Improving teacher quality in early education is a major part of ensuring young children's school readiness and closing the achievement gap. This is the book decision-makers and administrators need to begin developing coordinated, effective teacher quality systems ones that not only get teachers ready for the classroom, but also promote continuous learning of new skills and strategies.
Edited by renowned ECE experts Carollee Howes and Robert Pianta, this book is the first effort to integrate at a state level three critical components of teacher quality: Early Childhood Education Competencies, Professional Development, and Quality Rating Systems (see below). After an in-depth exploration of all three components and their role in high-quality education, readers will get detailed analyses of how six states are making progress toward integrating them. Through case studies on each state Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Mexico, Ohio, and Pennsylvania readers will examine the diverse approaches these systems are taking todetermine early childhood education competencies and systematically link them with professional development and quality rating systems (QRS) develop and manage the structure, content, and delivery of effective professional development establish the staff qualifications required at each QRS level, encourage teachers to move beyond basic licensing requirements organize and direct their funds provide incentives and motivation for staff participation in professional development create clear partnerships between state organizations to promote integration of systems and more
A call-to-action volume on three of the hottest topics in ECE, Foundations for Teaching Excellence represents today's best thinking about teacher quality and accountability, straight from 20 expert researchers, program directors, and leaders in the ECE policy field. Decision-makers and administrators will consider this book an essential reference as they take the first steps toward statewide, integrated teacher quality systems and ensure that every young child gets the best possible education.
Promote state-level integration ofEarly Childhood Education Competencies (ECEC). Define the knowledge and skills teachers need to be successful. Professional Development (PD). Help teachers acquire those critical skills and knowledge. Quality Rating Systems (QRS). Implement accountability mechanisms that encourage higher levels of competence. "
Publisher: Brookes Publishing Co
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 290 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 11 mm
Early childhood decision makers will find this book to be an invaluable reference as they determine how to move the field forward in the next decade.
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