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NAEYC 2015 Professional Development Institute

Teaching Math to Young Children: Using the IES Practice Guide in the Early Childhood
Classroom(Presentation by Steven Hicks and Sharon M. Carver on June 8, 2015)

Siegler, R.S. (2009). Improving the Numerical Understanding of Children From
Low-Income Families. Child Development Perspectives, 3 (2), 118-124.

Laski, E. V., & Siegler, R. S. (2014). Learning From Number Board Games: You Learn
What You Encode. Developmental Psychology, 50 (3), 853-864.


Children’s School Outreach News:

November 2014 – Outreach for Practicing Educators
May 2014 – Sharing Our Experience with Educators
April 2014 – New Outreach Approaches

NCCCC 2015 Conference Highlights:

2015 Conference Slideshow


Spring 2014 Presentations at NCCCC and IALS:

The Art of Possibility: Transforming Practices for Educators, Children, and Parents (Sharon Carver)
Building Foundations for Friendship and Collaboration in Early Childhood
(Jean Bird and Donna Perovich)

Strategies for Supporting Dual Language Learners in Early Childhood
(Lisa Loomis and Kate Stevens)


Early Childhood Thematic Explorations (Workshop & Observation on January 20,2014):

Workshop Powerpoint Slides
Pittsburgh Unit 2015
Birds Unit 2014
Water Unit 2013
Healthy Mind & Body Unit 2012
Building Unit 2011
Theatre Unit 2010
Music Unit 2009
Art & Artists Unit 2008
Games Unit 2007

Spring 2013 Presentations at NCCCC and IALS:

Meaningful Campus and Community Professional Development for Experienced
Educators
(Sharon Carver)

Message from Me: Facilitating Collaboration and Communication
(Linda Hancock and Jean Bird)


Children's School Presentations at the 2012 PAEYC & Allegheny Family Support Conference:

Calming Play for Healthy Minds
(Jean Bird and Brynn Flynn)

Creative and Constructive Play with Light
(Krissy Opferman and Charline Tomer)

Using Games to Enrich Preschool and Kindergarten Programs
(Donna Perovich and Jillian Mangan)


Children's School Professional Development:

August Early Childhood Workshops
Thursday and Friday August 18 and 19, 2011 (Cick here for Flyer)
Thursday Morning- Light & Color: Exploring Properties and Principles
Thursday Afternoon- Meaningful Math: Numbers, Shapes, Patterns,
Measurements & Data
Friday Morning- Building: Beyond the Basics for Young Children
Friday Afternoon- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Introducing Young Children
to Environmental Responsibility

Assessment Resources for the Classroom:

Alphabet Bingo
Created by Penny Grabowski and Charline Tomer for use as an assessment tool.
Has separate games for both upper case and lower case letters. Accommodates
up to four players. HINT: To maintain the involvement of all players to the
very end of the game, call the letter "o" or "O" last.
Numbers Bingo
Created by Penny Grabowski and Charline Tomer to assess numbers 0-20.
Accommodates up to four players. HINT: To keep all children involved in the
game to the very end, call the number "4" last.

IALS:

International Association of Laboratory Schools
IALS '12 Professional Development via International Interactions (Bird/Rosenblum)
(pdf)
NALS '06 Scaffolding Development via Embedded Structure and Thematic Content
(PowerPoint)

NCCCC:

National Coalition for Campus Children's Centers
Alcoa Collaborative Professional Development Presentation '05 (PowerPoint)

PAEYC:

Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children
Practical Accreditation Tips for Administrators (pdf)
Dr. Sharon M. Carver '08
Practical Accreditation Tips for Teachers (pdf)
Dr. Sharon Carver, Alexa Broughton, Linda Hancock, Donna Perovich, Maggie Lane
Rosenblum, Tim Salinetro, Estelle Solomon and Charline Tomer '08
You Don't Have to be a Gym Teacher: Fostering Physical Fitness in 3-5 Year Olds (pdf)
Beth McMichael and Jean Bird '08
Connecting with Parents (pdf)
Maggie Lane Rosenblum and Jean Simpson '07

NAEYC:

