Tuesday, June 23, 2015 marked the date of the last day of learning for the Innovations program, which concluded after four years of intensive math professional development. Teachers from the seven schools involved in the program came together to think deeply about early math concepts in a final learning lab, the last of over 15 throughout the program's duration.…
Rebeca Itzkowich, M.A.
Senior Program Developer
Rebeca Itzkowich specializes in teacher education and bilingual education, and teaches Emergent Literacy in the bilingual/ESL programs. She is also an instructor with Erikson’s Early Math Collaborative.
Itzkowich earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at New York University and taught immigrant children from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds in preschool through third grade in New York City for 10 years. She became a teacher educator out of a desire to help teachers preserve the sense of wonder and curiosity children commonly enjoy in preschool but too often lose as they move into the elementary grades. For the past 15 years she has worked with both pre-service and in-service teachers to help them rediscover themselves as learners, understand the unique needs of culturally and linguistically diverse learners, and learn to become reflective practitioners so they can bring the joy and rigor of genuine learning into their classrooms.
B.S. in early childhood and elementary education, New York University
M.A. in special education, New York University
Teacher Education Presentations
(2017). Using a Protocol for Looking At Student Work with Primary Teachers. Presentation at the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) Annual Conference.National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics
(2016, November). ¿Cuantos Hay? Contar es más complejo de lo que parece. Presentation at the National Association for the Education of Young Children national conference, Los Angeles, CA.National Association for the Education of Young Children
(2015, April). Bringing practice standards to life: Every operation tells a story. Presentation at the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Boston, MA.National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Chicago Metro Association for the Education of Young Children
National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics
National Association for the Education of Young Children
Illinois Association for the Education of Young Children
Listen to the full streaming podcast, taped June 6, 2013 for We Act Radio's Education Town Hall.
It is tough learning two new languages at once. In the case of English Language Learners (ELL), the two “languages” are often English and mathematics. Young children in classrooms where the language of instruction is not their dominant language can have challenges when it comes to learning math language, particularly positional words. These children are…