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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. 

 

Celebrating Young Children and Their Teachers: The Mimi Brodsky Chenfeld Reader

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Known and loved for her vitality and individuality, Mimi Chenfeld has been teaching and sharing her deep love of children for 50 years. This collection of new and selected writings compiles some of the insights and adventures that have occurred during that time and also looks ahead to what the next 50 years will bring. These writings are sure to be inspiring to anyone who values kids! Copublished with Redleaf Press.

Secure Relationships: Nurturing Infant/Toddler Attachment in Early Care Settings

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For healthy adjustment in childhood and later in life, infants and toddlers need secure attachments to the adults who care for them. Loving, responsive, and consistent care from primary caregivers is key to young children learning to form relationships. Alice Honig, with her vast experience and deep knowledge of research and theory, distills key points needed in understanding and building attachment. Vital information and sound advice for caregivers and parents too.

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Separation: Supporting Children in Their Preschool Transitions (Rev. ed.)

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The revision of this favorite book offers explanations, practical tips, and encouragement for teachers and families of preschool children facing the excitement—and stress—of separation. Discusses ambivalence about separation and attachment, the comfort of routines, understanding the child perspective, supporting cultural and linguistic diversity, and more.

Practice in Building Bridges: Companion Resource for Diversity in Early Care and Education (5th ed.)

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In our increasingly diverse society, we all need to be able to create authentic, healthy, equitable relationships with people unlike ourselves, whether our colleagues, coworkers, fellow students, or families of young children. With that goal in mind, this collection of activities, discussion topics, and ideas for journaling is designed as a companion resource for those using Janet Gonzalez-Mena's excellent book Diversity in Early Care and Education, 5th ed. (McGraw-Hill, 2008).

Practice in Building Bridges is valuable for teacher educators, trainers, and program directors in doing staff and professional development. Many of its activities can also be used by individual students, teachers, and practitioners for personal work.

Active for Life: Developmentally Appropriate Movement Programs for Young Children

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Most young children love vigorous physical activity, but research shows that they may not continue to be active throughout childhood and beyond if they lack a foundation of skills. Early childhood educators need to ensure children's learning of the physical skills as well as movement concepts necessary to start them toward active and healthy lives. This book provides guidance on what high-quality movement programs should include: environments designed for young children, effective curriculum components, developmental approaches to teaching, planned assessment, and more.

Challenging Behavior in Young Children: Understanding, Preventing, and Responding Effectively (3rd ed.)

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The third edition of this perennial favorite provides new research-based strategies to help preservice and practicing teachers understand, prevent, and respond effectively to challenging behaviors. Useful for primary, preschool, and child care educators, this book includes practical tips for responding to children’s needs and helping them know what’s expected. Includes new material on inclusion, autism, culture, and dual-language learning. From Pearson.

Class Meetings: Young Children Solving Problems Together

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New revised edition now available! 

 

Have you tried involving children in class meetings for working out the conflicts and problems that arise? It's a great way to build classroom community and promote children's problem-solving skills. The authors' guidance and practical strategies are effective with children in preschool through the early grades. Great for bilingual classrooms too!

The Colors of Learning: Integrating the Visual Arts into the Early Childhood Curriculum

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This creative and in-depth book will change the way that teachers think about and react to children's artwork. Based on both NAEYC and the National Art Education Association standards, the authors promote the integration of visual art into all early childhood curriculum areas, helping early childhood professionals to present meaningful art experiences to children so that they become engrossed in expressing their ideas and newly learned concepts through art media. Features actual classroom dialogue and many illustrations of children's art. Copublished with Teachers College Press.

Enthusiastic and Engaged Learners: Approaches to Learning in the Early Childhood Classroom

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Children’s “approaches to learning”—interest, joy, persistence, flexibility, self-regulation, engagement, and motivation to learn—make up a key dimension of school readiness. Research shows that positive approaches to learning improve social-emotional and academic outcomes. With images of practice in diverse settings, Hyson illustrates the possibility of building greater enthusiasm and engagement through relationships, curriculum, teaching, assessment strategies, and family communication. Copublished with Teachers College Press. 

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