Head Start

More Than 'Drive-By' Observations: New Trends in Watching and Measuring Good Teaching

June 14, 2012

On May 17, 2012, Lisa Guernsey gave a talk at the Education Writers Association annual meeting in Philadelphia on new trends in watching and measuring good teaching that was based in part on the New America paper, Watching Teachers Work: Using Observation Tools to Promote Effective Teaching in the Early Years and Early Grades.

HHS Releases Second List of Chances to Vie for Head Start Grants

May 16, 2012

Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) posted the remaining 97 funding opportunities for community-based organizations, city agencies and school districts that wish to compete with current Head Start providers for Head Start funds. The new grant-making process, known as recompetition, aims to move funds away from Head Start and Early Head Start providers that were found to be deficient during recent government audits and redirect grants to new providers that appear to meet higher standards.

Podcast: Going Beyond Third-Grade Retention to Help Struggling Readers

April 30, 2012
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Early educators and child advocates continue to stress the importance of children learning to read by the end of third grade.  Legislators in several states are signaling their interest in this too by proposing third-grade retention policies that keep children from graduating to fourth grade until they can pass a reading test. Is this a smart approach?

Going Beyond Third-Grade Retention to Help Struggling Readers

April 30, 2012

Early educators and child advocates continue to stress the importance of children learning to read by the end of third grade.  Legislators in several states are signaling their interest in this too by proposing third-grade retention policies that keep children from graduating to fourth grade until they can pass a reading test. Is this a smart approach?

The Dept. of Ed’s Advice on Using Title I Funds for Preschool

April 25, 2012

School districts have always been allowed to use federal Title I funds to establish preschool programs for disadvantaged children, and in fact they can use these dollars to support children beginning at birth.  But because Title I is part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act ( ESEA), currently known as No Child Left Behind, it is most often used to fund K-12 programs. Some school district leaders may not even know that these funds can be used for programs before kindergarten or may be unsure about what is and is not allowed.

The Head Start Recompetition Process is Underway

April 20, 2012

The long and much-anticipated process of redistributing federal grant monies away from low-quality Head Start and Early Head Start providers is now underway. Yesterday the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) posted funding opportunities online for city agencies and school districts to compete with their existing area Head Start and Early Head Start providers for grants.

Screen Time: Surprises and Suggestions from the Science on Kids' Media

April 12, 2012

On April 10, Lisa Guernsey gave a presentation to the Falls Church PTA on what the latest science is telling parents and educators about the benefits and drawbacks of screen media for children, ages 0 to 8. The presentation was based in part on new research in Screen Time: How Electronic Media -- From Baby Videos to Educational Software -- Affects Your Young Child (Basic Books, 2012).

Reviewing the Results of the Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge

March 30, 2012
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We hope you found our six-part blog series on the Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge winners helpful. We combined all six posts into a PDF report for easy reading, and added a list of web resources to the end.

Be sure to check out our special page on RTT-ELC for all of our past posts on the competition as well as for continuing coverage. We expect to hear more news about the 2012 RTT-ELC in the near future.

 

 

 

 

'Watching Teachers Work' Event at NYU Tomorrow

March 26, 2012

Thanks to the generosity of New York University, the Early Education Initiative is putting on an NYC version of "Watching Teachers Work", the event that drew big crowds in Washington, DC two months ago. We'll present findings from our latest policy paper on new tools for gathering data on what teachers do in the classroom (from infant/toddler prorgrams up through the PreK-12 system) and we'll hear from a principal, two teachers and a coach about how observation data can spur more effective teachings.

Watching Teachers Work: Reframing the Teacher Debates Using Data From Teacher Observations
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 9:00am - 11:00am
NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
60 Washington Square South Kimmel Center
New York, NY 10003
 

More details on our event page. Space is filling up so please RSVP if you haven't already. Hope to see some of our NYC readers there tomorrow morning!

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