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Word Gap Campaigns | Too Small To Fail. Los Angeles, CA - "Project Goodnight Moon" "Project Goodnight Moon" is a project of Los Angeles Universal Preschool (LAUP), which aims to improve early literacy skills of low-income children. The project plans to reach 1 million parents with information on how to engage their children in positive, open-ended conversations through "Q-Cards" inserted into free children's books. Fresno, County, CA - "Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read Sing" Fresno launched a "Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read Sing" community campaign, with support from Too Small to Fail. Campaign messages will appear on billboards, bus ads and in paid media spots.

Local organizations, churches, libraries and health care providers will also help distribute “Talking is Teaching" materials—including books, CDs and clothing with prompts that encourage parents to talk, read, and sing with their children—directly to parents. State of California - "Talk. "Talk. Oakland, CA - "Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read Sing" St. "Ready. St. Register. 6 Scaffolding Strategies to Use With Your Students. What’s the opposite of scaffolding a lesson? Saying to students, “Read this nine-page science article, write a detailed essay on the topic it explores, and turn it in by Wednesday.” Yikes—no safety net, no parachute, no scaffolding—they’re just left blowing in the wind. Let’s start by agreeing that scaffolding a lesson and differentiating instruction are two different things. Scaffolding is breaking up the learning into chunks and then providing a tool, or structure, with each chunk.

Simply put, scaffolding is what you do first with kids—for those students who are still struggling, you may need to differentiate by modifying an assignment and/or making accommodations (for example, by choosing more accessible text and/or assigning an alternative project). Scaffolding and differentiation do have something in common, though.

So let’s get to some scaffolding strategies you may or may not have tried yet. 1. 2. 3. All learners need time to process new ideas and information. 4. 5. 6. Supporting Make-Believe Play - Tools of the Mind. Make-Believe Play at Home Supporting Make-Believe Play.Make-believe play at home Hey, isn’t playing something children just do? Isn’t it part of a child’s DNA to know how to play? Well, children still play, but play itself is changing, and not for the better. Children play video games, watch TV, and engage in activities that are not what most adults over the age of 20 “played” when they were children. Gone are the long days spent playing with friends of different ages in the neighborhood, pretending to play school, having parties, being pirates or knights.

Gone are the dressing up, making props, and playing out of favorite stories. The term used for this high-level play, with different roles, props, and storylines, is “mature make-believe play.” It used to be that children learned mature make-believe play skills from other children—“play mentors” in the neighborhood. When your child is 1- to 3-years-old. Set yourself up for success. When your child is 3- to 5-years-old. Artful Thinking. Report by TC Researchers Highlights Segregation and Disparities in Pre-K Classrooms | TC Media Center. Published in Research/Publications 4/28/2015 A Better Start: Why Classroom Diversity Matters in Early Education The report, by the National Center for Children and Families at Teachers College, Columbia University, calls on policymakers to focus on diversity in early education.

A new report by researchers at TC’s National Center for Children and Families describes troubling racial, ethnic and economic disparities in American preschools and calls on policymakers to focus on the value of diversity in early education classrooms as a means to increase equity and quality for America’s youngest learners. The report was prepared for and funded by The Century Foundation and the Poverty & Race Research Action Council, who released it on April 29 at a Capitol Hill briefing in Washington, D.C. Studies have found that socioeconomically and racially diverse preschool classrooms offer important cognitive benefits for children. The report also states that: What is Developmentally Appropriate Math? Douglas H. Clements, preschool and kindergarten teacher, Kennedy Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Learning, Executive Director, Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy, and one of the members of the Common Core work groups, responds (with assistance from Bill McCallum) on the issue of Math standards will be too challenging for young children.

