Faculty of Education

Faculty of Education
Faculty of Education

FacultyShare: Partnering with parents in mathematics education

Considerable evidence suggests the importance of parent engagement in their children’s learning to support and enhance student achievement. Increasingly parents and families, in partnership with school personnel, are seen as an integral part of building successful conditions in which students can learn and grow. But there has been very little study of how this “partnership” is supported or enacted, particularly in mathematics. In this session, I will present three projects funded by CODE and the Ministry of Education that seek to translate provincial policy into effective action at the local level by supporting mathematics learning at home: the most salient dimension of parent involvement on their children’s mathematics learning, Helping your child to learn and love math, Choose a path that includes math and MathStoryTime. Preliminary findings of the provincial evaluation on their implementation and impact will be shared. I will also present the early findings from a new two-year study, Building parent engagement: A project to support the implementation of Ontario's Renewed Mathematics Strategy. The purpose of this project is to identify and share the practices employed by OFIP-graduate schools to engage parents in their children’s mathematics learning—as well as the necessary conditions and supports for these practices.