Putting Together Resources to Support Current and Future Elementary School Teachers (23w5150)


Melania Alvarez Adem (University of British Columbia)

Shawn Desaulniers (University of Alberta)

(Université Laval)

John McLoughlin (University of New Brunswick)

(Fields Institute)


The Banff International Research Station will host the "Putting Together Resources to Support Current and Future Elementary School Teachers" workshop in Banff from July 23 to July 28, 2023.

The Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences, the Centre de recherches mathématiques, The Fields Institute and the Atlantic Association for Research in the Mathematical Sciences are joining forces to develop a series of educational modules with the intent of inspiring pre-service and in-service elementary school teachers to further develop their mathematical thinking. The goal is to support their future and current practice with activities, and the development and connection of ideas that will help them tackle the ever-changing provincial curricula. We want to tease out the mathematician in them.
An inspiring teacher is the most valuable school asset. We remember those teachers who motivated and “fired us up”, for they played a vital role in shaping who we are today. Our plan is to bring together a group of mathematicians, math educators, teachers and people with Indigenous knowledge together to develop methodologies to inspire teachers to strive for and expect success for students from diverse backgrounds.

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is a collaborative Canada-US-Mexico venture that provides an environment for creative interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the Mathematical Sciences, with related disciplines and with industry. The research station is located at The Banff Centre in Alberta and is supported by Canada's Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta's Advanced Education and Technology, and Mexico's Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT).