California Mathematics Council - Central Symposium

Presenters: Elizabeth Gamino, Wilma Hashimoto

CSU, Bakersfield, Bakersfield, CA

March 12, 2016

You Want My 4 and 5 Year Old To Do What?

Presentation Description: Children of all ages learn by productively struggling with complex problems. The new state standards and mathematical practices are rigorous and students will be tasked to engage in the mathematics differently than in the past. As a result, early learning is recognized as the foundation for academic success in the future years. Young students don’t come to us with “productive struggle” behaviors. Come and explore ways to engage your students in “minds on – hands on” tasks that lead to understanding, make learning goals feel attainable and effort seem worthwhile, produce results, lead students to feel empowered, and promote efficacy. Learn how the CDE Preschool Foundation and Frameworks align with the Kindergarten State Standards as early learning is a continuum. Find out what the research states, what are best practices, and how to teach mathematics in early learning classrooms.


Presentation Slides

Article: Mathematics in the Preschool, Douglas H. Clements, Teaching Children's Mathematics, January 2001, pages 270-275.

AIMS Center Presenters

Elizabeth Gamino serves as a Research Associate on the Early Math Team working with preschool children. Prior to coming to work at the AIMS Center for Math and Science Education in January of 2015, Elizabeth worked in public education for 24 years, the last 8 of which she was the PreK-12 Mathematics/Science Curriculum Manager for Fresno Unified School District. Additionally, she has served FUSD in the capacity of an elementary teacher and a teacher on special assignment working in the Mathematics Department. Elizabeth is a member of the California Math Council – Central section, NCTM, NAEYC, CAEYC and TODOS. Additionally, she has worked closely with the Council of Great City Schools serving on their Mathematics Advisory team, in addition to their Bilingual Education, Key Performance Indicators and Innovative Professional Development committees. Elizabeth also serves on The Children’s Movement, School Readiness work group and is a board member for Stone Soup Fresno.

Wilma Hashimoto is a Research Associate specializing in Early Learning. Her experience includes being an Assistant Superintendent for Fresno Unified School District, Director of Early Learning for Fresno County Office of Education and Assistant Director of Child Development for Clovis Unified School District. She has also been an adjunct faculty member for Fresno City College. Wilma holds a Masters degree from Fresno State and a bachelor degree from the University of Southern California. Wilma has served as a commissioner for First 5 Fresno County and board member for the San Joaquin Parkway Trust, CASA, and Stone Soup Fresno. For her community and educational contributions, Wilma was named a 2011 finalist for Fresno County Administrator of the Year, Marjaree Mason Top 10 Professional Women in 2009, and CUSD 2008 Crystal Award winner. Wilma is dedicated to changing the trajectory of our youngest learners through mastering early mathematical skills that will positively impact all curricular areas.

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