PRIMARY NUMERACY NETWORK FOR KEY TEACHERS
Catholic Education SA is seeking expressions of interest from teachers holding leadership roles in mathematics and/or numeracy to join the Primary Numeracy Network. The network aims to:
· build expertise in numeracy and mathematics teaching and learning;
· build capacity in leading numeracy and mathematics at school level;
· investigate the use of data to inform learning in mathematics and numeracy;
· explore ways to engage parents in mathematics and numeracy;
· create opportunities for the leaders in our schools to network;
· engage with current trends / issues in education, particularly in the area of mathematics and numeracy;
· implement the Australian Curriculum in their school.
In 2014 the teachers in the primary network had opportunities to engage with others across the three sectors and universities. The teachers participated in sessions led by Professor Deborah Ball from Michigan University and Dr Rhonda Faragher from the Australian Catholic University in Canberra.
Professor Ball challenged the teachers’ thinking regarding the pedagogical content knowledge for effective teaching of mathematics. This conversation will continue in 2015.
Dr Faragher workshopped the topic “teaching children with special needs mathematics” with emphasis on children with Down Syndrome.
In 2015, the network teachers will continue to work with university lecturers and other colleagues across secondary schools and sectors. At the moment I am in discussions with Flinders University and Oxford University.
Scheduled networks Times
As in previous years, in 2015, the teachers will meet one day each term. Participating teachers will be expected to attend all four sessions. They will also be expected to undertake follow-up activities in their schools.
Catholic Education Office will fund two of the four days TRT.
The dates, venues and times are as follows:
All sessions will be held at the CEO Conference Centre from 9 am - 4 pm:
Term 1: Wednesday 4 March
Term 2: Thursday 28 May
Term 3: Tuesday 18 August
Term 4: Wednesday 4 November
Primary Network teachers who participated in the Primary Numeracy Network in 2014 will be contacted by email and they do not need to re-apply.
The Primary Years Network outcomes will be linked to AITSL outcomes and teacher leaders will receive recognition of participation.
For those schools in regional locations looking to participate in this network, contact Christelle Plummer to make suitable arrangements.
If any further details are required regarding this information, please contact Christelle Plummer, Ph: 8301 6837