Boosting Quality Through Effective Self-Assessment
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Boosting Quality Through Effective Self-Assessment

Take your child care program to the next level!
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Created by Shawna Ebbeson
Last updated 11/2015
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  • 1 Supplemental Resource
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What Will I Learn?
  • Identify important early childhood agencies and their positions
  • Identify and recognize quality that already exists in the classrooms
  • Boost awareness of standards and practices that may hinder quality
  • Recognize the relationships between standards, practice, and assessment
  • Promote deeper thinking of how self-assessments can lead to better quality
  • Illustrate how the synergy of standards, practices, and self-assessments impact educator effectiveness
  • Understand how learning styles influence the quality of early learning programs and effective self-assessment
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  • You will need a working knowledge of the child development domains and basic understanding of how children learn. These topics are not discussed in this course.

Standards alone do not boost the quality of a child care program. Consistent, appropriate, effective practice and assessment go a long way to increase the level of quality a program provides.

Join me as we take a serious look at the partnership between standards, practice, and assessment. We will discuss, in broad terms, the ways in which each component supports or hinders quality. We will design a bullet-proof self-assessment questionnaire that you cannot fail. Finally, we will discover how powerful personality and learning styles are at influencing our judgement of best practice.

Intended for Level 2 (skilled) and Level 3 (Mastery) early childhood professionals. This course is NAC approved for training credit through the Iowa AEYC. Some restrictions apply. For information on receiving a certificate for 1.5 hours of clock time towards your NAC accreditation or renewal of creditation, please contact the instructor prior to enrolling in the course as special discounts may be available.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you will be able to:

  • Define synergy
  • Realize that it is the increased effectiveness of standards, practice, and assessment working together that will boost the quality of an early childhood education program
  • Recognize that children are concrete learners
  • Develop an understanding of common core strategies
  • Identify ways in which the common core impacts curriculum development, practices, and assessments of both the program and the practitioner’s professional development.
  • Describe how standards influence practice within an early childhood classroom
  • Identify one difference between licensed center and family child care programs
  • Develop a list of critical questions designed to help increase the quality of the current program and practices
  • Consider how diverse learning styles or multiple intelligences of staff and teachers are beneficial to increasing program quality
  • Identify multiple learning styles and personality traits and consider how these enhance child development
  • Develop an understanding of how perceptions influence practices and performance
  • Gain insight on the extent of influence that perceptions have on their personal views, actions, attitudes, and personal truths of not only the children in their care, but also of themselves and their colleagues.
  • Appreciate the value and importance of diverse learning styles and personalities
  • Actively participate in purposeful self-discoveries through introspection and self-reflection
  • Gain awareness and familiarity of NAEYC guidelines, positions, and standards
  • Gain awareness of cultural competence in the classroom
Who is the target audience?
  • This course is intended for Levels 2 (skilled) and 3 (Mastery) child care professionals.
  • This course is intended for skilled and practicing child care professionals: Center Directors and Staff Center/Preschool/Head Start Directors/Program Administrators/Assistant Directors Home Providers and Staff Practitioners of Children with Special Needs Practitioners of Infants and Toddlers Preschool Directors and Staff Preschool Teachers Program Administrators, Directors, Owners School Age Care Homeschooling parents In-home family child care providers
  • This course is not intended for casual child care providers, such as babysitters or nannies.
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Curriculum For This Course
25 Lectures
Before you begin
5 Lectures 10:16

The first thing you may be considering is Should I take this course? This video gives you a quick rundown of who this course was intended for.

Description of Caregiver Skill Levels:

Level 1: Babysitting and Child Care Essentials - Namely teens and young adults interested in babysitting, nanny positions, or au pair with little or no training or experience

Level 2: Experienced Caregivers - Geared for professional and non-professional caregivers wanting to care for children full-time in either a center or home child care environment

Level 3: Pro Experienced Caregivers - Professional caregivers with college credit. These courses are designed to promote the professional development of directors, administrators, lead teachers, and home daycare providers

Level 4: Home-based Cargivers - These courses are designed specifically for home-based child care owners or those interested in operating a quality in-home early learning program.

