Dec 22

Thank you to our partners in education for an incredible 2016

Nicole Thomson and Michelle Cain pictured with Dr. Douglas H. Clements
Zack Hawes and Cathy Bruce at OAME
Attendees at June 1 Forum

The Robertson Program would like to thank everyone we work alongside for a truly exciting year full of creativity, ingenuity and adventure. We feel incredibly fortunate to be invited into schools, communities and even homes – all in the name of making math and science more accessible to learners of all ages.

2016 was an incredible year! Please have a look at some of the remarkable teaching and learning that you helped make possible.

We wish everyone a happy holiday season and look forward to another inventive year in 2017.

With great admiration for work you do!
Best wishes,

Bev, Joan, Zack, Zach, Jisoo, Larisa and Mischa

Robertson’s Year in Review



Seven Generations Education Institute:

Rainy River District School Board:



  • Robertson team Skypes with educational partners at Robert Moore P.S. – such impressive work being done there! – Dec. 7
  • Robertson team and educational partners at Johnny Thierrault School share ideas via Skype and hear about the amazing work teachers are doing – Dec. 13
  • Bev Caswell is a guest speaker in an OISE AQ course held at Havergal College in Toronto – Dec. 8
  • Robertson team begins collaborative inquiry project with Jack Nigro and Sherry Mattson from Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board (KPRDSB), along with Indigenous education managers from Curve Lake First Nation, Alderville First Nation, Hiawatha First Nation, and Anishinaabemowin teachers and educators from five KPRDSB schools – Dec. 15

Earlier this year…


  • Robertson team continues collaborative inquiry/Natural Curiosity workshop with educators from Curve Lake First Nation School – Jan. 12
  • Robertson team, JICS Lab School teachers and Natural Curiosity collaborate with KPRDSB educators and Indigenous instructional leaders – Jan. 21
  • Robertson team begins collaboration with Toronto District School Board (TDSB) early years instructional leaders, led by Darlene Avis-Pottinger – Jan. 19
  • Robertson team leads math PD with early years teachers at St. Andrew Catholic School (TCDSB) with Principal Debbie Culotta – Jan. 26


  • Robertson team travels to Fort Frances area for collaborative math Professional Development with Seven Generations PD and RRDSB PD – Jan. 31 – Feb. 12
  • We are invited to present our Year 2013-2016 Research Results to FNMI Advisory Board at RRDSB – Feb. 8
  • Robertson team works with TDSB educators on computational thinking and coding in the early years PD – Feb. 17
  • Robertson team begins partnership with University of Toronto Engineering Department – Feb. 19
  • Robertson team works with educators from St. Andrew Catholic School – Feb. 22
  • JICS Lab School and the Robertson team host educators from Curve Lake First Nation School– Feb. 29 


  • JICS Lab School teachers and the Robertson team work with TDSB educators on computational thinking and coding in the early years at JICS – March 9
  • Robertson team collaborates with TDSB early years educators to present coding in the early years PD sessions – beginning March 23
  • Robertson Program and JICS host a three-day Coding Think Tank at OISE – March 30, 31 & April 1


  • Joan Moss, Bev Caswell and Zack Hawes present at the annual National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)in San Francisco, California, USA – April 11 – 13
  • Robertson team and educational partners at Seven Generations Education Institute and the RRDSB keep the learning momentum alive via Skype PD – April 19, 22 & 25
  • Robertson team explores land-based pedagogy with educators at Curve Lake First Nation School


  • Robertson team visits the Alderville Black Oak Savanna with partners from the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board and Alderville First Nation in Alderville, Ont. – May 3
  • Joan Moss delivers keynote, summarizing our work in spatial reasoning at the 2016 Ontario Association for Mathematics Education (OAME) conference at Georgian College in Barrie, Ont. – May 5 – 7
  • Zack Hawes presents at OAME 2016  – May 5
  • Robertson team visits educators at Pegamigaabo School and Mikinaak Onigaming School in Northwestern Ontario for continued collaborative PD in early years mathematics– May 16 – 20
  • JICS Lab School teacher Carol Stephenson and the Robertson team work with K-3 students at Curve Lake First Nation School for outdoor PD at Henry’s Gaming Boardwalk – May 24


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