Early Childhood FOUNDATIONS Course

Learn about Louisiana's NEW early childhood standards & assessments: CONNECT Training, CLASS & Teaching Strategies GOLD
  • Lectures 31
  • Video 2 Hours
  • Skill level beginner level
  • Languages English
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Course Description

 

This course is designed for early childhood teachers and administrators who serve children aged birth to five in a variety of settings.  The focus of the course is to have these professionals learn about: (a) setting goals based on the Louisiana Birth to Five Early Learning and Development Standards (b) how to effectively plan and teach lessons based on the Standards (c) how to appropriately assess their children and use assessment data to guide their work, and (d) how to improve the quality of the interactions within their classrooms as measured by the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS). It is designed to improve the practice of childhood professionals participating in the State’s new Early Care and Education Network and a lever to ensure that the children in their care enter Kindergarten ready for academic success. 

The course includes: lecture, activity sections, and resource documents and may be conducted through individual self-paced study or in a group setting.  It will take approximately 4 hours to complete.  Participants in this course will be guided to participate in the series of lectures, take pre/post test measures of their understanding of the materials, view and respond to video clips and access the various resources that will allow them to continue their learning after the course is complete.  Upon completion of the course, teachers are encouraged to use reflection and decision-making processes which will result in improving the quality of their instruction and their programs.  The course was developed and conducted by one of the Early Childhood Program Consultants with the Louisiana Department of Education, the lead agency in the Early Care and Education Network. 

What are the requirements?

  • Louisiana's Birth to Five Early Learning and Development Standards (http://tinyurl.com/LaECStandards)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Over 31 lectures and 1.5 hours of content!
  • Be knowledgeable about the four “FOUNDATIONS” Courses
  • Be knowledgeable about the approved training hours for each course
  • Know how to access each course
  • Understand what Early Learning Standards are and why they are important
  • Learn how Louisiana’s Early Learning Standards are organized
  • Understand how the Standards can be used to plan lessons and activities
  • Know why assessment is important and useful
  • Understand what assessment of young children should look like
  • Know how to use assessment information to support children’s learning

What is the target audience?

  • Early Childhood Leaders
  • Early Childhood Teachers

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Curriculum

Section 1: INTRODUCTION
05:13
This is an introduction to the FOUNDATIONS course which is made up of the following:
  • NUTS and BOLTS (for leadership only)
  • CONNECT - Standards, Instruction and Assessment (with certificate of completion)
  • CLASS training (overview only)
  • Teaching Strategies GOLD (overview only)
Section 2: NUTS and BOLTS (for leadership only)
02:56
The objectives of this lecture are for you to be knowledgeable about the:

  • Four "FOUNDATIONS" courses
  • Approved training hours for each course
  • How to access each course
01:16
This lecture provides information on the first of the 4 FOUNDATIONS courses - CONNECT:  Standards, Instruction and Assessment.

You will actually take the CONNECT course in the lectures below.
02:24
This lecture provides information on the second of the 4 FOUNDATIONS courses - Online Introduction to CLASS.

The course description may be downloaded below.
01:34
This lecture provides information on the third of the 4 FOUNDATIONS courses - Looking at CLASSrooms.

The course description may be downloaded below.
03:17
This lecture provides information on the fourth of the 4 FOUNDATIONS courses - Teaching Strategies GOLD.

The course description may be downloaded below.
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Click on the Download Icon located to the right of the screen to access the following documents:

GOLD Professional Development Plan for Year 1

GOLD Training Description

GOLD Touring Guide

GOLD Reports Brochure

GOLD Objectives for Development and Learning

GOLD Basic Online Course

02:03
This lecture provides a recap of the NUTS and BOLTS lectures.
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The attachments for this lecture provide answers to questions you may have. Please review these documents by downloading them through the icon located at the right of the screen. After you review the documents, proceed to the next lecture.

Section 3: CONNECT - Standards, Instruction and Assessment
00:48
This lecture provides you with an introduction to CONNECT - Standards, Instruction and Assessment.


Section 4: CONNECT - Standards and Instruction
08:15
Before proceeding, please print a copy of the Louisiana's Birth to Five Early Learning and Development Standards.

You may also want to print the following individually as well:
Early Learning Standards for Infants
Early Learning Standards for Toddlers
Early Learning Standards for 3 Year Olds
Early Learning Standards for 4 Year Olds
Standards Pre-test
5 questions
09:04
This lecture describes how the Louisiana Standards for Birth to Five Development Standards are organized and will help you learn the language and terms that will make them user-friendly.
POP QUIZ - Test your skills
5 questions
01:08
Listen to the presentation to the left then review the video below of young two-year olds during art.

Write down the standards that you think are being addressed.  For the sake of time, write down only the standards and not the indicators.

You will need about 10 minutes to complete this activity once you have viewed the video. 

After the activity, please proceed to the next lecture.
01:58
This lecture reviews some of the standards addressed in the previous video.

Did you notice that there were multiple domains of development addressed within this one activity?
00:54
Please view the presentation to the left and then review the video below of older toddlers, three- and four-year olds at outdoor play.

Write down the standards that are being addressed.  Remember to look across the variety of domains.

You will need about 10 minutes to complete this activity after you have viewed the video.

After the activity, please proceed to the next lecture.
02:05
This lecture reviews some of the standards addressed in the previous video.


