Playing With Numbers | Chicago Children's Museum at Navy Pier

Playing With Numbers

Playing with Numbers (PWN) is a selective, intensive professional development program for K-1 CPS and charter school educators. Designed by Chicago Children’s Museum’s education experts, PWN provides teachers with engaging instructional strategies to introduce, reinforce and deepen the understanding of grade-level math concepts through innovative classroom activities, math work stations, and children’s literature.

Playing with Numbers benefits include:

  • Free Professional Development. All workshops will take place at CCM and be facilitated by education staff.
  • Plentiful resources and materials—including professional texts, children’s literature and math manipulatives—all provided by CCM, which allow educators to immediately implement new strategies into their classrooms.
  • One FREE field trip to CCM. Bus, materials and field trip lesson included.
  • Parking reimbursement and hospitality for all workshops at CCM.
  • Support and expertise of a museum educator throughout the school year.
  • 30 CPDUs for full program completion, includes workshops and meetings.
  • College/Lane Credit available.

Program Components

Playing with Numbers includes:

  • Six intensive PWN workshops (3 hours each), hosted at CCM (all sessions are held on Saturdays 9am - noon).
  • Monthly collaboration/reflective practice meetings with your school team.
  • A field trip to Chicago Children’s Museum, transportation included.
  • Participation in all program component mandatory.

Apply for an opportunity to better:

  • integrate literature and math instruction.
  • gather ideas for implementing, managing and designing math work stations in your classroom.
  • participate in an engaging, reflective learning community in your school!

Download a printable program overview here.

The application window for the 2017-2018 cohorts of Playing with Numbers is now closed.

Playing with Numbers is made possible through the generosity of the CME Group Foundation, Polk Bros. Foundation, Oppenheimer Family Foundation and Ernst & Young.