Friday – 10/22 – 8:30-10:00 – Keynote: Dr. Douglas Clements

The Surprising Importance of Early Math
Learn about surprising research findings about early mathematics, including its predictive power, children’s potential for learning, and what we know about effective teaching using research-based learning trajectories. Takeaways include new supports for teaching and learning early math playfully and joyfully.

Dr. Doug Clements is widely regarded as a major scholar in the field of early childhood mathematics education, one with equal relevance to the academy, to the classroom, and to the educational policy arena.  At the national, level his contributions have led to the development of new mathematics curricula, teaching approaches, teacher training initiatives, and models of “scaling up” interventions, as well as having a tremendous impact on educational planning and policy, particularly in the area of mathematical literacy and access. He has published over 166 refereed research studies, 27 books, 100 chapters, and 300 additional works. He has served on President’s National Mathematics Advisory Panel, the Common Core State Standards committee of the National Governor’s Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, the National Research Council’s Committee on Early Mathematics, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics national curriculum and Principles and Standards committees, and is and co-author each of their reports. A prolific and widely cited scholar, he has earned external grant support totaling over $25 million, including major grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education.  He is Distinguished University Professor at the University of Denver. Previously a kindergarten teacher and a preschool teacher, he is a researcher and curriculum developer who, with his colleague and wife Dr. Julie Sarama, has worked with extensively with teachers and children, publishing over 166 refereed research studies, 27 books, 100 chapters, and 300 additional works. His latest books summarize exciting research on teaching and learning early math, including new tools for teachers and families.

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