An effective math curriculum provides teachers with a framework to deliver a quality math education to students at each grade level. A high-quality curriculum should be evidence-based, with an early focus on concepts that have been shown to predict later success in mathematics. Further, those concepts that stand out as keys to success in mathematics and math-intensive disciplines such as science, engineering, medicine and economics should be emphasized. I will discuss how math curricula should be structured to ensure student success and how recent shifts in Canadian curricula may have a detrimental effect on student achievement.
Anna Stokke is a Professor of Mathematics and the Chair of the Department of Mathematics & Statistics at the University of Winnipeg. She is a co-founder of the Canadian advocacy group WISE Math and co-founder and President of the non-profit organization Archimedes Math Schools, which delivers after-school math classes to children in Grades 4-7. She has won several awards for her advocacy work and community service in math education, most recently the 2017 Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS) Education Prize.