Professional Development Resources

Included in this PD library are resources that have been carefully vetted and selected by staff from the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL). Articles, online learning, web pages, and documents on specific topics can be narrowed down using the categories on the left or by searching for a particular keyword.

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Effective Teacher-Child Interactions This 5-minute Youtube video from Teachstone includes highlights (1) the value of early childhood settings, (2) the importance of effective teacher-child interactions in these settings, and (3) how the CLASS tool measures these interactions. Teachers, Coaches, Administrators YouTube
Don't Worry, I Got This This 3-minute Youtube video from The Ounce (Ounce of Prevention) shows the benefits of PreK from the perspectives of children in high-quality settings. Coaches, Administrators, Family Engagement Coordinators, Teachers YouTube
Change the First Five Years and You Change Everything This 4-minute Youtube video from The Ounce (Ounce of Prevention) shows the difference quality early care and PreK make from the perspective of a child. Coaches, Administrators, Family Engagement Coordinators, Teachers YouTube
A Lesson For Preschools: When It's Done Right, The Benefits Last This EdWeek blog article summarizes and links to recent research studies that show how state-funded preschool programs significantly impact children's learning outcomes, short-and long-term (through 5th grade-8th grade) and highlights the importance of quality PreK to maintain lasting impacts. Teachers, Coaches, Administrators Ed Week on American Federation of Teachers
How Investing In Preschool Beats The Stock Market, Hands Down This news article summarizes research, including recent work from Nobel award winning economist, James Heckman, demonstrating how investing in PreK gives high returns. The article includes an interview with Dr. Heckman discussing positive benefits for children (including: cognitive, social, health benefits), families and communities (crime reduction, earnings for children and families). Teachers, Coaches, Administrators NPR
Division for Early Childhood Recommended Practices The DEC Recommended Practices highlight practices shown to result in better outcomes for young children with special needs (or at-risk for developmental delays or disabilities). The DEC practices were developed to provide guidance to teachers, coaches, administrators and families. Teachers, Coaches, Administrators Division for Early Childhood
Follow the C.A.R. cards These "C.A.R. cards" were created by a teacher in Fairfax County as a visual support for the "Language Is the Key: Follow the CAR section of Head Start's High Five Mathematize resource (pp. 10-11--included with the cards). These visuals remind teachers and parents of 3 steps to support children's language development: Comment (wait), Ask a question (wait), Respond/Repeat (wait). Teachers, Coaches, Administrators Fairfax County Public Schools
The Big 5 for All (Planned Language Approach) This webpage provides materials for "the Big 5" practices for Dual Language Learners: Background Knowledge; Oral Language and Vocabulary; Book Knowledge and Print Concepts; Alphabet Knowledge and Early Writing; and Phonological Awareness. Teachers, Coaches, Administrators ECLKC
Early EdU Alliance Course Modules: Building Skills in Two Languages In this module, designed to be delivered by trainers (using a highlight video, media-rich Powerpoint, learning activities, and resource lists), learn teaching practices to encourage English language and home language development for DLL's. Practices include having conversations, teaching vocabulary, and building relationships with parents that support language development. Teachers, Coaches, Administrators ECLKC
Early EdU Alliance Course Module: Emotional Literacy In this module, designed to be delivered by trainers (using a highlight video, media-rich Powerpoint, learning activities, and resource lists), learn teaching practices to help children develop a varied emotional vocabulary and identify feelings in themselves and others. Also, practice talking with families about children's emotional literacy. Teachers, Coaches, Administrators ECLKC
CLASS-PreK 1-pager This 1-pager, from the 2016 CASTL Annual Report, provides a 1 sentence description of each CLASS-PreK dimension that falls within the 3 CLASS domains used to measure interactions in VPI+ (through the Quality Rating Improvement Systems (QRIS)). Teachers, Coaches, Administrators VPI +
ECERS-R 1-pager This 1-pager, from the 2016 CASTL Annual Report, provides a 1 sentence description of each ECERS-R item within the 4 subscales used to measure quality environments in VPI+ (through the Quality Rating Improvement Systems (QRIS)). Teachers, Coaches, Administrators VPI +
Individualizing Videos This set of short video clips demonstrates the process of planning and then implementing individualized instruction for children. The video clips show two teachers planning and then implementing the plans to meet individual children's learning objectives in the classroom. Teachers, Coaches Head Start Center for Inclusion
Family Style Dining This 11-minute video ("vodcast") demonstrates family style dining practices to promote quality interactions and learning during meal times. On the vodcast web page, select the "Great Idea" 1-page summary handout and select the "Discussion Starter" PDF for questions to reflect and plan. Teachers, Coaches, Administrators Penn State Extension
Inclusion: The Meaning and the Mindset This 15-minute video introduces inclusion in child care programs with teacher interviews to share educators' perspectives and classroom video footage to demonstrate practices in action (including quality participation and use of assistive technology). Teachers, Coaches Penn State Extension
Positive Behavior Support (PBS) Case Study: Brendon This case study demonstrates the process of Positive Behavior Support through video clips and examples of documents like a Behavior Support Plan used for Brendon, a child with severe challenging behavior who learns self-regulation with the support of his parents using PBS. Teachers, Coaches TACSEI
IPOP manual This manual, developed by VDOE and Virginia's Training and Technical Assistance Centers (T/TAC's) contains a Planning Guide and 8 modules with extensive resources_to understand, build, support, and sustain inclusion (inclusive placement for young children with disabilities in the Least Restrictive environment (LRE).) Teachers, Coaches, Administrators VCU VDOE T and TA Center
Whole Group 1-pager This 1-pager developed for VPI+ provides an overview of developmentally appropriate practices for Whole group (aka large group, circle time) in PreK. It includes descriptions of practices, what to avoid, teacher reflection questions, and intentional teaching tips. Teachers, Coaches, Administrators VPI +
Small Group 1-pager This 1-pager developed for VPI+ provides an overview of developmentally appropriate practices for planning and conducting Small Groups in PreK. It includes descriptions of practices, what to avoid, teacher reflection questions, and intentional teaching tips. Teachers, Coaches, Administrators VPI +
Learning Centers 1-pager This 1-pager developed for VPI+ provides an overview of developmentally appropriate practices for planning and conducting Learning Centers (aka Interest Areas) in PreK. It includes descriptions of practices, what to avoid, teacher reflection questions, and intentional teaching tips. Teachers, Coaches, Administrators VPI +
Daily Schedule 1-pager This 1-pager developed for VPI+ provides an overview of developmentally appropriate practices for developing and implementing Daily Schedules in PreK. It includes descriptions of practices, what to avoid, teacher reflection questions, and an example of a daily schedule. Teachers, Coaches, Administrators VPI +
Sesame Street Little Discoverers: FAQ's for Families This website is designed to encourage young children and the adults in their lives to explore STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) concepts through watching videos, playing games, and doing hands-on activities together. Family Engagement Coordinators, Family Sesame Street
Sesame Street Little Discoverers: FAQ's for Educators This website is designed to encourage young children and early childhood educators to explore STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) concepts through watching videos, playing games, and doing hands-on activities together. Teachers, Coaches Sesame Street
01/28/2013 - Science in the Preschool Classroom: Why and How This Can Be a Teacher's Best Friend This webinar (presented by Dr. Greenfield) addresses common barriers to teaching science (e.g., teachers feel unprepared to teach science and sense lacking time) and as well as many benefits, like improving CLASS Instructional Support and promoting children's learning across domains. Teachers, Coaches Head Start National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching, & Learning
Let's talk, read, & sing about STEM: tips for teachers This is a 6-page handout has tips for teachers to build young children's STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) skills every day. Teachers, Coaches Too Small to Fail
