This project is creating and studying a professional development model to support preK teachers in developing culturally and developmentally appropriate practices in counting and early number. The proposed model is targeted at teachers of children in four-year-old kindergarten, and focuses on culturally relevant teaching and learning. The model stresses counting and basic number operations with the intention of exploring the domain as it connects to children's experiences in their homes and communities.
About Me (Bio):
Beth Graue is Sorenson Professor in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction and Associate Director of Faculty, Staff and Graduate Development at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A former kindergarten teacher, her research interests include kindergarten policy and practice, teacher’s preparation for home-school relations, and qualitative research methods. A growing interest is public preK and she is studying a professional development program designed to increase developmentally and culturally responsive practice for early math.