Certification in Early Math Coaching

for Head Start, Preschool, and Kindergarten

Become a Kids Play Math Certified Early Math Coach

Join us for a practical, hands-on, two-day experience in the specific skills of working with teachers on early mathematics

Next Certification

Denver, CO, September 20-21

The Kids Play Math Difference

Our philosophy can be summed up in one word: Interaction. People, both teachers and children, learn by doing. All our professional development offerings, activities for children and educational software are engaging, practical and hands-on.

Our model uses technology effectively to provide an alternative to the “one-day-and gone” format. We integrate online and face-to-face elements, and encourage participation from coaches and coordinators, supporting sustainable gains. Early Math concepts and research-based activities are introduced in small videos and animations. Teachers then implement and internalize concepts in an authentic setting.

Coaches and trainers’ workshops are also highly interactive. Participants observe and analyze videos of actual classroom teaching and engage in role-play and planning. Everything, start to finish, is designed to be immediately useful to teachers, children and those who support them.

Description of the Early Math Certification Workshop

Content-based coaching is extremely important for improving instruction (research says this and so does our experience).  Coaches will understand what instructional support looks like in math, and will gain valuable skills in observing math lessons, analyzing lesson plans, and supporting teachers.

Coaches who have already been trained to work with teachers are usually ready for the next level—specific approaches to coaching based on an understanding of early mathematics teaching and learning, standards and research.  But this course can also be taken by new coaches, who will learn many specific skills they can use immediately

COST: $1,500 per participant

What you receive

  • A short online course in Early Mathematics (either the Pre-K course or the K-1st grade course) prior to attending the workshop
  • A two-day practical workshop with
    • Information and hands-on practice with early math classroom observation and coaching
    • Coaching materials, math activities for teachers and methods for supporting ongoing improvement
    • Feedback and discussion with Kids Play Math staff and other coaches
  • Participation in the Kids Play Math online learning community
  • Two-year certification as a Kids Play Math Early Mathematics Coach

Why early math coaching?  How can this help?

  • The mathematics learned during these years is critical to children’s later success in school.
  • Research says that content-based coaching is vital to improving instruction.
  • The best way to learn coaching skills is to practice them and reflect on the results
  • To improve mathematics instructional support, an understanding of early math teaching, learning and coaching is required

Based on our experience, we are confident you will see positive results in the first year.