Linda Platas, PhD

DREME: Early Math Resources for Teacher Educators

Together we will engage in a collection of open source materials that can strengthen our efforts to provide effective PD on early mathematics development. We will use teaching and assessment videos, short readings/handouts, activities, and examples of PD implementation (use cases). Our goals are to increase knowledge about early mathematical development and useful pedagogy, and address common concerns including math anxiety.

Linda Platas, PhD (Palm Springs)

Linda-Platas.jpgLinda M. Platas, PhD is an assistant professor of child and adolescent development at San Francisco State University. Her research in the United States focuses on early mathematical development, teacher education, and the formation and implementation of early childhood public policy. Her experience includes 14 years working directly with children and families as a teacher and director of an early childhood program. Internationally, Dr. Platas has worked on preschool and early primary grades population-level child assessment and classroom observation instruments. Her work with ministries of education in low-resource countries includes school readiness, curriculum development, early math and literacy assessments, and classroom quality measurement. She has participated as a math and literacy expert at international meetings of UNESCO, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank and other non-governmental organizations, and is a member of the expert panel that developed the Early Grades Math Assessment (EGMA) for USAID and the Technical Advisory Group for Child Development and Learning for UNESCO. Dr. Platas holds a PhD in education from University of California, Berkeley, and a BA in child and adolescent development/research and public policy from San Francisco State University.