Professional Development in Ontario

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

1-Day Workshops


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 structured inquiry 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.


Payment & Discounts

Full day in-person = $86.40
Half day in-person = $59.40

When you register for a workshop, 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 + GST and/or one set of grade-specific student Assessment and Practice books at the discounted price of $14 + 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.

If your school or district plans to adopt JUMP Math, we offer the following discounts:

  • 35% off Professional Development
  • 20% off Teacher Resources (including Digital Lesson Slides)

Click here for more information on School and District Discounts.

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.

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.