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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.

Coaching with Powerful Interactions: A Guide for Partnering with Early Childhood Teachers

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Challenging Exceptionally Bright Children in Early Childhood Classrooms

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This book will help you understand what it means to be exceptionally bright in preschool and prekindergarten and help you guide children to reach their full potential. It includes three broad strategies—differentiation, conversation, and connection—for creating rich and satisfying learning experiences that meet the needs of all children. Use these techniques to adapt your practices, challenge children to think more deeply, and create opportunities for children to learn from each other throughout your literacy, math, and science curricula. Copublished with Redleaf Press.

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From Play to Practice: Connecting Teachers' Play to Children's Learning

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How do we help teachers deepen their understanding of the importance of play? How do we strengthen teachers’ ability to skillfully and intentionally guide children’s learning through play? When teachers engage in creative, open-ended play experiences, they learn firsthand the power of play. They also become more knowledgeable about the purposeful use of materials and intentional teaching strategies they can use to help children engage in open-ended play.

From Play to Practice describes how and why play is important. The play workshop experiences for educators that are outlined in the book help teachers understand and promote play-based learning as part of developmentally appropriate practice in early childhood programs. Journal reflections of play participants, along with photos from play workshops, illustrate the power of play to change professional and personal lives. Learn more about the book.

Literacy Leadership in Early Childhood: The Essential Guide

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Today’s busy early childhood practitioners are being asked to do more, know more, and produce “results,” especially in the area of literacy development. Here is a resource that covers key aspects of literacy learning and teaching, including child development, standards, curriculum planning, assessment, professional development, and connections between school and home. Attention is given throughout to issues related to linguistic and cultural diversity, and all chapters end with “leadership strategies” that serve as a quick guide for action and reflection. From Teachers College Press.

Emergent Curriculum in the Primary Classroom: Interpreting the Reggio Emilia Approach in Schools

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How is a compelling, exemplary curriculum created in schools in spite of the pressures to implement a standardized one? In this book, teachers and principals share their experiences with emergent curriculum, and with the creative practices they've developed in urban classrooms kindergarten to third grade. We learn what they were trying to do, how they began the process, the challenges they face, the decisions they made, and what happened to the children. All chapters are written by teachers who have found ways of interpreting the Reggio approach to enrich their teaching within the confines of traditional schools. This book is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand emergent curriculum and for all who hope to nurture an enlivening way to learn in classrooms. Copublished with Teachers College Press.

Managing Infectious Diseases in Child Care and Schools: A Quick Reference Guide (3rd ed.)

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Newly revised and updated, this easy-to-use guide is an essential resource for caregivers, teachers, and health professionals seeking to promote healthy behaviors and prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Contains helpful reference guides, including new quick reference sheets on prevention and infectious diseases, as well as an expanded section on outbreaks and emergencies. Detailed chapters address infection control measures, immunizations, and inclusion/exclusion criteria. From the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Starting With Science: Strategies for Introducing Young Children to Inquiry

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Young children arrive at school with unrestrained curiosity and wonder about the world. In Starting With Science: Strategies for Introducing Young Children to Inquiry, the author explores the big ideas surrounding inquiry-based science. It provides practical suggestions and models for beginning teachers as well as those who are fine-tuning their practice. Four key questions underlie the book:

  • What is inquiry-based science?
  • How can pre-K, kindergarten, and primary-grade teachers incorporate inquiry-based science when faced with limited science background, insufficient time, and lack of resources?
  • What roles do the children, the teacher, and the environment play in an inquiry-based science program?
  • What instructional strategies are effective in implementing inquiry-based science?

In answering these questions, Edson provides a framework from which teachers can devise their own in-depth inquiry investigations based on district requirements and students' own interests. She also integrates literacy opportunities as well as explicit suggestions for effective assessment of inquiry-based science. From Stenhouse.

 

A Great Place to Work: Creating a Healthy Organizational Climate

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Early childhood program administrators often have a global impression that things are going well or not so well at their center, but they lack specific feedback on just what the different areas of the organization contribute to those impressions. This updated and expanded edition helps directors define more precisely how 10 dimensions of a center shape the quality of work life for staff. From New Horizons. 

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