Tuesday, August 24, 2010

How Much I Have Missed You! Upcoming Early Childhood Topics to Ponder

Changes in my personal (and professional life) prevailed since last post! However, I am looking forward to recommitting some even better posts to nurture some deep (and possibly heated) discussions about what is new in the Early Childhood field.

While I am looking forward to bringing new life to EC Smart, I just wanted to give you a "sneak preview" of what we have in store for all of you this fall.

Here are some things I am working on:

-The Pressure to Measure - Reflections on the training I recently attended at Teaching Strategies for the new Teaching Strategies GOLD assessment system and what's new for The Creative Curriculum

- Nurturing the Most Important (and Least Measurable) Skills - Can you quantify a child's progression of their social and emotional skills? We talk about how some groups make an attempt at this and just graze the topic of how we are stuck in a hyperfocus on quantifying skill development in general

-Nurturing Our Coaches to Ensure Program Success - Who is monitoring the administrators of the EC programs where you work or send your children to school? Many times the education and work experience of these individuals can vary. We talk about how funding and support can't ignore the administrators and their need to be EC Smart!