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. Currently, I host a podcast where I interview prominent educators 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
Editorials on math education
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
Over the past five years, I have given over 100 media interviews on math education in my role as a mathematician, educator, and numeracy advocate.
I have been interviewed by CBC's Cross Country Checkup, DNTO, Lang & O'Leary Exchange, As it Happens, and The National and have interviewed for CBC 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.
Chalk & Talk - a new podcast all about math and teaching, CBC Up to Speed, March 15, 2023
Top 100 Fascinating Manitobans of 2021
CBC Information Radio, CBC, April 2021
Manitoba kids falling behind in math, CTV News, March 2021
Manitoba students consistently receive failing grades in math, science: professor, Global News, March 2021
Teaching your kids math at home CBC Information Radio, March 2020
Is there something wrong with the way math is being taught?, CBC's Cross Country Checkup, June 2015
How to help your kid with math, CTV Morning Live, April 2015
Three top math tips for parents, CBC's DNTO, March 2015
Disappointing match results, Lang & O'Leary Exchange
Why is it your job to teach your kid math?, Maclean's Magazine
Is there something wrong with the way math is taught in Canadian schools? CBC's Cross-Country Checkup
Frustrated professors convince schools to step back from new math and go back to basics, National Post
Basic arithmetic back in class, Winnipeg Free Press
Lessons from Archimedes, Canstar
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.