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ATSIMA Conference 2014

The inaugural ATSIMA Conference 2014 Creating Connections and Growing Understanding was held from 10-11 November at the Lakes Resort, West Lakes in Adelaide. The Conference included a showcase of classroom practice; forums for discussions about teaching and learning, initiatives and projects that are making a difference; a national agenda for change and for research; keynote addresses from leaders in maths education for Indigenous learners and from Indigenous employment.

The conference was built on the success of the AAMT Special Interest Conference Numeracy, mathematics and Indigenous learners held in late 2012. The conference included over 100 representatives from school and higher education, communities, and business and industry.

Keynote 1: Growing an Indigenous professional workforce: the national agenda for change presentation by Professor Ian Anderson

Keynote 2: Why Blackfellas should read Plato presentation by Prof. Mark Rose

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⬆︎2013 AAMT Blueprint: the beginnings of ATSIMA

As a result of the 2012 conference, a  blueprint outlining a 'call for change' was generated and a series of symposiums was 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.

The Blueprint's recommendations included:

  • Form the National Network for Mathematics Learning of Indigenous Young People that establishes and drives state and regional networks.

  • Investigate how national initiatives can adopt a focus on mathematics education for Indigenous students.

  • Support the development of responsive pedagogy in mathematics.

  • Review the extent to which teacher education programs support graduates to develop knowledge and skills in teaching mathematics to Indigenous students.

  • Develop leaders who work at the intersection of Indigenous education and mathematics education. This includes creating leadership positions for school based Indigenous educators.

  • Review and develop improved policy and approaches to cultural competency and mathematics.

⬆︎Conference 2012

In October 2012, the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers Inc held the national Special Interest Conference Numeracy, mathematics and Indigenous learners that showcased outstanding educators.

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⬆︎Make it count

The Make it count: Numeracy, mathematics and Indigenous learners project was managed by ATSIMA member Caty Morris through the AAMT 2009 - 2013. It brought together eight clusters of schools across Australia to improve mathematics teaching and learning with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. ATSIMA chairperson, Dr Chris Matthews, was Project Patron and Critical Friend to a number of clusters.

The Make It Count website is for educators working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners in mathematics education. It is a teaching and learning resource, and a professional learning tool.

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