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Markovitz, Carrie E.; Hernandez, Marc W.; Hedberg, Eric C.; Silberglitt, Benjamin – Corporation for National and Community Service, 2015
Two of the most important educational benchmarks are readiness for kindergarten and reading at grade-level by third grade. Focusing on emergent literacy skills during the PreK years boosts reading abilities and helps young learners reach these critical goals. Research validates what works in teaching children to read: Well-trained tutors and…
Descriptors: Outcome Measures, Reading Programs, State Programs, Preschool Education
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Ittner, Anne; Helman, Lori; Burns, Matthew; McComas, Jennifer – Journal of Staff Development, 2015
Research highlights the importance of individualized approaches and coaching to ongoing professional learning (Darling-Hammond, Wei, Andree, Richardson, & Orphanos, 2009). The purpose of this article is to describe an initiative that set out to help all students become proficient readers by 3rd grade. It demonstrates how coaching can support…
Descriptors: Coaching (Performance), Organizational Objectives, Educational Needs, Teacher Education
Otto, Rafael – Grantmakers for Education, 2014
Since 2011, Grantmakers for Education has offered a series of investigative programs designed to examine the role grantmakers can play in creating more equitable systems of education. GFE's programming included place-based programs in El Paso, Texas, Newark, New Jersey, Oakland, California, and Minneapolis, Minnesota. During this time, Grantmakers…
Descriptors: Grants, Equal Education, Educational Finance, Minority Group Students
Best, Jane; Cohen, Courtney – McREL International, 2013
Increased attention to proposed federal early childhood education (ECE) legislation has sparked a debate on what the future holds for state-funded ECE systems. This brief explores how the goal of universal preschool is being shaped by the federal agenda and examines state programs in various stages of development. President Obama's Preschool for…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Federal Aid, Federal Programs, State Action
Council of Chief State School Officers, 2012
In 2009, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) adopted a new policy statement on early childhood education. Based on the work of a task force of 13 chiefs, "A Quiet Crisis: The Urgent Need to Build Early Childhood Systems and Quality Programs for Children Birth to Age Five" presents a compelling argument for why public…
Descriptors: Secondary Schools, Kindergarten, Educational Change, Early Childhood Education
Hage, Dave – Foundation for Child Development, 2012
In the fall of 2008, a coalition of Minnesota foundations commissioned a local research organization to assess the state's ability to undertake a major improvement in school readiness and early learning services for disadvantaged children. The findings were discouraging. Richard Chase, working at the research arm of St. Paul's Amherst H. Wilder…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, School Readiness, Educational Quality, Pilot Projects
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Dubosarsky, Mia; Murphy, Barbara; Roehrig, Gillian; Frost, Linda C.; Jones, Jennifer; Carlson, Stephan P. – Young Children, 2011
Both Nette Londo and Carolyn J. B. Melchert took part in "Ah neen dush" ("Why?" in Ojibwe), a three-year professional development program for Head Start teachers on the White Earth reservation. The program, a collaboration between the White Earth Head Start program and the University of Minnesota, was funded by the Office of…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, American Indians, Disadvantaged Youth, Critical Thinking
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Borey, Valerie; Hegstad, Rebecca – Learning Languages, 2011
It is a typical day at the famous fish market in Bergen, Norway. Vendors wrapped in rain coats huddle under white tents, selling everything from shrimp to flowers to handmade souvenirs. Some tables are stacked with salmon and herring, while others feature baskets of berries and fresh fruits. Families out for their household grocery shopping are…
Descriptors: Program Descriptions, Food, Foreign Countries, Play
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Reese, Elaine; Haden, Catherine A.; Baker-Ward, Lynne; Bauer, Patricia; Fivush, Robyn; Ornstein, Peter A. – Journal of Cognition and Development, 2011
Personal narratives are integral to autobiographical memory and to identity, with coherent personal narratives being linked to positive developmental outcomes across the lifespan. In this article, we review the theoretical and empirical literature that sets the stage for a new lifespan model of personal narrative coherence. This new model…
Descriptors: Rhetoric, Laboratories, Personal Narratives, Memory
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Bailie, Patti Ensel – Young Children, 2010
Nature education is an important part of early childhood education. As young children develop, the natural world offers concrete and authentic learning experiences. Activities focused on nature support learning in all developmental domains. Children develop physically through hiking in natural terrain, climbing hills and trees, balancing on logs,…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Barriers, Outdoor Education
Stark, Deborah Roderick – Pew Center on the States, 2010
Family members are a child's first and most important teachers. A growing body of research demonstrates that when families are actively engaged in their child's learning, children are better prepared for school and achieve at higher levels. Increased participation by families in pre-kindergarten programs has also been linked to greater academic…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, State Policy, Educational Policy, Family School Relationship