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PCCP presents the PACE 46th Annual Education Conference — Oct. 16-18, 2015 — Ontario, California
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Wednesday, Aug. 19 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time (GH Community)
Research-Based Literacy Strategies for All Young Children
Presented by Mary Renck Jalongo, Ph.D., educator and author
Wednesday, Aug. 26 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time (KELC Community)
Science, You and Young Children: Tips from Research to Guide Your Teaching
Presented by Peggy Ashbrook, The Early Years columnist and blogger, National Science Teachers Association
Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time (GH Community)
The Impact of Trauma on Growth and Development
Presented by Barbara Sorrels Ed. D., Executive Director, The Institute for Childhood Education
Back to school — Welcome to preschool!
Summer's over, and your classroom will soon be filled with children who are eager to learn, but a little unsure of the new classroom environment and their place in it. Ease the transition and set the tone for a school year full of fun and learning with the following activities.
Time-outs work: Curbing preschoolers' bad behavior
HealthDay News via WebMD News
Parents should be open to using a range of tactics for managing their preschoolers' behavior problems — including "time-outs," a set of new studies suggests. When it comes to disciplining young children, there are two broad camps. Some popular advice books and websites emphasize "positive parenting," where time-outs and other punishments are discouraged. But if parents were to read a child psychology textbook, they'd find that time-outs are considered an effective tactic, said Robert Larzelere, a professor of human development and family science at Oklahoma State University. That's because time-outs have shown their value in studies of children diagnosed with behavioral disorders.
Is effective teacher professional development just a 'mirage?'
Today, the teacher policy organization TNTP released a provocative report on the current state of teacher professional development. Entitled The Mirage: Confronting the Hard Truth About the Quest for Teacher Development, the report seeks to upend the notion that we know what makes for quality professional development that enhances teacher practice at scale — a necessary effort to ensure that every student in every classroom has access to great teaching. In the small sample of districts they examined, TNTP found that, despite substantive investments, no particular teacher development strategy studied was tied to improvement. So what do TNTP's findings mean for the future of teacher professional development?
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Explore, discover, create! Fantastic outdoor activities across the curriculum
Do you remember when your very favorite part of the school day was recess? Many of the reasons that outdoor play was so exciting then have not really changed over the years. Outdoor play is still a time to interact with friends, to run and stretch big muscles, to yell out loud, to let the imagination soar, to be messy, to fly like the wind or to sit quietly in the tall green grass while being a seamless part of the natural environment.
On leadership and listening
Preschool Matters ... Today
Susan R. Andersen, a early childhood advisor, formally with the Iowa Department of Education, writes: "Carl R. Rogers wrote that we are all 'becoming human'. Every day and every experience influences our growth toward ‘becoming a person’ and finding our sense of self. This also reflects the conscience of our profession: to ensure that every child has the most supportive environment in which to 'become' a loving, informed, healthy and decent human being."
Half of children age three and younger live in poverty
Just more than half (51 percent) of American children age 3 and younger live in poverty, according to data gathered by Zero to Three, a nonprofit focused on issues facing babies and toddlers. The percentage of children living in poverty has not changed drastically from 2012, when Zero to Three released its last big National Baby Facts report. This year's national report is formatted as a PowerPoint presentation and gathers a number of factoids from a set of more detailed state reports.
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The consequences for kids when their parents work irregular night shifts — research
The Washington Post
Having a regular schedule matters — especially when it comes to young people of all ages. According to a new research brief from the nonprofit Economic Policy Institute, children of parents working non-standard and unpredictable schedules are more likely to have decreased cognitive and behavioral outcomes. Who is more commonly affected? Blacks, less-educated parents and young low-income single moms. What are some of the negative outcomes? The brief says that toddlers whose mothers work non-standard hours, for example, have worse sensory perception, learning, problem solving and verbal communication, while 13- and 14-year-olds whose parents work at night are more likely to be depressed and to engage in risky behavior, such as smoking and drinking, than kids whose parents are at home at night.
Math gets more rigorous for some preschoolers
On a recent morning in South Seattle, Kristin Alfonzo challenged her preschoolers to make the number 7 using beads strung across two rows of pipe cleaners. One 5-year-old boy slid four beads across the top and three across the bottom. Another did the reverse, and one kid pushed all seven on one row. "I see many different ways of making 7!" Alfonzo said over the ruckus of kids counting out loud. Preschools typically leave math for grade school, in the belief that 4- and 5-year-olds aren't old enough to understand what 7 stands for. Decades of brain science now show that waiting is a mistake.
The difficulty in assessing the effectiveness of early education programs
A recent report looking at research into Head Start programs — or federally funded early education programs for low-income families — has revealed that research is not conclusive enough to determine the effectiveness despite 50 years of operation and 30 million children served, said The Hechinger Report. The July 2015 report was published by the Department of Education and comes from What Works Clearinghouse; it determined from studying over 90 varying research reports on Heard Start that only one study was scientifically valid in assessing whether students' academic or behavioral skills had improved, the article said.
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