Michael Evans joined AMSI in 2004 to work on the ICE-EM Mathematics project which developed a series of textbooks accompanied with teacher support material and professional development for senior primary and secondary school students and teachers. Over 100,000 ICE-EM Mathematics textbooks are now in circulation and the program continues to grow.
Life before AMSI.
I taught in both government and independent schools for over 30 years. For the last 17 years before coming to AMSI I was Head of Mathematics at Scotch College in Melbourne. I enjoyed my years at Scotch greatly, working with a very strong department. I still hear from students, many of whom went on to study mathematics at university and are pursuing careers in the field. I have also worked with the VCAA in both curriculum development and as Panel Chair of the Mathematical Methods setting panel.
Why did you decide to work at AMSI?
I had been involved with meetings organised by AMSI before joining and I was therefore very aware of the aims of the organisation and felt that I shared many of these. It is a wonderful opportunity to work with the others at AMSI to promote the wellbeing of mathematics in Australia in a diversity of ways.
What are you working on now?
At the moment I am working on Modules on particular mathematics topics. These are designed for teachers and are linked to the Australian National Curriculum for Mathematics. This work is a component of The Improving Mathematics Education in Schools (TIMES) project.
When the final version of the Australian K-10 curriculum is completed I will also start working with the ICE-EM Mathematics author team to make sure the new edition of the textbook series aligns with the curriculum. The success of these books has been a highlight of my time at AMSI.