NAEYC 2017

Presenters: Aileen Rizo and Wilma Hashimoto

Venue: Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA

Date(s): November 15, 2017

Mathematical Play

In light of recent calls for more emphasis on mathematics education in early childhood, preschool educators are faced with decisions about how to implement a developmentally appropriate mathematics program. Through the use of videos collected from mathematical play experiences in preschool, participants will explore ways children can engage in counting experiences through play. In this interactive session, participants will learn to foster counting through engaging in activities such as: building towers, hiding objects, jumping and clapping, and playing board games. Additionally, we will share with participants ways that they can mathematically enhance both dramatic and outside learning experiences. Together we’ll consider practical ways teachers can optimize mathematical play for their students.

AIMS Presenters

Aileen Rizo is a Research Associate for the AIMS Center. She has worked in math education for 20+ years in roles such as teacher, curriculum designer, and educational consultant. She has also served in state capacities with the California Department of Education and community organizations. Aileen earned a Bachelors degree in Secondary Mathematics Education, a Masters in Educational Technology, a second Masters in Mathematics Education, and is currently a PhD student. She is an adjunct faculty member at FPU teaching both math and engineering courses. Aileen’s passion in the STEM fields fueled her to realize the importance of providing children with powerful educational experiences. Her own daughters inspire her advocacy for the equity of women and girls and her current work with the early math team in an effort to bring equitable math experiences to young children.

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 is also an adjunct faculty member at Fresno Pacific University. Wilma holds a Masters degree from Fresno State and a Bachelor degree from the University of Southern California. She 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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