Math Summer School for Elementary School Teachers


Registration will close on April 29th


The Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences and the Departments of Mathematics at UBC, and SFU will be offering a 4-week Math Summer School for Elementary School Teachers this summer. The summer school will run from Monday July 13th to Friday August 7th, 2020.

Teachers are expected to attend from 9:00 to 12:30 every weekday and to work on their own at home for another half an hour each day. They will be paid a $1,400 stipend upon completion of the program.


Teachers from all over the Lower Mainland will attend this camp, so the summer school will be held at a central location. Britannia Secondary has graciously providing a classroom for our use:

  Britannia Secondary Room 205.
  1001 Cotton Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L 3T4
  (604) 713-8266


Summer School Structure

Participating teachers will have the opportunity to:

  • Improve their mathematical knowledge and skills.
  • Broaden their understanding of mathematics and its applications.
  • Develop strategies for teaching.
  • Develop exemplary lessons that can be used by other teachers.
  • Enhance their professional networks.


Program Requirements

The summer school is open to 21 teachers, meeting the following requirements.

  • We want to have 3 teachers per school attending the summer school. Complete groups of three will be given preference over groups of two or individuals, but they are also encouraged to apply. The reason for this is so that as a group, they are later able to develop an enthusiastic culture around math at their school, and to support each other.
  • To be able to attend every day, to actively participate in all activities and work in teams to develop resources.


Program Structure

We will be focusing on 7 schools each year, and we will be providing additional support to those schools during the year.

Schools and teachers will be selected based on the level of interest and enthusiasm the teachers' application, their current mathematical skills are not an essential part of our selection criteria. The program location will be determined by its convenience to participating teachers.


For further information you may contact.

Melania Alvarez
PIMS/Math Dept. UBC


Malgorzata Dubiel
Math Dept. SFU


Since the program is focused on groups of teachers you are encouraged to discuss your interests with colleagues from your school, but each teacher should complete the form below individually and provide their own supporting statement. In the form please include your own details as a primary contact and include the names of any other teachers at your school who are interested.



This event is sponsored in part by an anonymous donor, the Actuarial Society of Canada and NSERC PromoScience:

You may choose to include a Curriculum Vitae to support your application. This addition is entirely optional. Please note that only PDF attachments will be accepted and that there is a 4MB size limit.
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