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Getting It Right From the Start: The Principal's Guide to Early Childhood Education

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This accessible manual is perfect for all educators looking for ways to prepare their youngest students for future learning success. Blending research-based content with practical applications, this comprehensive guide shows principals and other educators how to recognize and create successful early childhood programs in their schools to ensure that young learners are ready to enter kindergarten. The authors provide an inside view of the early childhood field, touching on key areas of operation and discussing ways to avoid common pitfalls. From Corwin Press.

You, Me, and the ABCs Spanish

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FirstSchool: Transforming PreK–3rd Grade for African American, Latino, and Low-Income Children

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FirstSchool is a groundbreaking framework for teaching minority and low-income children. This work discusses the research and practice to date that defines FirstSchool as a critical approach to closing the achievement and opportunity gaps. Changing the conversation from improving test scores to improving school experiences, it features lessons learned from eight elementary schools whose leadership and staff implemented sustainable changes in their classrooms and schools. The authors detail how to use education research and data to provide a rationale for change; how to promote professional learning that is genuinely collaborative and respectful; and how to employ developmentally appropriate teaching strategies that focus on the needs of minority and low-income children.

The book features:

  • Case studies illustrating developmentally appropriate practices that can be applied across varied PreK–3 contexts
  • Key principles used by FirstSchool and its partners to reinvigorate the professionalism of teachers
  • Concrete guidance for choosing and using relevant data, enriching the curriculum, improving instruction, and developing home-school partnerships

From Teachers College Press. 

Developmentally Appropriate Practice and the New Developmentally Appropriate Practice DVD-ROM (Set)

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Developmentally Appropriate Practice is the essential resource for the early childhood field. With sections that focus on Infants and Toddlers, the Preschool Years, the Kindergarten Year, and the Early Primary grades, each age-specific section of this comprehensive book provides

  • an overview of development and learning across all domains
  • hundreds of concrete examples of exemplary practice
  • NAEYC's position statement
  • a CD of articles from Young Children and video of developmentally appropriate practice in action

The New Developmentally Appropriate Practice DVD-ROM is a professional development resource that includes interviews with NAEYC leadership and early childhood experts; classroom scenes of DAP in action; NAEYC's 2009 webcasts Responses to Questions You Asked About DAP; and "Reflection Questions." 52 min.

Developmentally Appropriate Practice and A Focus on Intentionality and on Play (Set)

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Developmentally Appropriate Practice is the essential resource for the early childhood field. With sections that focus on Infants and Toddlers, the Preschool Years, the Kindergarten Year, and the Early Primary grades, each age-specific section of this comprehensive book provides

  • an overview of development and learning across all domains
  • hundreds of concrete examples of exemplary practice
  • NAEYC's position statement
  • a CD of articles from Young Children and video of developmentally appropriate practice in action

Developmentally Appropriate Practice: A Focus on Intentionality and on Play (DVD-ROM) features interviews with practictioners and other experts, as well as classroom scenes of DAP in action with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners, and primary grade children.

  • DAP and Intentionality—addresses ways in which teachers intentionally use a variety of learning formats and teaching strategies to support children's learning.
  • DAP and Play—how excellent teachers recognize and support high-level play, which leads to powerful learning

Developmentally Appropriate Practice and Basics of Developmentally Appropriate Practice (4-Book Set)

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Developmentally Appropriate Practice is the essential resource for the early childhood field. With sections that focus on Infants and Toddlers, the Preschool Years, the Kindergarten Year, and the Early Primary grades, each age-specific section of this comprehensive book provides

  • an overview of development and learning across all domains
  • hundreds of concrete examples of exemplary practice
  • NAEYC's position statement
  • a CD of articles from Young Children and video of developmentally appropriate practice in action

The Basics Series offer age-specific introductions to DAP. These engaging books describe the core concepts of DAP and makes them meaningful to everyday practice for teachers.

Inspiring Peak Performance: Competence, Commitment, and Collaboration

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Imagine what your program would look like if it were a true professional learning community—a place where teachers saw each new day as an opportunity to expand their competence and confidence and support one another in moving toward a shared vision of program excellence. Written in an engaging and lively style, this book provides the power tools you need to help you build teacher competence, strengthen staff commitment, and expand opportunities for collaboration to make that vision come alive.

Inspiring Peak Performance presents five strategies that together will help you transform your center into a professional learning community:

  • Developmental supervision—the foundation for reflective practice
  • Teacher induction—a lifeline for novice teachers
  • Individual learning plans—a roadmap for job-embedded learning
  • Peer learning teams—the platform for collegial support
  • 360-degree feedback—a catalyst for growth and changer

From New Horizons. 

Spotlight on Young Children: Exploring Language & Literacy

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The Intentional Teacher: Choosing the Best Strategies for Young Children’s Learning (Rev. ed.)

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How do preschoolers learn and develop? What are the best ways to support learning in the early years? This revised edition of The Intentional Teacher guides teachers to balance both child-guided and adult-guided learning experiences that respond to children’s interests and focus on what they need to learn to be successful in school and life.

This edition includes

  • New chapters on science, social studies, and approaches to learning
  • Updated, expanded information on social and emotional development, physical development and health, language and literacy, math, and the creative arts
  • Practical teaching strategies that are illustrated with classroom-based anecdotes

Intentional teaching does not happen by chance. This book will help teachers apply their knowledge of children and of content to make thoughtful, intentional use of both child-guided and adult-guided experiences. Copublished with HighScope Press. This book is a Comprehensive Member Benefit

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Developmentally Appropriate Practice: Focus on Children in First, Second, and Third Grades

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Edited and compiled just for teachers, this resource explains developmentally appropriate practice (DAP) so teachers can apply DAP in their work with children in first, second, and third grades. Chapters include:

  • What Is Developmentally Appropriate Practice?
    A brief introduction to the main ideas of DAP
  • Teaching Children in First, Second, and Third Grades
    Connecting DAP to excellent teaching
  • An Overview of Development in the Primary Grades
    Overview of learning and development in first, second, and third grades
  • Developmentally Appropriate Examples to Consider
    Examples of key DAP practices, as well as contrasting practices that are less likely to serve children well
  • Supporting Children’s Learning While Meeting Standards
    Connecting standards to DAP
  • Young Children Articles
    Ten articles from Young Children that provide examples of applying developmentally appropriate practice when working with children in first, second, and third grades
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