Head Start Partnership
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.