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ERIC Number: ED498268
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 338
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 1-5938-5611-3
Achieving Excellence in Preschool Literacy Instruction
Justice, Laura M., Ed.; Vukelich, Carol, Ed.
Guilford Publications
High-quality preschool programs are essential to improving children's outcomes in reading achievement and leveling language and literacy disparities among students from diverse backgrounds. Grounded in state-of-the-art research evidence, this practice-oriented book demonstrates how preschool professionals can create, evaluate, and sustain exemplary programs. Chapters from leading authorities cover coaching, assessment, and differentiation, as well as explicit strategies for teaching English language learners and helping at-risk readers. Discussion questions and suggested activities for professional development are included, as are reproducible assessment forms and planning tools for use in the classroom. After a foreword by William H. Teale, this book is organized into into four parts. Part I, Background, presents: (1) Evidence for Creating, Expanding, Designing, and Improving High-Quality Preschool Programs (Andrew J. Mashburn); (2) The Scientifically Based Reading Research Approach to Early Literacy Instruction (James F. Christie); and (3) Establishing a Science of Professional Development for Early Education Programs: The Knowledge Application Information Systems Theory of Professional Development (Sharon Landesman Ramey and Craig T. Ramey). Part II, Professional Development and Teacher Support, continues with: (4) Models for Coaching: Making Them Work for Preschools (Sharon Walpole and Carla K. Meyer); (5) Mentoring Preschool Teachers (Shelley Gray); (6) Formative Assessment of Classrooms: Using Classroom Observations to Improve Implementation Quality (Bridget K. Hamre, Jennifer LoCasale-Crouch, and Robert C. Pianta); (7) Are Early Childhood Classrooms Preparing Children to Be School Ready? The CIRCLE Teacher Behavior Rating Scale (Mike A. Assel, Susan H. Landry, and Paul R. Swank); and (8) It's in the Details: Approaches to Describing and Improving Preschool Classrooms (David K. Dickinson, Betsy G. Watson, and Dale C. Farran). Part III, Optimizing Early Learning Environments, continues with: (9) Characteristics of Classroom Environments Associated with Accelerated Literacy Development (Renee Casbergue, Lea M. McGee, and April Bedford); (10) Increasing Children's Learning by Getting to the Bottom of Their Confusion (Judith A. Schickedanz); (11) Strategic and Intentional Shared Storybook Reading (Sonia Q. Cabell, Laura M. Justice, and Carol Vukelich); (12) Differentiating Instruction in the Preschool Classroom: Bridging Emergent Literacy Instruction and Developmentally Appropriate Practice (Terri Purcell and Catherine A. Rosemary); and (13) Language and Literacy Practices for English Language Learners in the Preschool Setting (M. Adelaida Restrepo and Virginia Dubasik). Part IV, Making Data-Based Decisions, concludes with: (14) Quality Counts: Design and Use of an Early Literacy Program Review Tool (Kathleen A. Roskos and Carol Vukelich); (15) Indicators and Goals of High-Quality Program Evaluation for the Preschool Classroom (Khara L. Pence); (16) How to Evaluate a Screening Process: The Vocabulary of Screening and What Educators Need to Know (Christopher Schatschneider, Yaacov Petscher, and Kellee M. Williams); and (17) Curriculum-Based Measurement of Preschoolers' Early Literacy Skills (Tanis Bryan, Cevriye Ergul, and Karen Burstein). An index is also included.
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Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General
Education Level: Preschool Education
Audience: Students; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Virginia