JUMP Math

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

Students are excited in lesson with John MightonOur 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

Student practicing math skillsOur 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 140,000 students, tutoring programs and homes.

Accolades and Accomplishments

In 2004, John Mighton was awarded the prestigious Ashoka Fellowship as a social entrepreneur for his work in fostering numeracy and building young children's self-confidence through JUMP Math. Also, Mighton was given a special citation for social entrepreneurship in the  Entrepreneur Of The Year Award program by Ernst & Young in 2014 and was named one of Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship's Social Entrepreneurs of the Year in 2015 (one of ony 4 Canadians ever).  Mighton and JUMP have received many major awards and recognition for social entrepreneurship and social innovation.

"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

JUMP Math produces an evidence- and research-based classroom math program that helps students in grades 1 to 8 acquire a deep conceptual understanding of math and build confidence in their abilities.  Third-party evidence shows that JUMP programs accelerate math learning for students across the learning spectrum.  We are driven by the belief that all students can learn math, all teachers can teach math and everyone can love it: what JUMP calls “the ethos of ability”.  

The program includes teacher resources, including lesson plans, digital, interactive lesson plans, professional development for teachers, and student assessment and practice books.

The methods on which JUMP is based are ones that cognitive scientists are now promoting for the development of expertise in general. Research in cognitive science suggests that while it is important to teach to the strengths of the brain (by allowing students to explore and discover concepts on their own) it is also important to take account of the weaknesses of the brain. Our brain are easily overwhelmed by too much new information, we have limited working memories, we need practice to consolidate skills and concepts, and we learn bigger concepts by first mastering smaller component concepts and skills.

The JUMP method is called "guided discovery." In a JUMP lesson, students develop and explore ideas on their own, but the lesson is a carefully scaffolded series of questions and challenges in which one idea naturally leads to the next. Students are provided with many supports of the kind that research has identified as effective, such as immediate feedback and worked examples (for references to this research see the attached Scientific American Mind article. They are also given many opportunities to practice and consolidate concepts and are assessed frequently so they can get excited about their success and so the teacher can be sure no one is falling behind.

The program has been independently tested in a rigorous trial and found to produce superior results.  In a randomized controlled trial by researchers from Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, the University of Toronto, and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, children who were taught using JUMP Math were found to have progressed at twice the rate of students in the control group.  

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, along with SAP Canada and some individual donors.

Program Impact

About 4,000 students, including many from Toronto, will benefit from the JUMP Math National Book Fund in the 2015-16 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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“My students and I absolutely love the JUMP program...it is THE best thing to have happened in math since the advent of the number "zero."  I am a proud JUMP teacher and am so very pleased and thankful to be getting this great award for my school and for my kids.”  ~ Teacher

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.”

Over 55% of Canadians do not have sufficient math skills to complete basic tasks in life. Charity Intelligence and others report that drop-outs are the leading burden on welfare, health and prison systems.

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 $1000 a year, one classroom of 20 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
VP of Development
416.596.7716 x221
Charitable Number: 864326814RR0001

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