Update: The Improving Mathematics Education in Schools (TIMES)

AMSI appoints two additional Schools Project Officers to deliver project

Since Julia Gillard announced AMSI funding for schools and careers, AMSI has appointed two additional Schools Project Officers.

Antje Leigh-Lancaster is a Schools Project Officer, and working to improve mathematics learning in schools. Antje has spent eight years at Texas Instruments managing all aspects of professional development in relation to the effective use and implementation of TI technology, called Teachers Teaching Teachers (T3) and working with and supporting mathematics teachers and T3 trainers across Australia and New Zealand.

She has worked at Scotch College reviewing teaching approaches for the year 5 - 8 mathematics program over a three year period, as an Extension Education Officer with MAV and a teacher at Kingswood College and Box Hill and Swinburne TAFE.

Antje has contributed to the development of a number of resources and completed her Masters in Mathematics and Science Education, Curtin University of Technology, 1997.

Antje Leigh-Lancaster
Antje Leigh-Lancaster

Mark Mudge is a Schools Project Officer also working on the TIMES project. Mark joined AMSI from Genazzano FCJ College, Kew where he was the Middle Years Coordinator and taught Mathematics from Years 5-8. Prior to that, Mark worked in Brunei and Japan and in schools in Victoria.

Mark has a keen interest in professional learning and completed his Masters of Education (Teacher Development) at the University of South Australia in 2002.

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Mark Mudge

Since starting at AMSI in mid January, Antje and Mark have been focused on mapping the ICE-EM books to the Victorian Essential Learning Standards and the Queensland Essential Learnings. These documents will assist teachers to us the ICE-EM books to address the components of their state’s curriculum.

Time has also been spent familiarising themselves with the New South Wales Stage 3 and 4 mathematics syllabus (already mapped to ICE-EM books), and reading a variety of material related to mathematics education.

Antje and Mark have assisted in the editing and production of the first group of Modules being prepared for Years 7 and 8 teachers and begun planning for key state mathematics conferences around Australia.

Now that school has returned, contact with relevant people has begun and school visits and support is being planned as part of the Outreach program. Antje will be primarily focused on schools in the Wollongong and Gippsland areas, with the first visit to Gippsland scheduled for the 5 February.

Mark will be focusing on schools on the Sunshine Coast, in Townsville and Geelong, with visits also beginning in February.