Teacher Time Webinar Series Webinars focused on Science and other STEM skills Teachers, Coaches ECLKC
Math is for Everyone: Strategies for Supporting Early Mathematical Competencies in Young Children This practitioner article, written by Dr. Angela Notari-Syverson and Faith Sadler, gives an overview of math competencies to promote in children and how to teach math to children with disabilities. Helpful examples of intentional teaching strategies for teaching these math strategies are provided (see Table 3). Teachers, Coaches Research Gate
Background Research on Early Mathematics This compilation of briefs written by early childhood math experts, Dr.s Douglas Clements, Julie Sarama, and Arthur Baroody, addresses common questions and misperceptions, including what early childhood math interventions and practices and curricula are most effective (Briefs #3- 4) and what are some common instructional practices to avoid (Appendix A-4-1, p. 48). Teachers, Coaches, Administrators Research Gate
10/28/2013 - Improving Head Start Children's Understanding of Numbers In this presentation, Dr. Siegler presented the results of his research with Head Start children using a board game that can improve their math knowledge and skills through a brief and enjoyable interaction.Dr. Robert S. Siegler Teachers, Coaches Head Start National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching, & Learning
Math is everywhere Sesame Street video, information, and toolkits on early math for educators. Teachers, Coaches Sesame Street
"Talk Math" tip sheet" Math tip sheet for families. Teachers, Coaches, Family Engagement Coordinators, Family Too Small to Fail
Let's talk about math guide Early math guide and activity book for famililes. Teachers, Coaches, Family Engagement Coordinators, Family Too Small to Fail
Patterns and Relationships: Here, There, and Everywhere Video and related resources from PBS focused on the math skill of patterns. Teachers, Coaches PBS
Let's talk about math An assortment of resources related to early math Teachers, Coaches Too Small to Fail
Early Math- Erikson Erikson Early Math Collabortive's focused on big math ideas and the provision of practical math teaching resources. Teachers, Coaches Erickson Early Math Collaborative
Choosy Kids Information on the development, observation, evaluation and practice of motor skills. Teachers, Coaches, Administrators Choosy Kids
"An Indian Father's Plea" Short letter to a teacher written by a Native American father about supporting his son in a predominately white school (published by EdWeek in 2000) Teachers, Coaches, Family Engagement Coordinators Ed Week on American Federation of Teachers
Early Childhood Investigations Webinars: Family Engagement Strategies for All Languages and Cultures, by Karen Nemeth This recorded 1.5 hour webinar is focused on how to bridge the home-school connection with evidence-based strategies that yield results in first and second languages. Teachers, Coaches, Administrators, Family Engagement Coordinators Early Childhood Investigations Webinars
VEIPD- "Cultural Competency Landing Pad"--> Cultural _Competency: What_It Is and Why It Matters." This document summarizes culural competency, what it is, and why it matters. Teachers, Coaches, Administrators, Family Engagement Coordinators California Tomorrow
COR Modules - Creating Opportunities through Relationships The COR learning modules focus on building positive relationships with students, based on the COR model. Understanding this model empowers teachers to pay close attention to the different factors influencing their relationships, which in turn will help them form stronger and more positive connections with students. Teachers, Coaches, Administrators CORclassrooms
Cultural Backgrounders These cultural backgrounder resources provide general cultural information on various refugee and cultural groups new to the United States. Teachers, Coaches, Administrators, Family Engagement Coordinators ECLKC
Multicultural Principles for Head Start Programs Serving Children Ages Birth to Five This website links to PDFs with details on each of the 10 Muticultural Principles for Head Start programs serving children ages birth to five. Teachers, Coaches, Administrators, Family Engagement Coordinators ECLKC
Using Text Messaging to Strengthen Family-School Relationships This 8-minute video, developed for the Colorado Department of Education Results Matter program illustrates how a preschool teacher uses text messaging to help families clearly and quickly understand what their children are learning in the classroom, how they are learning, and ways that they can support their children to learn at home. The teacher, a parent, and the school principal share their perspectives on the use of cell phones and text messaging to build relationships. Teachers, Coaches, Family Engagement Coordinators Colorado Dept. of Ed: Results Matter Video Library
Engaging Families with Video at Parent-Teacher Conferences This 8-minute video, developed for the Colorado Department of Education Results Matter program about the value of sharing video clips (collected for formative assessment) with families, from the perspective of teachers and parents. This could be watched by individual teachers or used in group professional development. Teachers, Coaches, Family Engagement Coordinators YouTube
Making Parents Partners What can your school do to make parents partners in the process of teaching their child to read? Experts discuss the importance of family involvement and strategies to effectively engage children in the children's education. Teachers, Coaches, Administrators, Family Engagement Coordinators Reading Rockets
The Power of Partnerships: How to Create Meaningful Connections with Parents Dr. Susan Sheridan presented information on establishing effective partnerships with parents to support young children's learning and development.Dr. Susan Sheridan, University of Nebraska Teachers, Coaches, Family Engagement Coordinators Head Start National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching, & Learning
Home Visiting Virginia website Virginia's Home Visiting Consortium (HVC) is a collaboration of statewide early childhood home visiting programs that serve families of children through the age of five. This website includes a list of trainings (online and in-person) offered, including Home Visiting 101, 102, 103, Adult Mental Health, Social Emotional Development of Young Children, and professional issues like Confidentiality and Personal Safety. Family Engagement Coordinators Home Visiting Consortium
Front Porch Series: 3/23/2015 - Challenges and Opportunities in Engaging Fathers (video) In this recorded webinar, discover the important roles fathers can play in their childrens early childhood programs. Review the challenges of engaging fathers in these programs and find guidance for overcoming them.Justin Dyer, Brigham Young University Family Engagement Coordinators Head Start National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching, & Learning
Engaging Fathers (video and related resources) In this 7-minute video, view examples from one Head Start/Early Head Start program of ways to engage fathers in their children's learning and healthy development. In this video, dedicated fathers learn from one another and make connections. Father figures build a community that helps them fulfill their role as one of the most important people in their children's lives. Family Engagement Coordinators National Center for Parent Family and Community Engagement
Creating Programs that Respect the Unique Language & Culture of Latino Fathers: Tip Sheet 2 Tip Sheet 2 provides an overview of values that can help guide program activities designed to reach Latino fathers and families. Family Engagement Coordinators National Center for Parent Family and Community Engagement
Creating Head Start Programs that Fully Engage Latino Fathers in Their Child's Early Literacy Development: Tip Sheet 1 This tip sheet provides an overview of what the Las Manos project found to be important steps for creating Head Start programs that are successful in engaging Latino fathers in the literacy development of their children. Family Engagement Coordinators National Center for Parent Family and Community Engagement
Las Manos de ApΠ(The Hands of My Father) Staff Training Materials This is a detailed training manual with four training modules (to be delivered face-to-face) designed to provide help preschool programs partner with Latino fathers to build children's literacy in a culturally and linguistically sensitive manner. Family Engagement Coordinators National Center for Parent Family and Community Engagement
Fathers for Life (multiple resources) This page contains resources for preschool programs encourage and support positive relationships of families with children of incarcerated fathers or fathers on probation or parole. It includes a Professional Development Manual with four sessions for face-to-face trainings. Family Engagement Coordinators National Center for Parent Family and Community Engagement
Head Start Father Engagement Birth to Five Programming Guide This thorough guide for programs wanting to begin or improve their father engagement services covers three parts: 1) Program Foundations for Father Engagement Programming, 2) Program Impact Areas of Father Engagement Programming, and 3) Toolkit (which includes tip sheets and activities). Administrators, Family Engagement Coordinators National Center for Parent Family and Community Engagement
