JUMP Math

Our mission is to enhance the potential in children by encouraging an understanding and a love of math in students and educators.

Our Impact Why We Exist

JUMP Math is dedicated to enhancing the potential in children by encouraging an understanding and a love of math in students and educators. JUMP Math replaces the self-fulfilling myth that some people are born with mathematical ability while others do not have the ability to succeed with assumptions that all children can be led to think mathematically.

JUMP Math’s Social Return On Investment includes:

  • Improved student math performance
  • Reduced math anxiety
  • Building student and teacher confidence
  • Enhanced teacher skills
  • Investing in research that improves the effectiveness of the JUMP program

Our Story What We Do

History of Organization

The JUMP Math numeracy program was started in 1998 by mathematician and playwright, Dr. John Mighton, an Adjunct Professor in Mathematics at the University of Toronto, Order of Canada, an Ashoka International Fellow, winner of two Governor-General's Awards for Drama and the prestigious Siminovitch prize.

JUMP Math became a registered charity in 2002.

JUMP has grown rapidly and is currently being used by over 85,000 children in over 400 schools, tutoring programs and homes.

Accolades and Accomplishments

In 2004, John Mighton was granted a prestigious Ashoka Fellowship as a social entrepreneur for his work in fostering numeracy and building young children's self-confidence through JUMP Math.

"John Mighton may well become the nation's math conscience. He not only knows that all children can master genuine mathematics but has repeatedly proved so with his brilliant, no-nonsense ... program.”

   – Andrew Nikiforuk, Education Writer and award-winning author

Our Programs How We Do It

Helping children understand mathematics is the bottom-line issue that JUMP Math is striving to address.  JUMP is aware that there is causal linkage between a child’s academic success and his or her future contribution to society.  JUMP Math is working to banish the culture of math failure from classrooms and communities. We believe that all children can be led to think mathematically, and that with even a modest amount of attention every child will flourish. JUMP draws on the latest cognitive science research to build upon the best aspects of math programs from around the world. JUMP’s unique combination of depth, careful scaffolding, continuous assessment and a variety of innovative instructional approaches enables teachers to accomplish the seemingly impossible task of teaching to the whole class while tailoring to students’ individual needs. Struggling students close the gap, even as stronger students elevate their progress.   JUMP Math is an evidence-based approach to teaching mathematics.  JUMP Math’s program has proven highly effective in developing math skills in students. A recent randomized controlled study led by researchers from Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children, OISE and the University of Toronto shows that the math knowledge of children using JUMP Math grew twice as much as that of children using the usual methods of math instruction.

JUMP Math National Book Fund

The JUMP Math National Book Fund program helps to bring JUMP Math into classrooms and to evaluate how JUMP Math supports mathematics teaching and learning. The National Book Fund assists students and teachers in high-needs communities to use JUMP Math.  The National Book Fund provides student workbooks, teacher resources and professional development of teachers in schools that are unable to afford to pay for them.

Funding and Program Partners

TD Bank Financial Group is the primary corporate sponsor of the JUMP Math National Book Fund.

Program Impact

Almots 3,500 students, including many from Toronto, will benefit from the JUMP Math National Book Fund in the 2012-13 school year.  Results include:

  • Raising math and overall academic achievement.
  • Improving attitudes toward math and other areas of learning
  • Increasing academic confidence and student satisfaction with school

Toronto's Vital Signs® indicator(s) addressed by Program

“Without skills, the cycles of poverty and isolation cannot be overcome.”

Lack of math proficiency leads to high dropout rates, limited life success, increased risk of anti-social outcomes, and reduced health levels. JUMP Math draws on the latest cognitive science research to build upon the best aspects of math programs from around the world. JUMP Math's method of teaching mathematics results in measurable higher scholastic performance, along with major improvements in students’ self-esteem and attitudes towards learning, in general.

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I’ve been using the JUMP math program in my classroom. The difference I have seen in the excitement for math, the grasp in concepts and class participation has been eye-opening. Students who had a ‘fear’ of math at the beginning of the year are now fully participating in lessons, rushing to finish their assignments so they can start the bonus questions and understanding concepts that were confusing to them in previous years. I have had parents come and ask me what I have done to their children because they now love math; these are the same parents who, at the beginning of the year, were telling me their child was terrified of math. ~ Teacher, Grade 4

REACH Community Fund

The REACH Community Fund supports organizations engaged in promoting school success for marginalized children and youth in grades 1 to 8 who are at-risk of not reaching their academic potential in math.

The REACH Community Fund helps non-profit and charitable community organizations that deliver tutoring, mentoring, or homework clubs to marginalized children and youth and schools that have a community volunteer program for tutoring outside of the classroom. REACH provides these organizations with student workbooks, tutor guides, and tutor training.

Program Impact

The program impacts the community by:

  • Raising math and overall academic achievement.
  • Improving attitudes toward math and other areas of learning
  • Increasing academic confidence and student satisfaction with school
  • Improving the classroom environment and academic performance across the board by reducing rates at which at-risk students act out and / or check out
  • Raising expectations for marginalized students

Toronto's Vital Signs® indicator(s) addressed by Program

“Without skills, the cycles of poverty and isolation cannot be overcome.”

Lack of math proficiency leads to high dropout rates, limited life success, increased risk of anti-social outcomes, and reduced health levels. JUMP Math draws on the latest cognitive science research to build upon the best aspects of math programs from around the world. JUMP Math's method of teaching mathematics results in measurable higher scholastic performance, along with major improvements in students’ self-esteem and attitudes towards learning, in general.

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My kids now ask, “Can we just do math all day”? ~ Ruth Torchinsky , Teacher

What You Can Do

JUMP Math National Book Fund

Activities a donation will support

For $1250 a year, one classroom of 25 students will have a chance to learn mathematics in a way that will build the foundation for future success. For an average of $50 per student, you can help us transform the educational landscape by providing:

  • Two workbooks per student
  • A detailed teacher's guide covering the full curriculum
  • Professional development for teachers
  • Assessment tools
  • On-line community resources to connect educators

Donation impact

JUMP Math's method of teaching mathematics results in measurable higher scholastic performance, along with major improvements in students’ self-esteem and attitudes towards learning.

REACH Community Fund

Activities a donation will support

Provide math tutoring and academic mentoring to children who would not otherwise have access to such resources and encouragement. 

Provide student workbooks, tutor guides, and tutor training to:

  • Non-profit and charitable community organizations that deliver tutoring, mentoring, or homework clubs to marginalized children and youth in grades 1-8
  • Schools that have a community volunteer program for tutoring outside of the classroom.

Donation impact

The REACH Community Fund program impacts the community by raising the academic confidence, achievement and ambition of students who might otherwise be left behind.

Contact

Ewart Newton
Director of Development
416.596.7716 x221
Charitable Number: 864326814RR0001

Finance & Governance

Annual Operating Budget: 
$ 2,165,334

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