Lauren Solarski, M.S.


Lauren used to hate math. While previously serving as a Kindergarten teacher, she participated in professional development with the Early Math Collaborative and could not get enough… so she came to Erikson as a Doctoral Fellow in 2014 and joined the EMC Research Team. In addition to working with Collaborative Math, Lauren coordinated the Early Childhood STEM Working Group which brought together national experts to publish the report Early STEM Matters: Providing High-Quality STEM Experiences for All Young Learners. Now as a coach and professional development facilitator, she is passionate about empowering teachers to love math and improve their classroom instruction. She was a 2014 Illinois State Finalist for the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching (PAEMST) and contributes her recent experience working in Pk-2 classrooms. Lauren is also an instructor in Erikson Institute’s Teacher Education and Child Development Masters Programs.


B.A. English, DePaul University
M.S. Elementary Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University
In Progress: Ph.D. in Child Development, Loyola University/Erikson Institute


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Research Presentations

  • Solarski, L.

      (2018, March). Empowering Early Childhood Educators to Enhance Teaching and Learning: The Promise and Complexity of Coaching. Presentation at the Loyola Graduate School Interdisciplinary Research Symposium.

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Teacher Education Presentations

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