PRIME Futures Program

Background

In June 2015, QUT through the YuMi Deadly Centre was chosen by CSIRO as the successful tenderer to deliver a mathematics education program as part of an Indigenous STEM Education project managed by CSIRO in partnership with the BHP Billiton Foundation. This program, Purposeful Rich Indigenous Mathematics Education (PRIME) Futures, works with teachers of Foundation (Prep) to Year 9 students in mainstream metropolitan and regional schools with above average Indigenous student populations and uses the YDM approach to improve student outcomes in mathematics.

Through the program teachers are equipped with the necessary knowledge of mathematics, mathematics education and lesson planning to be able to make teaching decisions based on the particular needs of their students. There is a focus on increasing teachers' capacity to engage with Indigenous students and deliver mathematics education in an Indigenous context. The aims of the program are:

  • increased participation of Indigenous students in mathematics
  • increased achievement of Indigenous students in mathematics
  • improved teacher capacity in the teaching of mathematics to Indigenous students.

The program will be delivered to a minimum of 60 schools grouped into 10 clusters with an estimated 336 teachers and 4200 Indigenous students across Australia from 2015 to 2019.

For more information on the Indigenous STEM Education project managed by CSIRO in partnership with the BHP Billiton Foundation, visit www.csiro.au/indigenous-education.

Components

Similar to YDM TDT projects, the following components are included in the PRIME Futures Program:

  • YDM PD workshops (4 × 3 days) across two years
  • set of eight resource books with information on the YDM approach and how to implement it
  • YDM online support (email, help desk, discussion forum, resources, learning modules)
  • action research training
  • a YDC maths education practitioner as coordinator of each cluster.

Two additional components are provided in the PRIME Futures Program:

  • five one-day visits to each school by a YDC practitioner
  • one extra cluster-directed 3-day PD workshop for review, reflection and sustainability of the program.

In between workshops, schools will conduct in-school training and trialling of YDM with online support from YDC. The YDM Professional Learning Online course will be upgraded during the first two years of the program.

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Current projects

PRIME Futures

Project contacts: Given below for each cluster.

PRIME Futures started in Term 4, 2015 with two clusters, one in the Emerald/Blackwater region and one in Townsville. An additional four clusters will join in 2016 (two in South Australia, one in Brisbane, and another in Townsville) and a further four in 2017.

PRIME Futures projects (participants only)

PRIME Futures Cluster 1: Emerald/Blackwater region

Project contacts: Jan Cavanagh, Tom Cooper, Grace Sarra, Gillian Farrington

This cluster is made up of eight schools around Emerald, Blackwater and Woorabinda in Central Queensland. The cluster commenced training in Term 4, 2015 with the first 3-day PD workshops held in Blackwater in early November. Workshops will continue every six months until Term 2, 2017, with the final, cluster-directed workshop scheduled for Term 1, 2018.

PRIME Futures Cluster 2: Townsville

Project contacts: Jim Lowe, Tom Cooper, Grace Sarra, Gillian Farrington

This cluster is made up of eight schools in Townsville, North Queensland. The cluster commenced training in Term 4, 2015 with the first 3-day PD workshops held in Townsville in mid November. Workshops will continue every six months until Term 2, 2017, with the final, cluster-directed workshop scheduled for Term 1, 2018.

PRIME Futures Clusters 3 to 6: TBA

Project contacts: TBA

The next four clusters will begin training in Term 3, 2016: two clusters in South Australia, one in Brisbane and another in Townsville. Workshops for these four clusters will be held every six months until Term 3, 2018.

PRIME Futures Clusters 7 to 10: TBA

Project contacts: TBA

The final four clusters will begin training in Term 2, 2017. The location of these clusters is yet to be decided. Workshops will be held every six months until Term 2, 2019.

PRIME Futures projects (participants only)

Past projects

Contacts

QUT YuMi Deadly Centre

Phone: +61 07 3138 0035
Fax: +61 07 3138 3985
Email: ydc@qut.edu.au

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