Presentation on theme: "Community Engagement and Early Childhood Education Zipporah Hightower, Managing Director of Program Shanita LeFlore, Manager of Program Tuesday, May 27,"— Presentation transcript:
Community Engagement and Early Childhood Education Zipporah Hightower, Managing Director of Program Shanita LeFlore, Manager of Program Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Mission Our mission is to ensure high academic achievement for all children, especially students in poverty and students of color, by developing transformational school leaders and advancing the policies and practices that allow great leaders to succeed. Vision We envision a day when there is educational excellence and equity in America – when our country’s public schools ensure that every student is prepared for success in college, careers and citizenship. www.newleaders.org
New Leaders Chicago Problem Statement Early Childhood Education Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Cohort (ECLS-K), African American and Hispanic children score substantially lower than Caucasian children at the beginning of kindergarten on math and reading achievement metrics. Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES), shows that the program’s children, disproportionately minorities from low-income families, already test far behind their more affluent peers in vocabulary, early reading, letter recognition, and early math by ages three and four.
New Leaders Chicago Opportunity Statement Promising community-based programs that help parents learn the behaviors that promote child development and school readiness High quality early education programs that directly teach low income children school readiness skills and improve a child’s development Partnerships McCormick Erikson and Ounce of Prevention Kellogg
McCormick Foundation continues to support New Leaders toward accomplishing the following outcomes: 1. Providing CPS high-quality school leaders focused on early childhood through our Aspiring Principals Program, ensuring preparation to drive dramatic student achievement results in schools and ensuring positive impact on students in grades PK-3. 2. Deeper integration of early childhood curriculum strand across the program continuum 3. Enhancement of early childhood curriculum, with emphasis on curriculum that addresses special education students and English language learners in grades Pre-K- 3, and on increasing partnership between schools and families. 4. Development and enhancement of evaluation metrics to ensure early childhood curriculum has impact across the New Leaders program continuum.
Center for the Study of Education Policy at Illinois State University Partnered with New Leaders to create a continuous improvement evaluation plan to inform the implementation of ECE work across our Chicago Program continuum.
New Leaders Early Childhood Education Project Course Content: EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION IN THE U.S.: PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE CHILD DEVELOPMENT & DEVELOPMENTALLY APPROPRIATE PRACTICE CHILD DEVELOPMENT & THE IMPORTANCE OF PLAY INTELLECTUAL DEVELOPMENT & THE IMPORTANCE OF INQUIRY PRESCHOOL CURRICULAR APPROACHES & BIG IDEAS IN EARLY MATH FAMILIES & CULTURE Assignments: Family Engagement Project PreK-3 Assignment Kindergarten Reflection Play Reflection Preschool Assignments
Community Engagement and Early Childhood Education Survey
New Leaders Early Childhood Education Project Course Content: EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION IN THE U.S.: PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE CHILD DEVELOPMENT & DEVELOPMENTALLY APPROPRIATE PRACTICE CHILD DEVELOPMENT & THE IMPORTANCE OF PLAY INTELLECTUAL DEVELOPMENT & THE IMPORTANCE OF INQUIRY PRESCHOOL CURRICULAR APPROACHES & BIG IDEAS IN EARLY MATH FAMILIES & CULTURE FUNDING & RESOURCES FOR ECE PROGRAMS DISTRICT AND STATE ECE GUIDELINES & PROTOCOLS Assignments: Family Engagement Project PreK-3 Assignment Kindergarten Reflection Play Reflection Preschool Assignments Experiences: ECE SITE VISITS: Montessori, Reggio Emilio, Play-based, Waldorf, Inclusion
Analysis of Results In Fourth year of implementation, continue to expand emphasis on Family and Community Engagement. Most New Leader principals and assistant principals do not have an Early Childhood endorsement, yet place strong emphasis on ECE and value of expanding our curriculum to focus on effective Family and Community engagements. Candidates value observations of strong ECE environments in their training.
Next Steps Continue to recruit ECE candidates to ensure a diverse pool of principal talent and to enhance the experiences and learning for peers and their cohort. Deeper emphasis on Family and Community Engagement and training curriculum, providing more authentic experiences and ensuring projects continue after residency. Enhance candidate experience through observation of early childhood settings and partnerships with the district to ensure understanding of specific Pre-K programs offered.