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Cutrer-Párraga, Elizabeth A.; Heath, Melissa A.; Caldarella, Paul – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2021
Literacy coaching, an effective professional development strategy for early childhood teachers, is a respected component in educational reform initiatives. This qualitative case study explored and described interactive processes between literacy coaches (n = 5) and Kindergarten teachers (n = 6). This study focused on how established kindergarten…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Resistance (Psychology), Emergent Literacy
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Anderson, Darlene H.; Trinh, Scott M.; Caldarella, Paul; Hansen, Blake D.; Richardson, Michael J. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2018
Students who experience social withdrawal and anxiety (internalizing difficulties) are often overlooked in schools due to the covert nature of their symptoms. The literature lacks empirically supported preventive approaches for kindergarten students who are socially withdrawn and behind their peers in developing social skills. Furthermore,…
Descriptors: Playground Activities, Interaction, Kindergarten, At Risk Students
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Caldarella, Paul; Williams, Leslie; Hansen, Blake D.; Wills, Howard – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2015
Comprehensive evidence-based interventions are needed to help early childhood educators manage challenging student behaviors. One such intervention, class-wide function-related intervention teams (CW-FIT), is a multi-tiered behavioral intervention program based on positive behavior support principles, including four main elements: (a) teaching…
Descriptors: Student Behavior, Elementary School Students, Intervention, Early Childhood Education
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Gunter, Leslie; Caldarella, Paul; Korth, Byran B.; Young, K. Richard – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2012
The inclusion of social and emotional learning (SEL) curricula in preschools may help prevent emotional and behavioral problems. This study evaluated the effects of a SEL curriculum, "Strong Start Pre-K," on the social and emotional competence of 52 preschool students using a quasi-experimental, non-equivalent control group design. Teachers rated…
Descriptors: Socialization, Emotional Development, Preschool Children, Preschool Curriculum
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Kramer, Thomas J.; Caldarella, Paul; Christensen, Lynnette; Shatzer, Ryan H. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2010
There has been increasing interest in the promotion of social and emotional learning in schools, and research has shown positive outcomes. However, relatively few studies have been conducted in kindergarten classrooms or considered the feasibility of kindergarten implementation. This study examined the effects of "Strong Start" on the social and…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Emotional Development, Emotional Intelligence, Socialization
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Caldarella, Paul; Christensen, Lynnette; Kramer, Thomas J.; Kronmiller, Kalli – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2009
The promotion of social and emotional learning (SEL) in schools may help prevent emotional and behavioral problems of students. This study evaluated the effects of a SEL curriculum, "Strong Start," on the social-emotional competence of 26 second grade students, using a quasi-experimental, non-equivalent control group design. Results revealed…
Descriptors: Control Groups, Integrity, Grade 2, Emotional Development