Early Math Curriculum
HighScope Press Release
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For Immediate Release
U.S. Department of Education Announces a $1.5 Million Grant Award to the HighScope Educational Research Foundation
Numbers Plus: A Comprehensive Approach to Early Mathematics Education
Ypsilanti, MI, June 15, 2006 — The U.S. Department of Education, Institute for Education Sciences, has funded the HighScope Educational Research Foundation to conduct a project entitled Numbers Plus: A Comprehensive Approach to Early Mathematics Education. This three-year, $1.5 million project, codirected by Dr. Ann S. Epstein and Dr. Marijata Daniel-Echols, will develop a preschool mathematics curriculum that supplements the general HighScope approach and can also be adopted by any program using a similar educational model.
Numbers Plus will be consistent with current research on child development and teaching practices, and will be aligned with the early childhood standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). HighScope will develop the Numbers Plus curriculum in collaboration with agencies in Indiana and Southeast Michigan serving low-income and minority children, and in consultation with noted early mathematics researchers and program developers. HighScope will develop curriculum and staff training materials and then evaluate their potential efficacy.
The HighScope Curriculum is based on the fundamental premise that children are active learners, who learn best from pursuing their own interests while being actively supported and challenged by adults. The heart of the HighScope daily routine is the plan-do-review sequence in which children make choices about what they will do, carry out their ideas, and then reflect on their activities with adults and peers. Numbers Plus will enhance the use of these instructional strategies in the classroom because research shows that when teachers implement an appropriate mathematics curriculum, young at-risk children increase their knowledge and skills.
The curriculum, training workshops, and assessment tools developed in the Numbers Plus project will benefit the significant number of programs nationwide whose teachers and children are involved with the HighScope Curriculum or other compatible constructivist models. Numbers Plus will provide the following benefits: Teachers will gain an understanding of how young children develop mathematics knowledge and the pedagogy to support this development. They will develop the ability to incorporate systematic mathematics instruction throughout the program day, with an emphasis on daily small-group time activities. Children will achieve a better understanding of the underlying concepts crucial to developing essential mathematics skills. They will view math as an engaging and challenging subject. All developmentally based early childhood programs can use the lessons learned in this project to expand systematic yet age-appropriate instruction in a key area of school readiness.
The HighScope Educational Research Foundation, an independent nonprofit research, development, training, and public advocacy organization located in Ypsilanti, Michigan, was founded in 1970. The Foundation's mission is to lift lives through education and its principal goals are to promote the learning and development of children worldwide from infancy through adolescence and to support and train educators and parents as they help children learn. In a HighScope program, students learn through active involvement with people, materials, events, and ideas.