Bring a team around developing a school-wide mathematic improvement strategy.
Leading Mathematics supports your school team to investigate, analyse and strengthen current approaches to mathematics learning, teaching and leadership at the classroom, team and school-wide levels.
As a team, you will develop your ability to lead in-school investigations and professional learning and gain a greater understanding of contemporary research and approaches to highly effective mathematics teaching and learning.
Your team will collect and analyse a range of different evidence types, experiment with your practices and meet regularly to discuss insights and team learning. These efforts will inform the development of a school-wide, long-term mathematics improvement strategy and the kinds of practices needed for sustainable cultural and practical change.
Designed for Victorian government school teams of 3 people, comprising:
- 1 principal-class leader committed to progressing their own learning as well as supporting the learning of the team. This participant will ensure that an evidence-informed, whole-school approach to change is developed and provide the support and means to enact it.
- 1 numeracy or mathematics leader or learning specialist who has leadership responsibilities for maths or numeracy learning or leads a maths-focused team. This person should be enthusiastic about embracing and bringing about positive change in mathematics practice.
- 1 classroom-based teacher who is willing and keen to investigate, learn and further develop their mathematics practice and generate evidence of student learning that can be used to inspire their colleagues. This participant will provide leaders with valuable insights into classroom and teacher learning as well as perspectives on what teachers need from leaders.
This team structure supports a whole-school approach to leading mathematics improvement in your school context.
Before applying, your team should review the course structure to ensure each team member can commit to the significant course load over the 7 months.
Leading Mathematics is facilitated by Tony Flack, Peter Burrows, Michaela Epstein, Larissa Raymond and Kathy Winton, highly respected and experienced practitioners with both academic and practical expertise.
It was developed by EdPartnerships International, an organisation that works at the forefront of educational leadership and learning excellence through partnership approaches. EdPartnerships co-designs research, evaluations, professional learning and leadership development.
Over 7 months, you will actively engage in and contribute to:
- 7 virtual workshops (7 days)
- school-based investigations and activities
- regular team meetings
- self-directed learning
- post-course connection to another school.
The overall learning commitment is approximately 80 hours.
Your team will participate in 7 full-day online workshops exploring the following content areas:
- understanding self as a leader of mathematics learning
- engaging in school-based investigations and analysis
- making sense of mathematics related research and key concepts
- building capacity to lead the learning of others
- designing strategically to change and improve.
Virtual workshops scaffold course content and facilitate discussion, interaction and knowledge co-creation between your team and the facilitator.
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School-based investigations and activities
Prior to each workshop, you will undertake a guided investigation in your school. These investigations include role-specific tasks and collaborative activities to anchor learnings in your context.
Regular team meetings
Regular team meetings between workshops specifically support the development of a needs-based mathematics learning and improvement strategy and may involve:
- evidence capture or analysis
- discussions of professional readings
- planning next steps.
Self-directed learning activities throughout the course include individual reading and reflective tasks that support your understanding.
Once the program has concluded, your team will maintain a connection to one other school from the program for 12 months.
You will gain knowledge and understanding of:
- yourself as a leader of mathematics learning in the context of your current role
- how to engage in school-based investigations to inform priorities and strategic planning
- contemporary research related to learning and teaching mathematics
- how to lead and support the mathematics learning of others
- how to design strategically for change and improvement
- how to further develop leadership in practice
- you will also develop the capacities to enact these understandings in your school.
You will develop the skills to:
- use relevant knowledge related to professional learning, mathematics curriculum, pedagogy and assessment
- solve complex problems
- use inquiry, reflection and evidence to inform strategic direction
- collaborate effectively with colleagues to address challenges of practice
- build relational trust by aligning actions with shared values and goals
- initiate and sustain productive partnerships and networks
- lead and inspire learning and change.
This course is significantly subsidised by the Department of Education and Training.
Co-contribution: $990 (incl. GST) for each Victorian government school participant. See Fees and financial support for more information.