IRIS-Module 3:Communication for Collaboration This CONNECT interactive learning module with videos, audio, activities, handouts covers two learning objectives: 1) Describe effective practices for communicating with professionals and families in the context of early education and intervention and 2) Use a decision-making process to select communication practices linked to specific purposes including attending and active listening, seeking and verifying, and supporting and joining. Teachers, Coaches, Family Engagement Coordinators CONNECT
IRIS-Module 4:Family-Professional Partnerships This CONNECT interactive learning module with videos, audio, activities, and handouts covers two learning objectives: 1) Describe effective practices for developing trusting family-professional partnerships in early care and education programs and 2) Use a decision-making process to select partnership-oriented practices linked to (a) developing an initial friendly relationship, (b) making shared decisions, and (c) developing a trusting partnership. Teachers, Coaches, Family Engagement Coordinators CONNECT
In-Service Suite: Putting It Into Action Learn about ways to create a plan for using curriculum modifications. Teachers can use this plan to help children participate more in the classroom. Teachers, Coaches ECLKC
In-Service Suite: Invisible Support This in-service suite offers strategies for using invisible support. Learn how to increase the participation of children who need more support or challenge. Also, find examples of what the strategies look like in the classroom. Teachers, Coaches ECLKC
In-Service Suite: Peer Support This in-service suite offers strategies for using peer support to increase the participation of children who need more support or challenge. Examples illustrate what the strategies look like in the classroom. Teachers, Coaches ECLKC
In-Service Suite: Adult Support This in-service suite provides strategies for using adult support. These strategies can be used to increase the participation of children who need more support or challenge. Also, find examples that illustrate what the strategies look like in the classroom. Teachers, Coaches ECLKC
In-Service Suite: Special Equipment This in-service suite offers strategies for using special equipment. These strategies help to increase the participation of children who need more support or challenge. Discover examples that illustrate what the strategies look like in the classroom. Teachers, Coaches ECLKC
In-Service Suite: Child Preferences This in-service suite offers strategies for using child preferences. These strategies can be used to increase the participation of children who need more support or challenge. Also, find examples that illustrate what the strategies look like in the classroom. Teachers, Coaches ECLKC
In-Service Suite: Activity Simplification In this in-service suite, you'll learn strategies for using activity simplification. These strategies will help you to increase the participation of children who need more support or challenge. Also, find examples that illustrate what the strategies look like in the classroom. Teachers, Coaches ECLKC
In-Service Suite: Curriculum Modifications Explore this in-service suite to find strategies for using materials adaptation. These strategies help to increase the participation of children who need more support or challenge. Discover examples that illustrate what the strategies look like in the classroom. Teachers, Coaches ECLKC
In-Service Suite: Environmental Support This in-service suite offers strategies for using environmental support. These strategies help to increase the participation of children who need more support or challenge. Explore examples that illustrate what the strategies look like in the classroom. Teachers, Coaches ECLKC
In-Service Suite: An Introduction to Curriculum Modifications That Foster Child Engagement and Learning This in-service suite gives an overview of eight types of curriculum modifications. Teachers can use these simple changes to classroom activities to increase a child's engagement and learning. Teachers, Coaches ECLKC
Instructional Strategies Video Glossary This webpage provides a series of short video clips of different instructional strategies, such as discrete trial, gestural prompt, error correction, graduated guidance, modeling, and time delay and expected look. Teachers, Coaches Head Start Center for Inclusion
Three Core Concepts in Early Development These 3 brief videos (totaling 6 minutes), by the Harvard Center on the Developing Child, review how early childhood experiences with families and schools impact children's developing brains. Teachers, Coaches, Administrators, Family Engagement Coordinators Harvard Center on the Developing Child
"Ask the Cognitive Scientist: Why Does Family Wealth Affect Learning?" This article explains why and how poverty matters for children's learning, including the negative effects of chronic stress, and how schools can best meet children's and family's needs. Teachers, Coaches, Administrators, Family Engagement Coordinators Ed Week on American Federation of Teachers
Early Childhood Investigations Webinars 1.5 hour Webinars on a wide range of topics , including: Promoting Executive Function Life Skills in Early Childhood- Resources and Tools from Mind in the Making, by Ellen Galinsky. To view, registration is required. Teachers, Coaches Early Childhood Investigations Webinars
Alberta Family Wellness- Early Brain Development videos Videos of experts giving powerpoint presentations (up to 1 hour) about brain developpment (e.g., EF, brain plasticity, linked to child behavior, school readiness skills) Teachers, Coaches, Administrators, Family Alberta Family Wellness
Watch Me! Celebrating Milestones and Sharing Concerns 1-hour, 4-module course on child development, available for 1 hour CE credit (if take quizzes) Teachers CDC & P
A Parent's Guide to Preparing Your Child for School This 1-pager (front-and-back) pamphlet gives families information about what school readiness is and what to do to promote readiness across areas of Academic, Social, Independence and Communication skill areas. Family Engagement Coordinators, Family National Education Association
Engaging Families in the Transition to Kindergarten (Video) From the National Center for Parent, Family, and Community Engagement "Best Practices in Family and Community Engagement" video series, this 5-minute video shows how one program engages families in the transition to Kindergarten. Teachers, Coaches, Family Engagement Coordinators ECLKC
ECLKC Transition resources and materials This web page from the ECLKC site contains 2 video clips about transition, a Transition to Kindergarten Summit Guide (that programs can use to organize their own summit), Transition to Kindergarten Calendars for teachers and families, and printable resources. Teachers, Coaches, Family Engagement Coordinators ECLKC
Ready Freddy Goes to School: Interactive book (for families) This interactive online children's book tells the story of Freddy the frog as he gets ready for his first day of school! It's desgined to get parents and children engaged, talking about what going to Kindergarten means for a child. Parents can read the story with their child and play with the fun features together (click to hear songs, see the pictures move, etc.). Family Univeristy of Pittsburg Office of Child Development
Ready Freddy: Resources and materials for families This web page features materials created by the Ready Freddy Team for parents and children to use at home. Here, you can find songs, book lists, and activities that parents can do to talk about Kindergarten transition -- in a fun way! Be sure to look out for the upcoming 2017 Ready Freddy Activity calendar (January-May) Family Univeristy of Pittsburg Office of Child Development
Ready Freddy: Family engagement toolkit This toolkit includes strategies for working with families as active partners in their children's education and to support the transition to kindergarten. The toolkit (20 pages) includes sections on Family Engagement and Attendance, 11 Ideas for Positive Family Engagement related to transition, and Attachments/ resources (see "Attachment 2: Family Engagement Worksheet"). Teachers, Family Engagement Coordinators Univeristy of Pittsburg Office of Child Development
Ready Freddy: Pathways to School Success informational booklet Booklet with information on what quality transitions are and why they're important. The booklet also describes the components of the Ready Freddy Program. Teachers, Coaches, Administrators, Family Engagement Coordinators Univeristy of Pittsburg Office of Child Development
CONNECT-Module 2:Transition This interactive learning module with videos, audio, activities, and handouts about transitions (to- and from- preschool) (1) explains what is meant by intentional activities to support planning before, during and after the transition and (2) shows a decision-making process to help a child and family be prepared for and adjust to a new environment. Teachers, Coaches, Family Engagement Coordinators CONNECT
