More than 120  policymakers, teachers, teacher educators, and administrators explored global approaches and ideas for improving American math skills at the First International Symposium on Early Mathematics Education held April 17–18 at Erikson Institute.

Erikson’s Early Mathematics Education Project hosted the event, bringing leading experts from Australia, Japan, China, and Singapore to Chicago to share insights on how math is taught to young children in their countries. In breakout sessions, participants discussed how to apply these ideas to enhance how math is taught in the U.S. and generated policy recommendations for change.

Catalyst Chicago covered the symposium. Read the article here.

Presenters included:

  • Kiyomi Akita, professor in the Department of Teaching, Curriculum, and Learning Environments at the Graduate School of Education at Tokyo University
  • Lyn English, professor of mathematics education in the School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education at Queensland University of Technology and founding editor of the international journal, Mathematical Thinking and Learning
  • Joanne Mulligan, isan associate professor in mathematics education and associate director of the Centre for Research in Mathematics and Science Education (CRiMSE) at Macquarie University in Sydney
  • Angela Giglio Andrews, assistant professor of mathematics education at National-Louis University
  • Liping Ma, member of the National Mathematics Advisory Panel (2006–08) and author of  Knowing and Teaching Mathematics
  • Ban Har Yeap, an assistant professor of mathematics and mathematics education at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore who has authored a kindergarten math textbook series for the state of California

Video, presentations, and other materials from the symposium will be posted here.