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Resources for early childhood teachers in teacher evaluation systems


August 14, 2014 Workforce

The Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes ( CEELO ) wanted to know how states are incorporating early childhood teachers in their teacher evaluation systems, and additionally, whether requirements for evaluating early childhood teachers are different from teachers of higher grades. CEELO has done extensive work and produced many resources on teacher evaluation in early education…

Evaluating the Teacher Evaluators


August 7, 2014 OutcomesWorkforce

Educators of young children require certain unique skills that differ from those required for children in higher (and more-often tested) grades. Teachers of children in their first years of life lay the foundation of knowledge that children build on for the rest of their educational careers. Therefore, it is particularly important that educators in this…

Hiding Behind the Sofa: One Child’s Perspective of a Teacher’s Home Visit


July 30, 2014 Workforce

The space behind the sofa in our den provided the perfect hiding place when Miss Miller, my kindergarten teacher, stopped by for her September home visit. I was caught off-guard by this “out-of-context” experience, trying to process competing feelings of excitement, apprehension, and bashfulness. While confident at school, I was transformed into a turtle-like schoolchild…

Raising the Bar for Early Education


May 28, 2014 Workforce

Is early education and care a profession or not? The debate has dogged the field for decades. Positions taken by the workforce and organizations representing their interests seldom come to full agreement in scenarios reminiscent of the “tastes great; less filling” debates. This in-fighting, often played out between public pre-K, Head Start, and child care, does not…

Formative Assessment:  Points to Consider for Policy Makers, Teachers, and Researchers


April 16, 2014 AssessmentWorkforce

Formative assessment is one area in early childhood education where policy is moving at lightning speed. There’s been a lot of support for the appropriateness of this approach to assessment for young learners. Many policy makers and data users have “talked the talk,” perfecting the lingo and pushing the implementation of policies for this approach….

Pre-K Returns to Capitol Hill


November 13, 2013 AccessWorkforce

Today, U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-CA), Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY), Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and actress Jennifer Garner discussed a bipartisan proposal to expand access to quality, early childhood education programs for children from birth to age 5. The Harkin-Miller-Hanna proposal, the Strong Start for America’s Children Act, is intended to strengthen…

Highly Qualified Teachers: The Workforce Early Education Needs and Deserves


June 3, 2013 OutcomesWorkforce

Well-trained, responsive, and effective teachers are essential to a high-quality early education program. While research has sometimes been murky on what the appropriate training and credentialing for early educators should be, a lack of good data has made it difficult in the past to explore the current situation. Recent research has helped shed some light on what…

Learning about Teaching: What We Know about Early Ed Professionals


May 8, 2012 Workforce

Our 2011 State Preschool Yearbook got a lot of attention for sounding the alarm on decreasing per-child funding threatening program quality. Nothing is more important for providing a high-quality early education than highly effective teachers and assistant teachers. NIEER’s research-based quality standards benchmarks credit teacher requirements in five different ways: · Lead teachers must have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent;…

The Pre-K Debates: What the Research Says About Teacher Quality


February 10, 2012 OutcomesWorkforce

The body of research on teacher quality is, if nothing else, a mixed bag, in terms of both quality and approach. Studies of the effects of preschool education levels have employed techniques ranging from simple correlations to complex statistical analyses that seek to account for the complexities of interrelated policies and practices that affect teaching…

This Week: Thank a Teacher


May 4, 2011 Workforce

From elementary school students to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan , people across the nation are taking time to thank a teacher throughout the week. That’s because this week is Teacher Appreciation Week , a time to not only celebrate our educators but also to learn more about teaching as a profession. Years of research have found that teachers play an extremely important…