Join Us for Educator Days Starting Fall 2019

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CGI (Cognitively Guided Instruction) — Counting Across the Grades
Thursday, October 3, 2019


Counting Across the Grades will highlight the practice of counting collections to develop both counting skills and number relations. We will unpack the four counting principles that develop in early childhood, and we will look at how we continue to build on them to develop mathematical principles such as place value and number sense with increasingly larger numbers as children get older. We will examine how we support children’s abilities to represent their collections and to record how they counted. We will look at how this counting work is laying the foundation for problem solving. Teachers will gain an understanding of why counting is so important for building the foundations of math in all of elementary school. They will also learn ways to implement and include counting in their already existing curriculums.

CGI (Cognitively Guided Instruction) — Problem Solving
Thursday, January 16, 2020


Problem solving is the heart of CGI classrooms. Teachers will work with a wide range of problem types throughout the grades, and they will support children in approaching problem solving in ways that make sense to the children. We will unpack the trajectory of children’s thinking as they move from direct modeling to counting strategies, and evaluate invented algorithms created by students. The focus will be on students making sense of mathematics in supportive environments, rather than being taught or shown how to approach problems in particular ways. Topics to be investigated include classroom talk, social interactions, and the appropriate use of tools. Teachers will learn the ways to begin or extend problem solving in their own classrooms. They will see and discuss ways to support and extend student understanding.

Encouraging Inquiring Minds
Thursday, January 23, 2020


How do you engage young learners in deep learning, empathy, and reflection? How do you go from sparking their curiosity to developing critical thinking? How might students build stamina for longer creative projects? How might students authentically connect and communicate their learning with the wider world? Join us for a full day of exploration in creating a culture and pedagogy of inquiry in your own classroom and school. The day includes conversations about inquiry-based teaching and learning, lesson observations in UCLA Lab School classrooms, and time to plan with colleagues to create lessons you can use right away.

Teaching with Primary Sources
Thursday, February 27, 2020

  • Registration through December 1, 2019, is open to Cotsen Mentors and Fellows only — To register, contact Lyndon Catayong at
  • General registration begins December 2, 2019

Why use primary sources in an inquiry-based classroom?

Primary sources are the raw materials of history. They are original documents and objects that were created at the time under study. When you teach with primary sources, students dive into inquiry by:

  • Questioning and making inferences
  • Wrestling with contradictions
  • Considering multiple points of view
  • Constructing their own knowledge and meaning
  • Making claims and forming conclusions based on evidence

Join us to observe students using primary sources across the curriculum, debrief with demonstration teachers, and explore primary sources for your own classroom.

Information: Sylvia Vallejo, Program Coordinator,