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Math Education

I am a professional mathematician, educator, and an advocate for strong math education for Canadian children. I volunteer in many different capacities to help children improve their math skills.  I  co-founded and run a non-profit organization (Archimedes Math Schools) devoted to helping kids with math. Previously, I co-founded an advocacy group WISE Math. I have given around 200 media interviews on math education and written numerous articles for the public.


I produce and host a podcast, Chalk & Talk,  where I interview prominent educators and researchers about education and math.

I authored the following for the C.D. Howe Institute: What to do about Canada's declining math scores, May 2015

NEW: My C. D. Howe Intelligence Memo to Canadian Ministers of Education:  Reversing the decline in Canadian Math Scores, December 20, 2023.

Editorials on math education

Focus on improving math education, Winnipeg Free Press, January 6, 2024


Getting to the root of Manitoba's student assessment problems, Winnipeg Free Press, December 14, 2019.

When will Ontario break the cycle that is failing its math students?, Globe and Mail, September 2, 2017.

Use of teaching fads harming Manitoba students (with Barry Garelick), Brandon Sun, March 25, 2017.

No schooling on education cuts or take hikes Winnipeg Free Press, February 18, 2017.

Ontario's math system is broken. So why isn't the government fixing it? Globe and Mail, September 1, 2016.

The solution to Ontario's math problem needs work, Globe and Mail, April 2016.

Addressing Manitoba's education declines, Brandon Sun, December 2015.

Parental help factors in on math success, Winnipeg Free Press, September 2015.

Halting the slide in math, Winnipeg Free Press, May 2015.

No surprise in Manitoba students' poor math showings, CBC opinion piece, October 2014.

The education system in crisis, Winnipeg Free Press, October 2014.

Too much math education is based on pet theories, Globe and Mail, September 2014.

Practice and drills are the keys to math success, Winnipeg Free Press, September 2014.

Let 3 sticks represent 30 and other neanderthal math methods, Globe and Mail, March 2014.

On Alberta's math curriculum, Edmonton Commons, Edmonton Journal, March 2014.

Put down that pizza slice math teachers, Globe and Mail, October 2013.

Raise the lowered bar for math,  Anna Stokke, Winnipeg Free Press, May 15, 2012.

Why Our Kids Fall Behind in Math, Anna Stokke, Winnipeg Free Press, September 16, 2011

Select media interviews

I have been interviewed by CBC's Cross Country Checkup, DNTO, Lang & O'Leary Exchange, As it Happens, and The National, CTV National News and have interviewed for various radio programs across Canada. I have also given interviews for the Globe & Mail, National Post, Maclean's Magazine, Winnipeg Free Press, Edmonton Journal, Ottawa Citizen, Toronto Star, Calgary Herald, and the Saskatoon Phoenix, to name a few.

Here are some of the interviews I've given.

Other work in education

  • I served on the Manitoba Teacher's Idea Fund Review Panel

  • At the University of Winnipeg, I developed the courses for the math content portion of the Post-Baccalaureate in math education.

  • I oversaw the development of 6 credit hours of math content courses for pre-service elementary and middle years teachers at the University of Winnipeg.

  • In 2011, I cofounded the advocacy group WISE Math.

  • In 2012, I cofounded the non-profit organization Archimedes Math Schools and I serve as the President and Executive Director. I co-developed all lessons for the program and hire all staff.

  • I regularly work with children as a volunteer in my capacity as President and Executive Director of Archimedes Math Schools.

  • I directed a summer math readiness camp, through Archimedes Math Schools, and in partnership with the University of Winnipeg's Wii Chiiwaakanak Learning Centre in inner-city Winnipeg.

  • I regularly give public presentations about numeracy.

  • I have co-organized conferences and given several keynote presentations on math education.

Recommended Math Programs


JUMP Math (published by a Canadian charity)

Singapore Math

Saxon Math

You can find math books for kids, which include a variety of problems and math contest problems, as well as various enrichment materials at The Centre for Education in Mathematics Computing, which is run by the University of Waterloo. Past math contests for grades 7-12 are available FOR FREE at this website and are an excellent source of enrichment.

You can find instructional videos on anything from arithmetic to calculus at Khan Academy.

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