06:12

In this lecture, you will understand how the standards can be used to plan lessons and activities.

03:57
This lecture provides information on how to use the standards in planning lessons and activities.

Things to consider:
How does your curriculum or activities compare to the standards?
Do you need to make adjustments in the curriculum and activities to match the standards?
Do you need to add activities that are not addressed in the curriculum or take some out?
Are the lessons appropriate for the ages of the children you are working with?
Are the activities in line with their age ranges or are they higher or lower than what children at these ranges would be able to do?
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The information provides direction on reflection and decision-making concerning a child's learning.  The document is provided below for download if desired.
00:32
This lecture will provide a recap of Louisiana's Birth to Five Early Learning and Development Standards and its relationship to instruction.
Section 5: CONNECT - Standards and Assessment
07:09
This lecture will discuss the evaluation of results to determine how well children are progressing in their learning.  You will learn more about observing and documenting children's learning.
04:30
This lecture will provide an overview and practice on methods of documenting observations.  The methods may include the following:

  • Anecdotal notes (tells a story)
  • Work samples
  • Photos, video, and audio recordings
  • Checklists

After viewing the last slide, take a few minutes to think about what you know about the child's gross motor development based on the picture.  Consider the following:

  • If the photograph is the only information you have, can you determine much about Ryan's motor development?
  • What would you know if you have a little more information?
05:19
This lecture will discuss a variety of observation methods including:

Anecdotal notes
Work samples
Photos, video and audio recordings
Checklists

After viewing the last slide, think about the criteria for writing effective anecdotal notes.  Consider the following:

  • Do you think this note was written appropriately?
  • What was done correctly?
  • Are any changes needed?


01:26
This lecture reviews additional anecdotal notes.

After reviewing the last slide, think about the criteria for writing effective anecdotal notes.  Consider the following:

  • Do you think this note was written appropriately?
  • What was done correctly?
  • Are any changed needed?
01:17
This lecture reviews an additional anecdotal note.
00:48

Practice your observation skills and write your own anecdotal notes from the video below.  Keep in mind the standards you recognized previously. 

Focus on the little girl in the middle of the screen dressed in yellow who shows her hands to the teacher when they get covered in dirt.

When you are finished watching the video and writing down some anecdotal notes, go the next lecture.

00:51
This lecture provides some anecdotal notes from the previous video.
08:47
This lecture provides information on how assessment information can be used to to support children's learning.
01:05
This lecture provides recap of standards and their relation to assessment.
00:43

Below is the certificate of completion. Please print and complete appropriately.

Section 6: Overview
Recap of FOUNDATIONS
01:57

Instructor Biography

Education Program Consultant Ivy Starns , Early Childhood Specialist

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF ABILITIES, RELEVANT SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

·  Long-term successful teaching and early childhood program administration experience

·  Written and oral communication skills; award-wining speaker

·  Leadership positions and peer relations

·  Conscientious worker with experience meeting deadlines

Education/Training

·  Wrote, organized and implemented programs for early childhood classes

·  Developed, coordinated and facilitated training workshops/seminars

·  Provided administrative leadership in collaboration of program development, evaluation and implementation

·  Developed program newsletters, brochures and informational materials

·  Wrote and received grant funding

·  Supervised student interns enrolled in early childhood programs

·  Worked with teams  to develop policies for implementation of developmentally appropriate early childhood programs

·  Provided technological support to implement standards-based teaching strategies

·  Designed and facilitated workshops to promote parental involvement

·  Provided technical assistance in implementing high-quality early childhood programs

Business Experience

·  Established and coordinated operations for child care

·  Developed and implemented developmentally appropriate curriculum for child care

·  Maintained and processed records in accordance with state and local child care policies

·  Organized and implemented office operations and procedures

·  Supervised and coordinated employee activities and classroom environment

·  Wrote, edited and produced brochures and pamphlets

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

Louisiana State University – B.S. in Speech Pathology/Audiology, English; M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction/Early Childhood; National Writing Project

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

  Program Consultant   Louisiana Department of Education

  Teacher  East Baton Rouge Parish Schools

  Owner/Administrator  Discovery Learning Centers

  Director/Administrator  Goodwood Academy

  Speech Pathologist  Cameron Parish Schools

 

ASSOCIATION MEMEBERSHIPS

·  Louisiana Early Childhood Association, Board Member

·  Southern Early Childhood Association

·  National Association for the Education of Young Children

·  National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in State Departments of Education

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    • Alexis Stoute

    Yes I'm having a hard time getting my certificate for this course. It says I completed 33 out of 33. But when I click on the trophy it says my certificate is being prepared. I haven't got an email for it or anything.

    • Pam OKeefe

    great course

    I loved the course it really brought the material into prospective!

    • Donna S. Anika

    Standards sample, page 15,

    Print was too small to read. Should have been instructed to download standards before taking course. You tube videos should have already been incorporated in the course before going on line to view the video.

    • Norweda L. M. Carter

    From an SLP:

    I appreciate the work that it took to compile this presentation. It was well organized and easy listening. It used excellent strategies to keep the adult learner interested and provided very useful information that will definitely improve the learning experience of birth to 5 year old children. Question 5's answer was incorrectly graded using the word community instead of family. Please give everyone credit for their correct answer.

    • Kristi Smith Tollett

    not user friendly

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