On August 24th and 25th, we hosted our first Summer Institute for early childhood educators and providers at Cedarbrook Lodge in SeaTac. Zeno’s Summer Institute is a 2-day event including workshops, conversations, and play for early educators and providers serving low-income families. By the end of the event, our goal was to have attendees walk away with an understanding of Zeno’s philosophy around math play, as well as the role of the family in math learning.

What did we do at Summer Institute?

Dan Finkel of Math for Love introduced the underlying theme of the conference on the first day with his inspiring keynote address on the essential role of play in developing a child’s lifelong interest and skills in math. Throughout the day, attendees participated in workshops facilitated by Zeno staff, partners, and community members on creative ways to bring math play into their classrooms and the homes of families, teaching math through movement, and more! Day two of the Institute brought opportunities to explore Zeno’s early math games, engage with a community of peers in developing and deepening cross-cultural relationships with families, and time to reflect on new learnings.

Response from Attendees

We were excited about the positive response from participants and look forward to using everyone’s feedback to improve the event next year! Here’s what a few of our attendees had to say about the event:

“I thought the info that Daniel Finkel shared was very helpful & powerful! Throughout this event, I was able to grow, develop, and get excited about math. Thank you for an amazing experience!”

“Thank you so much for two inspiring days of conversations, connections, and practical ways to equip parents with everything they need to have fun with math everywhere, everyday!”

“I can’t wait to work with my families for playing and working on math at home with their child.”


Thank you to everyone who attended the Summer Institute, we look forward to hearing about how you and your organizations are using what you learned!

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