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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