Culturally Relevant Teaching in Pre-K Math

September 6, 2011

Beth Graue, Meg Meyer, and colleagues are developing a professional development program to help teachers of 4-year-old kindergarten (4K) develop an understanding of (a) early mathematics development, (b) potential family resources for child learning, and (c) ways  to engage home and school to create a culturally relevant, mathematically rich, and developmentally responsive 4K program. Teachers work with, and learn from, a chosen 4-year-old who is different from them in terms of language, socioeconomic status, race, dis/ability, or family structure. Teachers will learn how 4-year-olds develop counting skills, how their families support their learning and development, families’ concerns about their children’s progress. The National Science Foundation funds this 4-year program. More information is available here.