This all-day workshop, held on November 16, 2015, provided hands-on experience in applying the evidence‑based recommendations in the Teaching Math to Young Children practice guide.

PreK and kindergarten teachers, program directors, coordinators, other early childhood practitioners

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Teaching Math to Young Children Practice Guide: Introduction


Join us for a hands-on workshop on 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 coauthor of the guide, will lead participants in applying practical methods for increasing young children’s knowledge, literacy, and competency in mathematics.


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  • Increased working knowledge of instructional practices for teaching math to children ages 3 to 5
  • Better understanding of how to increase young children's awareness of mathematical concepts in everyday life
  • Better understanding of how to encourage children to describe math ideas in the world around them through the use of informal, and gradually formal, representations and language
  • Increased knowledge of ways to build children’s math vocabulary

The practice guide is designed 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 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.

Related Resources

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

  • 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: