Professional Development in Ontario

Professional Development in Ontario is led by Frances Agro.

1-Day Workshops

Upcoming Dates

JUMP Math: A Balanced Approach to Numeracy Skill Building and Problem Solving

Purpose: To provide participants with an introduction to the evidence-based design and instructional approach of JUMP Math which uses Guided Discovery and Confidence Building for improved student outcomes in mathematical learning. 

Content: In this workshop, participants will learn about:

  • promoting positive learning environments and building confidence in students;
  • maintaining a balanced approach to mathematics by concurrently addressing conceptual and procedural learning, explicit and inquiry-based learning;
  • achieving understanding and mastery by breaking mathematics down into sequential, scaffolded steps, while still allowing students to make discoveries;
  • keeping all students engaged and attentive by “raising the bar” incrementally;
  • guiding students strategically to explore and discover the beauty of mathematics as a symbolic language connected to the real world and;
  • using continuous assessment to ensure all students are engaged and none are left behind.

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.

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2-Day Workshops

Upcoming Dates

DAY 1: A Balanced Approach to Numeracy Skill Building and Problem Solving

Purpose: To provide participants with an introduction to the evidence-based design and instructional approach of JUMP Math which uses Guided Discovery and Confidence Building for improved student outcomes in mathematical learning.  

Content: In this workshop, participants will learn about:

  • promoting positive learning environments and building confidence in students;
  • maintaining a balanced approach to mathematics by concurrently addressing conceptual and procedural learning, explicit and inquiry-based learning;
  • achieving understanding and mastery by breaking mathematics down into sequential, scaffolded steps, while still allowing students to make discoveries;
  • keeping all students engaged and attentive by “raising the bar” incrementally;
  • guiding students strategically to explore and discover the beauty of mathematics as a symbolic language connected to the real world and;
  • using continuous assessment to ensure all students are engaged and none are left behind.

DAY 2: Closing the Numeracy Gap At Home and At School

Purpose: To provide participants with practical strategies, games and activities to build mental math efficiency and mastery of math facts.

Content: In this activity-based workshop, participants will work in groups to explore:

  • engaging activities that encourage consistent practice of mental math skills (such as seeing pattern in numbers, making estimates and predictions about numbers) and;
  • small and large group tasks and explorations that support higher level mathematical thinking across the Curriculum Strands.

Participants will leave the workshop with sample activity kits and handouts that they can used in any learning environment.

No upcoming dates scheduled. 2-day workshops are typically scheduled in the summer months.

Want Professional Development Your Community?

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 Frances Agro for more details.
 

Discounts and Payment

When you register, you have the opportunity to order one printed, binder-ready version of a grade-specific Teacher Resource package at the discounted price of $73.50 plus GST and/or one set of grade-specific student Assessment and Practice books at the discounted price of $14 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 Manager 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.