This free webinar, presented on April 15, 2015, provides an overview of the Teaching Math to Young Children practice guide, with a focus on teaching children to view their world mathematically.

Early childhood and preK teachers, program directors, coordinators, and other practitioners

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Dr. Sharon M. Carver

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Teaching Math to Young Children Practice Guide: Hands-On Workshop


Join us for an introduction to the Teaching Math to Young Children practice guide, produced by the What Works Clearinghouse. Sharon M. Carver, Ph.D., director of Carnegie Mellon's Children's School and one of the guide's authors, provides an overview of the five evidence-based recommendations in the guide, followed by a more in-depth look at Recommendation 4: Teach children to view and describe their world mathematically.

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  • Increased familiarity with practical, evidence-based recommendations for teaching math to children ages 3–5
  • Better understanding of how to help young children describe mathematical concepts around them through the use of informal and, gradually, formal representations
  • Better understanding of how to engage young children in conversations that build math vocabulary

The practice guide is written for teachers, administrators, and other educators interested in helping young children build a strong foundation of math understanding. Each recommendation includes implementation steps, examples, and solutions for overcoming common roadblocks.


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Sharon M. Carver, Ph.D.
Director of the Children’s School, Carnegie Mellon University
Practice Guide Coauthor

Sharon M. Carver, Ph.D., coauthored the Teaching Math to Young Children practice guide. For more than 20 years, Dr. Carver has been the director of Carnegie Mellon’s Children’s School, where she has worked with staff and parents to strengthen the school's program, improve the facilities, and build strong connections with the university. Dr. Carver is also a full professor, teaching a practicum program at the Children's School as well as undergraduate courses in child development at Carnegie Mellon University. In addition, she is the associate training director for the graduate Program in Interdisciplinary Education Research (PIER), for which she teaches the educational design core course. Dr. Carver earned an A.B. in psychology and a K–12 teaching certificate at Princeton University and a Ph.D. in child development at Carnegie Mellon.


The following practice guide, produced by the What Works Clearinghouse through the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), provides the basis for the webinar.

  • Frye, D., Barood, A. J., Burchinal, M., Carver, S. M., Jordan, N. C., & McDowell, J. (2013). Teaching math to young children: A practice guide (NCEE 2014-4005). Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance (NCEE). Retrieved from NCEE website: