Our projects range from short-term to multi-year programs, from one school to networks of schools. We offer teacher education online as well as intensive and in-person. In total, we’ve worked with approximately 700 teachers and facilitators and impacted over 12,000 students around the country since 2007.

Collaborative Math in Head Start

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In partnership with the Department of Family Support and Services (DFSS), SRI International, and funded by the National Science Foundation, the goal of the project is to narrow the achievement gap and improve early math learning in Head Start programs throughout the Chicago area.

CPS P-5 Initiative

Early Math Collaborative partners with the Chicago Public Schools' Department of Math and Science to improve pre-k through fifth grade math education throughout the district.

Through the partnership, the Collaborative provides training to 50 pre-k through fifth grade network math facilitators, focusing on increasing their knowledge and understanding of math content. Those same facilitators are trained to work with approximately 1,000 selected teacher leaders across district elementary schools to improve their mathematical competencies and achieve the content and practice standards of the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics

North Chicago

In a collaboration with North Chicago School District 187, two cohorts of 25 teachers have been participating in ongoing learning labs and coaching. In conjunction with this have been regular grade-level meetings and administrator meetings in order to develop an "eye for mathematics" throughout the school.

Denver Head Start

In partnership with Denver Great Kids Head Start (DGKHS), professional development services are conducted with a goal to increase the academic achievement of children. This is accomplished through learning labs, group facilitation, and ongoing remote support to the centers involved.

Center for Early Education and Development (CEED)

Beginning in 2014, a partnership with the Center for Early Education and Development (CEED) and the Chaminde University of Honolulu allowed 25 Hawaii preschool teachers to learn approaches and content designed by Erikson instructors. Learn more.

Big Shoulders

Big Shoulders works with the Catholic Archdiocese and the Collaborative to develop teacher leaders who are strong in math. The goal is to create a cohort of classroom teachers who can provide math professional development to their peers based on the Collaborative’s approach.

Academy for Urban School Leadership

In coordination with their mathematics coordinator, the Collaborative assists in providing support and professional development for teachers in the Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL) network. The goal of this project is to provide a professional learning community centered around numeracy with a lesson study focus. 

MAAM (Math All Around Me)

Affectionally titled MAAM (Math All Around Me), a collaboration with the Ounce of Prevention and Educare Chicago, this multi-year program with preschool centers in the Chicago area provides professional development services for caregivers of children ages 0-3, introducing them to Precursor Concepts of Early Mathematics.
SERVICES PROVIDED: In-Person Learning Labs

Innovations (concluded)

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This five-year initiative funded by the Department of Education's i3 fund helped high needs students reach or exceed state and national Common Core Standards for Mathematics (CCSM) and created within-school math teaching expertise that we expect to persist beyond the life of the project.

Community College Partnership (concluded)

The Collaborative developed a blended online/onsite training mechanism to prepare community college faculty to use new early math materials and ideas with students pursuing associate degrees in child development or early childhood education. Nine colleges, 15 instructors, and 150-200 ECE students were involved in this program.

Erikson Institute-based PD (concluded)

This four-year development phase of the Collaborative involved intensive, year-long professional development for over 200 Chicago Public School pre-k and kindergarten teachers. That phase of work with CPS took place in 2007-2011.

Educare (concluded)

The Collaborative partnered with Educare Chicago for three years to provide services consisting of learning labs, coaching supervision, and research assistance. The entire team of 3-5 classrooms, administrators, coaches and infant master teachers participated in the professional development.

Kentucky Center for Mathematics (concluded)

This Kentucky statewide mathematics center housed at Northern Kentucky University has a strong record of providing math training for practitioners from elementary grades through post-secondary. They partnered with the Early Math Collaborative to learn more about developmental considerations and the complexity of math in the earlier years.

Kohl Children's Museum (concluded)

Kohl Children’s Museum was founded to meet the growing needs of educators, families, and the community at large through interactive exhibits and hands-on programs. The collaboration with the Collaborative involved development of an exhibit guide and preparing pre-k teachers to use museum exhibits to help children explore math.

Seix Academy (concluded)

Seix Academy opened their doors in 2012 as an independent, year-round pre-k to 8th-grade school. There were 16 teachers involved with on-site and online consultation at Seix Academy.
SERVICES PROVIDED: Observation and Consultation

MDRC (concluded)

In 2011-2012, working with the Collaborative and the HIS-EM tool it created, eight teachers and four trainers connected with MDRC benefited from a framework for measuring mathematics instructional quality in early childhood classrooms.
SERVICES PROVIDED: Research and Evaluation