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How Kentwood elementary schools dominate Michigan’s Academic State Champions list


February 10, 2015 Quality and CurriculumState & LocalWorkforce
Monica Scott

Principal Jenny Love said the school provides a high-quality, multi-tiered instruction system and interventions are matched to each students’ needs. She said they monitor student progress constantly, evaluating data to identify assessment and intervention practices ranging from Tier 1 to 3, with third tier students receiving more intensive instruction in groups of no more than…

Hall: I feel guilty for pushing my students to read


February 6, 2015 OutcomesQuality and CurriculumWorkforce
Launa Hall

At the same time, I am deeply troubled about the way I pushed Josue and many other children. Early-childhood education studies suggest that hurrying kids to read doesn’t really help them. As Defending the Early Years and the Alliance for Childhood put it in an elegantly simple report this month: “No research documents long-term gains…

Preschool teachers should earn like they matter


January 29, 2015 Economics and FinanceWorkforce
Laura Bornfreund

Research shows that early-childhood educators are as valuable as those in K-12 classrooms. So why are they paid far less?

Pre-K providers pressure de Blasio over salary disparities


January 14, 2015 Workforce
Eliza Shapiro

As City Hall gears up for the second year of its massive pre-kindergarten program, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration will have to reckon with mounting pressure from community-based organizations about salary and benefit disparities that have long plagued the city’s early education programs. C.B.O. providers, who operate pre-kindergarten classes in facilities that are not public…

Pre-school teachers to receive new training, Louisiana school board decides


January 13, 2015 OutcomesQuality and CurriculumWorkforce
Jessica Williams

For teachers in publicly funded child-care centers, Louisiana demands little more than that they be 18 or older. There is no education requirement or mandatory training. But the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education decided Tuesday in committee that these pre-school teachers must take classes of their own to learn more about young children’s care and development. The move…

Why kindergarten teachers don’t want to give this test to their students


December 19, 2014 AssessmentOutcomesWorkforce
Valerie Strauss

The state of Maryland has developed a new Common Core-aligned “kindergarten readiness assessment” for teachers to administer to young kids to see, rather obviously, if they are “ready” for kindergarten. Now hundreds of kindergarten teachers who used the computer-based test for the first time this fall are pushing back, saying the assessment is not appropriate…

Md. teachers union wants kindergarten tests suspended


December 16, 2014 AssessmentOutcomesState & LocalWorkforce
Ovetta Wiggins

The Maryland State Education Association is calling on the State Board of Education to suspend its Kindergarten Readiness Assessments, arguing that teachers lose too much instructional time administering the new computer-based tests and are not receiving useful data to improve teaching and learning. Betty Weller, the president of the teachers union, said the MSEA fielded numerous complaints…

Quality early education requires quality pay for teachers


December 16, 2014 Economics and FinanceOutcomesWorkforce
Jean Stevens

Thousands of early child-care providers and educators ask themselves the same questions each day as they care for and educate nearly 12.5 million children under age five. They will soon care for millions more under two new federal initiatives set in place within the past month: a $1 billion initiative announced Wednesday to provide public and private grants to…

Program helps preschool teachers go back to school


December 7, 2014 OutcomesWorkforce
Patty Machelor

To that end, the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona has teamed up with several local agencies to offer free classes, seminars and books to people working with young children. Great Expectations for Teachers, Children and Families, funded through Arizona’s First Things First’s tobacco tax funds, also links local teachers to financial aid and…

Teachers test new way of understanding how kids learn


November 21, 2014 AssessmentOutcomesState & LocalWorkforce
Jane Stancill

The method, called “formative assessment,” isn’t about paper-and-pen standardized testing, or pulling a student out of a classroom and drilling on what he or she knows after each lesson is taught. It’s a teacher’s constant observation of how a child is learning and developing in various ways — with a goal of using that information…