Why Early Investment Matters Dr. James Heckman, Nobel prize winning Economics Professor, talks about how investement in early childhooh leads to better long-term education and health outcomes, less crime and poverty and greater economic prosperity. Teachers, Coaches, Administrators Unicef Georgia
Building Adult Capabilities to Improve Child Outcomes: A Theory of Change This 5-minute animated video illustrates what early childhood research tells us about how to improve outcomes of vulnerable children and families by building the caregivers' capacities and strengthening the communities and relationships. Teachers, Coaches, Administrators Harvard Center on the Developing Child
You already have what it takes! The Vroom home page offers tips and resources for parents including videos that affirm parents' innate capacity to be a "brain builder" for their child. The Vroom website also includes a free Daily Vroom App as well as fact sheets about the science behind the app and other tools to "create brain building moments" during daily home routines. Teachers, Family Engagement Coordinators, Family Vroom
Teachers at Their Best This quick (2-minute) video affirms the value of teachers and the importance of professional development to support them. Teachers, Coaches Gates Foundation
Harvard Center for the Developing Child- Youtube Channel Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D. describes the vision for using science to innovate in the early childhood field and fundamentally change the lives of children facing adversity. Teachers, Coaches, Administrators, Family Engagement Coordinators Harvard Center on the Developing Child
Surviving Childhood: An Introduction to the Impact of Trauma Online coursework on the impact of trauma. Quick (2-10 minute) videos include Three Core Concepts in Early Development:#3 Toxic Stress, InBrief: Science of Neglect, Impact of Early Adversity on Children's Development, and Resilience. A couple longer videos of interviews about Poverty & Toxic Stress. Teachers, Coaches, Administrators, Family Engagement Coordinators Child Trauma Academy
"Excessive Stress Disrupts the Architecture of the Developing Brain" This working paper explains what science tells us about the impact of toxic stress on young children's development and the importance of policies and practices in early childhood to meet children's needs. Teachers, Coaches, Administrators, Family Engagement Coordinators Harvard Center on the Developing Child
Breaking Through: Video and User's Guide to Understand and Address Toxic Stress This 20-minute video teaches how toxic stress can impact a child's lifelong health and well-being and how preschool programs can support children and families to help prevent toxic stress. The user guide explains how to best use this resource and browse video segments by topic. Teachers, Coaches, Administrators, Family Engagement Coordinators ECLKC
ECMHC Tutorial 7: Recognizing and Addressing Trauma in Infants, Young Children, and Their Families This online learning tutorial (30-40 minutes, with resources and pre-post tests) is designed to help early childhood mental health consultants as well as teachers understand what is meant by trauma, recognize the developmental context of trauma in early childhood, and extend their own knowledge for intervention through mental health consultation. Teachers, Coaches, Family Engagement Coordinators ECMHC
NCTSN Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators The Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators was developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network to provide staff and parents critical information about helping traumatized children in schools. The toolkit includes "Trauma Facts for Educators," "Suggestions for Educators," and "Understanding Child Traumatic Stress: A Guide for Parents." Teachers, Coaches, Family Engagement Coordinators, Family NCTSN
Inclusion: The Role of the Program Administrator This 4-page brief answers questions from administrators about inclusion (of children with challenging behaviors), including how to ensure that federal requirements are met, how to overcome challenges, and where to get help to further inclusion efforts. Coaches, Administrators CSEFEL
Journey Toward Inclusion This 1-hour interactive learning module developed by the Virginia Early Intervention eLearning Center covers the topic of inclusion (introductory level). For full access to courses, learners will be prompted to create an account on the web site. Teachers, Coaches VEIPD eLearning Center
Friendship, Inclusion, and Learning This 8-minute video (Colorado Department of Education Results Matter) highlights the benefits of inclusion for children with and without disabilities from the perspectives of a teacher and parents of two preschool girls who developed a friendship (one child had a language delay). Teachers, Coaches Colorado Dept. of Ed: Results Matter Video Library
Front Porch Series: 01/26/2015 - Tiered Support for Individual Learners (video) This webinar (presenter: Dr. Susan Sandall) introduces the idea of tiered supports, curriculum modifications and embedded teaching, following the Head Start Center for Inclusion framework/resources. Teachers, Coaches ECLKC
VCU Autism Center for Excellence Online Courses VCU-ACE offers a wide variety of online training opportunities for professionals, families, individuals with ASD, and the community at large. These comprehensive e-learning opportunities investigate larger topics related to ASD. There are currently two types of online courses: facilitated and self-paced. Facilitated courses have narrated recorded presentations, video examples, quizzes, interactive discussion boards hosted by a course instructor, and can last between 4 to 6 weeks long. Self-paced Teachers, Coaches VCU Autism Center for Excellence
VCU Autism Center for Excellence How To Videos These 5-minute how-to videos provide a quick look at implementing a particular classroom with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The videos provide a short description of the topic and real life classroom video exemplars. Select "Preschool" from the drop-down menu. Teachers, Coaches VCU Autism Center for Excellence
Special Quest: Preschool Inclusion Series These videos and training sessions are designed to support high quality inclusion of preschoolers in early care and education settings that are responsive to the priority and concerns of families. Topics include the benefits and rationale for inclusion and practical strategies for making the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process collaborative and beneficial for children. Stories of real children ("Samantha" and "Drew") are presented, incorporating perspectives of family members, service Teachers, Coaches, Administrators, Family Engagement Coordinators Special Quest
Head Start Center for Inclusion The Head Start Center for Inclusion includes training materials and resources designed for programs to use to enhance services and outcomes for children with disabilities. Training materials include 15 minute inservices (brief training materials that include powerpoints and videos) on these topics: "IEP basics," "Inclusion basics: Membership," "Individualizing," and "Zoning") as well as longer modules (designed for full- or half-day interactive trainings on topics.) Teachers, Coaches, Family Engagement Coordinators Head Start Center for Inclusion
IRIS-Modules Iris STAR Legacy Modules are interactive learning modules that are designed to actively engage adult learners through realistic Challenges, Thought questions, and Perspectives & Resources (e.g., audio interviews, video clips, activities). Modules in the Areas of Early Intervention/Early Childhood and Disability (select these on the left hand of the page) include topics of "Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Overview for Educators," Related Services: Common Supports for Students with Disabilities," and more. Teachers, Coaches IRIS
CONNECT These 7 CONNECT Modules include videos, activities, narrative, and handouts to guide teachers in learning how to serve children with disabilities effectively. Titles include: "Embedded Interventions (Module 1)"; "Transition (Module 2)"; "Communication for Collaboration (Module 3)"; "Family Professional Partnerships (Module 4)"; ""Assistive Technology (Module 5)"; "Dialogic Reading Practices (Module 6)" and "Tiered Instruction (including differentiation, Module 7)." Teachers, Coaches CONNECT
Challenging Behavior Tips for families This web page features 1-page handouts (in English and Spanish) for parents with tips to prevent challenging behavior across daily routines, including Riding in the Car, Cleaning up Toys, Leaving the House, and At the Grocery Store. Teachers or Family Engagement Coordinators may discuss these tip sheets with families; space for notes is provided. Teachers, Family Engagement Coordinators, Family Head Start Center for Inclusion
Front Porch Series: 05/19/2014 - Moving Right Along: Planning Transitions to Prevent Challenging Behavior This webinar and accompanying handouts help teachers plan, schedule, and implement transitions to help children feel secure, maximize learning time, and reduce challenging behaviors. Teachers, Coaches ECLKC
