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Coverage or Competency? The Essential PK-Grade 3 Math Skills
Robert Sornson

Monday, February 23, 2015
9:30 am - 3:00 pm

ISACS Office Conference Room
55 West Wacker Drive, Suite 702
Chicago, IL 60601

Registration Update as of 2/10
There is only 1 spot remaining for this workshop. Please register to secure your space. If you are registering more than one persno from your school, the website will not let you register any of your team. Register one person and then any additional faculty from your school will be placed on the waitlist.  

There is a sequence of early math concepts and skills which must be deeply understood for math learning to be fun and successful.  For these skills coverage is not enough.  These skills deserve competency, to enable students to fully understand and use math both in school and in life.

In this workshop you will learn:

  • the essential sequence of early number concepts and skills
  • how to keep track of which skills a child has, and which she is ready to learn
  • how to develop instructional strategies at the correct level of difficulty for each child
  • to help practically every child develop competency for every foundation math skill and concept
  • how to help more students fall in love with math

Robert Sornson, Ph.D. was a classroom teacher and school administrator for over 30 years, and is the founder of the Early Learning Foundation.  His implementation of programs and strategies for early learning success, the Early Learning Success Initiative, serves as a model for districts around the country.  He is committed to the belief that practically every child can have a successful early learning experience.

The Early Learning Foundation is dedicated to helping schools and parents give every child an opportunity to achieve early learning success, which lays the foundation for success in life.  Few things are so important to the future of our children and our society.  Children who come to school without important language, literacy, numeracy, motor, and behavior skills are at a disadvantage for success in the first years of school. Children who have not developed solid skills by the end of the third grade are at a disadvantage for life.


Bob is the author of numerous articles, books, and audio recordings, including Stand in My Shoes: Teaching Kids about Empathy, The Juice Box Bully, Teaching and Joy (ASCD), Preventing Early Learning Failure (ASCD), Meeting the Challenge (Love and Logic Press), Creating Classrooms Where Teachers Love to Teach and Students Love to Learn (Love and Logic Press), Number Facts and Jumping Jacks (Crystal Springs Books), and Love and Logic on the Bus (Love and Logic Press).   His assessment instruments include The Essential Skill Inventories, K-3 (Early Learning Foundation).


He works with schools and education organizations across the country, focusing primarily on developing comprehensive programs which support early learning success, building classroom and school culture to support the development of social and behavior skills, and offering parent training.  He offers workshops and keynotes, and develops long-term training projects with selected organizations. For more information visit,


The workshop will take place at the new ISACS office conference room at 55 West Wacker Drive, Suite 702, Chicago, IL. 

The location is located in the heart of Chicago, with easy access to public transportation.

Click here for directions to the ISACS office including driving, parking and public transportation directions. Parking is available at several area garages and you can use to find discounted parking in the area prior to your arrival in downtown Chicago. If possible, we suggest you take public transportation.

Hotel Accommodations

The ISACS Professional Development team has partnered with some of the most incredible Chicago hotels. All are within walking distance to the ISACS office and as a member of ISACS you have access to the discounted rates all year long for your professional and personal travel. Click here to find out how to make a reservation at anyone of the hotels.

If you have any issues booking a room, please contact the ISACS office at 312-750-1190. 

Registration Fee

  • $190 member fee
  • $240 non-member fee 
  • First registrant pays full fee, each additional registrant receives a $20 discount
  • Workshop includes lunch

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be received in writing to ISACS by emailing 10 business days prior to the event to receive a 50% refund. Cancellations received within 10 days of the event will not receive a refund. Registration may be transferred to another member from the same school. ISACS reserves the right to cancel the workshop for insufficient enrollment. In this case, participants will be notified and given a full refund. 


Questions? Please call 312-750-1190.


Member Cost: $190     Non-member Cost: $240


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