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Getting Intentional About Kindergarten through Third Grade Practices


October 20, 2017 Quality and Curriculum

NIEER Associate Research Professor Shannon Riley-Ayers, Ph.D ., and Assistant Research Professor Alexandra Figueras-Danie l Ph.D., along with Vincent Costanza, Ed.D., Superintendent in Residence, Teaching Strategies, LLC. shared this presentation during the 2017 New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association conference. What often results from our fragmented system of care and education is a lack of rigorous and appropriate experiences for children…

Behind the Benchmarks Webinar


October 13, 2017 AssessmentQuality and CurriculumState & Local

NIEER’s webinar provided an overview of changes to  State of Preschool report  quality standards benchmarks, reasons for the updates and policies that should be in place to meet the new benchmarks. Presenters included NIEER Founder and Senior Co-Director Steve Barnett and yearbook co-author Allison Friedman-Krauss Ph.D., along with representatives from Michigan, Alabama, and New Mexico discussing how they have integrated or plan…

SECC and MWCC Regional Institute Nurturing High-Quality Early Learning and Leadership Across the Pre-K-3 Continuum


September 20, 2017 OutcomesQuality and Curriculum

NIEER Senior Research Fellow Jim Squires Ph.D. was a presenter during a September 2017  early childhood institute  hosted by the Southeast and Midwest Comprehensive Centers at American Institutes for Research focused on nurturing high-quality early learning and leadership across the pre-K to Third Grade continiuum. His presentations included  State and Local Strategies for Transforming the Great Divide between Birth-5 and K-3 , and  The Art of Art: Using Fine Art to Promote Early Learning

Designing a STEM Professional Development Program for Preschool Teachers, with Supports for DLLs


August 23, 2017 English Language LearnersQuality and CurriculumSTEM
Hebbah El-Moslimany

Often early childhood educators are not well-prepared to support STEM learning (NRC, 2009), and in our research at NIEER, with partnership from East Tennessee State University, we have developed a model that aims to fill this gap. SciMath-DLL model is a preschool professional development model that integrates STEM instructional offerings with supports for dual language learners….

State Preschool Programs: Annual Yearbook Update


July 28, 2017 Quality and CurriculumState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations

The State of Preschool 2016 authors NIEER Senior Co-Director W. Steven Barnett and Assistant Research Professor Allison Friedman-Krauss were recently featured in a National Conference of State Legislatures webinar discussing key findings from the annual state preschool yearbook. Collecting data since 2001, NIEER researchers highlight the state data and national trends, focusing on quality and access, and the latest state spending numbers on preschool…

2017 National Principals Conference: Supporting High Quality Education in the PreK-Third Grade Years


July 24, 2017 Quality and Curriculum
Vincent J. Costanza, Shannon Riley-Ayers, Ph.D., Sharon Ryan, Ed.D.

This presentation was shared during the 2017 National Principals Conference in Philadelphia. As evidenced in the 2015 Institute of Medicine (IOM) and National Research Council (NRC) report, the system of care and education for our youngest children is fragmented. The session provided research on kindergarten through third grade classrooms as well as elements of a…

NJ’s Preschool Expansion Districts: Progress and Evaluation Results After One Year


May 1, 2017 OutcomesQuality and CurriculumState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Jessica Francis, Ph.D.

Poster presented by NIEER Assistant Research Professor Jessica Francis at SCRD 2017 Summary of Results & Discussion Over just one year of implementation, the quality of New Jersey’s preschool expansion classrooms has improved immensely. This is based on findings from an external evaluation of all 122 classrooms in 17 districts: • Average ECERS-3 score was…

Variation in Head Start Teacher Qualifications, Compensation, and Turnover


March 2, 2017 FederalQuality and CurriculumWorkforce
Allison Friedman-Krauss, Ph.D.

NIEER Assistant Research Professor Allison FriedmanKrauss was a speker during the 2017 Child Care and Early Education Policy Research Consortium Annual Meeting regarding policy implications of new research on qualifications and compensation of the early childhood workforce. Dr. Friedman-Krauss, co-author of the groundbreaking State(s) of Head Start report, discussed variations in Head Start teacher qualifications, compensation, and turnover across…

Primary Education Quality Presented to NJASCD Early Childhood Summit


January 26, 2017 AssessmentOutcomesQuality and Curriculum

NIEER Assistant Research Professor Shannon Riley-Ayers Ph.D., was a featured speaker during the January 2017 New Jersey Early Childhood Summit focused on bridging the gap in early learning preschool to third grade. Dr. Riley-Ayers’ presentation focused on “Supporting a Developmentally Appropriate and Academically Rigorous Primary School.”  Today, educators and leaders are faced with the challenge…

Expanding “Good Start” Science Activities: How to Get More Out of Typical Preschool Science Experiences


November 8, 2016 English Language LearnersQuality and CurriculumWorkforce

In this 2016 NAEYC Annual Conference presentation, Alissa A. Lange, Ph.D. and Kimberly Brenneman, Ph.D. discussed how to build on popular preschool science activities (e.g., making playdough) so children develop key science inquiry skills and have the opportunity to truly be the naturally curious scientists they already are. Using a variety of “good start” activities…