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Date: September 20, 2017

Memorandum to: Student Success Leaders
School Effectiveness Leads

From: Bruce W. Shaw
Student Achievement Division

Subject: Fall 2017 Renewed Mathematics Strategy (RMS) System Improvement and Monitoring (SIM) K-12 Virtual Session

I am pleased to offer you the opportunity to attend the Fall 2017 Renewed Mathematics Strategy (RMS) System Improvement and Monitoring (SIM) K-12 Virtual Session.

These voluntary one-day sessions are intended for Superintendents, System Leaders, Principals and Vice-Principals, and are available on:

  • October 10, 2017
  • October 11, 2017
  • October 12, 2017

The learning goals of the session include deepening understanding of:

  • the importance of evidence-based structures, systems and strategies that support success in mathematics teaching and learning;
  • how to navigate the inherent challenges in the improvement planning process; and
  • how to leverage leadership moves that will bring our vision of the mathematics learner to fruition across Ontario.

To fully benefit from this session your team will need to bring a copy of their Board or School Improvement Plan for Student Achievement (BIPSA/SIPSA).

To attend the session, please designate one person to register for one of the dates on behalf of your team using the following link:
Click here to register. In early October, registered teams will be sent a URL to connect your team to the session.

Please refer to the appendices for the: session agenda, technical requirements and support, as well as descriptions of the breakout sessions available for participants. All of the materials for the sessions will also be available at the following link:

If you have any questions or need any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact Maria Ivankovic at or Jaqueline Herman at

Thank you for your continued work supporting the achievement and engagement of our students in mathematics.


Original signed by

Bruce W. Shaw
Student Achievement Division

Attachments (3)
1. Session Agenda
2. Technical Requirements and Support
3. Choose Your Own Session

Cathy Montreuil, Assistant Deputy Minister, Student Achievement Division
Directors of Education
Field Services Branch Regional Managers

Appendix A: Session Agenda
Fall 2017 RMS SIM Virtual Session


Agenda Items

9:00am – 12:00pm

Message from Cathy Montreuil, Assistant Deputy Minister, Student Achievement Division

Focusing Direction: Moral Purpose

Cultivating Collaborative Cultures: Creating Conditions for Improved Planning

Monitoring Impact: Monitoring Tips

Deepening Learning: Mathematics Knowledge for Leaders

12:00pm – 1:00pm


1:00pm – 2:00pm

Choose Your Own Session

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Team Time

Appendix B: Technical Requirements and Support
Fall 2017 RMS SIM Virtual Session

To connect and participate in the session you will need the following:
1. A computer connected to the internet (WIFI or hardline). A hardline connection is preferable.
2. Speakers to suit the room size and number of participants.
3. Microphone that is either connected to the computer or embedded.
4. A viewing screen to accommodate the size of the group.
5. Google Chrome is the recommended web browser.
6. For “Choose Your Own Session”, computers, speakers and microphones will be needed to accommodate group participants who selected different breakout sessions (please see Appendix C).
7. A copy of the handouts for each participant. Handouts will be provided following registration.

An invitation will be sent to you by to test your equipment. This test will occur a few days prior to the virtual session. Please note that there will not be a teleconference option available for sites where there is no microphone.

Appendix C: Choose Your Own Session
Fall 2017 RMS SIM Virtual Session

On the day of your session you will select and receive the connection to each of the breakout session(s) your team has chosen to participate in.

You may wish to have your whole team participate in the same session or different sessions. There is a separate URL for each of the sessions. The sessions will be running simultaneously from 1:00p.m. – 2:00p.m. A description of each session is listed below.

Please note: to facilitate the Choose Your Own Session portion of the day, your site will need computers, microphones and viewing areas to support each participant’s selection.

Session A: Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching and Leading: Supporting
School and System Improvement
Presented by: Connie Quadrini

Join us as we engage in interactive learning activities that reveal the critical role of mathematical knowledge for teaching. Engage in a math task, explore the important mathematical concepts that are revealed, and unpack the intentional teacher planning and moves that advance student thinking. Participants will make explicit connections to domains of mathematical knowledge for teaching, and consider implications for mathematical knowledge for leading to support school/system improvement.

Session B: Literate Leadership: Building Data Literacy Within Your School
Presented by: Sue McKearnen and Sherri Sengupta

This session focuses on understanding what it means to be a data literate leader and what is important in analyzing and bringing meaning to school data in order to bring about positive changes in student achievement. Successful strategies from EQAO's "Schools on the Journey of Learning" will be shared.

Session C: Learning from the Field: Grade 9 Mathematics
Presented by: Dave DeSantis, Sandra Fraser and Paul Tsekouras

In this session, teams will be introduced to seven Ontario schools who improved student achievement in Grade 9 mathematics through a focus on learning for understanding, strategic interventions and emphasis on professional capital. In exploring these improvement actions, participants will see the impact collective efficacy and learning leadership had in improving mathematics learning and achievement over time. Key learnings from the work of these seven schools will be provided and benefit SIM teams in informing their own strategic planning and next steps in improving instructional leadership, learning and assessment practices in Grade 9 mathematics.

Session D: Using Documentation for Learning and Leading
Presented by: Stephanie Meinecke and Karen Steffensen

Are you wondering how to enhance the focus on learning in your context? How might you use your observations of student learning to engage in professional learning conversations? From a leadership lens, in this session we will explore the use of documentation as a lever to fuel conversations centred on learning, teaching and leading.

Session E: The Refreshed Improvement Planning Assessment Tool (IPAT)
Presented by: Louise Gormley and Nancy Petrick

This session will provide an opportunity to review the refreshed Improvement Planning Assessment Tool (IPAT) and to consider effective uses of the tool to infuse evaluative thinking and inform realizing desired outcomes. In what situations might you find the IPAT (or similar tools) to be helpful in improvement planning, e.g., at system, school and classroom levels. Participants are welcome to contribute insights and feedback on the refreshed IPAT, and to consider how they may best facilitate its use as a discussion tool to inform improvement processes.

Session F: Access and Equity
Presented by: Michael Malcolm and Helene Coulombe

In this session, participants will explore educational practices that are responsive to students' backgrounds, experiences and knowledge. Participants will focus on designing, implementing and assessing the effectiveness of a vibrant, diverse mathematics program.

Session G: Monitoring Mathematics Learning through the Pedagogical System:
One Principal's Journey
Presented by: Judy Anderson and Heather Gataveckas

As a leader, do you wonder about monitoring mathematics learning? In this session, you will follow one principal as she monitors and reflects on the mathematics learning of students and staff, as well as her own leadership learning using the Pedagogical System as a tool and catalyst for change.

Session H: Math and Well-Being: Supporting Well-Being in the Math Classroom
Presented by: Anita Drossis and Gianna Helling

“Well-being is a positive sense of self, spirit and belonging that we feel when our cognitive, emotional, social and physical needs are being met.” In this session, participants will examine and explore specific strategies for supporting well-being in the mathematics classroom. The conditions for learning that support student well-being in the mathematics classroom will be aligned through the seven mathematical processes, the mathematical pedagogical system and the four domains of well-being.