Situation/Need
There is a need to professionally support mathematics teachers because:
 Technological change is now extremely fast.
 Teaching and learning has changed.
 The way people produce/generate, distribute and consume information has totalyy been flipped.
 New ways are needed to add value to education using technology
 New curriculum
 Shift in the way we are teaching from the way we are taught
 Insufficient time focused on mathematics in teacher education programs
 Professional requests for support
 Student learning need
 Division desire to improve student learning in mathematics
 Increased emphasis and focus on Mathematics by the Provincial Ministry of Education.
 Media coverage around the mathematics curricula and instruction continues to bring external attention to our students’ results in mathematics.
 Changes to school board budgets could potentially limit the extent and scope
of this work.  Changes to the roles of consultants and a smaller consultant mathematics support team could potentially limit the amount of support available to teachers, administrators and parents.
Goals
 Expose teachers to mathematics in a different context.
 Increase teacher value proposition to learners
 Increase technical confidence of teachers
 Faster content creation cycles
 Create a community
 In order to increase student engagement and achievement in mathematics, we will work to
develop communities of professional learners. Our learners will own their learning, openly reflecting on student learning, and implement powerful mathematical instructional practices that meet the needs of all their students.  Feeling supported in learning
 Sense of belonging in a community of professional learners
 Reflecting on their practice and student learning
 Increased Understanding of grade specific curriculum
 Increase understanding of mathematics content
 Increased understanding in mathematics pedagogy
 Increased understanding of effective mathematics instruction
 Increased enjoyment in teaching mathematics
 Increased understanding of content development across mathematics curricula
 Strong professional judgment in mathematics
 Ability to deliver differentiated instruction informed by assessment and understanding of
essential understandings in K8 curricula  Leading and supporting mathematics teaching with colleagues
 Feeling a part of a community of math learners that is selfled and selfsustained.
 Confidence and competence in mathematics
 Engaged in their mathematics learning
 Increased achievement in mathematics
 Increased understanding of providing leadership for learning in mathematics
 Increased understand of leading community of professional learners
Our Beliefs
 Teachers learn best given a supportive community environment, the opportunity to learn with and from peers, time to process and choice in their learning.
 Teachers want to develop themselves professionally.
 Student learning will increase with increased teacher knowledge in the pedagogy, instruction and content of mathematics.
 Teachers will naturally be willing to share their learning with others in the community, the school, and the division.
 Funding and support of this project will continue into the future.
 Administrators will act as instructional leaders in their buildings to support mathematics instruction.
 Parents will be willing to participate in informing resource development and information “events”.
Why Latex?
LaTeX offers teachers several advantages over an editor like Microsoft Word.
 Including mathematical expressions in LaTeX involves typing a few appropriate characters. By contrast, including mathematics in Word requires Equation Editor, a cumbersome and slow graphical user interface
 Because content is specified in a plain text file, tasks which would be laborious in Word can often be handled efficiently with searchandreplace or other timesaving mechanisms
 For the preceding reasons, LaTeX offers significant longrun time savings
 Many users find that typesetting in LaTeX becomes increasingly fun and convenient over time. By contrast, experience suggests that the frustrations of Word largely persist even for the expert user
 Because LaTeX is open source, you can easily share your content with other teachers without version compatibility or licensing issues
 Because LaTeX has been adapted to the needs of math and science research communities, you are unlikely to want notation unachievable in LaTeX
 Repetitive tasks can more easily be automated. For example, producing practice sheets for students learning their times tables can be done a couple of seconds with the appropriate setup
 LaTeX is sufficiently popular that forums and other internet resources provide good support for those interested in advanced features
What you will learn
Learn the basics of creating a document in LaTex

Be able to import and layout graphics

Manage citations and references with biobliographies and bibligraphy styles
 Format and number graphics, tables, and sections
 Create well formatted mathematical equations, algorithms, and proofs
Requirements
 You must be able to download and install software on your computer
Description
This course is open to anyone who wants to learn how to create a professional quality, typeset publication. In addition to improving the aesthetic quality of your work, LaTeX users benefit from automating many of the tedious processes involved in writing a professional publication.
LaTeX allows you to manage references, figures, tables, footnotes, formatting, mathematical equations, algorithms, scientific proofs, and more in a programmatic fashion that provides benefits far exceeding that of word processing software.
Need to format a paper for a specific venue? Many academic journals and conferences provide LaTeX Style files (.sty) for correctly typesetting your submission. With one line of code, you can modify your publication to match the style of many leading academic publishing outlets.
Not writing a paper? LaTeX can also be used for books, reports, technical and business documents, screenplays, resumes, letters … anything you want to write!
The course uses tools that are freely available online for Mac (Linux) and Windows users. Templates are included for download to get you started.
Who this course is for?
 LaTeX beginners: no previous typesetting or programming experience required
 Specifically geared to academic writers, but useful to anyone who wants to create professionally typeset documents
 Graduate students, especially in math and science fields
 Academic researchers
 Anyone who writes!