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Spotlight on Young Children and Technology

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Technology has paved the way for new and exciting teaching practices. In this collection of articles from NAEYC’s journal Young Children, teachers of young children will learn about approaches for using various technologies to support their work with children and families. Articles share innovative ways teachers can integrate technology into the curriculum in appropriate and meaningful ways to promote children’s learning.

The book also includes study guides with each article and the joint position statement “Technology and Interactive Media as Tools in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8" from NAEYC and the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College.

Giving It Some Thought: Cases for Early Childhood Practice

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Precepts of good early childhood practice seem so straightforward when we learn them in a course; however, real life is more complex. Decisions are murky. For instance, parents may clamor for classroom practices that the teacher abhors. Meeting the needs of one child or family may not be in the best interest of the others. And so it goes—competing forces, factors, and beliefs often pull the teacher this way and that. Muriel Rand offers 49 real examples to help teachers-in-training start thinking as decision-makers.

Blueprint for Action: Achieving Center-Based Change Through Staff Development (2d ed.)

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This book provides a framework for understanding early childhood centers as organizations and the dynamics of change within such organizations. It helps directors move beyond a “quick fix” notion of center improvement by serving as a guide for program analysis and action, detailing a comprehensive method for assessing program strengths and areas in need of improvement. The heart of this approach is an individualized model of staff development. Numerous vignettes connect the concepts presented to real-life situations experienced by early childhood administrators. The book includes sample forms and assessment tools that directors can adapt for use in their own programs. From New Horizons.

CARA's Kit for Toddlers: Creating Adaptations for Routines and Activities

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To make sure all toddlers in your early childhood program are participating, learning, and thriving, you need to master the art of choosing and using effective adaptations. Practical solutions are in CARA's Kit: a guidebook and CD-ROM brimming with step-by-step ideas for adapting environments, activities, and materials for children 18 to 36 months.

This guidebook speaks gives practitioners explicit guidance on the six-step process for planning and implementing adaptations and putting them into practice. Learn how to improve toddlers' engagement and participation through adapting the environment, daily schedule, activities for routines, materials, and instructional strategies and requirements. This kit includes a multimedia CD-ROM with everything you need to make adaptations work. From Brookes Publishing. 

Basics of Supporting Dual Language Learners: An Introduction for Educators of Children From Birth Through Age 8

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This book is designed to help all early childhood educators learn the basics of developmentally appropriate teaching practices for young children who are dual language learners. It covers key points about first and second language development, discusses the importance of supporting the home language, and describes how programs and schools can prepare for a diverse group of children. It is a useful introduction for administrators, monolingual and bilingual teachers and assistants, and social and family workers.

Whether you are an experienced early childhood educator or new to the field, this volume provides relevant information that will enable you to meet the needs of young dual language learners with success.

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The Three Rs of Leadership: Building Effective Early Childhood Programs Through Relationships, Reciprocal Learning, and Reflection

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The Three Rs of Leadership redefines the concept of leadership in early childhood education, proposing a model of shared responsibility among school stakeholders. Drawing on her 30-plus years of working in and with schools, the author explores the three Rs of leadership—relationships, reciprocal learning, and reflection—in the context of developmentally appropriate programs that promote and support meaningful learning. Copublished with HighScope. 

Advancing the Early Childhood Profession: NAEYC Standards and Guidelines for Professional Development

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This latest volume of what has become known as the “red book” is designed as a resource for the entire early childhood field, across all roles and settings. It organizes the NAEYC position statements that describe what every early childhood professional should know and be able to do and presents them alongside NAEYC documents that support states as they build professional development systems.

This book includes 

  • NAEYC Standards for Early Childhood Professional Preparation Programs
  • The NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct
  • The NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct Supplement for Adult Educators
  • Workforce Designs: A Policy Blueprint for State Early Childhood Professional Development Systems
  • The Early Childhood Education Training, Technical Assistance, and Adult Education Glossary
  • Using the New NAEYC Professional Preparation Standards

Spotlight on Young Children: Exploring Math

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It is important for teachers to incorporate mathematics into the daily curriculum to help ensure young children gain the foundational skills for later success in math. In this collection of articles from NAEYC’s journal, Young Children, teachers of children from infancy through age 8 will learn how to help children develop, construct, test, and reflect on their mathematical understandings. Articles offer ways to provide in-depth, engaging learning experiences focusing on key math concept areas: number and operations, geometry, measurement, and data analysis. The book offers a comprehensive resource list and a professional development guide with questions and activities to help readers reflect on current practices and incorporate new ones.

Out of the Classroom and Into the World: Learning From Field Trips, Educating From Experience, and Unlocking the Potential

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Combining practical and theoretical guidance and illustrated throughout, Out of the Classroom and Into the World visits a rich variety of classrooms transformed by innovative field trip curricula—showing how students’ hearts and minds are opened as they discover how a suspension bridge works, see what connects them to the people and places of their neighborhood, and come to understand the ecosystem of a river by following it to its source. Based on the core principles of progressive pedagogy, this book is a direct retort to test scores and standards as adequate measures of teaching and learning—an inspiring call and a major new resource for anyone interested in reinvigorating America’s classrooms. From New Press.

Growing Minds: Building Strong Cognitive Foundations in Early Childhood

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From the beginning of life, young children’s learning and activities depend on their cognitive capabilities and development. To cope with the environment they live in, children need to learn about their physical and social worlds; acquire language; regulate their bodies, emotions, and thoughts; and gain competence in literacy, mathematics, science, and other knowledge domains. This collection of readings from books and Young Children articles outlines important dimensions of their early cognitive development and describes approaches for promoting it. 

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