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Building Children's Mathematical Knowledge Via Play

Children naturally desire to learn; much of their learning happens through play. In the words of Fred Rogers, "Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning." In this interactive session, we will engage in academic work via play to explore different math concepts and consider practical ways to optimize mathematical play in our classrooms.


Elizabeth Gamino has over three decades of experience working at all levels of education. She has devoted most of her career to mathematics research, teaching, and promoting diversity within educational systems. Ms. Gamino has worked as a teacher, consultant, central office administrator, and research associate.

Ms. Gamino is a Program Manager for Selma Unified School District and an adjunct professor at Fresno Pacific University. Elizabeth is co-chair of the California Mathematics Council's (CMC) Equity and Transformation Committee, a position she has held for two years. 

Elizabeth is passionate about creating math environments that reflect students' identities and where student agency and authority are at the heart of their mathematical experiences.

Elizabeth Gamino

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