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Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy

What We Do

Professional Development

Dr. Clements

Marsico staff are experienced education consultants who provide schools and districts with research-based, tailored guidance and innovative solutions to help focus on what matters most.

  • Staff development: We offer extensive staff development offerings, including, Learning and Teaching with Learning Trajectories, Math Play, and a variety of certification options .
  • Training of trainers: We can build the capacity of your staff to deliver professional development programs like the Building Blocks Institute.
  • Technical assistance/consulting: Our customized services can target specific areas for improvement in your school or district, from standards analysis to technology in the classroom and everything in between.

Marsico routinely provides PD for both long and short-term on math, literacy, social emotional development, and play. Some of our recent partners include…

  • Canon City Schools, CO
  • Eagle County Preschool, CO
  • St. Vrain School District, CO
  • Graland Country Day School, CO

If you would like to discuss your technical assistance needs with us, please contact our Assistant Director 

Professional Development Options

Learning Trajectories Workshops

The Learning Trajectories Workshops provide an overview of the learning trajectories for early childhood mathematics. Each workshop will focus on a specific mathematical topic, such as counting, geometry, or measurement. Participants will learn to understand children’s mathematical competence within a research-based developmental progression and how to target instruction to a level of understanding.

Learning trajectories for each math topic will be presented, including how to use learning trajectories to (a) structure observation and other authentic assessment strategies; (b) support children’s mathematical development in the classroom, including small-group activities, learning centers, and recognize and support mathematics throughout the day; and (c) support mathematical development in the home.

Mathematical topics offered include

  • Counting and Number Sense
  • Geometry and Spatial Relationships
  • Measurement
  • Patterning

Workshop Objectives

  • Understand the components of a learning trajectory: mathematical goal, developmental progression, and related instruction
  • Develop a better understanding of a mathematical topic
  • Understand the developmental progression in children’s understanding of a mathematical topic
  • Identify a child’s level of thinking within the developmental progression through video analysis
  • Relate instruction to the level of development of a child


Teachers, Administrators

Math Play Workshop

The Math Play Workshop will provide an overview of the learning trajectories for early mathematics and how to address them through play. Over the course of two days, Marsico and Kennedy early childhood experts will lead participants through structured discussion and activities in small groups to develop play opportunities for their classrooms to target the learning trajectories. Participants will view and analyze videotapes that illustrate different teaching practices for use in their own classrooms to address the trajectories. Participants will leave with an understanding of how to implement research-based, developmentally appropriate strategies in their classroom.

Workshop Objectives

  • Understand the domains of early math development
  • Use explicit, intentional, scaffolded instruction based on scientific research
  • Mature make-believe play as a context where young children develop  skills critical to meet standards


Teachers and Administrators

Certification Options

Classroom Observation of Early Mathematics – Environment and Teaching (COEMET)

The COEMET Institute provides in depth training on using the Classroom Observation of Early Mathematics—Environment and Teaching (COEMET). The focus of this 2-day institute is to prepare participants to use the COEMET. Learn to effectively utilize the COEMET, understand the three major components: classroom culture, specific math activity (SMA), and miniature specific math activity (mini-SMA).  The focus of this institute is developing facility with the instrument itself as well as providing certification to conduct observations in their own settings. During this 2-day training participants will:

      • Learn about the Classroom Culture portion, which includes questions about how actively the teacher interacts with the children, how the teacher uses teachable math moments, how math is displayed in the physical environmental of the room, how confident the teacher appeared about math, etc.
      • How to conduct the SMA portion of the COEMET which uses event sampling.
      • Practice conducting observations in pre-k classroom setting with feedback from expert instructors.

Upon successful completion of this training you will be licensed to conduct COEMET observations in your district or service area for a period of one year (annual relicensing available). Your organization will retain 100 percent of any tuition or fees you charge for the trainings that you deliver during the year.


Administrators, Coaches, Researchers

Research-based Early Mathematics Assessment (REMA)

The REMA Institute provides in depth training on using the Research-based Early Mathematics Assessment (REMA). The focus of the institute is to prepare participants to use the REMA reliably and with full fidelity, developing fluency with the instrument itself and providing certification to conduct the assessment.

The length and costs of training, annual certifications, and materials varies depending on the version of the REMA being used: REMA Full (197 items, PK-2nd), REMA Short Form (80 items, PK-2nd), REMA Brief (20 items, PK), or REMA Learning Trajectory Subtests (item counts and grade levels vary by Learning Trajectory topic). Assessor and train-the-trainer options are available. As part of the training institute, participants will:

  • Learn about the general Learning Trajectories approach and research underlying the assessment;
  • Review and watch videos of assessment items being administered with real children in the classroom;
  • Learn how to observe and score children's strategies for solving assessment items (for select REMA versions only); and
  • Upon completion of the training, will practice and receive expert feedback of their administration of the assessment.

Upon successful completion of this training and feedback process, assessors will be certified to conduct REMA assessments for their research project, district, or service area for a period of one year (annual recertification available). Those participating in the train-the-trainer session will be certified to train assessors in their district/service area/project for one year (annual recertification available).


Administrators, Teachers, Coaches, and Researchers

Contact Information

For more information on our professional development options please contact Assistant Director Crystal Day-Hess,