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Leadership in Action: How Effective Directors Get Things Done

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This practical book explores the subtle and important distinction between leadership as a role and leadership as a set of skills and competencies that can be supported and nurtured at all levels of the organization. It will help you assess your unique leadership style; understand the values and beliefs that shape leadership behavior; increase interpersonal understanding among staff; increase shared commitment to the center's goals; make action plans that get implemented; solve organizational issues in a collegial and non-confrontational way; and plan for your successor. From New Horizons.

Basics of Assessment: A Primer for Early Childhood Professionals

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Assessment of children's abilities and knowledge, their approaches to learning, and their strengths, needs, and interests is expected in most early childhood programs. However, many early childhood educators are unsure of how to assess young children's development and learning. This reader-friendly book will help increase understanding of child assessment, including its specialized and often confusing vocabulary. Focusing on children's development and learning, the authors provide an overview of basic assessment concepts. Speaking a shared language of assessment will help early childhood professionals communicate better with other teachers, specialists, administrators, and families.

Preparing Early Childhood Professionals: NAEYC's Standards for Programs

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Offers NAEYC’s current standards for higher education programs seeking NCATE accreditation at the Initial Licensure (four- and five-year) and Advanced (master’s and doctorate) levels, and for Associate-degree programs. Also includes standards material from the Council for Exceptional Children/Division for Early Childhood (CEC/DEC) and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). Commentary from participants helps bring the standards alive.

The Young Child's Memory for Words: Developing First and Second Language and Literacy

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An integrated approach offering a fresh perspective, innovative strategies, and practical guidelines for language and literacy development in multilingual and multicultural settings. Effective, research-based teaching practices will help early childhood and elementary teachers to develop children’s skills and their lasting love of reading. Proven strategies support English language learners and emphasize linking preschool and kindergarten language and literacy teaching. From Teachers College Press.

 

Worms, Shadows and Whirlpools: Science in the Early Childhood Classroom

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This book represents a new way to think about science education for young children. Based on the growing understanding that even the littlest learners are powerful thinkers and theory makers, it identifies important science inquiry skills and concepts appropriate for the very young. What's more, it makes a strong case for integrating science into the curriculum right from the start—creating a context for the development of language, mathematical thinking, and social skills.

Authors Karen Worth and Sharon Grollman define and illustrate what science education can and should be. They draw upon what is known about the learning, effective teaching, and science education of young children by using the daily work of teachers and children in Head Start, kindergarten, day care, and preschool programs. They fill their book with teacher stories, photographs, and examples of children's work, plus commentary highlighting particular teaching strategies and child learning. Read this book and understand what a quality science program encompasses. Then see what the youngest students can do given the opportunity to explore phenomena and materials that draw upon their natural curiosity. Copublished with Heinemann.

The Power of Guidance: Teaching Social-Emotional Skills in Early Childhood Classrooms

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In an engaging, reader-friendly style, the author describes developmentally appropriate guidance in the encouraging classroom. With this approach, teachers think beyond the kind of conventional classroom discipline that aims merely to keep children in line—and often fails even to do that! Gartrell shows teachers how to help children develop lifelong skills such as mutual acceptance and cooperation, creative and peaceful problem-solving strategies, and acceptable ways to express difficult emotions. Includes a special chapter on guidance with boys. Copublished with Cengage.

Children of 2010

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Learn about the trends, problems, and opportunities that will shape the 21st century and what young children need to learn today to prepare for the world of tomorrow. National leaders present a collection of thoughts, statistics, and ideas centered on equality and discuss how a changing world can challenge long-standing values and reinforce stereotypes unless all our nation's young children experience the concepts of equality, liberty, and justice.Learn about the trends, problems, and opportunities that will shape the 21st century and what young children need to learn today to prepare for the world of tomorrow. National leaders present a collection of thoughts, statistics, and ideas centered on equality and discuss how a changing world can challenge long-standing values and reinforce stereotypes unless all our nation?s young children experience the concepts of equality, liberty, and justice. Recommends experiences for young children which are perfect for stimulating dialogue in small groups where we can practice listening and learning together to meet this challenge.

Meeting the Challenge: Effective Strategies for Challenging Behaviours in Early Childhood Environments

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If you feel frustrated and defeated when confronted with a child with very challenging behaviors, here's a lifeline! This reader-friendly book explains the biological and social sources of aggressive behavior and offers easily understandable ideas and strategies proven to prevent and safely diffuse the most challenging behaviors. Includes ways to empower and observe all children. From the Canadian Child Care Federation.

School Readiness and Social-Emotional Development: Perspectives on Cultural Diversity

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“Strong social-emotional development underlies all later social, emotional, and academic success.” But among the 20–50 percent of children who enter kindergarten not ready to learn, social-emotional development is often where they are least prepared. This collection of seven commissioned papers summarizes an NBCDI study of the current state of research and programs addressing preschoolers' social-emotional development, looking at issues from a multicultural perspective. From the National Black Child Development Institute. 

Ready or Not: Leadership Choices in Early Care and Education

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In this frank discussion of the purpose, identity, and responsibility of early childhood care and education, the authors examine the major issues and leadership challenges that must be addressed if children are to be given more and better opportunities. They show how adaptive leadership work can unify the field, create openness to new strategies for change, generate a shared vision, and build a viable strategy for its achievement. This is a critical resource for anyone hoping to enact change in the early childhood field. From Teachers College Press. 

 

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