Learn About the Pyramid Model The web page provides an overview of the Pyramid model, with links to a "Visual Tour," overview of the 4 parts of the model, research summaries, and Resources (handouts, fact sheets) Coaches, Administrators, Family Engagement Coordinators TACSEI
Complete Guide to Positive Behavior Support This detailed guide introduces the Positive Behavior Support process for children with challenging behaviors and provides info sheets, forms, and resources for each step: Step 1: Building a Behavior Support Team, Step 2: Person-Centered Planning, Step 3: Functional Behavioral Assessment, Step 4: Hypothesis Development, Step 5: Behavior Support Plan Development, and Step 6: Monitoring Outcomes. Coaches, Administrators, Family Engagement Coordinators TACSEI
Positive solutions for Families This 1-pager handout for parents has 8 Tips for families to prevent/respond to challenging behaviors. The tips are based on evidence-based strategies. It is recommended that family engagement coordinators or teachers discuss this sheet with parents to help them think about how these strategies could be applied/individualized at home. Family Engagement Coordinators, Family TACSEI
Family Routine Based Support Guide This Family Routine Based Support Guide was developed to assist parents and caregivers in developing a plan to support young children who are using challenging behavior. Children engage in challenging behavior for a variety of reasons, but all children use challenging behavior to communicate messages. Challenging behavior, typically, communicates a need to escape or avoid a person/activity or communicates a desire to obtain someone/something. Once parents understand the purpose or meaning of the Family Engagement Coordinators TACSEI
Teaching Your Child to: Cooperate With Requests This 4-page handout for parents and caregivers reviews expectations for children following requests by age and steps for teaching all children simple chores. This handout also explains why preschool children sometimes refuse to cooperate and what adults can do when this happens in 3 steps. Real-life examples and tips are provided. Family CSEFEL
CSEFEL What Works Briefs 24 briefs that are summaries of evidence based practices for supporting kids' Social-emotional development and preventing challenging behavior. Topics include: #2 Impact of Language Differences on Classroom Behavior; #4 Helping Children Make Transitions between Activities; #8 Promoting Positive Peer Social Interactions; #21 Fostering Emotional Literacy in Young Children: Labeling Emotions. Teachers CSEFEL
CSEFEL Practical Strategies for Teachers/Caregivers Practical Strategies include: Scripted Stories for Social Situations, Book Nook (guides for embedding SEM skills into book reading activities), Teaching Social Emotional Skills (visuals: Solution Kit, Tucker Turtle, Feelings faces) Teachers, Coaches CSEFEL
Texas Early Learning- Coaching Toolkit Tools for coaches and administrators to aid in the planning and implimentation of mentoring/coaching (e.g., 1: Putting Mentoring Framework Together, 12: Roles & Responsibilities, 7: Stages of Change scale ) and Resource Sets related to content areas (math, reading, etc.) Coaches Early Learning Texas
NIRN- Training Plan Template This tool provides a quick overview about what matters for PD planning and a helpful 2-page template for planning effective teacher training (inservices, coaching, etc.) Administrators NIRN
04/28/2014 - A Framework for Planning Professional Development in Emergent Literacy In this webinar (presenters: Dr.s McCollum and Yates) describe the tiered framework they used, over a four-year period, to plan and deliver professional development. Activities included teacher institutes, small group meetings, and coaching. On the call, they focus on how use of the framework was reflected in changes in professional development over time. They also highlight how it supported the use of individualized classroom coaching, with examples. Coaches, Administrators ECLKC
Front Porch Series: 4/27/2015 - Supporting Quality Teaching and Learning: A Conversation About Professional Development This webinar (presented by Patricia Snyder at the University of Florida) provides information on recent research about how effective professional development is designed, delivered, and evaluated. Coaches, Administrators ECLKC
Teachstone resources This resource page contains many resources for coaches, including the "Building a Foundation for Effective Coaching E-book," info sheets on "What is CLASS?", and a series of Recorded Webinar for coaches on many topics (e.g., PD: why one size doesn't fit all). Teachers, Coaches Teachstone
Series: Focus on Collaboration This video series, producted by Erikson Early Math Collaborative, demonstrates and describes effective collaborative coaching and collaborative teaming between teams of teachers through interviews and classroom video footage. Coaches, Administrators Erickson Early Math Collaborative
"Coaching" by Jim Knight This brief article defines coaching (e.g., intensive and ongoing, nonevaluative), "conditions for coaching success" (e.g., focus, principal support, and time) and what research says about coaching being an effective form of professional development vs. "one-shot workshops." Coaches, Administrators RAPPS
Practice Based Coaching: Coaching Corner webinars Helpful Coaching Corner webinars for VPI+ coaches include "Ready, Set, Go: Shared Goals and Action Planning in Practice-Based Coaching" (5/1/2015) as well as Practice Based Coaching as applied to content in Science (2/19/2015 and 3/19/2015) and Social problem solving (1/15/2015 ). Coaches ECLKC
NCQTL-Practice Based Coaching resources Resources related to PBC, including Videos introducing the PBC components, a downloadable 4-part guide "Using Video to Improve Teaching and Learning" in coaching, and links to Coaching Corner Webinars. Coaches ECLKC
"Family Engagement with TS GOLD" and "Aiden's Parent-Teacher Conference" This 2-part video video (20 minutes total), developed by the Colorodo Department of Education: Results Matter, discusses the importance of parent-teacher conferences and discusses/models how to use TS GOLD to facilitate family communication during conferences. Teachers, Coaches, Family Engagement Coordinators Colorado Dept. of Ed: Results Matter Video Library
Using Assessment to Make Meaningful Decisions about Teaching and Learning, by Judy Jablon 1.5 hour webinars on a wide range of topics , including: Using Assessment to Make Meaningful Decisions about Teaching and Learning, by Judy Jablon Coaches, Administrators Early Childhood Investigations Webinars
RIDE- Rhode Island DOE modules: Deepening Assessment Literacy 20-minute learning module with instruction around concepts of assessment (e.g., reliability) Coaches, Administrators RIDE
Colorado Results Matter Video Library Series of Videos to use for practicing observation and assessment Coaches, Administrators Colorado Dept. of Ed: Results Matter Video Library
ECLKC- NCQTL - Inservice Suites: Ongoing Child Assessment Series of Videos & in-services & activities to coach teachers (many CLASS related) Teachers ECLKC
Social Emotional Preschool Curriculum Consumer Report The Social Emotional Preschool Curriculum Consumer Report provides information for preschool program administrators looking to supplement their comprehensive curriculum with a specific Social Emotional curriculum, and guidance for selecting an appropriate curriculum, considering strengths and needs of their participating children and teachers. Administrators ECLKC
Teacher Time Webinar: Help Me Calm Down! Teaching Children How to Cope with Their Big Emotions (1/17/2014 ) This 40 minute webinar (accompanied by a handout and including classroom video clips), reviews the topic of teaching children to regulate their emotions through strategies such as: teaching emotional vocabulary, relaxation techniques like Tucker Turtle, and relaxation techniques. Teachers, Coaches ECLKC
Front Porch Series: 2/23/2015 - Understanding and Using Evidence-Based Social-Emotional Curricula This webinar (presented by Rebecca Cortes) explores recent research on social-emotional curricula. It offered guidance on the implementation of the curricula in preschool classrooms. Coaches ECLKC
9/23/2013 - Facilitating Children's Friendships: The Adult's Role in Supporting Peer Relationships This webinar (presented by Dr. Michaelene Ostrosky and Lori Meyer) shared evidence-based strategies for supporting young children's friendship development. Teachers, Coaches ECLKC
2/25/2013 - The Importance of Peer Interaction and Social Pretend Play This webinar (presenter: Dr. Howes) describes the development of social pretend play, provides theories of how both home and school cultural communities influence the development of social pretend play, and how early childhood programs can encourage social play. Teachers, Coaches ECLKC
You've Got to Have Friends Four page brief (by Joseph and Strain) for teachers describing what behaviors lead to friendship, how to set the stage for friendship (including embedding friendship opportunities in the daily schedule), and evidence-based strategies for developing friendships (including modeling with video and puppets, peer partners, priming, and intentional reinforcement.) Teachers, Coaches CSEFEL