Perhaps the most common criticism of the Common Core State Standards-Mathematics (CCSS-M) for young children is that they are not “developmentally appropriate” (e.g., Meisels, 2011). Unfortunately, the phrase “developmentally appropriate” too often functions as a Rorschach test for whatever a person wants to see or argue against. Often, negative evaluations are based on an implicit acceptance of the view that all “fives” can and especially cannot do certain things. Photo Credit: Casey R. Let’s consider some concrete examples. Talking about the “levels” of place value brings up a two important points. Photo credit: Casey R. References. Downloads | Mind in the Making. Downloads. Inredningsdetaljer - Classroom design/decor.

The Story of Loris Malaguzzi – Part 2 | Technology Rich Inquiry Based Research. History can be changed and we are in good company when we look first to the education of our youngest children, not so much what they are taught, but how and where and to what end. The continued story of Loris Malaguzzi begins here with his final comments as shared through a series of interviews with Lella Gandini in Chapter 2 of the third edition of The Hundred Languages of Children; History, Ideas, and Basic Principles: An Interview with Loris Malaguzzi: “I know that the rich, adult world hides many things, while the poor one knows neither how nor what to hide. One of the things that it hides with the most rigor and callousness is the condition of children. But also in this world, deception continues, at times cynical and violent, at times more subtle and sophisticated, laced with hypocrisy and illiberal theories.

Deception infiltrates even the institutions of early education. As teachers of young children we can all recall the challenges and the joys of our engagement with families. Download Materials | Learn the Signs. Act Early | NCBDDD. Early Childhood Health: Research, Reports & Resources | Early Childhood Development. National Pre-K and Early Learning Evaluation Center | The National Pre-K and Early Learning Evaluation Center. What is bibliotherapy and how have you used it? Differentiated Instruction Strategies. Why Choose an Outdoor Classroom? Buffettinstitute.nebraska.edu/research/early-childhood-education.aspx. Beyond biology: Using gardens to grow early physics and engineering thinking skills and understanding. Trawick_publications. Nutmeg.easternct.edu/mt-static/early_childhood_education/Hartford Magazine article.pdf. TIMPANI toy study. Toys that Inspire Mindful Play and Nurture Imagination Play is the fundamental way children prepare for the future.

When children create a make-believe world, build a tower of blocks, or race a friend to the top of a hill, they acquire social and intellectual abilities needed to be successful in school and adulthood. Nearly all meaningful play includes toys. A single, engaging toy can transform a child's play from simple to symbolic, from repetitive to inventive, from solitary to social. The Center for Early Childhood Education has a keen interest in studying how young children play. While there is much research on children’s play, few studies have looked at how children interact with toys in their play. Nominate a Toy for an Upcoming Study We are now accepting nominations for the 2014 TIMPANI Toy Study. TIMPANI Toy for 2013 There was a tie for the highest-scoring toy in the 2013 study.

Magna-Tiles by Valtech, LLC My First Railway by Brio Watch a video about the TIMPANI Toy for 2013 Disclaimer. Nutmeg.easternct.edu/cece/documents/TheCaseforPlayinPreschool.pdf. Trawick_publications. Www.readynation.org/uploads/20131029_WSJResponsePreKOpEd.pdf. Www.rch.org.au/uploadedFiles/Main/Content/lsey/news_publications/LSEY Research Snapshot three - Engaging families.pdf. What’s the Big Idea? | Harvard Graduate School of Education | Page 3. When it comes to “improving” schools, students, and teachers, there’s no shortage of opinions out there on what won’t work. We wanted to know, what could work? For several months, we asked people to tell us one tangible education idea they had that was worth spreading. Some writers are connected to the Ed School, others aren’t.

Yes, there’s even an idea from a Muppet. Embrace Failure “Fail early, fail often” is a mantra of many software engineers. Karen Brennan is an assistant professor at the Ed School who received her doctorate from the MIT Media Lab. Abandon the Clock The current system of education is time-based. Arthur Levine is president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship foundation and president emeritus of Teachers College at Columbia University. Bye Bye Homework I think we shouldn’t have homework. Charlotte Evans is a second-grader in northern Virginia and granddaughter of Paula Evans, M.A.T.’67. This is not a new idea, but it is one whose time has come.

