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Counting Frames and Ten Frames; tools for building strong number relationships.

In this session, we will explore the power of these tools to build number sense. We will share practical ideas for how to get your students to think and talk about number relationships as the basis for number operations.


Donna Johnson, MS, is the Assistant Director of School Support Services of the Early Math Collaborative at Erikson Institute.  She is also a key member of the Center for Family Math. Much of her work with the Early Math Collaborative is focused on providing math-focused professional development and coaching for caregivers of children 0-3 yrs old and PreK-5th grade teachers, and providing instructional support to administrators, site directors, and educational coordinators around math instruction. Donna holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology.  Her passion for teaching and learning led her from engineering into education, where she was involved in teaching children of all ages in nontraditional settings for over 15 years. Donna is also one of the authors of Big Ideas of Early Mathematics, What Teachers of Young Children Need to Know, and Growing Mathematical Minds.  An avid reader, quilter, and puzzler, Donna is the mother of 5 adult daughters and 6 grandchildren.  She lives in Chicago, IL with her husband Doug.

Donna Johnson


Rebeca Itzkowich, MS, was a preschool, kindergarten, and primary grade teacher in Spain, Mexico, and New York city for 10 years. For the past 24 years, she has worked with both pre-service and in-service teachers to help them rediscover themselves as learners, understand the unique needs of culturally and linguistically diverse learners, deepen their mathematics content and pedagogical knowledge, and learn to become reflective practitioners so they can bring the joy and rigor of genuine learning into their classrooms. 


Rebeca Itzkowich

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