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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…

Norway to New Jersey for Lessons on PreK


September 20, 2016

National Institute for Early Education Research Director Steve Barnett recently welcomed a delegation of education policymakers traveling from Oslo, Norway to observe high-quality preschool programs in Union City and New Brunswick, New Jersey. The delegation, led by Oslo Vice Mayor for Education Tone Tellevik Dahl along with politicians from the Committee of Education and Culture…

Ed-Talk: High Quality Pre-K: Taking the Road Less Travelled


September 16, 2016

NIEER Director W. Steven Barnett Ph.D. is among the scholars discussing cutting-edge research in The American Educational Research Association (AERA) “Ed-Talk” series. The “Ed-Talks” headlined AERA Knowledge Forum events promoting open, in-depth discussion of research on education and learning. The videos are accompanied by research fact sheets developed by the scholars providing findings and cumulative research.

Quality Pre-K An Investment in Equality and Growth


August 1, 2016
W. Steven Barnett

Over the last 25 years, hundreds of studies have produced evidence of the impacts of early education on learning and development.  Many of these have found long-term impacts on outcomes that include: achievement test scores, rates of special education and repeating grades because of failure, completion of secondary school and post-secondary education.  Long-term effects have…

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…

Project-based Learning


May 3, 2016 AccessUniversal and Targeted

Researchers and educators communicate prolifically about key elements of high-quality preschool. It is important that the high quality the field asks for in preschool is carried through to third grade, the upper end of the early childhood continuum. Read more.  The third and final video in this series demonstrates a pedagogical approach to integrating curricula.

NIEER Yearbook Orientation 2015


September 1, 2015 Quality and Curriculum

Highlights of the 2014 Nieer State of Preschool Yearbook: P-3 policy in context


September 1, 2015 Quality and Curriculum

Coaching Intervention for Kindergarten Teachers


September 1, 2015 Quality and Curriculum

For a recent Rutgers GSE Brown Bag Lecture, three researchers from one of the GSE’s special units, the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), Alexandra Figueras-Daniel, Jorie Quinn, and Shannon Riley-Ayers presented their research on a proposed intervention for 17 volunteer kindergarten teachers to improve quality. In addition to coaching, the support included professional learning communities,…