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Making a difference : 10 essential steps to building a preK-3 system / Linda Sullivan-Dudzic, Donna K. Gearns, Kelli Leavell ; foreword by Ruby Takanishi.


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Sullivan-Dudzic, Linda.
Publication date:
Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Corwin, c2010.
  • Book
  • xvi, 162 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 151-155) and index.
  • Foreword by Ruby Takanishi Acknowledgments About the Authors Introduction Step 1. Establishing Need and Common Interests Connecting to Your Preschool Community Connecting the Early Childhood Community and K-12 Public School Establishing the Need and Prioritizing Your Efforts PreK-3 Your First Early Childhood and K-3 Meeting Step 2. Locate and Connect With Your Early Childhood Learning Environments Locating Your Community Preschool Partners Identifying and Locating Key People in Your School District Planning for Your "Kick off" PreK-3d Meeting Step 3. Develop a Leadership Group Your Leadership Group Vision Plus Action Quality Preschool Step 4. High Quality Professional Development How to Provide Professional Development Aligned to Your Goals Target Professional Development to the Needs of Your Community Establish Your Professional Development System Information to Refine Your Work and Strive for Excellence Step 5. Connect and Align Quality PreK to Kindergarten Connect Your Community Preschool and Kindergarten Programs Develop an Assessment and Information Loop Align Curriculum and Instructional Practices Step 6. Maximize the Benefits of Full-Day Kindergarten Advantages National Trends How to Design a Full-day Kindergarten Developing a Planning and Implementation Team Developing Goals for the Program Using Research to Drive the Process Core Curriculum Selection Process for Your Kindergarten (PreK-3rd Grade) System Low-to-No-Cost Options Developing Daily Schedule Expectations Data Sharing "Friendly Accountability" Step 7. Align and Connect Full-Day Kindergarten With Grades 1-3 Connect Your FDK to Grades 1-3 Align Your K-3 Standards Align Your Assessment and Information Loop Align Curriculum and Instructional Practices That Support Children's Learning and Development K-3 (PreK-3rd) Tiered Systems Connect and Align Resources to Focus on Your Goals Step 8. Conquer the Fade Out Teach the Conventional Reading Skills That Are Developed Birth to Age 5 Horizontal Alignment Vertical Alignment Temporal Alignment Step 9. Create a Sustainable System of Support Broad Base Support and Financing Your Goals Celebrate and Publicize Your Efforts Continuous Engagement Step 10. Review, Revise, and Extend Next Step: Looking Ahead and Planning Review Your Goals Are We Making a Significant Difference? Your Leadership Group (ECCE Group) Looking Ahead References Resource A: Books and Web Sites Resource B: Steps for Your First Leadership Meeting Resource C: Leadership Guide Resource D: Curriculum Adoption Form Resource E: Glow and Grow Self-Reflection Form Resource F: Look Fors in Early Childhood Programs Resource G: Four Key Components to Sustainability Guide Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Publisher's Summary:
The national push for early learning is no longer about preschool alone, but rather about strategic planning to increase achievement by working with communities to establish a strong Key Stages 1 and 2 foundation. This book provides the essential steps for carrying out this important work, including how to reach out to community early childhood education providers to establish quality instruction and build bridges to Key Stages 1 and 2. Drawing on their success in building a PreK - 3 system in the Bremerton, WA school district and their work with schools across the USA, the authors provide education professionals with a field-tested, step-by-step road map that can be adapted for your own community and school district. Essential topics in this book include: identifying the needs of families and children; aligning resources, curriculum, instruction, and assessment; establishing key players; training staff; developing a plan for implementation; instituting professional learning communities; anticipating potential challenges; and celebrating successes. This book shows head teachers and early childhood professionals, as well as county officials, Education Officers, Head Start programmes, and Title I directors, how to provide all children with access to high-quality educational experiences in and before Reception and link early childhood standards and goals to the Key Stages 1 and 2 systems.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
Gearns, Donna K.
Leavell, Kelli

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