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ERIC Number: ED517297
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 208
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: 978-1-5985-7122-6
Foundations for Teaching Excellence: Connecting Early Childhood Quality Rating, Professional Development, and Competency Systems in States
Howes, Carollee, Ed.; Pianta, Robert C., Ed.
Brookes Publishing Company
Improving teacher quality in early education is a major part of ensuring young children's school readiness and closing the achievement gap. This is the book decision-makers and administrators need to begin developing coordinated, effective teacher quality systems--ones that not only get teachers ready for the classroom, but also promote continuous learning of new skills and strategies. Edited by renowned early childhood education (ECE) experts Carollee Howes and Robert Pianta, this book is the first effort to integrate at a state level three critical components of teacher quality: Early Childhood Education Competencies, Professional Development, and Quality Rating Systems. After an in-depth exploration of all three components and their role in high-quality education, readers will get detailed analyses of how six states are making progress toward integrating them. Through case studies on each state--Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Mexico, Ohio, and Pennsylvania--readers will examine the diverse approaches these systems are taking to: (1) determine early childhood education competencies and systematically link them with professional development and quality rating systems (QRS); (2) develop and manage the structure, content, and delivery of effective professional development; (3) establish the staff qualifications required at each QRS level, encourage teachers to move beyond basic licensing requirements; (4) organize and direct their funds; (5) provide incentives and motivation for staff participation in professional development; (6) create clear partnerships between state organizations to promote integration of systems; (7) and more. A call-to-action volume on three of the hottest topics in ECE, "Foundations for Teaching Excellence" represents today's best thinking about teacher quality and accountability, straight from 20 expert researchers, program directors, and leaders in the ECE policy field. Decision-makers and administrators will consider this book an essential reference as they take the first steps toward statewide, integrated teacher quality systems--and ensure that every young child gets the best possible education. This book contains two parts. Part I, National-Level Concerns, contains: (1) Early Childhood Professional Development Systems Definitions and Measurement Approaches (Martha Zaslow, Tamara Halle, Kathryn Tout, and Debra Weinstein); (2) Integrating Quality Rating Systems and Professional Development Systems in Early Childhood (Lori Connors-Tadros and Barbara Coccodrilli Carlson); (3) Integrating Professional Standards for the Early Childhood Workforce: Putting the Pieces Together (Sarah LeMoine, Alison Lutton, Davida McDonald, and Jerlean Daniel); and (4) Early Childhood Competencies: Sitting on the Shelf or Guiding Professional Development? (Pamela J. Winton and Tracey West). Part II, Implementation at the State Level, contains: (5) What Do State Quality Rating Systems Say About Early Childhood Education Competencies and Professional Development? (Youngok Jung, Cathy Tsao, and Jennifer Vu); (6) Professional Development Systems for Early Childhood Educators within a State and Federal Policy Context (Sandra L. Soliday Hong, Terri Walters, and Tamar Mintz); and (7) Evaluating the Integration of Systems on Effective Teaching, Classroom Environments, and Children's Preacademic Learning (Promjawan Udommana, Jill Haak, and Tamar Mintz). An appendix and an index are included.
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Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General; Guides - General
Education Level: Adult Education; Early Childhood Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Delaware; Kentucky; Maryland; New Mexico; Ohio; Pennsylvania
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R305A060021