The Early Math Collaborative was featured on the Huffington Post’s Impact blog as part of the Forum for Youth Investment’s Lessons from Innovators series.

The forum enables grantees in the federal Investing in Innovation (i3) program to share ideas and best practices. Erikson’s i3 grant is helping increase the reach and impact of the Collaborative’s professional development for early math educators.

Creating learning communities

While implementing the project, the Collaborative began to see how important the individual school environment was to the success of their project.

“We knew on paper how important the climate and culture were, but it took time to understand the processes at each school that could help our intervention thrive,” says Jennifer McCray, director of the Collaborative.

Although coaching, training sessions, and on-site support will continue to be major components of the project, the team is now thinking about how they will pull back and create school-level sustainability.

“Teachers really need more ownership of their learning process, so we are trying to create a professional learning community at the school level that institutionalizes and creates supports for teachers,” McCray says.

HUFFINGTON POST: Lessons from Innovators: Erikson Institute’s Early Math Initiative