The “Big Idea”: Amplifying DC Teachers’ Voices, Early Math and the Achievement Gap

Teachers’ Voice in DCPS

Elizabeth Davis, candidate for president of the Washington Teachers Union, will also join The Education Town Hall to continue the discussion begun with Candi Peterson, candidate for vice president, on the May 30 edition.

Tune in at 11:00 a.m. on http://www.WeActRadio.com or 1480 AM in the Metro DC area. Join the conversation by calling 202-889-9797.

Embracing Math for Early Childhood

Many early childhood teachers admit they don’t really like math or even fear and avoid it, with sad consequences for young students. The Erikson Early Math Collaborative and its new publication, Big Ideas of Early Mathematics (Pearson Education), aim to change that. The Collaborative helps early childhood teachers “embrace math” and “learn to be comfortable enough with math to include it in everyday classroom activities.” Director Jennifer McCray and Senior Instructor Rebeca Itzkowich join host Thomas Byrd on Thursday’s Education Town Hall to discuss their new book and how their approach can help improve math literacy.

The Erikson Early Math Collaborative was awarded a 5-year Investing in Innovations (i3) grant from the U.S. Dept. of Education to develop their “big ideas.” They engage in research, offer a variety of resources — many of which are on-line and free of charge — and provide professional development.

Tune in June 6 at 11:30 a.m. (EDT) to learn more. Call with comments or questions: 202-889-9797.


The Education Town Hall is broadcast Thursdays at 11 a.m. (Eastern) on We Act Radio (WPWC 1480 AM in DC, http://www.WeActRadio.com). Full recordings are archived for later discussion and sharing.



Categories: Common Core State Standards, DC-Area Education, early childhood education, educational research, equity in education, National Issues, Teachers Unions

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