Foundations for Teaching Excellence: Connecting Early Childhood Quality Rating, Professional Development, and Competency Systems

Carollee Howes & Robert C. Pianta, eds.
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Edited by ECE experts Howes and Pianta, this book will help decision-makers and administrators begin to develop coordinated, effective teacher quality systems—ones that not only get teachers ready for the classroom, but also promote continuous learning of new skills and strategies.

This book offers an in-depth exploration of the role of Early Childhood Education Competencies, Professional Development, and Quality Rating Systems in high-quality education, including analyses of how six states are making progress toward integrating them. Through case studies on each state—Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Mexico, Ohio, and Pennsylvania—readers will examine the diverse approaches these systems are taking to

  • determine early childhood education competencies and systematically link them with professional development and quality rating systems (QRS)
  • develop and manage the structure, content, and delivery of effective professional development
  • establish the staff qualifications required at each QRS level, encourage teachers to move beyond basic licensing requirements
  • organize and direct their funds
  • provide incentives and motivation for staff participation in professional development
  • create clear partnerships between state organizations to promote integration of systems

From Brookes Publishing.