National Association for the Education of Young Children
2007 NCCCC Panel at NAEYC Conference Handout (pdf)
Accreditation Resources:
(Microsoft Word documents available to download)
Children's School Staff Handbook
NAEYC codes integrated throughout.
Children's School Thematic Unit Planning Template
NAEYC codes integrated throughout.
Children's School Evaluation Forms - NAEYC Style '07
Yearly Evaluation using NAEYC Standards Including individual, team,
administrative, and philosophy reviews targeting the relevant NAEYC Standards.
Classroom Portfolio Labels (2008 Version)
Classroom Portfolio Labels - use Avery 5160
These classroom portfolio labels are designed to update those from the 2006
version to match the 2008 improvement. If you already started a portfolio with
our 2006 labels, please print a full set of new labels and simply affix them
over your old labels, following the directions on the labels. Labels printed
in red ink will indicate which folders need to be removed or combined with
others. The entirely new labels for the 2008 version are at the end of the file.
Be sure to use the 2008 Classroom Portfolio Instructions and Checklist available
from the NAEYC web site to get the full wording of every criterion and indicator.
Classroom Portfolio Quick Reference Guide (2006 Version)
NAEYC codes integrated throughout.
Classroom Portfolio Reference Guide (2008 Version)
Included here is a quick reference guide for the 2008 NAEYC classroom portfolio.
This guide is not designed to give the full detail of each standard, but rather
as an organizational tool to give the essence so that people can label items with
the appropriate number and then store for later annotating and filing. This guide
will be easiest to use once people are already thoroughly familiar with the
standards. The document can be printed back to front so that it takes just one
piece of paper.
Classroom Portfolio Ideas
This file lists all of the classroom portfolio items from the 2006 version (104)
together with suggestions of what to include in each. Teachers could then list
specific documents they choose and have an easy way to search for locations.
Program Portfolio Labels
Classroom Portfolio Labels - use Avery 5160
Note to Colleagues:
This file of labels starts with the 2006 version (which is still acceptable for
those with candidacy deadlines of 1/31/09 and 5/31/09 but not thereafter).
The 2006 Preschool / Kindergarten labels are included first, followed by the
2006 Infant / Toddler additions, followed by the 2008 additions for both groups.
If you have already made labels using the 2006 version, then there is only one
to delete (3.F.01 - now printed in red) and 2 pages of labels at the end to add.
Be sure that you have the 2008 Program Portfolio Instructions and Checklist
from the NAEYC web site with you while working because the standards / criteria
list includes MUCH more detail on the specifics of what is required to achieve
each item. Even if a policy does not appear to apply to you, you might want to
include it anyway, just to be safe. Also, be sure that you cover each of the
indicators (labeled with lower case letters in the 2008 checklist).
Program Portfolio Quick Reference Guide (2006 Version)
Program Portfolio Quick Reference Guide (2008 Version)
Included here is an quick reference guide for the NAEYC program portfolio for
organizational purposes. This guide is not designed to give the full detail
of each standard, but rather to give the essence so that people can label
items with the appropriate number and then store for later annotating and
filing. This guide will be easiest to use once people are already thoroughly
familiar with the standards. The document can be printed back to front so that
it takes just one piece of paper, though it has to be legal size. Both 2006
and 2008 versions are included here so that you can use the one that applies
to your portfolio.
Program Portfolio Outline
This file lists all of the 2006 Program Portfolio items together with the
descriptions and items of evidence that are included in the Children's School
portfolio from the spring of 2008. We offer this document as one sample, not
an ideal model, in the hope that it might both help administrators who may
feel stuck in the process and inspire new ideas for demonstrating our quality.
Children's School Staff File Form
Staff File Organizer - One form to record all of the key documents, dates,
etc. in the staff file. Organized by NAEYC code number for the 2006 accreditation
format. Note that in the 2008 version, staff files are not used as a source of
evidence. Instead, policies, procedures, and examples re: staff qualifications,
etc. are included in the program portfolio.
Children's School NAEYC Ethics Statement
Children's School Confidentiality Statement
Candidacy Notes
This file includes notes about what materials to have ready prior to the arrival
of your candidacy materials, what questions you could answer before the
materials arrive (just to get ahead), a list of the "random" standards that were
chosen for us to address in the self-assessment report, and a log of the hours I
spent preparing the candidacy materials. My total of 20 hours was from first read
through printing and signatures with no advance writing of answers, but
assuming that everything was ready (it wasn't, but I didn't count the time to
tally surveys, etc. as part of candidacy material time).
Intentionality in Professional Development
Representatives from Pittsburgh and Chicago '07
Department of Public Welfare Childcare Licensing Regulations
(www.pacode.com)

Alcoa Collaborative:

Tom Hunter News (Word doc)
Fall News (Word doc)
Alcoa Collaborative Professional Development (PowerPoint)
Professional Development Data June '05 (Word doc)