Story Time STEM
Developing math and literacy skills through shared reading experiences: a guide for librarians, educators, and caregivers
Story Time STEM: About the Project
Story Time STEM (STS) is a research partnership between University of Washington Bothell School of Educational Studies, Washington STEM, and a broad range of settings including public library systems, community-based organizations, and public schools. STS emphasizes, through shared reading experiences, the integration of math and literacy, exploring concepts and practices through children’s literature, honoring young learners’ ideas through interactive discussion, and designing and facilitating professional learning with educators.
Lead by Drs. Allison Hintz and Antony Smith, STS is committed to supporting equity in early mathematics and literacy learning with children – and the adults in their lives – by experiencing the wonder and joy of mathematics and deepening positive mathematical identities through stories. Together, Drs. Hintz and Smith are co-authors of the upcoming book, Mathematizing Children’s Literature: Sparking Connections, Joy, and Wonder through Read-Alouds and Discussion.
Drs. Allison Hintz and Antony T. Smith are associate professors in the School of Educational Studies at UW Bothell. Dr. Hintz’s research and teaching focus on mathematics education. She studies teaching and learning alongside partners in formal and informal educational settings and focuses on beliefs and practices that support children and the adults in their lives in lively mathematics learning. Dr. Smith’s research and teaching focus on the intersection of reading and mathematics and how exploring children’s literature can help deepen comprehension, develop vocabulary knowledge, and increase motivation and engagement for students to become lifelong readers
We collaboratively developed the ideas in this project with learning partners in elementary schools and community-based settings and organizations. We give tremendous gratitude to children, families, educators, and staff in Northshore School District, Issaquah School District, Seattle Public Schools, King County Library System, Pierce County Library System, Sno-Isle Libraries, Tacoma Public Libraries, YMCA Powerful Schools, Reach Out and Read, Para los Niños, and Chinese Information Services Center. This project was supported by our learning partners at Washington STEM, Project INSPIRE at the University of Washington (specifically the Partnership for Early Learning team), The Boeing Company, the Goodlad Institute at the University of Washington Bothell, and the University of Washington Bothell Worthington Research Fund.
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