Kathleen Sheridan, PhD

Kathleen M. Sheridan, PhD, is an associate professor of educational psychology in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she develops and teaches courses in assessment, child development and constructivist approaches to development. She also serves as the program coordinator for the College of Education’s undergraduate program in Human Development and Learning.

With grant funding from the CME Group Foundation, she has advanced early math literacy in Illinois and across the nation through her pioneering work on the Math at Home website and Early Math Matters, a free online professional development series for teachers and caregivers of children from birth to age five. Sheridan recently received a seed grant from the Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood to initiate the development of a companion website and professional development curriculum to promote early science education for infants, toddlers and preschoolers.

Dr. Sheridan has been published in leading academic journals and has shared her research and insights with colleagues and policymakers at the state, national and international levels. She received her master of arts degree in elementary education and early childhood education from Washington University and her doctoral degree in child and family studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Posts by Kathleen Sheridan, PhD

Math and Children’s Books: Fabulous, Fun and Fantastic! Part 2

The two books I am going to introduce to you today are quite different from one another. The first is a book titled BRICK: Who Found Herself in Architecture, written by Joshua David Stein and illustrated by Julia Rothman. This is a delightfully illustrated book that centers around a small red brick who grows up […]

Math and Children’s Books: Fabulous, Fun and Fantastic! Part 1

I love children’s books. There are SO many to choose from. You can find children’s books about animals, friendship, sharing, being naughty, love, siblings, letters, being safe, being born, starting school, death…pretty much anything! My latest passion is reading children’s books that foster mathematical thinking. There are two rather sophisticated, fun and fantastic books that […]