Nancy Jordan – Helping Teachers Identify and Support Children at Risk for Mathematical Difficulties

By Stephen Hurley

Host Stephen Hurley scans the education ecosystem, looking for the people and ideas that are starting to change the way we think about teaching, learning, schools and communities.

The importance of early number sense is addressed by Nancy C. Jordan (University of Delaware) and Alice Klein (WestEd) in this presentation . Research shows that number sense is malleable and early intervention leads to improved math achievement in school. Moreover, core deficiencies in number sense underlie math difficulties.

In her talk, Nancy Jordan describes the development and validation of the Screener for Early Number Sense (SENS), an assessment tool to help teachers (preK, K, and 1st grade) identify children who may be at-risk for math difficulties and provide targeted instruction on specific number concepts.