Teaching Your Child to: Identify and Express Emotions This 4-page handout for parents and caregivers reviews the challenge, the solutions, and the steps for helping children understand and express big emotions with real-life examples and a list of "feelings words." Also, activities are provided to help a child learn more emotions skills at home. Family Engagement Coordinators CSEFEL
Enhancing Emotional Vocabulary in Young Children Six page handout with detailed information on teaching strategies to build emotional vocabulary Coaches CSEFEL
Backpack Connection Series The Backpack Connection Series, 1-pagers written for families on over 20 topics (in 4 categories: Addressing Behavior, Emotions, Routines and Schedules, and Social Skills), was created by TACSEI to provide a way for teachers to communicate with parents/caregivers about effective strategies to implement at home and school. Teachers TACSEI
Teaching Tools for Young Children with Challenging Behavior This page has a variety of tools including handouts, worksheets, techniques, strategies, visuals and other materials that include not only strategies for challenging behavior, but strategies for promoting all children's social and emotional development. Teaching Tools is available for download from this website as a "zip" file, which means that you can download the User's Manual, Routine Based Support Guide, and many handouts, visuals and other materials. Coaches TACSEI
Social Emotional Development of Young Children This online learning module from the Virginia Early Intervention eLearning Center introduces social emotional development (or infant mental health) for children birth to age five. Topics covered in this module include: how social emotional skills develop, a framework for infant child mental health, and how past experiences, family, culture impact healthy social emotional development. Teachers VEIPD eLearning Center
CSEFEL Positive Solutions for Families: Making it Happen! Workbook The 1-page handout "Supporting Development of Friendship Skills" (see p. 7 of the workbook) gives families tips for how to help their child develop friendship skills (like sharing, taking perspective) through play times at home. Family Engagement Coordinators, Family CSEFEL
CSEFEL PreK Parent Training Modules These 6 modules, intended to support parents' use of strategies at home to promote social and emotional learning and prevent challenging behavior, are designed to be delivered by a facilitator (e.g., family engagement coordinator) using the materials provided: powerpoint presentations, Family Workbook, and a Facilitators Guide. Family Engagement Coordinators, Family CSEFEL
CSEFEL PreSchool Training Modules These 4 modules, intended to teach teachers evidence-based practices for preventing challenging behaviors and promoting social and emotional competence of young children, are designed to be delivered in-person by a trainer (coach or other staff person) using the materials provided: powerpoint presentations, handouts, presenter scripts, and video clips. Coaches CSEFEL
"The Secret to Raising Smart Kids," by Carol Dweck" This article (by Carol Dweck) introduces the concept of "growth mindset" and breaks down common myths about innate intelligence and praise. Successful strategies for building growth mindset and, therefore, improving student persistence, learning and performance are shared. Teachers, Coaches, Family Engagement Coordinators, Family Scientific American
"Ask the Cognitive Scientist: Can Teachers Increase Students' Self Control?" This article explains what self-regulation is --a set of skills, not one skill-- why these skills are beneficial, how they develop, and what teachers can do to promote these skills in the classroom. Coaches, Administrators Ed Week on American Federation of Teachers
Building the Brain's Air Traffic Control System: How Early Experiences Shape the Development of Executive Function" This working paper from the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child explains how executive function skills develop, what can disrupt their development, and how supporting them pays off in school and life. Coaches, Administrators Harvard Center on the Developing Child
InBrief: Executive Function: Skills for Life and Learning This quick 5-minute video briefly describes what executive function skills are and how they are strengthened through early experiences. This video accompanies the working paper titled, "Building the Brain's Air Traffic Control System: How Early Experiences Shape the Evelopment of Executive Function." Teachers, Coaches Harvard Center on the Developing Child
5/20/2013 - Building Executive Function Skills in Children and Adults In this webinar, Dr. Juliet Morrison described definitions and development of executive function, as well as how adults can support children within early learning environments. Teachers, Coaches ECLKC
2/27/2012 - Promoting Creativity in Early Childhood Classrooms In this webinar, Dr. Nancy Hertzog (University of Washington) presents an overview of nurturing and promoting creativity through intentional classroom design and engagement Teachers ECLKC
Kindergarten Readiness Study Games by Dr. Megan McClelland and Dr. Shauna Tominey This 1-page handout lists the circle time games that were researched in a rigorous trial and were demonstrated to improve children's self-regulation. Coaches Health and Welfare Idaho
Executive Function Activities for 3- to 5-year-olds This 1-pager handout, by the Harvard Center on the Developing Child describes lists different types of activities that promote self-regulation: Imaginary play, Storytelling , Movement songs and games, and Quiet games and other activities. For each activity type, an explanation of how this activity works and ways to support sel-regulation learning is provided. This is designed to be a helpful planning resource for teachers and coaches. Teachers Harvard Center on the Developing Child
Promoting Executive Function Life Skills in Early Childhood: Resources and Tools from Mind in the Making, by Ellen Galinsky 1.5 hour Webinars on a wide range of topics , including: Promoting Executive Function Life Skills in Early Childhood- Resources and Tools from Mind in the Making, by Ellen Galinsky Coaches Early Childhood Investigations Webinars
Executive Function Training Online mini-course with video modules Teachers Washington State Dept. of Early Learning
Early Beginnings: Early Literacy Knowledge and Instruction This first booklet in the series is intended as a guide to help early childhood administrators, supervisors, and professional development staff provide teachers with the support and training needed to increase their knowledge base and refinecurrent literacy practice. It includes an Early Literacy Quick Reference Guide as well as descriptions of what quality literacy instruction looks like in Early Childhood Classrooms. Teachers, Coaches National Institute for Literacy
Reading 101: The Basics of Teaching Reading What you should know about print awareness, sounds of speech, phonemic awareness, phonics, informal assessment, fluency, vocabulary, spelling, writing, and text comprehension. Teachers, Coaches Reading Rockets
Teaching Reading From Reading 101 to classroom strategies to the Common Core __ everything you need to know to help young and struggling readers succeed! Here you'll find proven ideas for the classroom, tips to share with parents, video of best practices, expert interviews, and the latest research __ on print awareness, the sounds of speech, phonemic awareness, phonics, informal assessment, fluency, vocabulary, spelling, comprehension, and writing. Teachers Reading Rockets
Looking at Writing: Pre-K On this page, you'll find writing assessment resources, samples of children's writing, writing strategies, and additional tip sheets for teachers and parents on how to help preschoolers build strong writing skills. You'll also find video of children's authors, classroom instruction, and literacy experts. Coaches Reading Rockets
3/25/2013 - Supporting Young Writers in Preschool: A Framework for Understanding Early Writing Development This webinar (presenter: Dr. Sonia Cabell) describes a framework for teachers to evaluate and understand the writing that young children produce. In addition, she shares research-based guidance on how to individualize instruction in preschool to capitalize on each child's strengths. Teachers, Coaches ECLKC
Supporting Very Young Writers This 1-pager for parents covers two ways to support their child's writing development, regardless of stage: through Writing time and dictation. Family Reading Rockets
Reading Rockets: Classroom Strategies - Vocabulary This Vocabulary strategy respource includes: Instructions on how to use the strategy, Downloadable templates, Examples, Recommended children's books to use with the strategy, Differentiation for second language learners, students of varying reading skill, students with learning needs. Coaches Reading Rockets
Reading Rockets: Classroom Strategies - Phonics This Phonics strategy respource includes: Instructions on how to use the strategy, Downloadable templates, Examples, Recommended children's books to use with the strategy, Differentiation for second language learners, students of varying reading skill, students with learning needs. Teachers, Coaches Reading Rockets
