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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mathematics Alliance

About

ATSIMA is an Indigenous led, non-profit, member-based group representing organisations, communities, institutes and individuals around Australia. We aim to inspire, promote and support improved mathematics outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

ATSIMA is a network to connect “change agents” to transform mathematics education. The Alliance includes:

     - Community (e.g. parents, AEWs)
     - Practitioners (e.g. online learning communities, AAMT)
     - Advocates (e.g. AECG)
     - Education systems
     - Industry (e.g. Business Council of Australia); and
     - Governments

ATSIMA's vision is that "all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children will be successful in mathematics".

Why ATSIMA?

During 2009-2012 the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT) managed the Make it Count project which established and supported eight clusters of school throughout regional and urban Australia to improve mathematics outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Following on from the project was the AAMT Special Interest Conference Numeracy, mathematics and Indigenous learners which brought together identified classroom pracititoners to showcase their teaching.

Blueprint outlining a 'call for change' was generated from the conference and a series of syposiums were held around the country. Participants overwhelmingly knew that something far more strategic needed to be done to improve the mathematics learning outcomes of Indigenous students. At several of these symposiums were representatives from business and industry who also strongly supported the establishment of an alliance that would allow them to connect with educators.

ATSIMA task group

ATSIMA's deadly task force met for the first time on 10 April 2015 in Brisbane to discuss feedback from our 2014 conference and to further develop strategies to improving learning (and hence employment) opportunties for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Discussion focussed on the Alliance's purpose - what is our business, what should we look like - what sort of organisation, our strategic plan, increasing our networks and impact, and a conference for 2016.

L to R: Will Davis, Dr Chris Matthews, Caty Morris, Cindy Berwick, Kevin Eastment, Michele Hall, Deonne Smith, Belinda Emmi. Absent: Prof. Mark Rose, Jessica Jeeves, Will Morony

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