• A research-based study designed to bring new life and sophistication to the high-school mathematics curriculum. This study is part of the KNAER Math Knowledge Network (MKN)
  • Three phases for each project:
    • curriculum development: work with students and teachers informally or in the classroom.
    • resource development for teacher and student.
    • research: document the teaching activity and the student experience.
  • The projects are based on the technical material in the Ontario 9-12 curriculum.  Considerable attention is paid to the “process” objectives found in the Ontario policy document: mathematical thinking, reasoning, teamwork, communication.  Our general approach is inquiry-based, with an emphasis on the analysis and understanding of mathematical structure.



  • Ami Mamolo, UOIT
  • Kariane Ouelette, Queen’s University
  • Divya LaLa, Queen’s University
  • Stefanie Knebel, Queen’s University



  • To create a high school math curriculum from ideas and processes that are more sophisticated than those currently “on the books.”
  • To find problems that engage the students in processes of design and construction.
  • To find teachers who are interested in workshopping these materials in their classroom.





  • July 2016.  Math10 summer camp.  Queen’s University  1 week
  • Classroom projects in two local high schools.  Research by Graduate students.
  • August 2017. Teacher workshops in Kingston, Ottawa and Toronto.


  • Council of Canadian Academies, 2015. Some Assembly Required: STEM Skills and Canada’s Economic Productivity. Ottawa (ON): The Expert Panel on STEM Skills for the Future.
  • Taylor P, Lala D, Ouellet K and Knebel S. 2016.  A Secondary Math Curriculum Built from Powerful Stories.  CMS Winter Meeting, Niagara Falls, ON.
  • Taylor, P. 2016. Transformations10—a new grade 10 curriculum.  OAME 2016, Barrie ON.
  • Taylor P, Lala D, Ouellet K and Knebel S. 2017. Math9-12–Powerful stories in school mathematics. OAME 2017, Kingston ON
  • Structure—an allegory.  Peter Taylor and Judy Wearing.  A dramatic production. Performed at the 40th anniversary meeting of CMESG (the Canadian Math Education Study Group) at the Isabel Theatre at Queen’s University, June 2016.
  • Performed again at Bridges 2017 Waterloo University, July 2017.


  • Publication of book chapter for Springer (currently in progress)
  • More work in schools in Ontario, particularly in Fall 2017.
  • Preparation of major article on the philosophy behind the approach.