Reading Rockets: Classroom Strategies - Phonological awareness This Phonological Awareness strategy respource includes Instructions on how to use the strategy, Downloadable templates, Examples, Recommended children's books to use with the strategy, Differentiation for second language learners, students of varying reading skill, students with learning needs. Teachers, Coaches Reading Rockets
Practice Guides for Practitioners: Talking and Listening These guides describe teaching practices for promoting Talking and Listening (language) skills, including a description of the practice, what it looks like, instructions for implementing it, and activity ideas. Teachers Center for Early Literacy Learning
Practice Guides for Practitioners: Phonological Awareness These guides describe teaching practices for promoting Phonological Awareness skills, including a description of the practice, what it looks like, instructions for implementing it, and activity ideas. Teachers, Coaches Center for Early Literacy Learning
Practice Guides for Practitioners: Invented Spelling and Writing These guides describe teaching practices for promoting Spelling and Writing, including a description of the practice, what it looks like, instructions for implementing it, and activity ideas. Coaches Center for Early Literacy Learning
Practice Guides for Practitioners: Reading and Print Awareness These guides describe teaching practices for promoting Reading and Print Awareness, including a description of the practice, what it looks like, instructions for implementing it, and activity ideas. Teachers, Coaches Center for Early Literacy Learning
Practice Guides for Practitioners: Alphabet Knowledge These guides describe teaching practices for promoting Alphabet Knowledge, including a description of the practice, what it looks like, instructions for implementing it, and activity ideas. Teachers, Coaches Center for Early Literacy Learning
Practice Guides for Practitioners: Literacy Rich Experiences These guides describe teaching practices for promoting literacy skills, including a description of the practice, what it looks like, instructions for implementing it, and activity ideas. Teachers Center for Early Literacy Learning
Everyday is a Reading and Writing Day (Reading and Writing Parent/Caregiver Guide) This guide for parents and caregivers highlights how they play a key role in helping their child experience the joy of talking, reading, and writing by making the most of the everyday moments. This guide is filled with information and tools to help you turn every day into a reading and writing day! Family PNC Grow Up Great / Sesame Street Learning Resources
IRIS-Module6: Dialogic Reading Practices CONNECT Module (activities, handouts, videos, audio) about "Dialogic Reading Practices" Teachers, Coaches Dialogic Reading Practices
PALS- Activities Classroom learning activities organized by the subskills measured by the PALS Teachers, Coaches PALS
5/21/2012 - Teaching New Words: Embedding Vocabulary Instruction in Storybooks This webinar (presented by Dr.s Elizabeth Spencer and Howard Goldstein) provide recommendations to help teachers select useful vocabulary targets. They present a framework for the design of explicit instruction and provided suggestions for differentited instruction. Teachers, Coaches ECLKC
9/24/2012 - Promoting Language and Literacy: Building Bridges from Classroom to Home This webinar (presented by Dr. Kevin Cole) gives an overview of some of the simple strategies parents can use at home to foster their child's language acquisition and reading skills. He briefly reviews the research on strategies and then describes how parents and classroom staff can use books and play to enhance language learning at home and school. Teachers, Coaches, Family Engagement Coordinators ECLKC
Words are Here There and Everywhere Family Guide This workbook provides strategies for parents and caregivers for using everyday moments to grow their child's vocabulary while building on his or her natural curiosity and excitement about learning. Family Engagement Coordinators, Family PNC Grow Up Great / Sesame Street Learning Resources
Words are Here There and Everywhere Educator's Guide This Educator guide offers tips and activities for teachers to develop child language and literacy through a Sesame Street Big Book of Words activity, activites to embed across your existing learning areas and routines, and family engagement ideas that build off of the Big Book of Words. Teachers, Family Engagement Coordinators PNC Grow Up Great / Sesame Street Learning Resources
Talking is Teaching Family Moments Kit This kit for parents and caregivers (including a guide and read-aloud book) highlights the importance of talking, reading, and singing together (joyfully!) with children and connects these interactions to brain development and literacy. For parents of preschoolers, print pp. 1-7. Family Engagement Coordinators, Family PNC Grow Up Great / Sesame Street Learning Resources
Talking is Teaching Community Provider Guide This guide (complete with activities and handouts featuring Sesame Street characters) is designed to help teachers and family engagement coordinators help families promote their children's language development at home --through talking, reading, and singing. This guide could be used in home visits or teacher-parent conferences or family nights. Teachers, Family Engagement Coordinators PNC Grow Up Great / Sesame Street Learning Resources
Talk, Read and Sing Together Every Day!: It's Never Too Early to Help Your Child Learn. This colorful, family-friendly 1-pager provides a language milestone chart and tips for parents to promote their child's language skills develop. Family Engagement Coordinators, Family Too Small to Fail
Talk, Read and Sing Together Every Day!: Tips for Preschool Teachers and Other Early Childhood Education Program Providers This 6-page guide provides tips (with rich examples!) that teachers can use and share with families to help enrich the language skills of all young children, including children who do not speak yet, children with disabilities or delays, and children who are dual language learners. Teachers, Coaches, Family Engagement Coordinators Too Small to Fail
Learning to Talk and Listen: An Oral Language Resource for Early Childhood Caregivers This National Institute for Literacy guide is a teacher-friendly resourcethat can be used to (1) learn about the development of oral language skills in the preschool years (2) understand the role that oral language skills play in children's later reading and thinking skills, and (3) learn how to create an environment that helps children build strong oral language skills. Teachers, Coaches, Administrators National Institute for Literacy
Facts and Tips for Young Dual Language Learners: How to Use Interpreters Effectively This Fact and Tip sheet developed by the Early Dual Language Learner Initiative of Wisconsin (ELLDI), provides information for school programs about using interpreters and translators and recommendations to improve communication between school staff and families of DLL's. Teachers, Coaches, Administrators, Family Engagement Coordinators ELLDI- Wisconsin
Understanding the Impact of Language Differences on Classroom Behavior This 4-page brief is part of a continuing series of short, easy-to-read, "how to" information packets on a variety of evidence-based practices, strategies, and intervention procedures. The Briefs are designed to help teachers support young children's social and emotional development. They include examples and vignettes that illustrate how practical strategies might be used in a variety of early childhood settings and home environments. This brief shares a vignette of a child who is a dual language learner. Teachers, Coaches CSEFEL
"Why Bilinguals Are Smarter" This brief New York Times article from 2012 highlights research showing the advantages of being bilingual (or dual language learners) for cognitive development of skills including executive function. Teachers, Coaches, Administrators New York Times
Dual Language Learners: Five Tips for Parents This article for parents gives an overview of 5 strategies that parents can use to support their DLL children's success in school/language learning. It includes links to PDFs in English and Spanish. Teachers, Coaches, Family Engagement Coordinators, Family Too Small to Fail
Preschool for ELLs This webcast presented by Dr. Rebecca Palacios offers information on the following components of a PreK ELL / DLL program: language instruction, curriculum, professional development, and family outreach. Teachers, Coaches, Administrators, Family Engagement Coordinators Reading Rockets
Teaching Channel Video Playlist: Dual Language Learners This page includes links to video clips of classroom practices for Dual Language Learners. Text is provided to describe the practices and reflection questions help support teacher inquiry. Teachers, Coaches 37
Meeting the Home Language Mandate: Practical Strategies for All Classrooms This Young Children article by Karen Nemeth explains to practicitioners the importance of supporting children's home language, reviews issues in the Early Childhood field, and describes what classrooms look/feel like when strategies to support dual language learners are in place. Teachers, Coaches ECLKC
