Thank you to our sponsors, speakers, and attendees for another great event.

Everywhere Math
Friday, October 6 & Saturday, October 7

Two Days of Inspiration – Empowering Everyone to Teach Math… Everywhere!

Learn how to playfully and confidently engage children in math and recognize the math moments in everyday life. Join us to learn innovative math ideas that can easily be implemented – everywhere!

If you have children in your life ages 2-5 years, whether you live with them or work with them, this is for you.

Friday, October 6
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Light Refreshments

Keynote Speaker
Peter Exley, FAIA RIBA, Director of Architecture, Architecture is Fun
Stories From My Left and Right Brain
Storytelling, math, and reflections of childhood are useful creative tools in everyday life. Adults sometimes set these skills aside.
In Stories From My Left and Right Brain, architect and teacher Peter Exley shares anecdotes and tactics that help and improve how we see and experience everyday places.

Saturday, October 7
8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Continental Breakfast & Box Lunch

Erin Flynn, Children’s Music Program Manager, Old Town School of Folk Music
Yinna Zhang, Director of China Initiative, Erikson
Bridging Math and Music in The Early Years

This workshop will demonstrate the effect of music on the child’s developing mathematical brain! Together we will experience singing games that explore beat, rhythm, pattern, melody, sound, and form—all through the lens of math. Pairing Yinna’s research with Erin’s classroom experience, the workshop will provide inspiration to engage little ones in active, joyful musical experiences that lay the foundation for emerging math skills.

Presented by DuPage Children’s Museum

  • Math with Loose Parts
    You can do math with just about anything! In this session, you will get ideas on how to use those loose parts lying around as math teaching tools.
  • The Math Around Us
    In the classroom, on the playground, around the neighborhood – Math is everywhere! Look at your environment in a different way and leave with some great ideas on how to incorporate math into your indoor and outdoor adventures.
  • Math at Home
    So many of our daily activities involve math. Parents will learn how to recognize and capitalize on the teachable moments in our daily lives. Teachers will learn strategies for helping their families engage in math at home. Come see how math can be found in playtime, game time, and even mealtime!

Cost Friday: Free | Saturday: $50 per person

Educators – Get credit! Earn up to 5.5 CEUs.


Peter Exley , FAIA RIBA, Director of Architecture, Architecture is Fun, Chicago, IL
Peter Exley, FAIA RIBA, Director of Architecture, Architecture is Fun, Chicago, IL
Peter is an architect who works alongside community stakeholders on their projects for play, learning, and public space. Hailing from Yorkshire, he arrived in Chicago for a year in 1985. He has mostly been there ever since, and co-founded Architecture Is Fun on April Fools’ Day 1994. Peter is a Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the co-host of PechaKucha Night Chicago, winner (with Sharon Exley) of the 2012 Benjamin Moore HUE Award, the 2013 President of AIA Chicago and serves as a director on the national board of the American Institute of Architects (2017-2019).
Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown note that the projects of Architecture Is Fun are “work of significance and relevance, joy and seriousness, range and depth.”

Erin Flynn, Children’s Music Program Manager at Old Town School of Folk Music

Erin Flynn, Children’s Music Program Manager, Old Town School of Folk Music
B.S. in Theater Arts, Northwestern University
M.S. and Teaching Certificate in Early Childhood Education, Chestnut Hill College
Levels I & ll Kodály Certification in Music Education
Erin began her career in early childhood education as a programmer and teacher at Children’s Museum of Manhattan and later at Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia. For five years, Erin taught and directed a parent cooperative preschool in Philadelphia. Returning to Chicago in 2004, Erin worked as a teaching artist with Redmoon Theater and Old Town School of Folk Music. Erin is currently the Wiggleworms and Kids’ Music Program Manager at the Old Town School of Folk Music. She sings on the Wiggleworms Love You CD; the Old Town School of Folk Music Songbook CD, vols. 1 and 3; and her own CD, Dreamers of Dreams. Erin writes children’s songs for her band, Animal Singdom, and puppeteers and co-creates the web series How Do We Sing?

Yinna Zhang, Director of China Initiative, Erikson

Yinna Zhang, Director of China Initiative, Erikson
B.S. in Biological Science, Tsinghua University
M.S. in Developmental and Educational Psychology, Beijing Normal University
PHD in Child Developmental Psychology, Loyola University Chicago
As director of China Initiative at the Erikson Institute, Dr. Yinna Zhang has been applying her understanding of child development and teaching effectiveness in training programs for early childhood professionals since 2015. Yinna studied teacher competence in early mathematics and worked as a research fellow at the Early Math Collaborative at the Erikson Institute while pursuing her doctoral degree.

Funded By

CME Group Foundation

Dover Foundation

Robert R. McCormick Foundation

PNC Foundation