Family Engagement in Transitions: Transition to Kindergarten / News & Announcements / HFRP News. PBS LearningMedia. Early Childhood - Home. Five Numbers to Remember About Early Childhood Development. Brazelton: Listen to the baby. Over the course of my career, I've cared for more than 25,000 children in my private practice, provided guidance and support to thousands of parents and caregivers across the country, and fought on Capitol Hill for parental leave and for special needs children under age three.

The message I most often emphasize to parents and caregivers is this: listen to the baby. Babies have so much they can tell us if we just know how to listen. Consider that a child from a high-income family will hear 30 million more words within the first four years of life than a child from a low-income family. This word gap continues to widen as children start elementary school, when it becomes a literacy gap. Babies lacking high-quality care and learning opportunities fall behind quickly -- even before pre-kindergarten. It's time for us to prioritize babies and their families and make the necessary investments so that high quality supports and services are available to anyone who needs them. T. Early Learning: Made in the U.S.A. | ECE PolicyMatters. Today, the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services headlined a virtual rally for babies, replete with its very own hashtag.

The early childhood field, late to the digital Wild West, has finally lit out for the territories. I was so ready to celebrate. When I saw the tag line—“Working to improve outcomes for all children from birth through third grade”— for the DOE’s spiffy new Early Learning logo, I have to confess to a shiver of delight. Not to mention pride in ZERO TO THREE, the First Five Years Fund, and the burgeoning number of state initiatives, iterating and reiterating the notion of thriving by five.

Though I hate to say it, ECE’s Google + Hangout was pretty short on inspiration. We’ve been moving closer to the target, but it’s been a long time. Many have been toiling for decades. ECE’s #Rally4Babies was no Arab spring, but we need to keep at it. New Research: Targeted Parent Training Can Help Students Focus—and Succeed. As the Obama Administration ramps up its push for expanded early childhood education access for all children, it’s important to ensure that preschool quality remains a big part of the conversation.

Fortunately, there’s good news on this front from the University of Oregon’s Brain Development Lab. On July 1, researchers Helen Neville, Courtney Stevens, Eric Pakulak, and several co-authors published an article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that studied the effects of an eight-week “family-based training program designed to improve brain systems for selective attention in preschool children.” Their research, part of a longer project, showed that targeted parent training led to sustained improvements in student focus, better performance on language and IQ assessments and reductions in parental stress.

The researchers tested the training program with a group of low-income students in a Head Start center. To read the research, click here. Regular Bedtime at Early Childhood Crucial for Brain Development : News : ParentHerald. (Photo : thejbird/Flickr ) Fixing a regular bedtime for sleeping at night during early childhood can boost brain development in children, new research reveals. Putting children to sleep at a regular bedtime during early childhood boosts brain development, a new study claims. Usually parents encourage their little ones to follow the routine, considering it a disciplinary habit. However, the new study published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health found that a regular bedtime at early childhood had a greater role in a child's life, determining their skills at math, reading and spatial awareness at age seven. Like Us on Facebook For the study, researchers selected 11,000 children, aged seven.

All the children were part of the UK Millennium Cohort Study (MCS), born between 2000 and 2002. Researchers collected information about the children and their daily routines, at different stages of growth, particularly at ages three, five and seven. Featured Video : Dr. ADA: Heavy in Kindergarten, Obese by Grade 8. CHICAGO -- Kids who were overweight in kindergarten were more than five times as likely to be obese by the time they entered eighth grade as classmates of normal weight, according to a new analysis of data from a large nationally representative longitudinal study. The Early Child Longitudinal Study showed that 31.8% of kindergartners who were overweight were obese at age 14 versus 7.9% of kids who were normal weight in kindergarten, Solveig Cunningham, PhD, of Emory University reported at the American Diabetes Association meeting here.

"Overweight kindergarteners account for 45% of obesity incidence between kindergarten and eighth grade," she said. "After adjustment, they are at 5.3 times the risk of being obese at age 14 as normal-weight kindergarteners. " "Kids who were born large -- over 4,000 grams (8.8 lbs) -- are at really high risk of becoming obese if they are overweight at age 5," Cunningham added.

