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Employment Opportunities in Education: How to Secure Your Career

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Invaluable for the 2- or 4-year ECE student or for early ECE professionals, this resource covers job opportunities from infant care to college-level ECE instruction, explores the growing number of job titles and employers in the field, and details where jobs exist and what qualifications are necessary. Accompanying CD-ROM includes sample cover letters, resumes, interview tips, and checklists that aid in advancing an educational career, from structuring a self-assessment of interests and skills to competing for a specific job. From Thomson Delmar Learning.

Children of 2020: Creating a Better Tomorrow

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Children of 2020 explores the potential and opportunities over the next ten years and invites readers to advance the early care and education field through “smart improvisation.” National leaders present up-to-date analyses of progress and challenges in 22 topic areas. Copublished with the Council for Professional Recognition.

Go Green Rating Scale for Early Childhood Setting Handbook

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Reaching Potentials, Volume 2: Transforming Early Childhood Curriculum and Assessment

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What's important for children to know and be able to do in math, science, health, visual arts, music, social studies, physical education, and language/literacy? Volume 2 takes a look at the national standards developed in these various fields. Providing such standards together in one book makes this an invaluable resource. Respected experts examine what early childhood educators need to know to develop meaningful, developmentally appropriate curriculum that incorporates the "big ideas" and content of each subject.

Fostering Children's Social Competence: The Teacher's Role

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On an essential topic, this book is both authoritative and accessible to early childhood professionals. Drawing from research and expert practice, Katz and McClellan explain developmental factors in social competence, positive and negative influences on disposition (including negative classroom influences that may surprise you), and suggest principles and strategies for teachers to understand and foster social competence.

Basics of Developmentally Appropriate Practice: An Introduction for Teachers of Infants and Toddlers

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Developmentally appropriate practice is so fundamental to the early childhood field that all new educators need a sound grasp from the very start. While DAP's basic concepts aren't difficult or arcane, they can be understood wrongly or incompletely—and often are! This engaging little book describes the core concepts and makes them meaningful to everyday practice for teachers of infants and toddlers. College instructors, directors, and trainers will find this an invaluable tool for introducing learners to the foundation of the early childhood field.

Defending Childhood: Keeping the Promise of Early Education

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This book brings together a group of extraordinary educators and scholars who offer important insights about what we can do to defend childhood from societal challenges. The authors explain new findings from neuroscience and psychology, as well as emerging knowledge about the impact on child development of cultural and linguistic diversity, poverty, families and communities, and the media. From Teachers College Press. 

The Early Care and Education Teaching Workforce at the Fulcrum: An Agenda for Reform

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With the most thorough synthesis of current research on the early care and education teaching workforce, this book offers recommendations to better prepare, recruit, and retain teachers; reviews current research; and places issues in a system-based context to examine the teaching workforce in many settings. With answers to frequently asked questions about effectiveness and professional development and an overview of dozens of initiatives and programs, the book concludes with a call for bold changes that would transform the early care and education workforce. For students, teachers, professors, administrators, and policy makers. From Teachers College Press.

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