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Math is in the (Light)house!

To move the needle on low mathematics achievement across the state, the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools and partners launched the California Statewide Early Math Initiative (CAEMI), an innovative, multi-faceted, and comprehensive approach. The overarching goal of CAEMI is to improve mathematical outcomes for California’s children via the following strategies: provide ongoing teacher support through demonstration lessons, coaching, and mentoring; and increase family awareness and meaningful family engagement; and share resources with families and teachers - videos, early math application, math literature reviews and activities, guidance, briefs, replicable math and science installations, and tools for hosting community math nights. During this presentation, Barbara Daniel and Dr. Matilda Soria will share about the activities and math installations Fresno has piloted over the past year. Further, they will be sharing information and resources for home and community math installations, a Math pack program, and ideas for engaging families in fun mathematical explorations at home and at school.


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Dr. Matilda Soria was born and raised in Fresno, CA. She has earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Psychology and a Minor degree in Ethnic Studies from California State University, Fresno; a Master’s degree in Human Development and Psychology, with a specialization in Risk and Prevention from Harvard University; and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from California State University, Fresno. Matilda serves as Director of Early Care and Education of the Office of the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools and in this role provides oversight of department programs, including the Fresno County Childcare & Development Local Planning Council and the California Statewide Early Math Initiative. Matilda has extensive experience conducting scientific and behavioral research among ethnic and at-risk populations, as well as in the development, management, and evaluation of educational and social service programs for children and families.

Matilda Soria

Barbara Daniel is the Site Supervisor at the Lighthouse Center for Children Child Development Center under the Office of Fresno Superintendent of Schools in Fresno, CA. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis in ECE in 2016 and has worked in early care in education for the past 19 years. One of her primary roles as the Site Supervisor at the Lighthouse for Children Child Development Center is to support children, families, and staff with strengthening their level of comfort, skills, and understanding of early math concepts to support children in developing positive early math experiences.  

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Barbara Daniel

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