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Dr. Douglas Clements Keynote Speaker

Dr. Douglas Clements

February 2015

Dr. Douglas Clements was recently the keynote speaker at the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment conference in Ireland to speak about his research and Building Blocks Program. Read more.



Assessing the Effects of the TRIAD Math Intervention for Preschoolers

Picture of Preschool Children

February 2015

Technology-enhanced, Research-based, Instruction, Assessment, and professional Development (TRIAD) is a math intervention for preschoolers that combines a curriculum, a software-based teaching tool, and in-person teacher professional development. This study randomly assigned 42 schools to implement TRIAD or to not implement TRIAD, and the study found that the TRIAD intervention had positive effects on student math performance. The study meets WWC group design standards with reservations because it demonstrates baseline equivalence but has unknown levels of study attrition. Read more.


New Resource Available for Teaching Children Mathematics

Cover of book

January 2015

Executive Director Dr. Douglas Clements and colleagues have a new resource -  Developing Essential Understanding of Geometry and Measurement  - available from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics in January 2015.  This book focuses on essential knowledge for teachers about geometry and measurement. It is organized around four big ideas, supported by multiple smaller, interconnected ideas--essential understandings. Taking teachers beyond a simple introduction to geometry and measurement, the book will broaden and deepen their mathematical understanding of one of the most challenging topics for students--and teachers. It will help teachers to engage students, anticipate their perplexities, avoid pitfalls, and dispel misconceptions. Teachers will also learn to develop appropriate tasks, techniques, and tools for assessing students' understanding of the topic.

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Why Math Might Be the Secret to School Success

December 2014

The Marsico Institute's own Dr. Douglas Clements was on NPR this week to talk about the Building Blocks program.

"Little children are big news this week, as the White House holds a summit on early childhood education on Wednesday. The president wants every 4-year-old to go to preschool, but the new Congress is unlikely to foot that bill.

Since last year, more than 30 states have expanded access to preschool. But there's still a lack of evidence about exactly what kinds of interventions are most effective in those crucial early years.

In New York City, an ambitious, $25 million study is collecting evidence on the best way to raise outcomes for kids in poverty. Their hunch is that it may begin with math."

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The Building Blocks of Early Mathematics

November 2014

What are the building blocks of mathematics? How important are they? Doug Clements answers these questions by summarizing recent research and development work. One effective instructional approach featured in all these is basing instruction on learning trajectories. This approach will be illustrated through a set of research projects using learning trajectories successfully.

Dr. Douglas Clements was recently the keynote speaker at the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment conference in Ireland to speak about his research and Building Blocks program.

A Study Seeks to Determine What Makes Prekindergarten Successful

Building Blocks

March 2014

Read about the latest research (conducted with Drs. Douglas Clements and Julie Sarama on their Building Blocks curriculum) to understand what makes quality education successful and scalable.

Play, Mathematics, and False Dichotomies

Kids holding puzzle pieces

April 2014

Dr. Clements' and Dr. Sarama's latest resource on play-based learning in a blog forum presented by the National Institute for Early Education Research.

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Children's Museum of Denver Broke Ground on a Multi-million Dollar Museum Expansion

Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus

April 2014

The Children's Museum of Denver broke ground today on a major Museum expansion, announcing the plans, timeline and a naming gift for the $15.8 million campaign. Museum president and CEO, Mike Yankovich, cited the "critical role" the Museum plays in early childhood education, and its 74% attendance growth since 2003 as the need for this much-anticipated expansion. 

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Building Blocks curriculum cited as effective curriculum in New York Times

Child Using Building Blocks

January 2014 

Douglas Clements, PhD, and Julie Sarama, PhD developed and evaluated an innovative curriculum for early children education, preschool to grade 2 with funding from the National Science Foundation. The Building Blocks project created exemplary mathematics materials designed to enable all young children to meet the new preK-grade 2 standards developed by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (principal investigator Doug Clements was on the writing team for NCTM's Principles and Standards for School Mathematics). The article written in the New York Times makes a case for using what we know to increase the quality of early childhood education nationwide.

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