Erikson’s Early Math Collaborative is now a partner of 100Kin10, a multi-sector partnership seeking to address the shortage of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers in the U.S. and ensure high-quality STEM learning for all students.Erikson joins more than 150 organizations — including school districts, universities, federal agencies, corporations, nonprofits, and others — committed to help recruit, prepare, and retain 100,000 STEM teachers in 10 years.
To become a 100Kin10 partner, Erikson underwent a rigorous vetting process conducted by the University of Chicago that reviewed the boldness and innovative nature of Erikson’s commitment to STEM and capacity to contribute to the movement.
100Kin10 Open LabThe Early Math Collaborative recently held an open lab for 100Kin10 participants from around the country to showcase its work to build early childhood teachers’ foundational math knowledge.
Without a strong foundation in mathematical concepts — such as patterns, size and shape, and location and direction — children can struggle to understand the more complex mathematical thinking they need later in life.
Through hands-on activities, participants explored how mastering patterns can be the key to introducing a variety of mathematical concepts for children. Attendees also noted that math is often a source of resilience and structure in children’s lives that can otherwise be chaotic.