Research Presentations

    2016


  • Solarski, L.

    , Reid, E.E., McCray, J.S., Gaylor, E., Kamdar, D., Dominguez, X. (2016). Collaborative Math in Head Start: Pilot Study. Illinois Education Research Council’s 14th Annual Focus on Illinois Education Research Symposium

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    Abstract

    This pilot study investigated the successes and challenges of Collaborative Math, a professional development program with the goal of helping early childhood centers become centers of excellence in mathematics where quality early math instruction is fostered, celebrated, and sustained. Prior research has found that in order to be effective and sustainable, professional development should include all teaching staff and administration, thus creating a supportive environment for innovation. Three Chicago Head Start Centers participated in a condensed version of Collaborative Math including learning labs and group coaching for teachers, leadership academies and consultation for directors, and math activities and resources for families. Data was collected in the form of coach’s logs, interviews with individual directors and teachers, and focus groups with families. Analysis uncovered successes including development of shared language and experience around mathematics among center staff, as well as fostering expertise, knowledge, and confidence in instructional leaders. Families enjoyed engaging with their children around math and learning what occurred in school, but found busy schedules to be a barrier. Additional challenges for centers include the complexity of leadership roles and logistics, including limited time and capacity, which prevent leaders from coaching their teachers around mathematics. Teachers also struggle to secure time to collaborate with colleagues. Implications for full implementation in Fall 2016 include reconsidering the responsibilities of leaders, balancing the quality and quantity of learning labs, and using e-mail and text to engage families.

  • 2015


  • Brownell, J.

    , Lopez, G. (2015, March). Chicago P12 math collaborative: Partnerships for high-quality mathematics instruction. Poster presentation at the meeting of the Carnegie Foundation Summit on Improvement in Education, San Francisco, CA.

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    Abstract

    Chicago Public Schools has created innovative partnerships with universities and funders in a district-wide initiative to improve P-12 mathematics instruction. This multi-year initiative aims to develop the capacity of teacher leaders, school and network administrators, and district math staff to affect sustainable change at a large scale.

  • Brownell, J., Cerezci, B., Reid, E. E.

     (2015, April). High impact strategies for early mathematics: A lesson observation tool. Presentation at the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Boston, MA.

    National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
  • Chen, J-Q., Reid, E. E., Zhang, Y., Cerezci, B., McCray, J.

    (2015, April). Whole teacher approach: Investigations on mathematics teaching in early childhood teachers. Round table session at the annual research conference of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.

    American Education Research Association
  • 2014


  • Ginet, L.

    , Bush, N., & Berreras, M. (2014, October). How can we improve the quality of early mathematics pre-service teacher education? Qualitative data from a professional learning community of teacher educators at 2- and 4-year colleges. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Illinois Education Research Council, Bloomington, IL.

    Illinois Education Research Council
  • Reid, E. E., McCray, J., Chen, J-Q.

     (2014, October). Innovations early math professional development program: Two-year impact evaluation. Paper presentation at the annual meeting of the Illinois Education Research Council, Bloomington, IL.

    Illinois Education Research Council
  • Stein, A., Rothkopf, E., Cerezci, B. (2014, October). Improving math instruction for preschool children: A research-based professional development intervention and evaluation. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Illinois Education Research Council, Bloomington, IL.

    Illinois Education Research Council
  • Zhang, Y., Chen, J-Q., McCray, J.

    , Chang, C., Budak, S., Reid, E. E., … Cerezci, B. (2014, October). Reliability and validity of an innovative measurement assessing knowledge
    for teaching early mathematics.
    Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Illinois Education Research Council, Bloomington, IL.

    Illinois Education Research Council
  • McCray, J.

     (2014, August). Preschool teachers’ ability to “see” mathematics in children’s play predicts learning. Paper presentation at the biennial meeting of the EARLI SIG 5 Conference, Jyväskylä, Finland.

  • Reid, E. E., Chen, J-Q., McCray, J.

     (2014, September). Achieving high standards for pre-k – grade 3 mathematics: A whole teacher approach to professional development. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, Washington, DC.

  • 2013


  • Chen, J-Q.

     (2013, July). The what, how & why of effective teacher professional development in early mathematics education. Presentation at the conference of the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development: Early Childhood Instructional Excellence, Springfield, IL.

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    Abstract

    This presentation described the successful stories of the Early Math Collaborative at Erikson Institute in Chicago. It addressed three questions related to the the work: What is the scope and purpose of this early mathematics education program? How does the program enhance the mathematical competence of teachers in early childhood education? What are some critical factors that contribute to the success of the program? Specific program components and strategies involved with the intervention were detailed so that practitioners can examine and potentially replicate the work of the Early Math Collaborative.

  • Cerezci, B., Brownell, J., McCray, J.

     (2013, June). HIS-EM: Examining quality mathematics teaching in early childhood classrooms. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Illinois Education Research Council, Champaign, IL.

    Illinois Education Research Council
  • Chen, J-Q., McCray, J.

     (2013, June). Focusing on the whole teacher in teacher professional development. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Illinois Education Research Council, Champaign, IL.

    Illinois Education Research Council
  • Ginet, L.

     & Wellman, E. (2013, June). Enhancing the quality of early math instruction in community college early childhood education programs. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Illinois Education Research Council, Champaign, IL.

    Illinois Education Research Council
  • Zhang, Y., Chen, J-Q.

     (2013, June). A look at teachers’ pedagogical content knowledge for early mathematics. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Illinois Education Research Council, Champaign, IL.

