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  1. 4K Professional Development Bringing together developmentally appropriate, culturally relevant & mathematically rich practices for 4 year olds

  2. Teaching 4K • Madison’s commitment to building a foundation for a great 4K program

  3. Collaboration for Madison’s 4 year olds

  4. Professional development • designed for educators currently certified to teach kindergarten in Wisconsin • focused on developing practices that value the knowledge and resources children bring to school, their unique developmental needs, & using mathematics as a prism for practice

  5. PD Goals • blend knowledge of developmentally appropriate practice with the resources that children bring from home to build culturally relevant mathematics learning: • identify and use activities to develop counting skills in both informal and formal settings • develop curriculum that is embedded in child activity and builds on family resources and what kids bring • identify and build on the mathematics/al activities children use in their home; help families to mathematize everyday activities

  6. PD Courses • Fall 2010: Early Childhood Education • Spring 2011: Environments • Summer 2011: EC Methods & Materials • Fall 2011/Spring 2012: Action Research & Practicum

  7. PD Fall Course • Co-taught Beth Graue & Anita Wager • Wednesday 4:30-7:00 • Elementary school and/or center

  8. PD Selected Assignments • Weekly reflections on readings • Case study of a 4-year old focal child: • counting interview • family interview about mathematics & activities in the home • Plan activities with embedded learning opportunities

  9. NSF Funded Study • Tom Carpenter, Beth Graue, Anita Wager & Meg Meyer • 4 years - 3 cohorts of teachers

  10. Assumptions • Young children learn through activity • Using mathematics as a prism, we can learn a lot about children’s development in other areas • All families have resources that can enrich our teaching

  11. Study Goals (aligned with PD goals) • access children’s out-of-school experiences through instruction that is developmentally appropriate, equitable & culturally relevant • develop culturally effective ways to support families in understanding how to mathematize their children’s out-of-school activities.

  12. Study Requirements • All materials generated for course assignments • Tape-recorded conversations of course discussions • 2 individual interviews

  13. Study Provides • tuition (also supported by MMSD and UW) • netbooks - journaling, reflection submission, access to collaborative website, store documents • digital cameras - children, classrooms • stipend - interviews • vibrant community interested in 4K

  14. How do you join? • The 4K PD website: • http://elemedweb.madison.k12.wi.us/node/141

  15. Let’s go! • Submit electronically the application & signed consent form by 7/28 at 4:00 • Consent form can be sent in hard copy to graue@education.wisc.edu • Applicants notified by email by 7/30 • Accept/decline by 8/2 by noon

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