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Getting It RIGHT for Young Children From Diverse Backgrounds: Applying Research to Improve Practice

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Grounded in real-life experiences and guided by rigorous research findings, this resource provides the tools and guidance practitioners need to meet the challenges of educating all young children. The author summarizes the latest scientific evidence on the development and school achievement of English language learners and children living in poverty to offer classroom and program recommendations. An invaluable tool for practicing teachers and policy makers alike. Copublished with Pearson.

Reaching Standards and Beyond in Kindergarten: Nurturing Children's Sense of Wonder and Joy in Learning

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Standards provide important benchmarks for student learning, but meeting them doesn’t mean you have to take away creativity, lively participation, and joyful learning. This resource offers research-based and field-tested strategies to address content standards in ways that nurture kindergartners’ natural love of learning. The authors show how projects, play, and other engaging learning experiences can help children reach standards in literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, and the arts. Also covers the transitions to and from kindergarten. Copublished with Corwin Press. 

Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves

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Bestseller! The eagerly awaited successor to the influential Anti-Bias Curriculum! Become a skilled anti-bias teacher with this volume’s practical guidance to confronting and eliminating barriers of prejudice, misinformation, and bias about specific aspects of personal and social identity; most importantly, find tips for helping staff and children respect each other, themselves, and all people.

Over the last two decades, educators across the nation and around the world have gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in anti-bias work. The result is a richer and more nuanced articulation of what is important in anti-bias education. Individual chapters focus on culture and language, racial identity, family structures, gender identity, economic class, different abilities, holidays, and more. 

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A Mandate for Playful Learning in Preschool: Presenting the Evidence

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Playful learning captivates children’s minds in ways that support better academic and social outcomes as well as strategies for lifelong learning. Written in clear and expressive language, this book offers a comprehensive review of research supporting playful learning along with succinct policy and practice recommendations that derive from this research. A must read for teachers, policy makers, and parents alike. From Oxford University Press.

50 Strategies for Communicating and Working with Diverse Families (2d ed.)

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Families come in all kinds of sizes, shapes, structures, and makeup. This practical book provides strategies on partnering with families to support and enhance the quality of early childhood programs. Strong teacher-family partnerships are key to creating useful, inclusive programs that respect and honor differences in families and individuals, and these easy-to-use strategies provide the basis for working and communicating productively with all kinds of families. Chapters cover an array of relevant topics, from considering authority and communicating through writing to managing conflicts. From Pearson/Merrill.  

Encouraging Language Development in Early Childhood Settings (Booklet)

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Learn how to create enriched, interactive language-learning environments during play and daily activities. Strategies described apply to all the children in the classroom, including those who have language delays, those who are second language learners, as well as those who are typically developing. Part of the Teacher Talk series, from the Hanen Centre. 

Early Learning Standards and Staff Development: Best Practices in the Face of Change

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Co-written by Gaye Gronlund, one of the most respected consultants on standards and author of the popular companion book Make Early Learning Standards Come Alive (#769), this is one of the few staff development volumes to focus on early learning standards. Helps teachers reflect on topics such as observation, documentation, the proper degree of teacher direction in activities, and more. This interactive set comes with Power Point training aids and a DVD featuring video vignettes to accompany the observation exercises. From Redleaf Press.

A Vision for Universal Preschool Education

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Decades of research point to the need for a universal preschool education program to help give our nation's children a sound cognitive and social foundation on which to build educational and life successes. In this book, nationally renowned experts from the fields of psychology, education, economics, and political science present a compelling case for expanded access to preschool services and provide guiding principles for developing such a system. From Cambridge University Press.

Developing Your Portfolio—Enhancing Your Learning & Showing Your Stuff: A Guide for the Early Childhood Student or Professional

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Portfolios are lauded as the answer to assessment, but they are often overwhelming for adult learners who are accustomed to standardized tests and term papers. What about a portfolio elevates it from a simple scrapbook? How do you form, articulate, and support a philosophy statement? What is reflective writing? Compiling a successful portfolio is a learnable technique—not a magical talent. Ideal for the developing early childhood professional, this book illuminates the process of creating portfolios and lays out practical strategies for capturing your professional development—and showing your stuff! From Routledge.

Movement-Based Learning: Academic Concepts and Physical Activity for Ages Three through Eight

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A welcome resource for any physical educator, classroom teacher, or child care provider seeking innovative movement content. This book features noncompetitive challenges that illuminate age- and stage-appropriate academic concepts. Activities are easily adaptable for inclusive settings and self-contained classrooms to meet IEPs and 504 Accommodation Plans. Teachers concerned about cost and time constraints will have no trouble finding suggestions that require little extra time and few new resources. From the National Association for Sport and Physical Education.

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