Picturing the Project Approach: Seeing How It Works for Teachers and Children in Practice

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 2 p.m. EST
Presented by: Dr. Sylvia Chard, Carmen A. Castillo and Yvonne Kogan

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. The authors of Picturing the Project Approach: Creative Explorations in Early Learning agree! In this unique webinar, you will have a rare opportunity to peek inside the life of The Project Approach in practice in real classrooms with real children and teachers featured in the book. The authors will share the power of projects through photographs of children from toddler to upper elementary ages in a school committed to high quality project work for more than a decade.

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • The basics of the Project Approach
  • How the book can be used as a manual for teachers learning to engage their students in in-depth project work
  • How to lead teachers through the steps of incorporating the Project Approach in toddler, preschool or elementary classrooms


All sessions are 1.5 hour long, and include a brief announcement from our sponsor.

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Eastern Time.

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Can’t participate in our webinars at the appointed time? Never fear! All of the webinars are recorded. To view the recording, simply register now and you will receive an email with a link to the recording when it is ready to be viewed. You can still download the certificate by watching the recording to the end when the certificate link is announced and displayed on the screen.

Only 1,000 people at one time can attend our webinars, but registration often tops 4,000. Only the first 1,000 people to click the link to attend the webinar will be able to get in. We start the webinars 30 minutes in advance of the start time. Arrive early to make sure you get in.

Please be advised that you will only be eligible for the great door prizes if you participate in the live session.

You can earn .2 CEUs for each webinar. The cost is $15 paid to University of Oklahoma online when you apply. Learn more here: Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from University of Oklahoma

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Choosing Parenting Curricula: Introducing a Compendium of Evidenced-Based Parenting Interventions


Strong parent-child relationships set the stage for children’s success in school and in life. Discover ways to partner with families to strengthen these relationships in your program using this compilation of evidenced-based parenting interventions for children ages birth to 5. Research has shown that the parenting interventions in this guide support children’s learning and development.

The Compendium includes all the information you need to make choices about parenting interventions you can implement in your program. Many of these parenting programs provide opportunities for parents to learn more about their child, reduce family stress, and deepen parent satisfaction. Find information about cost, training, length of the parenting group, and the goals of the intervention.

Source: National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Partnerships and the Early Childhood Knowledge and Learning Center

Available at: http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/family/docs/compendium-of-parenting.pdf

Research-Based Curricula and Teaching Practices

A high-quality, research-based curriculum provides learning goals and activities in key areas of childrens development that reflect support for school readiness goals. A curriculum provides guidance on what to teach content and how to teach learning experiences and teaching practices. The content is drawn from current child development science, the interests and ideas of the children, and the values of the community.

Source: National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning

Available at: http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/teaching/practice/curricula

Grow It, Try It, Like It! Nutrition Education Kit Featuring MyPlate


Grow It, Try It, Like It! Nutrition Education Kit Featuring MyPlate is a garden-themed nutrition education kit for child care center staff that introduces children to: three fruits – peaches, strawberries, and cantaloupe, and three vegetables – spinach, sweet potatoes, and crookneck squash. The kit includes seven booklets featuring fruits and vegetables with fun activities through the imaginary garden at Tasty Acres Farm! It also has a CD-ROM with Supplemental Information and a DVD with Cool Puppy Pups Picnic and Lunch Parties. Each set of lessons contains: hands-on activities, planting activities, and nutrition education activities that introduce MyPlate. Use the kit to promote learning at home with fun parent/child activities and family-sized recipes that give tips for cooking with children.

Source: Food and Nutrition Service

Available at: http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/grow-it-try-it-it

The Progress of Education Reform


Foundations for future learning are laid in the earliest years of a child’s life. Research shows that, while mutable, the course of school achievement — or lack of it — is often set before children reach the kindergarten door. This understanding
has led to education policies that stress the importance of supporting reading skills in the preschool years because lack of reading readiness is linked to lower school achievement and school difficulties such as grade retention and dropout. Strong emphasis has been put on making certain that all children are proficient readers by third grade. Recent research shows, however, that early mathematics skills and general knowledge in science and social studies might be even more important for school achievement, not just in math and science but in reading as well. Knowledge of the natural and social worlds seems to be more predictive of reading achievement than are early reading skills.

