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Friday, 26 September 2014

Young Children’s Numeracy Development on November 21 at the Maskwacis Cultural College

Young Children’s Numeracy Development on November 21 at the Maskwacis Cultural College
Young Children's Numeracy Development
Friday, November 21, 2014 from 10 to 11:30 am at the Maskwacis Cultural College.

Numeracy Development
There is one single predictor of children's school achievement at high school level: Early numeracy knowledge! Many factors influence children's numeracy knowledge and skills in early childhood such as culture, language, frequency of teaching, and home numeracy experiences.  Parents and caregivers can make a significant contribution to children's future school achievement through informal and formal numeracy experiences early on.   This speaker will focus on explaining why numeracy knowledge before Grade 1 is very important, which numeracy skills children should master in early childhood and how to teach those concepts. 

Facilitator: Dr. Ozlem Cankaya is an early childhood development expert specialized in literacy and numeracy development.  Her past research focused on the effects of language, culture, and home experiences on the acquisition of early numeracy and literacy skills.
After finishing her M.A. in Cognition and Instruction program at McGill University she spent a year teaching kindergarten children in Thailand.  Ozlem received her PhD in Cognitive Science at Carleton University (Ottawa, ON).  She also worked as a research consultant at the UNESCO Institute for Statistics in Literacy Assessment and Monitoring Programme (LAMP) provided the diagnostic information required in monitoring and improving literacy skills in different counties.
Currently, Ozlem is a Research Scientist at the Alberta Centre for Child, Family and Community Research in the Child Youth Data Laboratory (Edmonton, AB).  She is a part of a research team working on issues, policies and practices affecting Alberta's children and youth, by linking and analyzing cross-government, administrative data.

Three things that participants will take away from the session:
1. Learn about factors that influence early numeracy development.
2. Find out about how culture and language influence early numeracy development
3. Learn skills to support formal and informal numeracy experiences
Early bird registration fee  $55 per person includes refreshments, Library in a Box, hands on craft making sessions,  community engagement, and numeracy program handout for indigenous communities.

·         Early bird registration deadline: October 15, 2014.
·         Registration fee after the early bird deadline is $95.
·         Cheques to be made/mailed in the name of Maskwacis Cultural College, Box 960. Maskwacis, Alberta T0C 1N0.
·         Call us at toll free: 1-866-585-3925 or by email