Incorporating Language Into Early Math Instruction: Using Research-Based, Developmentally Appropriate Strategies and Activities

November 2014
Alissa Lange, Kimberly Brenneman, Jorie Quinn

This presentation from the NAEYC 2014 Annual Conference & Expo in Dallas, Texas, discusses the value of incorporating language - both teacher and student - in early mathematics learning experiences. 

Designing an Innovative Professional Development System to Support STEM Teaching for Dual Language Learners

July 2014
Kimberly Brenneman and Alissa A. Lange

Assistant Research Professors Kimberly Brenneman and Alissa A. Lange presented a poster on their SciMath-DLL project at the National Head Start Research Conference.

An Assessment Primer:  What is effective assessment in the early childhood classroom?  

April 2014

NIEER Research Professor Shannon Riley-Ayers presented at the San Antonio Association for the Education of Young Children (SAAEYC) on the question policymakers should ask regarding formative assessment. Dr. Riley-Ayers also discussed the Early Learning Scale, an assessment tool developed by NIEER and The Center: Resources for Teaching & Learning in conjunction with Lakeshore Learning.


Supports for Preschool STEM Learners and the Teachers Who Teach Them

December 2013

At the recent STEM Smart Conference, NIEER Assistant Research Professor Kimberly Brenneman presented on the SciMath-DLL project, involves the design, development, and testing of a professional development model that integrates supports for dual language learners with high-quality math and science instruction. This session described the evidence that supports SciMath-DLL, engages participants in hands-on activities that illustrate our approach to professional development, and include an interactive discussion of challenges to, and promising solutions for, implementation of effective, research-based practice. 

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Beyond biology: Using gardens to grow early physics and engineering thinking skills and understanding

December 2013

Drs. Kimberly Brenneman, Alissa Lange, and Jorie Quinn presented workshops at NAEYC’s Annual Conference on that modeled the design and implementation of high quality preschool science lessons. Their presentation and materials are posted here.

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Young Hispanic Children: Early Learning Needs and Opportunities

September 2013

NIEER Director Dr. Steven Barnett was a panelist at the National Summit on Hispanic Early Learning, hosted by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, on September 18, 2013 at Miami-Dade College. 

Impacts of a Science and Math Professional Development Project for Pre-K Teachers of Dual-Language Learners

May 2013

This poster presentation from NIEER Assistant Research Professors Alissa Lange and Kimberly Brenneman discusses the SciMath-DLL project designed to develop, and carry out preliminary testing of a pre-K professional development approach that integrates high-quality math and science instructional offerings with supports for dual language learners.