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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…

Teachers Must Get the Facts Out and Support Smart Evaluation, Pay and Tenure Reform


February 17, 2011 AssessmentWorkforce

These days teachers find themselves swept up in the cross currents of an education debate about how to evaluate and pay teachers that is more polarizing and ugly by the day. Some days the debate generates much more heat than light, and this topic is greatly in need of illumination. Without at doubt, change is…

Three Easy Pieces (of Research) for Budget Deciders


August 27, 2010 OutcomesWorkforce

As the recession drags on, it becomes ever-more-obvious the ABC (across-the-board cuts) approach to controlling government expenditures is harming our chances for a robust economy in the future. That’s because ABC looks at everything as a cost, ignoring investments in areas like early childhood education that are critical to future economic growth. ABC has been…

Is Preschool Too Early for Science? No!


August 6, 2010 Workforce

For Curious Young Minds Eager to Understand Their World, This Age is Just Right Related Reading Preschool Pathways to Science (PrePS) Facilitating Scientific Ways of Thinking, Talking, Doing, and Understanding Rochel Gelman Kimberly Brenneman Gay Macdonald Moisés Román Paul H. Brooks Publishing Co., Inc. Baltimore, MD 144 pages, ISBN 978-1-59857-044-1 $29.95 Until recently, science has…

What the Yearbook Says About Teacher Qualifications


May 28, 2010 Workforce

Findings from the 2009 State of Preschool yearbook indicate a slow down in the recent trend of increasing standards for teacher qualifications. Overall, for the 2008-2009 school year, 23 out of 38 states with pre-K programs failed to fully meet NIEER benchmarks for teacher qualifications. Qualifications include having a minimum of a BA degree and…

Education Can “Shore Up” New Jersey’s Image


May 10, 2010 Workforce

Linda Darling-Hammond’s recent lecture at the Education Law Center in Newark could not have come at a more appropriate time for concerned New Jersey educators. Except for heated debates between a newly elected governor and the New Jersey Education Association, the only notoriety that New Jersey has received lately has been Jersey Shore, a silly…

Steven Barnett: Thoughts on the State of Preschool


May 4, 2010 Workforce

Today I visited a wonderful publicly funded preschool program run by the AppleTree Public Charter School in Washington, D.C.  In D.C., 40 percent of 4-year-olds attend the District’s preschool programs and nearly a quarter of the 3-year-olds.  The programs meet high standards and are adequately funded.  I don’t know if all of them are up…

Close Encounters of the Pre-K Kind


April 5, 2010 Workforce

Related Reading Good Morning, Children: My First Years in Early Childhood Education Sophia E. Pappas, 2009 Gryphon House, Inc. Beltsville, MD 188 pp., ISBN 978-0-87659-078-2 $14.95 So much that’s written about preschool education these days comes from “on high” that we run the risk of forgetting how much it is, at its core, a series…