Specific Strategies to Support Dual Language Learners (DLLs) When Adults Do Not Speak Their Language This ECLKC webpage on the Planned Language Approach includes helpful Tip Sheets, including "Supporting English Language Development When Children Have Little Experience with English, "Supporting Dual Language Learners with Classroom Schedules and Transitions", and "Code Switching: Why It Matters and How to Respond" Teachers, Coaches ECLKC
WIDA Learning Modules This link leads to two interactive learning modules focused on supporting English Language Learners. The site is only available to WIDA consortium member educators and requires login. Teachers WIDA
Early English Language Development (E-ELD) Standards This resource guide introduces the WIDA E-ELD Standards and Framework to practitioners, professionals, and parents. The resource guide includes a discussion of each component of the framework as well as examples of language descriptors for each standard with the intention of helping practitioners see how the E-ELD Standards are used in a variety of authentic contexts in Early Care and Education (ECE) settings. Teachers, Coaches, Administrators, Family Engagement Coordinators WIDA
Language in Play: Introduction to the Early English Language Development (E-ELD) Standards This webinar (recorded 3/13/14) provides an in-depth view of each component of the E-ELD Standards Framework. Each component will be reviewed and implications for use as well as implementation in various early education and care programs will be discussed. Teachers, Coaches, Administrators, Family Engagement Coordinators WIDA
WIDA Can Do Descriptors: Early Years The Early Years Can Do Descriptors provide examples of what dual language learners (DLLs) can do at various stages of language development. They can help educators interpret results from WIDA language development assessments and identify ways to design opportunities for DLLs' meaningful participation in learning environments where the language of interaction is English. Teachers, Coaches, Administrators, Family Engagement Coordinators WIDA
WIDA English Language Learner Can Do Booklet: Grades PreKindergarten to Kindergarten This free PDF booklet complements the WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards and provides a valuable set of resourcesaligned to the Performance Definitions for the levels of English language proficiency. It includes the WIDA Performance Definitions and Can Do Descriptors. The Can Do Descriptors highlight what language learners can do at various stages of language development as they engage in teaching and learning in academic contexts. Teachers, Coaches, Administrators, Family Engagement Coordinators WIDA
What is the teacher's role in supporting play in early childhood classrooms? This article explains the rationale for play in early childhood classrooms and reviews ways teachers can support play in their classroom. Teachers, Coaches, Administrators VCU VDOE T and TA Center
Chopsticks and Counting Chips This article in NAEYC's publication Young Children makes the case for including play in early childhood classrooms by outlining the ways that play effectively supports the development of key competenties in young children and explains how play enables learning. Teachers, Coaches, Administrators NAEYC
Assessing and Scaffolding Make-Believe Play This article in NAEYC's publication Young Children gives an overview of the importance of play in early childhood classrooms as well as key components and developmental stages of play competencies and how to assess and support play in the classroom. Teachers, Coaches, Administrators NAEYC
10/22/2012 - The Characteristics of Intentional, Mature, Make-Believe Play: How Play Influences Development This is a 30 minute recorded webinar introducing the importance of play in early learning by Dr. Deborah Leong. Teachers, Coaches, Administrators ECLKC
ECLKC 15-minute inservice suites: Schedules and Routines This in-service suite shows how schedules and routines help to promote children's learning. Explore guidelines to create a daily classroom schedule that children can learn to follow. This and other inservice suites provide (1) a short intro video , (2) a set of handouts ("Tips for Teachers," "Tips for Supervisors," "Helpful resources") and (3) a "Trainer version" of inservice suites with a PowerPoint presentation, Presenter Notes, and learning activities to deliver through workshops or professional learning communities (PLC's). Teachers, Coaches ECLKC
ECLKC 15-minute inservice suites: Materials to Support Learning This in-service suite explores guidelines on how to select classroom materials. Learn how to choose materials that engage children and encourage peer interaction and learning. This and other inservice suites provide (1) a short intro video , (2) a set of handouts ("Tips for Teachers," "Tips for Supervisors," "Helpful resources") and (3) a "Trainer version" of inservice suites with a PowerPoint presentation, Presenter Notes, and learning activities to deliver through workshops or professional learning communities (PLC's). Teachers, Coaches ECLKC
ECLKC 15-minute inservice suites: Designing Environments In this inservice suite, learn about features of the physical and social classroom environment that maximize young children's engagement and learning. This and other inservice suites provide (1) a short intro video, (2) a set of handouts ("Tips for Teachers," "Tips for Supervisors," "Helpful resources") and (3) a "Trainer version" of inservice suites with a PowerPoint presentation, Presenter Notes, and learning activities to deliver through workshops or professional learning communities (PLC's). Teachers, Coaches, Administrators ECLKC
Environment Rating Scales Information on the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale- Revised edition (ECERS-R) from the Frank Porter Graham institute, including how it was developed and an overview of the subscales and items. Teachers, Coaches, Administrators FPG
Promoting Positive Child Outcomes 47-minute Teaching Strategies Webinar about promoting Positive Teacher Child Outcomes through interactions while implementing the Creative Curriculum. Teachers, Coaches Teaching Strategies
Teachstone (MyTeachingPartner- UVA)- Recorded Webinar 1 hour Pre-recorded and live webinars on an array of topics related to CLASS, PD, and how to use and give feedback from CLASS data. Teachers, Coaches, Administrators Teachstone
Effective Classroom Interactions (not available) Teachers, Coaches Coursera
ECLKC- NCQTL: 15 minute inservice suites cross-walk to CLASS This table cross-walks all the 15-minute Inservice Suites with the CLASS dimensions. Use this Cross-Walk to identify specific Inservice Suites that correspond to areas of need assessed by the CLASS tool. Then go to the ECLKC-NCQTL: 15 minute inservice suites home page to find that suite. Teachers, Coaches, Administrators ECLKC
ECLKC- NCQTL: 15 minute inservice suites The 15-minute inservice suites provide (1) a short video that introduces an evidence-based practice corresponding to the NCQTL House framework, (2) a set of handouts (""Tips for Teachers,"" ""Tips for Supervisors,"" ""Helpful resources"") and (3) a ""Trainer version"" of inservice suites with a PowerPoint presentation, Presenter Notes, and learning activities to deliver through workshops or professional learning communities (PLC's). Teachers, Coaches, Administrators ECLKC
Teaching Math to Young Children Practice Guide This webpage contains useful resources on evidence-based practices for Teaching Math to Young Children. It includes a brief summary of 5 Evidence-based Recommendations, an 8-page Practice Guide Summary, and a more detailed complete Practice Guide. You can also explore 1 Recommendation at a time. Teachers, Coaches IES
The Work of Play This 7-minute video from Teaching Channel in partnership with NYCDOE's Showcase Schools, highlights how early childhood classrooms use play ("work time" or "learning centers") as a valuable format for teaching and learning. Teachers, Coaches, Administrators 37
I Am Moving, I Am Learning (IMIL) Interactive Tool The I Am Moving, I Am Learning (IMIL) Interactive tool is filled with quick and easy ideas for integrating movement, nutrition, and healthy habits into everyday life. Click on "parent" or "teacher" to start, and then select common items or places in a typical home, community, or classroom environment to get related tips, ideas, and resources. Teachers, Family ECLKC
ECLKC - Health This page includes links to information and resources on Physical Health, Nutrition, Oral Health, Safety, and Mental Health for teachers, family engagement staff, and families. Teachers, Family Engagement Coordinators, Family ECLKC
Approaches to Learning- Interactive Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework: Ages Birth to Five On this interactive webpage, select "Approaches to Learning" and "Preschooler Domains" to explore subdomains, goals for children, and related staff resources on ECLKC. Teachers, Coaches, Administrators ECLKC
Dual Language Learners Toolkit The toolkit includes a 5-minute video, Policy statement, and a set of linked resources for Administrators and managers; teachers, caregivers, and family services staff; and families. First, watch the video and then select from the links below to start exploring the available materials. Teachers, Coaches, Administrators, Family Engagement Coordinators, Family ECLKC