Source: Education Commission of the States

Available at: http://www.ecs.org/clearinghouse/01/12/88/11288.pdf

Celebrate Summer Learning Day on June 20: Create a Plan to Strengthen Summer Opportunities for All | Administration for Children and Families


By Susan O’Connor, School-age TA SpecialistNational Center on Child Care Professional Development and Workforce, co-funded by the Office of Child Care and the Office of Head Start

Summer can be a time of growth, learning, and fun. Think back to your summer memories. Perhaps you learned to swim or made special friends at camp. Maybe you remember the summer you went on a whale watch and spent days afterward reading all about whales.

Summer is also a time of learning loss. While this happens to all students, children from lower income families are more likely than their higher income peers to lose ground in reading and math over the summer. Did you know that about half of the difference in reading ability in ninth grade between children from low- and high-income families is linked to summer learning loss during elementary school?

Recent studies show that summer learning can lead to gains in school lasting up to two years. For the nearly 650,000 school-age children served monthly by a Child Care and Development Fund subsidy, summer programs play an important role in supporting learning opportunities.As we celebrate National Summer Learning Day, the following tips can help to make sure all children have access to high-quality summer learning programs.

Source: The Family Room Blog, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Available at: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/blog/2014/06/celebrate-summer-learning-day

NSTA Position Statement: Early Childhood Science Education

At an early age, all children have the capacity and propensity to observe, explore, and discover the world around them (NRC 2012). These are basic abilities for science learning that can and should be encouraged and supported among children in the earliest years of their lives. The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) affirms that learning science and engineering practices in the early years can foster children’s curiosity and enjoyment in exploring the world around them and lay the foundation for a progression of science learning in K–12 settings and throughout their entire lives.

This statement focuses primarily on children from age 3 through preschool. NSTA recognizes, however, the importance of exploratory play and other forms of active engagement for younger children from birth to age 3 as they come to explore and understand the world around them. This document complements NSTA’s position statement on elementary school science (NSTA 2002) that focuses on science learning from kindergarten until students enter middle or junior high.

Source: National Science Teacher’s Association

Available at: http://www.nsta.org/about/positions/earlychildhood.aspx

15 Minute In-Services Suite – Head Start

These 15-minute in-service suites were designed as a resource for professional development in busy, active early childhood centers and programs. The in-service suites are organized around one topic or big idea and address effective teaching and assessment practices that map onto the NCQTL HOUSE Framework.

Each in-service consists of a short video supplemented with handouts. A trainer version is available for use by Early Childhood Education Specialists and other training and technical assistance providers and includes a PowerPoint presentation, learning activities and other training materials.

The in-service suites can be used in a variety of ways to meet the needs of varied audiences. Staff can view the shorter version directly on the website. The trainer version can be used as part of a workshop presented alone, or combined with other in-services.

Source: National Center for Quality Teaching and Learning

Available at: http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/teaching/center/practice/ISS

Reggio Emilia in Your Child Care Setting


Maybe you have heard the name “Reggio Emilia” batted around among fellow early childhood professionals, or perhaps the name rings a bell from an “educational approaches” course in college. Or, maybe you work at or send your own children to one of many Reggio-related childcare centers in the United States. Then again, maybe you’ve never heard the name until now. Whatever the case may be, the Reggio Emilia story is worth knowing.

Source: ChildCare Education Institute

Available at: http://www.cceionline.com/newsletters/February_14_ext.html

El currículo, la evaluación y el marco de head start: Una herramienta para revisar la alineación – Head Start

Esta herramienta se diseñó con el fin de ayudar a su programa para que pueda determinar el grado de alineación que exista entre una evaluación o un currículo para la primera infancia, y los dominios y los elementos de los dominios identificados en el Marco de Head Start para el Desarrollo y Aprendizaje Temprano de los Niños (HSCDELF, por sus siglas en inglés, revisado, Sept. 2011).

Source: Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center

Available at: http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/Espanol/educacion/educacion/Elcurrculola.htm