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Collaborative Math: Creating Sustainable Excellence in Mathematics for Head Start Programs

With the Erikson Institute, SRI is exploring the promise of Collaborative Math in promoting math learning in Head Start centers in the city of Chicago.

Under a subcontract from Erikson Institute, SRI is working on a National Science Foundation-funded Discovery Research K–12 (DRK–12) grant to examine the effectiveness and sustainability of Collaborative Math, a professional development intervention to enhance early math instruction. SRI is gathering preliminary evidence of the promise of Collaborative Math for improving the mathematics competencies of teachers and directors in Head Start centers, as well as the children’s math learning. Through an iterative and collaborative process with colleagues from the Erikson Institute and Digital Promise, the team is working on revising and modifying the Collaborative Math professional development intervention to fit the environment of Head Start centers and promote the sustainability of a center of mathematical excellence. During the four-year project, SRI will conduct a pilot study of the modified intervention and gather data on its feasibility and usefulness for influencing director and teacher practices as they relate to math instruction. After further modifications, SRI will conduct a randomized controlled trial of the full implementation of Collaborative Math, examining fidelity of implementation and the impact on director, teacher, and child outcomes.

Principal Investigator: Erika Gaylor