In 2017 the YuMi Deadly Centre partnered with 85 schools in projects to provide YuMi Deadly Maths training to more than 300 teachers. We delivered 68 days of teacher professional development and 86 days of school visits in Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia. Phew!
Highlights and key research findings from 2017 include:
- YDC successfully delivered an online training program for the Queensland Government to train out-of-field junior secondary mathematics teachers. Of 201 teachers who completed the course, more than 97% reported that the course improved their general ability to teach mathematics, their knowledge of the mathematics curriculum, their mathematics content knowledge and pedagogy, and their confidence in teaching mathematics.
- The YDC Sharing Summit in October was attended by 50 educators from 27 different schools/organisations, who enjoyed a lively two days of sharing and discussion.
- Schools trained in YuMi Deadly Maths consistently achieved greater mean gains in NAPLAN numeracy data than their similar school counterparts over two-year periods between 2011 and 2016.
- Lead teachers implementing the YuMi Deadly Maths pedagogy are reporting high levels of increased student engagement in mathematics. These increased levels of engagement in mathematics are being sustained across all population groups including Indigenous students.
- Teachers are reporting a gradual improvement in test results and student interest in STEM.
In 2018 we hope to build on these achievements as we continue to partner with schools to improve mathematics outcomes for all students.