Among the findings: Cunningham has no financial disclosures. false. 5 Things Every Parent Needs to Know About The Common Core. If you have a child in school today, chances are you’ve heard something about the Common Core standards. Forty-five states and the District of Columbia have decided to align their instruction to them, promising sweeping changes to classrooms across the country over the next several years. What are these standards? Where did they come from? Are they a good idea? These are all questions parents should be asking. 1: Common Core is a set of standards, not a curriculum Before we can even talk about the Common Core, it is important to understand what educators mean when they use the word standards.

For example, here is one of the eighth grade math standards from the Common Core. Construct a function to model a linear relationship between two quantities. The Common Core provides a destination, and schools and teachers are free to chart their own course there. This illustrates an important distinction between standards and curriculum. 3: There is more to the Common Core than just standards. 5 Things Every Parent Needs to Know About The Common Core. Matisse Collages. TOD-ECE-Tech-Resources-poster-upload.pdf (application/pdf Object) Www.joanganzcooneycenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/t_is_for_transmedia.pdf. Sites/prek-3rdgradenationalworkgroup.org/files/PreK-3rd NWG Webinars-Summary.pdf. Q&A. A Focus on Play. MLL_12_Myth_Misconceptions_Pearson.pdf (application/pdf Object)

Temperament - baby, average, Definition, Description, Common problems. Temperament.pdf (application/pdf Object) Early Childhood Ohio. Digital-and-DAP-webinar-2012-Final.pdf (application/pdf Object) Foundation for Child Development. Giving Children in Poverty the Best Chance for Success - Ounce of Prevention Fund. Division for Early Childhood, Policy, Advocacy. Www.usc.edu/schools/price/research/popdynamics/pdf/2013_Myers_Californias-Diminishing-Children.pdf. Media 101 Training Resources - Ounce of Prevention Fund. Early Childhood - Advocacy and Partnerships for Early Childhood Development. The Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness. Children in Immigrant Families: Essential to America's Future | Foundation for Child Development. National Council of La Raza | Cecerdll.fpg.unc.edu/sites/cecerdll.fpg.unc.edu/files/imce/documents/%232961_ResearchInformPolicyPaper.pdf.

National Head Start Association - Home. Build Ohio. America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2013 - Introduction. Academic Content Standards. Children's Technology Review. 10A_18EDST835001: technology websites for educators. ECE Tech Trends in 2012, New Directions for 2013, and Why Tech Integration Matters- A TEC Conversation with Warren Buckleitner. Education in the 21st Century. Home | nieer.org. NIEER Videos. iPad for Teaching & Learning. Long awaited webinar: Dr. Sylvia Chard -Engaging Children’s Hearts and Minds with the Project Approach. The United States Ranks Behind Many Nations in Preschool Access | Thrive By Five WA. Global Children's Initiative. Early Childhood. Real universal preschool: Column.

Criminalizing Children at School. Arne Duncan: High-quality preschool is a sure path to the middle class. Home | FPG Child Development Institute. Educare Model Narrows Achievement Gap. Plus, Opportunities to Learn About Early Ed | Thrive By Five WA. Early Ed News Clips for September 5, 2012. Thoughts on Early Childhood Research: Improving Connections / Publications & Resources / Early Childhood Education. A Conversation With Richard Rothstein / Publications & Resources / Early Childhood Education. Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Framework: Promoting Family Engagement and School Readiness from Prenatal to Age 8 / Publications & Resources / Early Childhood Education. Listen Up! :: Youth Media In Practice. Curriculum in EC. Curriculum in EC. SPARKing Innovation / Publications & Resources / Early Childhood Education.

New Research: Targeted Parent Training Can Help Students Focus—and Succeed. Overview / Early Childhood Education. Promoting Quality Outcome Measurement: A Home-Visitation Case / Publications & Resources / Early Childhood Education.