Contact Hours: 20
Invigorate your passion for math
Our annual Summer Institute, Meaning-making in Early Mathematics Education (MEME), is open to teachers (preschool and kindergarten), school administrators, teacher assistants, classroom coaches, and teacher educators.
MEME 2018 is four days of intensive, exciting early math exploration. Led by instructors from Erikson Institute’s Early Math Collaborative, authors of Big Ideas in Early Mathematics: What Teachers of Young Children Need to Know, the event will be both challenging and fun. This hands-on professional development opportunity will delve deeply into practical ways you can improve early math instruction and will help make early math learning meaningful for both you and young children.
During the event, you will collaborate with colleagues and enjoy stimulating plenary sessions focused on developing a deep understanding of the Big Ideas — those central, coherent, generative, and developmentally appropriate concepts that are the foundation of all mathematics. You will work with other engaged adults in the beautiful Erikson Institute learning environment, and enjoy the wonderful food, shopping, and entertainment options Chicago has to offer.
Included as part of the institute are an opening reception the evening of Tuesday, July 10, and a fun group excursion in Chicago the evening of Wednesday, July 11.
SERIES AVAILABLE (Choose 2 of 5)
- Supporting Teachers as Learners
- Using Early Math Collaborative’s Resources for Professional Learning
- Creating Classroom Connections
- Building Big Ideas Through Block Play
- Discovering the Power of Analyzing Children's Work
Supporting Teachers as LearnersExplore and prepare to lead teacher learning experiences that use a whole teacher approach, which parallels the whole child approach so important to early childhood. We will look at the importance of improving teachers’ positive attitudes and beliefs about math along with their conceptual understanding of both foundational mathematics and the developmental trajectory of children’s mathematical thinking. Gain highly effective strategies for facilitating adult learning.
Using Early Math Collaborative’s Resources for Professional Learning
Helping teachers shift their practice requires continuous, on-the-job professional development. These sessions will explore some of the many ways the Big Ideas book and the Early Math Collaborative website can be used as resources to strengthen teacher content knowledge and support the use of more effective teaching practices.
Both facilitators and teachers are leaders when it comes to professional development, so whether you’re designing coursework, planning for a professional learning community (PLC), or doing a book study with colleagues, this track will support you in your work.
Creating Classroom ConnectionsApply the Big Ideas to classroom contexts where math can thrive: daily routines, games, and books. You will look at common practices through a mathematical lens and explore how to maximize the math learning around the classroom. Gain new ideas and ways to enhance what you are already doing.
Building Big Ideas Through Block PlayExperience the power of using blocks to help children engage in thinking about Sets, Number Sense, and Measurement. Over three days, you will learn about the stages that children go through as they engage in block building and how best to support block play. Learn what rigorous play looks like.
Discovering the Power of Analyzing Children's Work
Experience one way that formative assessment can guide your instructional choices and deepen your understanding of foundational mathematics. Over three days, we will introduce a process for ongoing collaboration that helps teachers choose rich activities, anticipate children’s responses, and analyze their work. This process promotes a greater understanding of a particular group of children plus a deepened sense of the general learning trajectory for early math concepts.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST AND WHAT DOES THAT INCLUDE?
The four-day Summer Institute will have an early bird registration of $800 before April 15, 2018 and regular registration of $875 after that. Registration will close on June 1, 2018 or when we hit full enrollment. This fee includes all workshops and plenary sessions, breakfast each day, supplemental materials, and access to special online videos and materials after the event.
HOW DO I GET THERE AND WHAT HOTEL SHOULD I STAY AT?
All sessions will take place at Erikson Institute in Chicago, IL. You can visit the Location page of Erikson’s website to get information about Hotel, Parking, and Directions. There are many hotels within blocks of Erikson Institute.
DO YOU HAVE GROUP RATES FOR REGISTRATION?
Yes. If you would like to register more than three people to attend the event, please contact Cody Meirick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DO YOU OFFER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CREDIT FOR TIME SPENT AT THE SUMMER INSTITUTE?
We will provide a certificate of completion that states total contact hours. State requirements vary, so please feel free to contact us if you have further questions: email@example.com.
WHAT MATERIALS WILL BE PROVIDED?
Attendees will receive a copy of Big Ideas in Early Mathematics: What Teachers of Young Children Need to Know and accompanying DVD as well as a packet of materials based on the content that is explored.
IS THERE A CANCELLATION POLICY?
Yes. Refund requests must be made in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org on or before June 1, 2018. A $50 cancellation fee per individual will be deducted from any refund request received on or before June 1, 2018. After that date, there will be no refunds of registration fees but transfer of registration to a colleague can be arranged before June 26, 2018.
If you have more questions about this event, please email Production Manager Cody Meirick at email@example.com.