Head Start Partnership

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The AIMS team has partnered with the Fresno EOC Head Start program since 2016 to support enhanced preschool mathematics teaching and learning. We conducted monthly professional learning sessions that engaged Head Start staff in deepening their own understanding of mathematics, reflecting on research-based teaching practices that are appropriate for the variations of developmental levels in their classrooms, and collaborating together to analyze video-recorded lessons, activity design, and classroom interactions. Through intentional observing and listening, staff engaged in focusing on how children develop key mathematical understandings as they interact with materials in play. The AIMS team conducted weekly classroom visits to help staff develop ways of intervening and guiding during children’s activity to support mathematics learning.


AIMS has been such a blessing in my life and I feel I’m now able to provide children with more mathematical experiences.
— Head Start Teacher
The AIMS partnership has added to my math story and also helped me to develop ways to incorporate math into young children’s lives.
— Head Start Teacher
 
Thank you for waking up the “Math teacher” in me. I could never express the gratitude I feel. I am forever grateful!!
— Head Start Teacher
I no longer have that fear of math I once had. The trainings and collaboration meetings we shared were a great learning experience for me personally. I continue to learn and am now able to encourage children in my class to play and experience math without fear and hesitation. In all, my knowledge and understanding of math has increased. Thank you!
— Head Start Teacher