About this project


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The Numeracy for All communities of practice highlighted on this site have been coordinated and supported through the Central Alberta Regional Consortium (CARC)
as part of the Alberta Regional Professional Learning Consortia. This work was done in collaboration with Alberta Education.The overall goals of the Numeracy for All communities of practice are to:

  • Enhance the capacity of participating teachers in mathematics instruction and numeracy development for Grades 1 to 12 students with significant cognitive disabilities
  • Create a provincial community of practice to explore the effectiveness and appropriateness of the AbleNet Equals Mathematics teaching resource in the Alberta context.

To learn about a related community of practice, Literacy for All, please visit: http://www.literacyforallab.ca



Who are students with significant disabilities?

Students with significant cognitive disabilities are individuals with unique learning needs and interests. The following table offers a snapshot of learning characteristics typical of students with significant cognitive disabilities.

Students with a moderate cognitive disability may 

  •  be developmentally functioning significantly below same-age peers
  •  be learning basic communication skills and may require a communication system
  • be an emerging reader (is beginning or can identify most letters of the alphabet most of the time and is engaged and interested when books are read to them)
  • require adult support around basic routines such as lunch, getting ready for the bus etc.

Students with a severe cognitive disability 

  • have significant delays in all or most areas of development
  • have associated disabilities including physical, sensory, medical and/or behaviour
  • have limited communication skills and may require a communication system
  • may be emerging readers (is  beginning to identify most letters of the alphabet and is interested when books are read to them)
  • require modifications to most learning activities to participate
  • require adult support for personal care and to participate in most activities

Communities of practice at a glance

Numeracy for All
Year 1 (2012 – 2013)
Elementary – Grades 1 – 6
Alberta Education, in collaboration with Central Alberta Regional Consortium (CARC), initiated a community of practice to enhance teacher capacity in mathematics instruction and numeracy development for Grade 1 to 6 students with significant disabilities. The AbleNet Equals mathematics teaching resource was explored as a resource to support mathematics instruction and numeracy development.

Numeracy for All
Year 2 (2013 – 2014)
Junior and Senior High – Grades 7 – 12
The Numeracy for All community of practice continued with teachers of students grades 7 to 12. The AbleNet Equals mathematics teaching resource was explored as a resource to support mathematics instruction and numeracy development for older students during this year.

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Numeracy for All
Year 3 (2014 – 2015)
Elementary – Grades 1 – 6

Junior and Senior High – Grades 7 – 12During this third year, there will be three communities of practice, one for teachers of Grades 1 to 6 students with significant disabilities, one for teachers of Grades 7 to 12 students and one for teachers of Grades 1 to 12 students. All three communities of practice will use the AbleNet Equals mathematics resource and build on the work of previous years.