RMS and MISA Leaders Conference

Toronto Congress Centre – North Building
1020 Martin Grove Road, Toronto  – Map

MISA Leaders Conference

The MISA Leaders Conference will provide an opportunity for MISA Leaders from across the province and ministry staff to come together to discuss and share practices that promote overall student achievement.

RMS Spring Symposium

The RMS Symposium will provide board and school teams with an opportunity to:

  • reflect on the implementation and monitoring of the first year of the Renewed Mathematics Strategy (RMS);
  • learn from the experiences of others across the province; and
  • explore processes and structures in preparation for the 2017-2018 school year.

Key Objectives of the Renewed Mathematics Strategy:

  1. increased student achievement, well-being and engagement in mathematics;
  2. increased educator math knowledge and pedagogical expertise;
  3. increased leader use of knowledge of effective mathematics pedagogy to provide the necessary supports and conditions for school and system improvement;
  4. increased parent engagement in their children’s mathematics learning.

MISA Leaders Schedule

MISA Leaders are asked to register for a two day set consisting of the MISA Leaders Conference (May 17th, 2017) and the RMS Symposium (May 16th, 2017 or May 18th, 2017).  

MISA Leaders are encouraged to register for the same dates as their Board teams to enable better discussion and collaboration in support of your own context. More details to come!


Keynote Speakers

Dr. Christine Suurtamm
Professor of Mathematics Education
University of Ottawa


Picture of Bruce RodriguesBruce Rodrigues
Deputy Minister
Ontario Ministry of Education



Breakout Sessions: Provincial Sharing and Learning

Participants may select breakout sessions to attend. As a part of the discussions in each breakout, participants will be encouraged to share ideas and key learning related to the implementation and monitoring of RMS key objectives and the integration of Ontario’s renewed goals for publicly funded education (Achieving Excellence, Ensuring Equity, Promoting Well-Being, Enhancing Public Confidence). 

Click any session below for further information. 

MISA Leaders Breakout Session: 

MISA: Planning for 2017-18 and Beyond
  • MISA Leaders will have an opportunity to discuss the proposed updates to the MISA Local Capacity Building Continuum, as well as, the changing role of the MISA Leader.

RMS Breakout Sessions:

1. How are you building a collaborative whole school approach that supports students with learning disabilities?
  • What strategies are you putting into place to leverage learning to support students with learning disabilities that leads to improved mathematics learning for all?

2. How are you creating school-wide equitable and inclusive conditions that promote mathematics learning, teaching and leading?
  • How are you developing equitable and inclusive practices that support students’ and educators’ learning, teaching and leading in mathematics?

3. How is having math lead teachers and school-based facilitators/coaches impacting educator and student learning thus far?
  • What structures and processes are you putting in place to build capacity with math lead teachers in each school?
  • What structures and processes are you putting in place to build capacity with school-based facilitators and/or coaches?
  • How are math lead teachers and school-based facilitators/coaches influencing change and building capacity within divisions and/or across the school?

4. How are you supporting mathematics learning, teaching, and leading in secondary schools?
Focus on Leadership:

  • How are you (principal, dept head, teacher) supporting secondary school mathematics?
  • How are you intentionally staffing for grade 9 courses?
  • How are you determining needs and supporting capacity building of mathematics assessment and instruction?

Cross Panel & Transitions Focus:

  • How are you approaching cross panel (e.g. Gr. 6-10) work in mathematics? What is working? What are the challenges?
  • How are you leveraging transition plans for students who have not had success?
  • What assessment/instruction changes are you implementing to differentiate for students in Grade 9 Applied classrooms?

5. How are you supporting mathematics learning, teaching and leading in the Primary years?
  • How are foundational concepts in the Primary years (K-3) linked to later mathematics?
  • How are concepts inter-related, developed and built to support understanding in relation to each other (e.g. quantity and spatial sense)?

6. How are you strengthening math assessment practices?
  • How is the use of descriptive feedback encouraging students to enhance their learning of mathematical processes, skills and concepts?
  • How are you now positioning assessment for and as learning in math relative to assessment of learning?

7. How are SOs and principals supporting the development of math knowledge for leading?
  • What structures and processes are principals putting in place to enable a whole school / department approach to improving mathematics learning for all students?
  • What learning is supporting principals and SOs in developing their math knowledge for leading?

8. How are you monitoring for evidence of impact in mathematics learning, teaching, and leading at the classroom, school, and system levels?
  • How are we monitoring as and for learning?
  • How are we monitoring our goals and what processes are in place to capture student learning?

9. How are you using technology to inspire deeper learning of mathematics?
  • How are you supporting educators in their use of technology enabled learning in classrooms, including the use of technology to support students with special education needs?
  • How are educators in your Board using technology to develop learning networks that support the RMS and the development of global competencies?

10. How are you building partnerships with parents to support their engagement in their children’s math learning?
  • How are schools contributing to parent engagement that supports mathematics learning for students of all ages in elementary and secondary schools?
  • How are you using tools and resources to assist you on your journey to engage more parents in their children’s mathematics learning?


Like-Role Discussion

Participants will have the opportunity to engage with colleagues in like-roles from across the province to reflect together, and explore processes and structures in preparation for the 2017-2018 school year.



Accommodation is available at a special group booking rate for the RMS Spring Symposium at the Hilton Garden Inn Toronto Airport (3311 Caroga Drive, Mississauga, ON) at the rate of $169 per night until April 24th, 2017. Please click here to make your reservation, or contact the hotel at 1-888-844-5038 quoting the Group Name “RMS Intensive” with Group Code “V43”.

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