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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…

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…

Supporting Children’s Learning: The Classroom Environment

May 5, 2016 Quality and CurriculumWorkforce

Researchers and educators communicate prolifically about key elements of high-quality preschool. Yet, we don’t highlight often enough the quality that is needed later in the spectrum of early childhood education.   Read more.  The first video in our three-part series focuses on setting up the classroom environment to support children’s learning.

Exploring Classroom Content through Instructional Strategies

May 4, 2016 Quality and CurriculumWorkforce

Researchers and educators communicate prolifically about key elements of high-quality preschool. It is important that the high quality the field seeks in preschool is carried through to third grade, the upper end of the early childhood continuum.  Read more.  The second video  in this three-part series explores classroom content through effective instructional strategies and emphasizes assessment and differentiated…

Beyond biology: Using gardens to grow early physics and engineering thinking skills and understanding

December 1, 2013 Quality and CurriculumWorkforce

Drs. Kimberly Brenneman, Alissa Lange, and Jorie Quinn presented workshops at NAEYC’s Annual Conference on that modeled the design and implementation of high quality preschool science lessons. Their presentation and materials are posted here. Presentation Slides Handout

Impacts of a Science and Math Professional Development Project for Pre-K Teachers of Dual-Language Learners

May 1, 2013 English Language LearnersQuality and CurriculumWorkforce

NIEER Assistant Research Professors Alissa Lange and Kimberly Brenneman presented a poster at the American Education Research Association’s annual conference in San Francisco. The poster, entitled “Impacts of a Science and Math Professional Development Project for Pre-K Teachers of Dual-Language Learners (DLLs),” summarized findings from the SciMath-DLL project’s first two years. This National Science Foundation-funded…

Video – Growing and Learning in Preschool

January 20, 2011 OutcomesQuality and CurriculumWorkforce

Growing and Learning in Preschool NIEER’s five-minute video, Growing and Learning in Preschool, shows the essential features of a high-quality preschool program. You’ll see how a preschool curriculum based on solid research builds school and life-related skills, why well-qualified teachers are so important, and how play is integrated into learning. To order a VHS or…

Planned Explorations and Spontaneous Discoveries: Supporting Scientific Inquiry in Preschool

August 1, 2010 OutcomesWorkforce

This presentation describes the benefits of science for preschool students, acknowledges the challenges educators face, and provides practical strategies for fulfilling our responsibilities to young learners. Assistant Research Professor Kimberly Brenneman delivered this featured presentation at the DLM Summer Institute in July 2010.

Beyond Calendars and Today’s Weather: Improving Instructional Quality and Learning Outcomes for Pre-K Mathematics and Science

November 1, 2009 Quality and CurriculumSTEMWorkforce

Presentation by NIEER Co-Director Ellen Frede and Research Professor Kimberly Brenneman at the annual meeting of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, November 2009.

Seeing the Learning in Play: Using Performance-based Assessment to Document and Enhance Learning in Play

June 1, 2009 AssessmentOutcomesQuality and CurriculumWorkforce

Presentation by NIEER Research Professor Shannon Ayers and Co-director Ellen Frede on the Early Learning Scale and the importance of learning through play.