Preview 01:03

Get to know a little about your personal facilitator and her expertise on this subject.

Preview 03:12

In this lecture, you will get an overview of this course and what you will discover.

Preview 02:53

The National Association for the Education of Young Children is the leader in the field. The NAEYC is a highly valuable resource for early education professionals, scholars, parents, and community members at large.

Accessing Interactive Course Content

Download the PDFs provided in this lecture. You will use these tools in your posts on the discussion board and other checkpoint activities later on.. Keep the third PDF in your course documents folder. We will refer to the expanded statement later on.

Next, go to the ISSUU website and create an account. This site is a free and powerful tool, providing interactive professional development materials at your fingertips! You will need to sign into your ISSUU account in the following section activity.

CHECKPOINT ACTIVITY: Gathering Course Materials
The Synergy of Standards, Practice, and Assessment
4 Lectures 07:41

While we will discuss learning styles later on, this lecture is intended to demonstrate the objective of defining synergy via several different learning styles. View each mode of defining synergy, then post to the discussion board to complete this lecture.

Defining Synergy

In this lecture, you will be given an overview of the synergy of the relationships of standards, practice, and assessment. We will touch on another important component, accountability, as well.

Overview of the synergy of standards, practice, and assessment

For this assignment, you will watch the video The Healthy Child: Assembly Required. After watching the video, go to the discussion board and write a post on what resonated with you most from this video. In your post, describe the synergy, or relationships, between standards, practice, and assessment that you recognized in the video. Include at least one call-to-action the speaker emplores practitioners to do to better support the healthy child and contribute positively to the field of early education..

CHECKPOINT ASSIGNMENT: The Healthy Child: Assembly Required

NAEYC's Position Statement on Curriculum, Assessment, and Program Evaluation

CHECKPOINT QUIZ: Synergy and NAECY Position Statements
8 questions
3 Lectures 07:44

At the end of this lecture, you will understand how common core standards impact early childhood professionals.

Standards and the common core

This assignment will help you understand what common core standards are intended to do and how they impact you as an early childhood professional as well as your classrooms. For this assignment, first, watch the video as Ms. Allvin discusses developmentally appropriate practice (DAP) and the common core standards in a very practical way. Then, read the interactive PDF provided in the course resources for this lecture. Click on the link in the resources for An Interactive look into ANEYS's position on Developmentally Appropriate Practice and the Common Core to see an information clip highlighted on page 6. Use the clip it feature to create a snippet from the content that you did not know before. Copy the link provided by ISSUU of your snippet and post that to the discussion board with a dialog of why you selected that piece. Then, continue on to the quiz.

ASSIGNMENT: An Interactive look at the NAEYC Position Statements

CHECK POINT QUIZ: NAEYC and the Common Core
14 questions

In this activity, you will identify critical questions an effective self-assessment MUST answer. You will begin building your own list or database to boost the quality of your program.

COURSE PROJECT: Building Your Bullet-Proof Self-Assessment
5 Lectures 08:39

You have covered a lot of ground since your first lecture. But, what does it mean for early education professionals? How does the common core standards impact me when my students are not in formal education?

In this lecture, we put it into practice...literally.

A quick review

At the end of this lecture, you will be able to recognize the concrete ways in which children learn, gain insight on effectively establishing expectations, and recognize the cricial importance of caregiver unity.

How Children Learn and Understand Expectations

Before we can focus much attention on developmentally appropriate practice, it is necessary to have an understanding of what is developmentally appropriate for children.

After completing this assignment, you will know the basic concepts of how childhood experiences impact the growth and development of the brain, which, in turn, impacts every aspect of the child's development. You will understand why it is essential that your program provide a dynamic opportunity for holistic childhood experiences.

COURSE PROJECT PART 2: Experience Matters

In this lecture, we discuss the subjective nature of practice. You will gain a better awareness of and appreciation for developmentally appropriate practice.

Subjectivity of Practice

Aligning with best practices is one of the best ways to boost the quality of your early childhood program. In this lecture, you will explore developmentally appropriate practice; learn 3 core considerations of DAP, identify guidelines for effective teaching, and discover 10 simple strategies you can easily implement to boost the quality of practice and improve child development outcomes for your program,


For this quiz, visit the NAEYC website's Position Statement page. Click on Developmentally Appropriate Practice. Read the artciles in the bottom right hand box titled What is DAP? Then, come back here and take the quiz.

