Join us for four days of intensive, exciting early math exploration. Led by instructors from Erikson Institute’s Early Math Collaborative, authors of Big Ideas in Early Mathematics: What Teachers of Young Children Need to Know, the event promises to be both challenging and fun.

Geared towards teachers of preschool and kindergarten, as well as coaches, administrators, and other teacher educators, this hands-on professional development opportunity will delve deeply into practical ways teachers can improve early math instruction. The Summer Institute will help make early math learning meaningful for young children and their teachers.

July 11-14, 2017
Erikson Institute, 451 N. Lasalle, Chicago, IL 60654

Collaborate with colleagues and enjoy stimulating plenary sessions focused on developing a deep understanding of the Big Ideas—those central, coherent, generative, and developmentally appropriate concepts that are the foundation of all mathematics. Work with other engaged adults in the beautiful Erikson Institute learning environment, and enjoy the wonderful food, shopping, and entertainment options Chicago has to offer.

This four-day event has an early bird registration of $750 before May 1, 2017 and regular registration of $850 after that. For more information about what this includes, please see the FAQ below. Space is limited.

Registration is now closed.

MEME is:

  • Designed specifically for preschool and kindergarten educators: this math is for you.
  • Inspiring: you will leave feeling “pumped” about math.
  • Challenging: we know how rich and complex early math can be and we think you should know it too!
  • Practical: based on years of work in real classrooms with real teachers, relevant regardless of curriculum, and aligned to the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics.

All participants will gain:

  • A deep appreciation for the Big Ideas of early mathematics across content areas.
  • A developmental perspective on mathematical thinking during the preschool and kindergarten years.
  • A sense of how children’s understanding of early math looks at each developmental stage.
  • Ideas for meaning-making teaching approaches that will “mathematize” any classroom.

Afternoon Breakout Sessions will address Teacher and Facilitator needs specifically.

Teacher track participants will:

  • Learn how to integrate the Big Ideas of Early Mathematics into their preschool and kindergarten classrooms
  • Gain strategies for developing thoughtful and effective math activities and “mathematizing” children’s play
  • Experience hands-on exploration of blocks, books, games, and routines for use in early childhood classrooms

Facilitator track participants (Teacher Educators, Supervisors, Coaches) will:

  • Develop strategies to use the Big Ideas of Early Mathematics for teacher development work
  • Consider the role of attitudes, content knowledge, and practices in adult learning
  • Gain facilitative strategies to support functioning as a community of learners, including the skillful use of questions and conversations
  • Explore the power of reflective practice for facilitators and adult learners

A hub for early math thought and professional expertise, the Early Math Collaborative at Erikson Institute has has been part of an effort to shift teaching practice in Chicago district-wide as well as provided expert consultation and professional development services to Seix Academy, Kohl Children’s Museum, Kentucky Center for Mathematics, and others. For more information about what we do, click here.


How much does it cost and what does that include?

The four-day Summer Institute will have an early bird registration of $750 before May 1, 2017 and regular registration of $850 after that. Registration will close on June 26, 2017 or when we hit full enrollment. This fee includes all workshops and plenary sessions, breakfast each day, supplemental materials, and access to special online videos and materials after the event.

How do I get there and what hotel should I stay at?

All sessions will take place at Erikson Institute in Chicago, IL. You can visit the Location page of Erikson’s website to get information about Hotel, Parking, and Directions. There are many hotels within blocks of Erikson Institute.

Do you have group rates for registration?

Yes. If you would like to register more than three people to attend the event, please contact Cody Meirick at cmeirick@erikson.edu.

Do you offer professional development credit for time spent at the Summer Institute?

We will provide a certificate of completion that states total contact hours. State requirements vary, so please feel free to contact us if you have further questions: cmeirick@erikson.edu.

What materials will be provided?

Attendees will receive a copy of Big Ideas in Early Mathematics: What Teachers of Young Children Need to Know and accompanying DVD as well as a packet of materials based on the content that is explored.

Is there a cancellation policy?

Yes. Refund requests must be made in writing to cmeirick@erikson.edu on or before June 1, 2017. A $50 cancellation fee per individual will be deducted from any refund request received on or before June 1, 2017. After that date, there will be no refunds of registration fees but transfer of registration to a colleague can be arranged before June 26, 2017.

If you have more questions about this event, please email Production Manager Cody Meirick at cmeirick@erikson.edu.