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  • on literacy instruction in the preschool classrooms To help you expand your literacy activities we recommend our Growing Readers Early Literacy Curriculum The Growing Readers Early Literacy Curriculum is a comprehensive set of detailed plans for more than 90 teacher led small group activities and accompanying children s book collection The activities actively engage and instruct young children in literacy comprehension phonological awareness alphabetic principle and concepts about print The Growing Readers Early Literacy Curriculum features A comprehensive Teacher Guide including complete instructions background information Scope and Sequence Individual and Group Progress Profiles and Activity Log 126 Small Group Activity Cards with detailed instructions for classroom activities 46 Short Activity and Teaching Strategy Cards 25 Quick Look Cards 13 Vocabulary Cards 8 Activity Support Cards A richly varied collection of nine new and classic children s books shipped under separate cover Letter Links Online one license per kit additional licenses are available for purchase separately easily and automatically creates children s letter linked pictures and nametags as well as class lists View sample activities here Support Materials for Math The recently released report from the Committee on Early Childhood Mathematics Mathematics Learning in Early Childhood Paths Toward Excellence and Equity indicates that providing children with high quality experiences in early mathematics is critical to educational outcomes in the long term To assist you in providing more mathematics activities in your learning day HighScope offers an exciting new way to teach math to young children The Numbers Plus Preschool Mathematics Curriculum is a comprehensive set of detailed plans for small and large group early childhood mathematics activities with ideas for extending learning throughout the program day What s special about Numbers Plus is that children s mathematical learning is sequenced within activities each activity has a built in progression so children of different developmental and ability levels can participate together and have a positive and meaningful learning experience By actively engaging young children with materials and ideas Numbers Plus builds on the latest knowledge from research and practice about early mathematics learning and how adults support it Aligned with the standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and developed under a grant from the Institute for Education Sciences U S Department of Education the 120 activities in Numbers Plus are divided into five content areas Number Sense and Operations Geometry Measurement Algebra Data Analysis To help you plan and implement Numbers Plus math activities each kit contains the following items 120 Activity Cards 5 Content Area Dividers Teacher s Manual 25 English Spanish Parent Booklets also available separately View sample activities here View the complete table of contents Support for Early Head Start Programs Like all HighScope programs the Infant Toddler Curriculum is based on the principle that children learn best through direct hands on experiences with people objects events and ideas During this active learning process infants and toddlers are encouraged to discover the world around them by exploring and playing Learning and development are anchored by long

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  • it with our own Senior Director of Curriculum Development Ann S Epstein PhD and staff from WeAreTeachers With the rise of social media and the outbreak of cyber bullying it is important to give students today the social and emotional tools to confront this type of conflict Take a listen to gain insight on how kids gain the emotional tools they need to be safe online and to learn how

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  • Tretjack Ready Sign Go Karen Kay Rush Trainers Talk Tackling Teacher s Science Anxiety Polly Neill Spring 2010 Tackling Program Quality Sue Christensen and Ann Rosen Teaching Students to Move With Purpose Karen Sawyers Getting Started With Letter Links Nancy Brickman Teacher s Corner It s All About Respect Jill Witherell Reciprocal Learning in Leadership Julie K Biddle Winter 2009 2010 The What and How of Early Math Learning Ann S Epstein Teacher s Corner Early Math Learning Number Sense and Operations Ann S Epstein Problem Solving With Young Children You re Not My Friend Anymore Betsy Evans Forging Research Partnerships Connecting Research to Practice is the Foundation of Data Driven Decision Making Marijata Daniel Echols Me Teach Math I Can t Do Math Beth Marshall Steps Into Training Introducing Two New Courses From HighScope Gavin Haque Spring 2009 Teacher s Corner Planning Small Group Times Ann S Epstein Roadmap to DAP Using HighScope to Meet NAEYC s New Guidelines Beth Marshall HighScope Step By Step Implementing a High Quality Curriculum One Step at a Time Kathleen Woodard Establishing Curricula in the Caribbean HighScope Helps Meet the Region s Early Childhood Challenges Sian Williams SPARK Mississippi Why We Use HighScope s RSA Rhea Williams Bishop Fall Winter 2008 Exploring The Sandbox Investment Interview With David Kirp HighScope in the Elementary School Classroom Sarah Fewson From Preschool to Ready School Marijata Daniel Echols Teacher s Corner Real Science in Preschool Polly Neill Recording Anecdotal Notes How Many Are Enough Karen Kay Rush Spring 2008 Learning to Share Tips for Using the eTools Forums Beth Marshall It s Quality That Counts Interview With Joan Lessen Firestone Joanne Tangorra HighScope net Finds a New Home Kathleen Woodard Toward Effective Assessment Susan G Shipstead Ph D Following the Leader Administrative Support Leadership Moya Fewson Understanding HighScope Curriculum Content Areas and KDIs Ann Epstein Ph D Fall Winter 2007 Using Movement Music to Support Literacy Karen Sawyers Marcella Weiner Inclusive Preschool Programs HighScope Meets the Challenge Donna Coyne Sarah Ford Cerissa Saudarg interviewed by Nancy Brickman Joanne Tangorra I Belong Active Learning for Children With Special Needs Jan Levanger Dowling Terri C Mitchell HighScope in South Africa Still Making a Difference Beth Marshall Trainers Talk Robin White Spring 2007 Opening High Tech Doors to Learning HighScope eTools Goes Live Tom Akiva Building an Effective After School Program Tom Akiva Ready School Assessment RSA A Case Study Changing Scenes Betsy Evans Trainers Talk Taking It on the Road Moya Fewson Teacher s Corner Preschool Math Throughout the Daily Routine Karen Kay Rush Fall Winter 2006 HighScope Training Yields Results in Classroom Gavin Haque Essentials of Active Learning in Preschool Ann S Epstein Spanish Translation IEA Preprimary Project Update Implementing HighScope Districtwide Kathleen Dunn Priestley interviewed by Joanne Tangorra Trainers Talk Breaking the Ice Teacher s Corner Creating a Supportive Space in the Multicultural Classroom Tricia S Kruse Polly Neill Spring 2006 HighScope and Head Start A Good Fit Ann S Epstein Speaking of HighScope David Bull