5 questions
4 Lectures 09:00

In this lecture, we compile and highlight the information we've covered upto this point. Now, we will explore the part that assessment plays in the synergistic relationships with standards and practice.

In a nutshell: A Look Back Before Moving Forward

This lecture focuses on aligning with best practice. In order to accomplish this goal, we need an assessment that considers the interpersonal relationships involved. For distinction, we will call this hidden purpose of your self assessment the appraisal. Now, you get to witness the synergy of standards, practice, and assessment as you align your program with best practice.

ASSIGNMENT: Aligning with Best Practice: The Hidden Purpose of Assessments

In this lecture, you will explore the contexts that influence changes in development. At the end of this lecture, you will be able to consider long-term competencies you are positioned to provide children in your care. You will be able to assess your program's curriculum and practices to reinforce skills that will impact the children into adulthood.

DISCLAIMER: In this lecture, you will preview The Developing Person from Childhood through Adolescence by Kathleen Berger(2003). Some of the information on the pages you will be instructed to read is dated and more current information is available (such as the developmental domains). However, you are directed to specifically explore the contexts that influence changes in development that have stood the test of time. Other courses currently in production will present the dated material found here in its current state of affairs. Optional opportunity for professional development: Click the link and read the NAEYC's Position Statement on Early Learning Standards that states the five domains of child development.

COURSE PROJECT ASSIGNMENT: Considerations When Measuring Student Mastery

Design your bullet-proof, transparently honest, high-quailty self-assessment that you cannot fail.

Preview 02:17
EXTRA CONTENT: The Influence of Personality, Perception, and Learning Styles
4 Lectures 18:42

In this bonus lecture, get a preview of courses currently in production, as well as anticipated release dates. Finish with a FREE lecture on the Influences of Personality, perception, and Learning Styles and discover how they impact the ways in which you teach and conduct your assessments. At the end of this bonus lecture, you will learn to appreciate the various learning styles and personalities of the people around you. Everyone matters. Everyone makes a difference. Everyone has something to offer that is unique and valuable. So, don't miss this bonus material.

Preview 03:07

In this lecture, you identify 8 learning styles, which, today, are called multiple intelligences. You explored two intelligences more in depth and discover how the characteristics of these intelligences impact your classroom, perhaps in ways you had not considered before. Now that you've completed this lecture, you will be able to recognize children's tendencies and are better positioned to support their overall development.

CHECKPOINT ASSIGNMENT: The Influence of Learning Styles

Why is it that two people can experience the exact same event and remember it differently? Find out more about the subconscious cognitive process of perception. In this captivating lecture, discover how your brain not only dictates what you will remember, but also does something you might not have expected. So, did a certain detail of collective stories really happen, or was it your mind playing tricks on you? Let's find out.

Preview 04:04

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Preview 06:18
About the Instructor
Shawna Ebbeson
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Shawna is passionate about high-quality education. She has over 30 years experience in child care, including private, in-home family child care, as well as licensed center experience. She is the president of Walden University Cyberspace Chapter, the only online chapter for Phi Delta Kappa International. Phi Delta Kappa International is a Professional association of educators.

Shawna holds a

•BS in organizational communication from Kaplan University

•MS in early childhood studies from Walden University

•Graduate certificates from Walden University in Teaching Adults in the Early Childhood Field

•Ed.D. doctoral Candidate

•Graduate coursework in management and leadership, marketing, and digital communication

She is an experienced entrepreneur, launching her first odd jobs business at the age of 9. She has launched several successful home-based businesses, including a long-running pet sitting business and in-home family learning program, an education consulting service. She is the administrative director for her husband's senior living music ministry that is celebrating it's 9th anniversary.

Shawna is a homeschool educator, experienced in all subject matters from birth through 9th grades. She has created her own curriculum for early and middle childhood to best accommodate a child-centered learning experience for her students. She now uses these experiences to empower families of young children and business professionals as an Early Childhood Consultant.