Numeracy at PWPSD
Numeracy Coordinators Nicki Nightingale and Rhonda Giesbrecht shared what they've been working on, including an exciting new project, with the Board. As numeracy coordinators, Ms. Nightingale and Ms. Giesbrecht work to advance the programming and teaching of mathematics within PWPSD schools. They:
- Provide support to teachers and administrators to reach their numeracy professional development goals.
- Teach in classrooms to model evidence-based instruction and/or intervention.
- Conduct research to provide evidence-based practice for instruction and assessment.
- Create a data bank of resources.
The PWPSD Numeracy Coordinators have been busy working with Richelle Marynowski from the University of Lethbridge to develop a replacement screening assessment, beginning with junior high grades. MIPI, the assessment tool currently being used, has been discontinued, so the team hopes to create a replacement tool that will give educators throughout the Division solid, useful data that will help inform their practice.
Ms. Nightingale and Ms. Giesbrecht are also working with the University of Lethbridge and two other divisions in Alberta on a research proposal that aims to address the equity and student learning gaps in numeracy in Grades 4-8 through the implementation of Number Talks. The goals of the project are to:
- Increase student confidence and improve competency with numeracy at the upper-elementary and middle school levels; and
- Promote equitable numeracy and teaching practices that benefit the learning of Indigenous students, English Language Learners, and students with identified learning difficulties.