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Wisneski, Debora – Childhood Education, 2019
Access to play has been recognized as a universal right of children (UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 31) and promoted by international and national organizations with a focus on children's well-being, such as Childhood Education International, the International Play Association, the US Play Coalition, and the Alliance for…
Descriptors: Play, Childrens Rights, Graduate Students, Early Childhood Education
Baron, Sarah; Trujillo, Katherine – Childhood Education, 2019
Libraries Without Borders (LWB) is striving to expand access to information and bridge the digital divide across the United States by transforming everyday, informal spaces into places of learning and engagement. Such transformations could be anything from creating pop-up libraries inside laundromats to setting up interactive learning spaces in…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Library Services, Access to Information, Library Facilities
Rentzou, Konstantina – Childhood Education, 2019
Early childhood development (ECD) policies and programs are increasingly recognized as having a strong, positive impact at both the individual (e.g., learning, health, behavior) and societal (e.g., inclusion, social cohesion, earnings) levels. Yet, little attention is given to the lived experiences and working conditions of the workforce who…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Early Childhood Teachers, Empowerment
Meiners, Jeff; Dawson, Katie; Garrett, Robyne; Wrench, Alison – Childhood Education, 2019
Drawing on conceptual resources that underpin arts integration, drama-based and embodied teaching approaches, and embodied mathematical cognition, the authors developed a fresh professional learning model for teachers to use with their mathematics classes. This article discusses how "Creative and Body-based Learning" (CBL), the authors'…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Mathematics Instruction, Creative Teaching, Drama
Karge, Belinda Dunnick; Stephens, Cynthia E.; Widener, Mary K.; Poda, Janice – Childhood Education, 2019
Bringing the transformative change to classrooms that supports student achievement requires a high level of collaboration and leadership. This article describes an innovative model for school improvement that focuses on coaching to elevate educators into true change-makers.
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Academic Achievement, Leadership Role
Martens, Sherry; Crawford, Kathryn – Childhood Education, 2019
An important aspect of bringing innovation to education is supporting children's own innovative thinking. Teachers are finding that escape room activities can provoke children's wonder and determination to pursue their curiosity, which builds a foundation for innovators of the future.
Descriptors: Creative Teaching, Learning Activities, Inquiry, Teaching Methods
Lloveras, Fernando – Childhood Education, 2019
A valuable goal for transformation of education is to become a catalyst for developing individual and community values and fostering an ecological culture.
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Conservation (Environment), Ecology, Citizen Participation
Persaud, Amlata; Murphy, Yvette G. – Childhood Education, 2019
Within the context of 2030 development agenda and the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), school leaders are critical stakeholders for development. Achievement of the SDG agenda requires collaboration and partnership across all stakeholders and sectors. As a focal point for collaboration within their schools and stewards for…
Descriptors: Sustainable Development, Cooperative Planning, Stakeholders, Equal Education
Leroy, Lieve; Nguyen, Thi Chau – Childhood Education, 2019
Context has a significant impact on the relative success of efforts to innovate in the classroom. Thus, it is important to understand the role of school leaders as both gatekeepers and facilitators within their specific context.
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Instructional Leadership, Instructional Innovation, Leadership Role
Creating Spaces Where Diversity Is the Norm: An Innovative Competency-Based Blended Learning Teacher Education Program in Ireland
Ring, Emer; O'Sullivan, Lisha – Childhood Education, 2019
Transforming schools to ensure every student has the opportunity to learn requires innovation at the teacher education level. The goal of inclusion is complex, and so it is critically important to prepare teachers to lead organizational change that will increase engagement and achievement of children with diverse learning abilities.
Descriptors: Student Diversity, Teacher Competencies, Learner Engagement, Educational Opportunities
Erickson, Kristen – Childhood Education, 2019
Combining the sophistication of modern communication technology with the simplicity of an unadorned mobile room, Portals are making it possible for people around the world to connect and recognize their shared humanity.
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Internet, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
Fujiwara, Yujiro; Hite, Rebecca; Wygant, Heather; Paulsen, Susan – Childhood Education, 2019
Innovative education approaches include citizen science projects that allow students to participate in locally relevant scientific work, connecting content to the real world. Global collaboration provides students with a broader perspective on local issues, allowing students to become more globally aware.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Global Approach, International Cooperation, Science Education
Does the Innovation Really Work?: Effectiveness of Self-Organized Learning Environment (SOLE) in the Classroom
Weisblat, Gina Z.; Stiles, Elizabeth A.; McClellan, Jeffrey D. – Childhood Education, 2019
Learners' content knowledge is no longer as valuable as their content navigation skills, and teachers' expertise is no longer beholden to didactic instruction. The self-organized learning environment approach offers a promising pathway through which to engage 21st-century learners.
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Independent Study, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Innovation
Jain, Saurabh – Childhood Education, 2019
Makerspace are collaborative work spaces inside a school, library, or separate facility for making, learning, exploring, and sharing. They provide opportunities for children to practice critical thinking and creative expression.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Shared Resources and Services
Zugelder, Bryan S. – Childhood Education, 2019
To advance education, it is important to also innovate the ways we support the teaching profession. By thinking creatively as we address the challenges of teacher turnover and development, we can improve student achievement.
Descriptors: Teacher Orientation, Innovation, Faculty Mobility, Beginning Teachers