The Erikson Early Math Collaborative is now a partner of 100Kin10, a multi-sector partnership seeking to address the shortage of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers in the U.S. and ensure high-quality STEM learning for all students.
The Collaborative joins more than 150 organizations — including school districts, universities, federal agencies, corporations, nonprofits, and others — committed to help recruit, prepare, and retain 100,000 STEM teachers in 10 years.
To become a 100Kin10 partner, the Collaborative underwent a rigorous vetting process conducted by the University of Chicago that reviewed the boldness and innovative nature of Erikson’s commitment to STEM and capacity to contribute to the movement.
The Collaborative recently held an open lab at Erikson for 100Kin10 participants from around the country to showcase its work to build early childhood teachers’ foundational math knowledge.
Participants were introduced to the Whole Teacher Approach to teacher development. Led by instructors Mary Hynes-Berry and Jeanine Brownell, participants got a taste of all the components of a learning lab for teachers. The components included an adult learning activity and analysis of videos of children’s thinking and classroom practice. The learning lab was designed to address all domains of teacher development: mathematical content knowledge, attitudes and beliefs about mathematics, and effective teaching practices.