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    An Article from the Erikson Early Math Collaborative: The Collaborative Recognized with Two Professional Honors


    In January the Early Math Collaborative was recognized by two independent sources for its innovation in early math education. Opening Minds USA announced that the Collaborative was among its top ten finalists for its Innovation Award. Additionally, a film created in collaboration with Davidson Films using the Collaborative's approach received the prestigious CINDY Award for producing "programming that achieves the highest levels of excellence in production value and message effectiveness."

    Each year Opening Minds USA presents its Innovation Award to a "game changer" in the field of early childhood education. The Collaborative and principal investigator Dr. Jie-Qi Chen are among the finalists for the 2014 award. Attendees of the Opening Minds conference hosted by the Chicago Metro Association for the Education of Young Children can vote during the conference on January 30 and 31, with the winner announced during an awards ceremony the evening of January 31.

    "We always enjoy attending the Opening Minds conference every year," said Chen. "It is wonderful to be among those nominated as innovators in the early education field."

    The CINDY is an industry award presented by the International Association of Audio Visual Communications. The film, entitled Building Mathematical Competencies in Early Childhood, provides "the WHY's, WHAT's, and HOW's of including rich, developmentally appropriate mathematics experiences for young children in pre-kindergarten classrooms."

    "With the growing attention to the importance of pre-k education," said Davidson Films owner Fran Davidson, "we expect that this film will continue to introduce teachers to the importance and pleasure of providing young children with meaningful mathematical concepts."

    The film is currently being used in both college level courses and in-service professional development programs. You can view an excerpt of the video on the Early Math Collaborative website. Article by Cody Meirick.

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    What does this award mean?

    CINDY awards are presented to those individuals and groups who have produced programming that achieves the highest levels of excellence in production value and message effectiveness.

    For this year’s regional and international events, over 8200 entries from around the world were judged covering 160+ subject-matter categories of media. Programs included websites, videos, mobile apps, podcasts, webinars, films, commercials, documentaries, music videos and more.

    Since 1959, the CINDY Awards have been honoring interactive and linear media for both broadcast and non-broadcast applications. CINDY is an acronym for "Cinema in Industry” and originally began as an industrial film competition.
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    Booklist published a wonderful review of our newest release, Building Mathematical Competencies in Early Childhood.

    "Early childhood math instruction should involve more than teaching counting and shape identification, according to this well-organized program, in which three educators stress that both math and literacy proficiency are necessary to help children succeed in school. The hosts begin by dispelling many current myths about mathematics and early childhood education, including that children will simply absorb math principles without formal instruction. The program presents five “Big Ideas” that young students need to learn and comprehend, including the mechanics of measurement. Frequent clips of teachers interacting with urban prekindergarten students model the presented concepts, with onscreen captions and lists reinforcing information and technical terms. A final segment offers classroom suggestions and demonstrations. Although primarily for teachers, this pricey title, which includes public-performance rights, can also be used by parents who homeschool or are eager to give their young ones a head start in school."

    Candace Smith, Booklist Online


    NEW REVIEW - More praise from the Erikson Institute for Building Mathematical Competencies in Early Childhood.

    "This film brings early math alive for early childhood teachers in almost as innovative a way as the mathematics thinking the film features. The Early Mathematics Education Project is charting new territory in teaching us how to help young children become mathematically literate by helping us understand that math surrounds us in nearly everything we do."

    --Samuel J. Meisels, President, Erikson Institute

    "Congratulations to the Davidson Films team responsible for the recently released project, Building Mathematical Competencies in Early Childhood. This film has conveniently arrived as Ohio begins transitioning to their recently adopted Early Learning and Development Standards. As I have been providing professional development related to early childhood mathematics and the new standards, this film will be particularly useful as I work within my region to improve the mathematical experiences of our early learners. The thinking behind using attributes as a mechanism to match, sort, classify and order objects is often a concept that adults overlook. The questioning modeled by the teachers provides specific examples of how we can help children make connections from attributes to number, geometry and measurement. I am eager to utilize this film in my next professional development offering."

    --Catherine Schulte, Math/School Improvement Supervisor Clermont County ESC- Batavia, OH

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