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Learning Professional, 2021
Iheoma Iruka is founding director of the Equity Research Action Coalition at Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute and research professor of public policy at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Her work focuses on supporting the optimal development of children from low-wealth and marginalized communities and ensuring excellence…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Child Development, Low Income Students
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Bouffard, Suzanne – Learning Professional, 2021
At the heart of the most successful pre-K and early elementary programs is professional learning -- and at the heart of the professional learning is coaching. Even though early childhood is a unique period of development, the success of early learning coaches offers valuable lessons for professional learning across grade levels and settings. It…
Descriptors: Coaching (Performance), Early Childhood Education, Preschool Education, Preschool Teachers
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Lieberman, Abbie – Learning Professional, 2021
Across public and private settings, about 250 preschoolers are suspended or expelled each day, according to a Center for American Progress analysis of the 2016 National Survey of Children's Health (Malik, 2017). The U.S. Department of Education's Civil Rights Data Collection has exposed serious inequities in exclusionary discipline practices.…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Student Behavior, Discipline
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Fox, Betsy; Gaona, Irma Jean; Wilkinson, Larrisa – Learning Professional, 2021
States and local communities are increasing access to preschool, but there is a significant divide when it comes to the quality of these early learning programs. Education and training requirements for preschool educators vary based on setting and state regulations, and while districts and nonprofits may offer professional learning, effective…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Preschool Teachers, Teacher Competencies, School Districts
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Appleby, Josephine; Dillard, Rene – Learning Professional, 2021
Developing early reading skills is important for long-term academic success. Too often, however, young children do not have the foundations of literacy they need. One-third of Tennessee students read on grade level (Tennessee Department of Education, 2021), and in the state's capital city of Nashville, three out of four 3rd graders are not reading…
Descriptors: Emergent Literacy, At Risk Students, Early Intervention, Toddlers
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Summers, Laura L. – Learning Professional, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic required that nearly all P-20 teaching and learning move quickly to virtual formats. In many cases, educators were teaching exclusively online for the first time in their careers. Schools suddenly needed to train and support all educators on how to teach, engage students, and support families from a distance. This created an…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Preschool Education, Postsecondary Education, Educational Technology
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Barahal, Helen; Cruz, Humberto – Learning Professional, 2020
Early childhood education leaders are dedicated, resilient, and caring professionals. They are master multitaskers, seamlessly transitioning from comforting crying children to managing a plumbing problem; from writing a facilities report to meeting with a family to help them better understand their child's development. But they are often not able…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Preschool Education, Instructional Leadership, Leadership Training
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Banuelos, Noelle V.; Doerfel, Mariel K.; Stoffel, Rachael E. – Learning Professional, 2019
For nearly 15 years, Child360 (formerly Los Angeles Universal Preschool) has offered coaching services to early childhood education providers who serve children up to age 5 in public centers and family based childcare homes. These coaching services give educators the support they need to ensure their programs are places where children are happy…
Descriptors: Coaching (Performance), Early Childhood Education, Preschool Teachers, Models
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Alejandro, Zeke; Garland, Sarah; Kennedy, Suzanne; Van Soelen, Thomas – Learning Professional, 2017
Early childhood centers and classrooms perpetually dance between being a "center" or a "school." To many educators, the word "school" usually presumes K-12 students. It often means the school is part of a larger entity, like a district or a school board. To parents, school might connote importance or deference to a…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Early Childhood Education, Preschool Teachers, Teacher Education Programs
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Celeste, Eric – Learning Professional, 2017
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) says in its current policy paper that, for high-quality early education to exist outside of tiny islands across the country, the following must be addressed: (1) teacher preparation; (2) ongoing professional learning; and (3) disparity in early education teacher pay. To achieve…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Early Childhood Education, Faculty Development, Preschool Teachers
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Parrilla, Natasha; Trygstad, Kelly – Learning Professional, 2017
AppleTree Institute for Education Innovation, a nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C., is working to close the achievement gap before children enter kindergarten by providing 3- and 4-year-olds with the social, emotional, and academic foundations that enable them to thrive in school--and increasing educator effectiveness is a critical…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, School Readiness, Achievement Gap, Social Development