Making a Difference: 10 Essential Steps to Building a PreK-3 System

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Corwin Press, Jan 6, 2010 - Education - 162 pages
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The national push for early learning is no longer about preschool alone, but rather about strategic planning to increase achievement by working with communities to establish a strong Key Stages 1 and 2 foundation. This book provides the essential steps for carrying out this important work, including how to reach out to community early childhood education providers to establish quality instruction and build bridges to Key Stages 1 and 2.

Drawing on their success in building a PreK-3 system in the Bremerton, WA school district and their work with schools across the USA, the authors provide education professionals with a field-tested, step-by-step road map that can be adapted for your own community and school district. Essential topics include:

- Identifying the needs of families and children

- Aligning resources, curriculum, instruction, and assessment

- Establishing key players

- Training staff

- Developing a plan for implementation

- Instituting professional learning communities

- Anticipating potential challenges

- Celebrating successes

This book shows head teachers and early childhood professionals, as well as county officials, Education Officers, Head Start programmes, and Title I directors, how to provide all children with access to high-quality educational experiences in and before Reception and link early childhood standards and goals to the Key Stages 1 and 2 systems.

 

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Contents

Introduction Connecting Early Childhood and K12 Programs
1
Step 1 Establish Need and Common Interests
7
Step 2 Locate and Connect With Your Early Childhood Learning Environments
19
Step 3 Develop a Leadership Group
27
Step 4 HighQuality Professional Development
43
Step 5 Connect and Align Quality PreK to Kindergarten
65
Step 6 Maximize the Benefits of FullDay Kindergarten
77
Step 7 Align and Connect a Strong FullDay Kindergarten With Grades 13
91
Step 8 Conquer the FadeOut
103
Step 9 Create a Sustainable System of Support
113
Step 10 Review Revise and Extend
125
Resources
139
References
151
Index
157
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Linda Sullivan-Dudzic has spent the past 30 years connecting early childhood to K-12 to the higher education system. Prior to entering the fields of speech language pathology, curriculum and instruction, special education, and Title I, she learned a great deal from her mother, Lillian Sullivan, who started one of the first quality preschool programs in the 1960’s, Nursery School, that included students with disabilities. Building on this strong early foundation, Sullivan-Dudzic continued her educational training and experience as a speech language pathologist at Kitsap Community Resources Head Start and started one of the first cooperative public school and Head Start service agreements to serve children with disabilities. Sullivan-Dudzic's advocacy for early childhood and students with disabilities continued with her work with the public school system (birth to 12th grade) as a special programs director, as well as her work with higher education designing and teaching college-level courses, and working with others to create a faith-based private preschool whose mission is to provide quality education to families who cannot afford preschool.

Donna Gearns began her teaching career in self-contained preschool, elementary, and middle school classrooms for students with learning disabilities. As an itinerant special education teacher, she discovered the importance of building relationships with staff and directors in community preschool settings, a critical step in the process of developing a Pre-K to 3rd Grade System. Her work in quality preschool classrooms and collaboration with committed teachers and directors allowed her the opportunity to facilitate the use of common curriculum and its implementation in community preschool settings. Donna currently is a Teacher On Special Assignment (TOSA) for Bremerton School District. In addition to working with community preschool programs, she is an Assistive Technology Specialist for students from preschool through high school. Her goal is to make a difference for children and teachers by providing resources, information and support. Donna and her husband have two sons and live with their three dogs in Seabeck, Washington.

Kelli J. Leavell started her career working as a special education teacher in the Bremerton School District. After several years in the classroom, she took her current position as a part time district Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA). As a TOSA, Kelli has had the opportunity to coordinate the district english language learner program. She also provides coaching and training focused on district-wide initiatives like Response to Intervention, Title I services, reading instruction and alignment, and classroom management. Kelli also helps coordinate several grants in partnership with state and private foundations. In addition to her work as a TOSA, Kelli is also a national independent reading consultant. Over the last seven years, this role has allowed her to work with a multitude of wonderful schools and districts across the nation. She is currently working on a degree in education leadership to earn her administrative credential. Her goal is to continue to help districts connect, align, and improve education services for all children. Kelli and her husband Aaron reside in Silverdale, Washington with their two sons, Kellen and Corbin.

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