hand experience, Catherine is thrilled to join the Outreach team at JUMP Math. She hopes that her wholehearted enthusiasm for JUMP Math will encourage, motivate, and energize both teachers and students. Catherine’s favourite number is 5 because her family is a complete set of 5 when her 3 children come home to visit at the same time! Contact Catherine.