|For Immediate Release: May 17, 2013||
Kindergarten: A Critical Year for Teaching and Learning
NAEYC releases a new book to help teachers with effective practice.
WASHINGTON — The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is pleased to announce the publication of Basics of Developmentally Appropriate Practice: An Introduction for Teachers of Kindergartners by Eva C. Phillips and Amy Scrinzi.
More and more children are going to kindergarten than ever before. Teachers are faced with rising expectations. Now more than ever, teachers need to know how to use the research of child development and effective teaching practices. NAEYC’s new book provides kindergarten teachers with a range of real-life examples on how to apply developmentally appropriate practice (DAP) so children will have a successful kindergarten experience.
"While reading this book I was reminded of why I LOVE teaching kindergarten! This book supports kindergarten teachers’ efforts to create classroom environments where students develop a love and appreciation for learning, a sense of their competence and ability to make choices, and the sheer joy, wonder, and discovery that come with learning in the early years."
─ Shakera Walker, senior manager, Teacher Leadership, and former kindergarten teacher, Boston Public Schools
This book, the newest in the Basics of Developmentally Appropriate Practice series, is divided into four main sections. Chapters in Part I: What Is Developmentally Appropriate Practice describe what DAP means, why the decisions that teachers make are so important, and why play is an essential vehicle for learning in kindergarten. Part II: The Developmentally Appropriate Practitioner discusses 5 key aspects of effective teaching that enact DAP principles. Part III: FAQs answers the most common inquiries about DAP in kindergarten. Part IV: A Changing Picture provides an overview of learning and development for 5- and 6-year-olds.
Eva C. Phillips, EdD (University of North Carolina Chapel Hill), is assistant professor in the Birth through Kindergarten Education program at Winston-Salem State University. She is a former kindergarten teacher and education consultant with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Her work focuses on providing effective developmentally appropriate environments for children during their early years. Along with serving on numerous early care and education boards and committees, Eva served as President of the North Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children
Amy Scrinzi, EdD (University of North Carolina Chapel Hill), is a Race-to-the-Top-Early-Learning Challenge Grant Project Lead at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. A former classroom teacher, she has taught preschool through third grade. Currently, she supports teachers and administrators with effective instructional and assessment practices for preschool through third grade.
Basics of Developmentally Appropriate Practice: An Introduction for Teachers of Kindergartners ($20.00; 136 pages; ISBN 978-1-928896-97-5) is available for sale from NAEYC’s Online Store. Review copies are available upon request. For desk copy requests, contact Debra Sharpe.
Founded in 1926, the National Association for the Education of Young Children is the largest and most influential advocate for high-quality early care and education in the United States.