Early Childhood FOUNDATIONS Course

Learn about Louisiana's NEW early childhood standards & assessments: CONNECT Training, CLASS & Teaching Strategies GOLD
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    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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Early Childhood FOUNDATIONS Course

Learn about Louisiana's NEW early childhood standards & assessments: CONNECT Training, CLASS & Teaching Strategies GOLD
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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. 
    • Louisiana's Birth to Five Early Learning and Development Standards (http://tinyurl.com/LaECStandards)
    • 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
    • Early Childhood Leaders
    • Early Childhood Teachers

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CURRICULUM

  • SECTION 1:
    INTRODUCTION
  • 1
    Introduction to FOUNDATIONS
    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)
  • 2
    Introduction to NUTS and BOLTS
    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
  • 3
    CONNECT - Standards, Instruction and Assessment
    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.
  • 4
    Online Introduction to CLASS
    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.
  • 5
    Looking Into CLASSrooms
    01:34
    This lecture provides information on the third of the 4 FOUNDATIONS courses - Looking at CLASSrooms.

    The course description may be downloaded below.
  • 6
    Teaching Strategies GOLD
    03:17
    This lecture provides information on the fourth of the 4 FOUNDATIONS courses - Teaching Strategies GOLD.

    The course description may be downloaded below.
  • 7
    Teaching Strategies GOLD - Additional Documents
    Text

    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

  • 8
    NUTS and BOLTS Recap
    02:03
    This lecture provides a recap of the NUTS and BOLTS lectures.
  • 9
    Questions and Answers
    Text

    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
  • 10
    Introduction to CONNECT
    00:48
    This lecture provides you with an introduction to CONNECT - Standards, Instruction and Assessment.


  • SECTION 4:
    CONNECT - Standards and Instruction
  • 11
    CONNECT - Standards - What are they? Why are they important?
    08:15
  • 12
    Standards Pre-test
    5 questions
  • 13
    CONNECT - Standards - How are they organized?
    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.
  • 14
    POP QUIZ - Test your skills
    5 questions
  • 15
    CONNECT - Standards - Finding evidence of standards - Video 1
    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.
  • 16
    CONNECT - Standards - Finding evidence of standards - Video 1 Answers
    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?
  • 17
    CONNECT - Standards - Finding evidence of standards - Video 2
    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.
  • 18
    CONNECT - Standards - Finding evidence of standards - Video 2 Answers
    02:05
    This lecture reviews some of the standards addressed in the previous video.


  • 19
    CONNECT - How can standards be used in lessons and activities?
    06:12

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

  • 20
    CONNECT - How can standards be used in lessons and activities - Answers
    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?
  • 21
    CONNECT - Reflecting and Decision Making
    Text
    The information provides direction on reflection and decision-making concerning a child's learning.  The document is provided below for download if desired.
  • 22
    CONNECT - Standards Recap
    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
  • 23
    CONNECT - Assessment Overview
    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.
  • 24
    CONNECT - Assessment - 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?
  • 25
    CONNECT - Assessment - Documenting children's learning - Practice 1 & 2
    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?


  • 26
    CONNECT - Assessment - Documenting children's learning - Practice 1
    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?
  • 27
    CONNECT - Assessment - Documenting children's learning - Practice 2
    01:17
    This lecture reviews an additional anecdotal note.
  • 28
    CONNECT - Assessment - Practice your skills
    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.

  • 29
    CONNECT - Assessment - Practice your skills - Answers
    00:51
    This lecture provides some anecdotal notes from the previous video.
  • 30
    CONNECT - Assessment - Supporting children's learning
    08:47
    This lecture provides information on how assessment information can be used to to support children's learning.
  • 31
    CONNECT - Assessment Recap
    01:05
    This lecture provides recap of standards and their relation to assessment.
  • 32
    CONNECT - Standards, Instruction and Assessment - Certificate of Completion
    00:43

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

  • SECTION 6:
    Overview
  • 33
    Recap of FOUNDATIONS
    01:57

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REVIEWS

  • 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.

  • Sue Lavigne
    Early Childhood Foundations

    Very informative.

  • Vickie Westmoreland
    Understanding standards

    This course gives a better view of how teachers can use this assessment tool to assess their students.

  • Sharon Hollins
    Very Helpful!

    I really enjoyed listening to the lectures. They were very helpful to me in the beginning; especially when the ELDS was being explained in detail. I only wish we could actually see the speaker. Also, seeing the teacher interact with her students, made me feel good that we are doing similar activities.

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