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Big Math for Small Learners through Problem Solving

Use big ideas from counting to jump into problem solving in ways that support our youngest learners! Watch children solve problems and discuss ways to support students in making sense of the problems, sharing their ideas, and engaging with others’ ideas. Plan next steps to using what you learned about student thinking in tomorrow’s lesson!

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Christine Roberts

Christine serves as a Program Manager for California Education Partners where she supports districts in Preschool to 3rd Grade Coherence Collaborations for Mathematics. She works with districts to support their continuous improvement efforts and develop coherent systems to support California’s youngest learners. She serves as a coach for district teams, mathematics education specialist, and knowledge broker to help accelerate and sustain district efforts. During her 18 years in public education, Christine served as an elementary school teacher, middle school mathematics teacher, mathematics staff development and curriculum specialist, and the director of a Networked Improvement Community. Christine is currently working on her doctorate in Education at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research interests focus on educator collaboration and system-wide approaches to improving mathematics teaching and learning. Throughout her career, Christine has seen the power of collaboration to strengthen relationships and transform mathematics teaching leading to improved outcomes for students.

Melanie Janzen is a curriculum coordinator for mathematics at the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools. She has been supporting schools in this capacity for over 7 years. Prior to her current role, she served as an assistant principal, coordinator for professional development, district math coach, site math coach, and math teacher. As a curriculum coordinator, Melanie is responsible for developing and implementing mathematics curricula that align with state standards and meet the needs of students. She works closely with teachers and administrators to ensure that students receive high-quality instruction and have access to the resources they need to succeed. Melanie is passionate about mathematics education and is committed to helping students develop the skills they need to succeed in school and beyond.

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Melanie Janzen

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