A Minnesota Framework for Training Design: Applying Standards of Excellence to Meet the Needs of All Learners
Vicki Hawley, University of Minnesota; Angèle Passe, author, speaker, and consultant; Lora Kussman, Minnesota Department of Human Services
Examine a universal multicultural learning design framework for training development and delivery that meets high standards and promotes access and equity. Discuss strategies that validate and build on learners’ real world experiences in order to integrate new knowledge more meaningfully. Begin to apply these principles to your own training needs.
The Content of Early Learning and Development Standards: What’s In, What’s Out, and What Does It Mean?
Catherine Scott-Little, University of North Carolina-Greensboro; Sharon Lynn Kagan, Teachers College, Columbia University; Jeanne Reid, National Center for Children & Families
In order for early learning and development standards to guide appropriate practice, they must address appropriate content. Learn what areas of children’s learning have been emphasized in states’ ELDS, hear how states’ ELDS are aligned with national documents, and discuss implications of what’s been addressed and what’s been left out within ELDS.
Communicating Effectively About Early Learning Standards with Families, Colleagues, Administrators, and Policy Makers
Gaye Gronlund, ECE Consulting, Inc. and Jarrod Green, The Children’s Community School
Consider a number of effective and practical strategies for communicating with others about how early learning standards are incorporated into play-based curricular approaches and authentic assessment practices in your program. Review examples from programs across the country and share your own successes and challenges.
Good Guidance in a Time of Standards: New Education for the Whole Child
Dan Gartrell, Bemidji State University
Through presentation and discussions, participants explore how to incorporate good guidance practices in an intentional approach that ensures that the use of standards in ECE remains developmentally appropriate. Small and large groups examine five democratic life skills (goals of guidance) in relation to DAP, including new STEM-based curriculum.
Understanding and Putting Early Learning and Development Standards into Action
Sherri Killins, Pearson Publishing; Samuel Meisels, Buffett Early Childhood Institute, University of Nebraska; Jeri Robinson, Boston Children’s Museum
Participants will be given a case study and materials to design an integrated learning experience based on at least three common early learning and development standards from multiple domains of development. Participants will then apply an assessment rubric to provide feedback and suggest subsequent activities.
Early Learning Chiropractory: Can We Make Standards Alignment a Little Less Painful?
Jana Martella, Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes; Tom Schultz, Council of Chief State School Officers; Jim Lesko, Early Learning Challenge Technical Assistance; Albert Wat, National Governors Association
State policy experts often ask, "What should we be doing?" and "What are other states doing?" Please join us as we examine these questions and many others as they relate to a comprehensive early learning system of standards. We will look at the map of the country on standards and then dive into emerging tools to move states and the map along.
Standards or Standardization? That Is the Question. What about Health and Safety Practices, Assessment Protocols, ECE Credentials...?
Ellen Frede, Acelero Learning; Marquita Davis, Jefferson County Committee for Economic Opportunity; Dan Haggard, New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department; Kathy Thornburg, University of Missouri
Participate in a lively debate about when standardization might be appropriate. Talk with other participants and national experts in areas such as state policy, special education, higher education, research, assessment, QRIS, Head Start, accreditation, and more.
Play and Early Learning Standards: How Do They Fit Together?
Tammy Bormann, Dara Madigan, Pam Ellis, and Johnna Haggerty, Iowa AEYC
Play is essential for the healthy development of children. Early learning standards define what young children should know and be able to do. Come learn about play and how it supports the development of children's skills as defined in early learning standards.
Early Childhood Development Is High-Return Economic Development
Art Rolnick, University of Minnesota
Learn about the economic argument for investing in early childhood education and the importance of ECE advocacy to get the business community behind our work.