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  • From Toddler to Preschooler Continuity of Practice Christine Snyder Getting Started With Letter Links Nancy Brickman HighScope and Head Start A Good Fit Ann S Epstein HighScope and Head Start Still Friends After All These Years Ann S Epstein HighScope Around the World Corey Shouse Tourino and Joanne Tangorra The Home Language Advantage Alice Escobar Introducing the New COR Advantage Ann S Epstein Beth Marshall Introducing the new HighScope KDIs Ann S Epstein It s Good to See You Again Continuity of Care in Infant and Toddler Programs Christine Snyder Lessons of Highly Effective Programs Larry Schweinhart Let s Do Something Together The Components of Effective Intergenerational Programs Ann S Epstein Me Teach Math I Can t Do Math Beth Marshall Moving From OnlineCOR to COR Advantage Dianna Luke The New HighScope Preschool Curriculum Ann S Epstein PhD OnlineCOR Update Child Assessment and More Dianna Luke Plan Do Review in Kindergarten Catherine Albro with Sheri Ebert Putting Training Into Practice Practice Taking the First Steps in HighScope Implementation Patricia Murphy Problem Solving With Young Children You re Not My Friend Anymore Betsy Evans Raising Self Motivated Children Kathy Seal Recording Anecdotal Notes How Many Are Enough Karen Kay Rush Ready Sign Go Karen Kay Rush Roadmap to DAP Using HighScope to Meet NAEYC s New Guidelines Beth Marshall Social Emotional Learning in Early Childhood Setting the Stage for Academic Success Ann S Epstein Speaking of HighScope David Bull Addie Harrison Janice Hill Sherry Jones Maureen Moe Swincicki Kelli Ostrosky panel moderated by Kay Karen Rush Lisa Wasacz Supporting Diverse and Inclusive Classrooms Pat Tretjack Teacher s Corner Building Blocks to Math Learning Polly Neill Teacher s Corner Creating a Supportive Space in the Multicultural Classroom Tricia S Kruse Polly Neill Teacher s Corner Early Math Learning Number Sense and Operations Ann S Epstein Teacher s Corner Effective Teaching Practices in Social Studies Ann S Epstein PhD Teacher s Corner It s All About Respect Jill Witherell Teacher s Corner Planning Small Group Times Ann S Epstein Teacher s Corner Preschool Math Throughout the Daily Routine Karen Kay Rush Teacher s Corner Real Science in Preschool Polly Neill Teacher s Corner Reflections on Problem Solving Becky James Teacher s Corner Setting Up a Sensory Environment for Infants and Toddlers Jacalyn Post Mary Hohmann Ann S Epstein Teacher s Corner Supporting Young Children s Friendships Sue Gainsley Teacher s Corner Using COR Advantage in the Classroom Molly Jourden and Christine Snyder Teacher s Corner What s the Big Idea Making Cultural Practices Meaningful Peretz Hirshbein Teaching Students to Move With Purpose Karen Sawyers The Road to Kindergarten Cathy Albro Trainer s Talk Tackling Teacher s Science Anxiety Polly Neill Understanding HighScope Curriculum Content Areas and KDIs Ann S Epstein Using HighScope to Support English Language Learners Marcella Fecteau Weiner Using Movement Music to Support Literacy Karen Sawyers Marcella Weiner A Visit to a Male Early Childhood Academy Karen Kay Rush The What and How of Early Math Learning Ann S Epstein Workshops

