Explore ways to support students' mathematical development in your classroom. This interactive session will include topics such as developmentally appropriate instruction, assessment, integrating support for social-emotional development, mathematical vocabulary, and scaffolding learning opportunities through hands-on activities.
Ms. Kim Bambao supports pre-K-3rd grade teachers in San Mateo County by providing professional development in early mathematics education. Prior to this position, she spent 17 years working as an elementary teacher, new-teacher mentor, middle-school mathematics coach and lead instructional coach. Her work as a 1st grade teacher developed her passion for the teaching and learning of mathematics and science. Her work as a middle school mathematics instructional coach gave her a broader view of students’ mathematics progressions across grades.
Dr. Linda Platas holds a Ph.D. in Education and an undergraduate degree in child and adolescent
development. Her primary areas of research are early mathematical development and teacher beliefs. Her experience includes 14 years working directly with children and families as a teacher and director of an early childhood program; research on preschool math interventions and teacher professional development in early language, literacy, and mathematics; and the development of elementary school math curricula in the US and internationally.
Dr. Platas serves on the expert panel that developed the Early Grades Math Assessment (EGMA), which is currently being used by the World Bank and USAID in multiple developing countries. She teaches in the Graduate School of Education at UC Berkeley and is a program officer in early mathematics at the Heising-Simons Foundation.
Linda Platas, Program Officer in Early Math, Heising-Simons Foundation, discusses the findings from a study that proves the importance of early math. Success in early math informs success later on in math and reading ability.