During the fall of 2015, the Northeast Region Field Team, through Board visits, observations, conversations and data analysis, identified a need within the region to support capacity building specific to ‘system leadership teams’ responsible for leading and implementing Ontario’s Renewed Mathematics Strategy within their respective boards.
In particular, leaders described a need to develop content and pedagogy knowledge as well as the skills required to implement and monitor the extensive and wide-scale systemic changes that would be required to support educators JK-10 en masse to change classroom practice.
In response to this challenge, eight school boards, three school authorities and the Ministry field team within the Northeastern Ontario Region came together to form the Math Leadership Network (MLN). Within a collaborative leadership model, up to five system leaders (e.g. superintendents, numeracy facilitators, program principals) from each participating Board are shaping the learning within this network so it is differentiated and responsive to the unique needs of the region.
From its inception in June, 2016, the MLN has been created to provide an opportunity for leadership teams to (through face-to-face and virtual):
- deepen connections with leaders, researchers and educators from across and beyond the region;
- participate in mathematics learning and leadership opportunities;
- work with and learn from the most current mathematical research and expertise;
- acquire voluntarily, a mathematics AQ specialist;
- develop team capacity to facilitate wide-scale capacity building through a number of key strategies including the utilization of an exemplary AQ structure; evidence based teaching, learning and leadership strategies, virtual collaborative technologies, implementation and monitoring research and much more.
The program is now into its third phase (December 2017 – May 2018).