Getting It Right from the Start The Principal's Guide to Early Childhood Education

ISBN-10: 1412949505

ISBN-13: 9781412949507

Edition: 2009

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This resourceis a practical manual for busy principals who want to know what effective early childhood programs look like and how to achieve quality results in their schools and communities. In Getting It Right from the Start:The Principal's Guide to Early Childhood Education , Marilyn L. Grady and Marjorie J. Kostelnikprovide an inside view of the field, touching on key areas of operation and discussing ways to avoid the pitfalls that can derail school-based early childhood initiatives. This accessible guide presents the information principals need to recognize and create effective programs, to "talk the talk", to provide the kind of feedback staff need to improve, and to become key players in educating our nation's youngest students.
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Book details

List price: $33.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Corwin Press
Publication date: 6/3/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Marilyn L. Grady, is professor of educational administration at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). She is the author or coauthor of 23 books, including From Difficult Teachers to Dynamic Teamwork (2009) with Brock, Getting it Right from the Start (2009) with Kostelnik From First Year to First Rate (2007) with Brock, 194 High-Impact Letters for Busy Principals (2006), 20 Biggest Mistakes Principals Make and How to Avoid Them (2004) and Launching Your First Principalship (2004) with Brock. Her research areas include leadership, the principalship, and superintendent-board relations. She has more than 175 publications to her credit. She is the editor of the Journal of Women in Educational Leadership. Her editorial board service has included Educational Administration Quarterly, International Studies in Educational Administration, International Journal of Learning, Rural Educator, Journal of At-Risk Issues, Journal of School Leadership, Advancing Women in Leadership On-Line Journal, Journal for Rural School and Community Renewal, International Journal of Learning, and Journal for a Just and Caring Education. She is the recipient of the Stanley Brzezinski Research Award, NCPEA's Living Legend Award, the Donald R. and Mary Lee Swanson Award for Teaching Excellence, UNL's Distinguished Teaching Award, and UNL's Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Status of Women.Grady coordinates an annual conference on women in educational leadership that attracts national attendance and is in its 24th year. She has been an administrator in K-12 schools as well as at the college and university levels. She received her bachelor's degree in history from Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana, and her doctorate in educational administration with a specialty in leadership from The Ohio State University.

Marjorie Kostelnik is dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. She entered the field of early childhood as a Head Start teacher and child care provider before receiving her doctorate from the Pennsylvania State University. She was on the faculty at Michigan State University for 22 years, serving as director of the Child Development Laboratories, then as chair of the Department of Family and Child Ecology. Currently, Dr. Kostelnik is a serving member of the Nebraska Governor's Early Childhood Coordinating Council and the Lincoln Community Learning Centers Advisory Board.

Preface
About the Authors
Early Childhood Education: An Expanding Enterprise!
Increasing Family Demand
Early Learning Imperatives
Children at Risk of School Failure
Reducing the Achievement Gap: Starting Early
Early Childhood Education: A Sound Investment
Principals' Roles: Laying the Groundwork
Quality Makes ALL the Difference
The Corrosive Impact of Poor Quality
High-Quality Defined
Leadership and High Quality
Becoming an Early Childhood Leader
Principals' Roles: Achieving High Quality
Breaking New Ground: Getting Involved in Early Childhood Education
What Exactly Is Early Childhood Education?
Becoming Familiar With Early Childhood Culture
School Principals as Culture Brokers
Principals' Roles: Getting Involved in Early Childhood Education
Early Childhood Education: Stakeholders
Identifying the Stakeholder
Collaboration
Give Voice to Stakeholders
Actions and Considerations
Principals' Roles: Working With Stakeholders
Developmentally Appropriate Practice
Fundamental Principles of DAP
Developmentally Inappropriate Practice (DIP)
Applying DAP Requires Judgment
The Sounds of DAP!
Empirical Support for DAP
Common Questions About DAP
Principals' Roles: Supporting DAP
The Principal's Guide to How Young Children Develop and Learn
The Essential Nature of Young Children
How Young Children Develop
How Young Children Learn
What Children Are Learning
Principals' Roles: Supporting Child Development and Learning
Early Childhood Curriculum
What Constitutes the Early Childhood Curriculum?
'Goodness of Fit' Between Early Education and Later Schooling
Implementing the Early Childhood Curriculum
Activities to Look for in Early Childhood Classrooms
Principal's Roles: Curriculum
Learning Centers & Classroom Routines
Typical Learning Centers for Young Children
Skills Teachers Need to Run Effective Centers
How Classroom Routines Support Curricular Goals
A Typical Day for Children
Principals' Roles: Centers and Routines
Early Childhood Assessment
Key Considerations
Authentic Assessment
Strategies to Guide Learning and Improve Instruction
Strategies for Identifying Children's Special Needs
Assessing Early Childhood Programs and Learning Contexts
Pros and Cons of Standardized Assessment
The Principals' Roles: Promoting Authentic Assessment
Early Childhood Education: Family Involvement
Through the Eyes of the Families
Looking Inside and Looking Outside
Suggestions for Families
Through the Eyes of Teachers
Parents Want Communication With the School
Family Roles
Principals' Roles: Family Involvement
Early Childhood Teachers
Teachers Matter
The Critical Function of Principals
Characteristics of 'Good' Teachers
Formal Teacher Qualifications
Translating Teacher Standards Into Practice
Principals' Roles: Supporting Early Childhood Teachers
Finding and Keeping Good Teachers
Shortage of Qualified Early Childhood Teachers
Looking for Teachers to Support Diverse Children and Families
Reducing Staff Turnover
Principals' Roles: Hiring and Retaining Good Teachers
Physical Environments That Support Early Learning
Environmental Propositions
How Physical Environments Influence Child Development and Learning
Fundamentals of Environmental Planning
Physical Requirements of Activity-Based Instruction
Equipping Early Childhood Classrooms
The Great Outdoors!
Principals' Roles: Creating Optimal Early Learning Environments
Early Childhood Education: Funding
Funding Sources
History of Federal Funding
State Funding
Local Funding
Start-Up Costs
Administrator Voices
Principals' Roles: Funding
Action Summary
Learning Center Checklist
Key Instruments Used Nationally for Evaluation of Children in ECE Programs
Daily Literacy Checklist P3
Daily Numeracy Checklist P3
Guidelines for Structuring Informative On-Site Observations
Sample Interview Questions for Teacher Candidates
Early Childhood Safety & Health Checklist
Physical Requirements of Small Group Activity Centers
ECE Classroom Equipment List
Indoor Environment Checklist
References
Index
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