|For Immediate Release: January 6, 2014||
Developing Best Practices in the Early Primary Classroom
NAEYC releases an essential resource for teachers of the early primary grades.
WASHINGTON — The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is pleased to announce the new publication, Developmentally Appropriate Practice: Focus on Children in First, Second, and Third Grades.
Best practices in the early primary grades consist of effective approaches to teaching and learning–balancing children’s need for focused instruction with their need to build on what they already know. This book provides guidance and information for teachers about how to implement best practices in their work with children in first, second, and third grades. Topics covered include
- The main ideas of Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP)
- Ideas for connecting DAP to excellent teaching in first, second, and third grades
- An overview of learning and development in the primary grades
- Examples of key DAP practices, as well as contrasting practices that are less likely to serve children well
- Strategies for connecting standards to DAP in the primary grades
- Ten articles from Young Children on applying DAP in first, second, and third grades
Filled with information, practical ideas, and inspiration, this resource provides a comprehensive overview on developmentally appropriate classroom practice in the primary grades.
Editors of the new publication
Carol Copple served as a senior staff member of NAEYC, and her duties included directing the books program. With Sue Bredekamp, she coedited the 2009 publication, Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs, as well as the 1997 edition. Among her other books are Growing Minds: Building Strong Cognitive Foundations in Early Childhood (NAEYC) and Learning to Read and Write: Developmentally Appropriate Practices for Young Children (NAEYC).
Sue Bredekamp is an early childhood education specialist from Washington, DC. From 1981 to 1998 she was director of accreditation and professional development for NAEYC. Sue is the primary author of the 1987 edition of Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs, and coeditor (with Carol Copple) of the 1997 and 2009 revisions. She is the author of Effective Practices in Early Childhood Education: Building a Foundation, 2nd Edition (Pearson).
Derry Koralek, chief publishing officer of NAEYC, oversees the development of all print and digital publishing, including books, brochures, periodicals, professional development guides, posters, and websites for educators and families. Derry is editor in chief of Young Children and TYC—Teaching Young Children.
Kathy Charner is editor in chief of NAEYC’s Books and Related Resources department, with responsibility for the content, management, publication, and general excellence of the books and brochures published by NAEYC. Before joining NAEYC, Kathy was editor in chief at Gryphon House for more than 20 years.
Developmentally Appropriate Practice: Focus on First, Second, and Third Grades ($29.00; 176 pages; ISBN 978-1-938113-04-8) 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.