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Pre-K Effectiveness: Fade-Out, Fading or Catch-Up

January 31, 2018

NIEER Senior Co-Director Ellen Frede Ph.D. discussed research and critical state experiences concerning equity and high-fidelity implementation of pre-K in New Jersey during the Council of Chief State School Officers summit in January 2018. Her presentation included these key lessons for program design: Initial gains must be large & meaningful Structural features (resources) are necessary,…

Learning About Young Children: Play-based Screening in Early Childhood

January 10, 2018 AssessmentQuality and CurriculumState Pre-K Evaluations

NIEER/CEELO Senior Fellow Jim Squires  recently presented Learning About Young Children: Play-based Screening in Early Childhood at the 2018 Alabama First Class Pre-K Conference on January 4 in Mobile, Alabama. The annual conference attracts more than 2,000 early educators and administrations from throughout the state which features national and state experts. Jim’s presentation can be found…

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…

Curriculum Decision-Making: Dimensions to Consider

October 20, 2017

NIEER Research Assistant Professor Jessica Francis, Ph.D . and NIEER Research Project Coordinator Katilin Northey  shared this presentation during the New Jersey Association for the Education of Young Children (NJAEYC) conference in October 2017. The educational effectiveness of P-3 programs relies on what curriculum is used and how well it is implemented. Curriculum, put simply, is the content…

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…

Roundtable 2017: Leading for Equity

June 9, 2017

While progress has been made in the US, policy makers seeking to increase equity of access to early educational opportunity still face daunting challenges. Over the past decade, substantial sums have been spent to increase enrollment in state preschool programs.  However, this does not appear to have increased enrollment in preschool programs overall.  This suggests…