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ATSIMA 2020 Online Conference Series ‘Nhewaŋana’ ‘Nhe djämamirriyaŋana’
‘You Speak It’ ‘You Create It’ 
We are excited to invite you to participate in our inaugural online conference series, this online conference series will not replace the postponed ATSIMA 2020 conference, instead, it offers a special opportunity for speakers and participants to share their journey so far towards the conference experience planned for 2021.
The sessions have been a great success with the following presentations:

In the first session, Deb Carmichael gave us five ways to include checkpoints in our lesson plans in her presentation 'Small Shifts, Big Gains' and Gabrielle Quakawoot, who explored ancient geometry in 'The Art of String Theory'

In the second session, Di Siemon discussed Realising 'best practice' in (M/m)athematics education, and Nicole Boyd explored Hearing student voice on Akatyerr (desert raisin) wild harvest.
In the third session Amber Hughes discussed  Defining Equity in Mathematics Education for Indigenous Learners, and Rowena Ball, explored Maths on Country, 
Bios and abstracts of presenters can be found here


Professional Learning NSW

ATSIMA is working in collaboration with Connected Communities and NSW Department of Education to deliver Professional Learning to sixteen rural and remote schools in NSW.

Part One of the PL is being rolled out in phases and currently, ATSIMA is working with the schools around relationships, this phase gathers a good understanding of the schools and Community to ensure that the PL will be relevant and effective for each school.

The next phases in part one will include an introduction and delivery of connecting the idea of maths and culture. 

Part one of the program will run through to June 2021. Part two is anticipated to run from July 2021.

For more information around ATSIMA Professional Learning please contact Melinda Pearson

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Articles written for the Teacher Magazine

Prof. Chris Matthews has been writing a series of articles for the Teacher Magazine.

The first article Indigenous perspectives in mathematics education, Chris explores the foundation of mathematics from an Indigenous perspective and discusses the concept of two-ways learning to achieve meaningful education outcomes for Indigenous students.

The second article Indigenous perspectives in maths: Understanding Gurruṯu takes a closer look at Yolŋu mathematics and the interconnected relationships of Gurruṯu.

The third article Mathematics education in North East Arnhem Land shares how mathematics is taught to students at Yirrkala School, North East Arnhem Land with a balance of western and Indigenous knowledge.




To support ATSIMA's vision 'all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners will be successful in mathematics' we need your donation. 


ATSIMA is a Public Benevolent Institution (PBI), registered with the Australian Charities and Not-For-Profits Commission (ACNC) and is registered with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) as having deductible gift recipient (DGR) status. Donations over $2.00 are tax deductible. ATSIMA credentials are published on the ACNC and ATO websites.

Mathematics Through Kinship Systems

Prof. Chris Matthews recently delivered an online presentation for the Aboriginal STEM summit Mathematics Through Kinship Systems. You can access the presentation here.

ICME15 - July 2024

The Fifteenth International Congress on Mathematics Education (ICME15) will be held in Sydney in July 2024. ATSIMA is part of the collaborative group of organisations that have brought the leading international mathematics education congress to Australian shores. It is the organisers goal to have core themes throughout the Congress including Indigenous mathematics based on work in Australia and New Zealand, and colleagues around the world.

For some initial information you can read the first newsletter.

PODCAST - Making a Connection to Culture

Listen to a podcast where The Random Sample, from the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers (ACEMS) chat with Professor Chris Matthews, Making a Connection to Culture.

Patterns are at the heart of mathematics. In fact, mathematics has sometimes been called a science of patterns.

When it comes to mathematics and Indigenous students, the ‘pattern’ Chris sees isn’t a good one. 

Chris says there are strong connections between mathematics and Aboriginal culture and that these connections need to be used to transform how Aboriginal students learn maths. Even more, Chris believes these connections, and this education, can create a ‘pattern’ for success for all teachers and students when it comes to teaching and learning maths.


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