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  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock where she received a master s degree in Early Childhood Special Education In her position as National Early Childhood Consultant at Kaplan School Supply Company in Lewisville NC she drew on her experiences as a child care worker pre K and kindergarten teacher site director and staff trainer Brenda demonstrated a flair for identifying major trends and issues in early childhood education and honed her skills as a successful business development professional while serving as National Director of Early Learning and Online Curriculum at Scholastic in New York and later National Director of Sales and Content at Teaching Strategies in Bethesda MD Her leadership vision and strategic direction ultimately led her to return to Kaplan to represent the company nationally and internationally as Chief Academic Officer and Vice President of Curriculum Assessment and Professional Development Brenda is delighted to join the organization that started the early childhood movement The legacy and call to arms of quality early childhood education started with HighScope she says As an early childhood advocate I am humbled to be offered a strategic position to further the mission of the HighScope Foundation and thrilled to use my skills as an

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  • literacy enriched Parents as Teachers personal visits combined with Imagination Library improved the overall literacy environment in homes including more families reading books together one or more times every day and more children pretending to read books on their own It s gratifying to see the Parents as Teachers theory of change which posits that improvements in parent knowledge attitudes and behaviors are what drive changes in child outcomes in action within the context of a specific and measurable area of study said Kate McGilly Senior Director of Research and Quality at Parents as Teachers The IAL project positively impacted the whole family s literacy environment Dolly s Imagination Library is at its best when the program is coupled with the efforts of Parents as Teachers This is all about changing behavior in the home so it is wonderful to once again see that our work is inspiring families to read more together said Jeff Conyers the Executive Director of The Dollywood Foundation The research project began in March 2013 and included 59 Parents as Teachers programs serving families in nine states including Georgia Michigan North Carolina Pennsylvania South Carolina Colorado Illinois New York and Virginia Sixty five percent of participating families had annual household income below 20 000 81 percent of families received Medicaid and 70 percent of parents guardians were unemployed The evaluation of the project was conducted by The Center for Early Education Evaluation HighScope Educational Research Foundation co led by Tomoko Wakabayashi EdD and Laura Scharphorn PhD A major goal of the IAL grant was to increase parent child literacy activities among parents with children aged birth through 4 said Dr Wakabayashi Director of Research of the HighScope Educational Research Foundation The results showed marked increases in the number of children s books in the home

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  • where she served as a faculty member for 25 years She is the School of Kinesiology s 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient for her service to kinesiology In addition to her work in kinesiology Phyllis served as first the Director then Senior Advisor to the Movement and Music Division at HighScope Educational Research Foundation In 2010 she was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award for a lifetime dedicated to teaching children and adults the value of movement and music and its impact on education Phyllis is the developer of HighScope s Education Through Movement program that is devoted to the importance of movement based active learning She has authored numerous movement and music books basing her writing on her ongoing work with students of all ages from preschoolers to senior adults She also directed the production of 15 CDs of international folk music Click here to see more music and movement products Her work with international folk dance earned her a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Michigan Dance Council Phyllis is nationally known and highly respected educator author researcher curriculum developer conference and workshop presenter and choreographer The ECMMA seeks to promote developmentally appropriate practices for all early childhood music

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  • who attend high quality early childhood programs with well prepared teachers are more likely to become productive and engaged citizens 1 Why are knowledgeable and well prepared early childhood teachers important Early childhood teachers must be knowledgeable and well prepared to have long lasting positive effects on educational achievement economic productivity social responsibility and a significant return on investment Early childhood programs with knowledgeable and well prepared teachers lead to Better educational outcomes including enhanced school readiness and academic performance from elementary school through college and reduced need for remedial education and special services Less criminal activity and substance abuse Higher earnings in adulthood Strong returns on our investments For every dollar spent on high quality early care and education taxpayers save between 6 and 12 because of the reduced need for academic welfare and criminal justice services 2 What should early childhood teachers know and be able to do We must ensure that our nation s children and their families have access to early childhood teachers who have the knowledge and skills to do their jobs well Teachers in high quality early childhood programs Promote children s development and learning so they can work and play well with others Have sound knowledge of content areas and are able to provide children experiences that help them learn and be ready for school Have the core knowledge and skills to use effective teaching and assessment strategies Engage in supportive and stimulating interactions with children to push their thinking and motivation to learn Build positive relationships with children families and communities Engage in ongoing education and training to gain new skills and knowledge 3 What can we as a nation do to ensure every young child has a teacher that supports her his development and learning Investments in early care and education

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