    Illinois Education Research Council
  • Cerezci, B., Brownell, J., Chen, J-Q., McCray, J.

     (2013, April). HIS-EM: Examining quality mathematics teaching in early childhood classrooms. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Loyola University Interdisciplinary Research Symposium for Graduate School Students, Chicago, IL.

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    Abstract

    High quality education in math for young children builds a strong foundation for future mathematics learning. Evidence is clear that early mathematics achievement is associated with later school success, but the field lacks clear definition of excellence in early mathematics teaching. We are also short of available tools to assist teachers and teacher educators in monitoring or assessing classrooms around mathematics teaching. The purpose of this poster was to introduce High Impact Strategies in Early Mathematics, (HIS-EM), an observational tool designed to identify and measure the frequency of high quality mathematics teaching practices in preschool through third grade and to report its early findings.

  • McCray, J., Chen, J-Q.

     (2013, April). Teacher interview predicts preschool children’s math achievement. Paper session at the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Denver, CO.

    National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
  • McCray, J., Chen, J-Q.

     (2013, April). Teacher interview predicts preschool children’s math achievement. Paper session at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association, San Francisco, CA.

    American Education Research Association
  • Chen, J-Q., McCray, J.

     (2013, April). A teachers’ perspective on early mathematics teaching. Paper session at the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Denver, CO.

    National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
  • Chen, J-Q., McCray, J.

     (2013, April). Understanding teachers’ attitudes and beliefs in early mathematics teaching. Session at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association, San Francisco, CA.

    American Education Research Association
  • 2012


  • Cerezci, B., McCray, J.

     (2012, June). Examining quality mathematics teaching in early childhood classrooms: Preliminary results of the HIS-EM teacher observation. Paper session presented at the annual meeting of the Illinois Education Research Council, Tinley Park, IL.

    Illinois Education Research Council
  • Armstrong, A., Ginet, L., & Warisi, S. (2012, January). Exploring early math teaching and learning in community college ECE programs. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Illinois Education Research Council, Tinley Park, IL.

    Illinois Education Research Council
  • Cerezci, B., McCray, J., Chen, J-Q., Brownell, J.

     (2012, April). HIS-EM: Examining quality mathematics teaching in early childhood classrooms. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Loyola University Interdisciplinary Research Symposium for Graduate School Students, Chicago, IL.

    Loyola University Interdisciplinary Research Symposium for Graduate School Students
  • Zhang, Y.

    , & Sparr, M., Cerezci, B., McCray, J., & Chen, J-Q. (2012, April). Unpacking pedagogical content knowledge in early mathematics: A new measurement tool. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Loyola University Interdisciplinary Research Symposium for Graduate School Students, Chicago, IL.

    Loyola University Interdisciplinary Research Symposium for Graduate School Students
  • McCray, J.

     (2012, March). It’s not as easy as 1-2-3: The complexities of early mathematics. Invited address at the annual meeting of the Kentucky Center for Mathematics Conference, Lexington, KY.

    Kentucky Center for Mathematics Conference
  • Chen, J-Q.

     (2012, February). Instruction and construction: Integrating both processes to promote quality early mathematics education. Presentation at the Perspectives on Early Mathematics Conference, Frankfort, Germany.

    Perspectives on Early Mathematics Conference
  • 2011


  • McCray, J., Chen, J-Q., Zhang, Y.

     (2011, April). Preventing the achievement gap: Professional development in foundational mathematics. Paper session presented at the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Indianapolis, IN.

    National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
  • Sparr, M., Chen, J-Q., & McCray, J. (2011, April). Unpacking teacher confidence in early math instruction. Poster session presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

    Society for Research in Child Development
  • Zhang, Y.

    , Bezruczko, N., & Chen, J-Q. (2011, April). Sensitivity, stability, and reliability: Testing teacher attitude variable on early mathematics. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Indianapolis, IN.

    National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
  • 2010


  • McCray, J., Chen, J-Q.

     (2010, June). Understanding big ideas: Key to effective teacher professional development. Presentation at the National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development, National Association for the Education of Young Children, Phoenix, Arizona.

    National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • 2009


  • McCray, J.

     (2009, June). The whole teacher approach: A new framework for professional development informs teacher training in mathematics. Paper presentation at the annual meeting of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, Charlotte, NC.

    National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • 2008


  • McCray, J., Chen, J-Q.

     (2008, November). The whole teacher approach. Presentation at the annual meeting of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX.

    National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • McCray, J.

     (2008, April). Preschool mathematics PCK interview predicts children’s outcomes. National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Meeting, Research Precession, Salt Lake City, UT.

    National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
  • McCray, J.

     (2008, March). Environmental checklist for preschool mathematics correlates with teaching practices: Evaluating the Math-Rich Environment Checklist (MRE). Annual Conference of the American Education Research Association Meeting, New York, NY.

    American Education Research Association
  • 2007


  • Chen, J-Q.

    , & Chang, C. (2007). Testing the whole teacher approach to early childhood professional development. Presentation at a meeting of Erikson’s Research Council, Chicago, IL.

  • McCray, J.

     (2007, March). Re-visiting the concept-procedure analysis of preschool mathematics. National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Meeting, Research Precession, Atlanta, GA.

    National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
  • 2006


  • McCray, J.

     (2006, June). Measuring pedagogical content knowledge for preschool mathematics. Head Start Research Conference, Washington, DC.

    Head Start Research Conference