March 20, 2009

In this Issue:

  1. New Briefs on Implementing and Scaling Up Evidence-Based Practices in Education
      Source: SISEP and NIRN - Retrieved March 17, 2009
  2. InBrief: The Impact of Early Adversity on Children's Development
      Source: Center on the Developing Child at Harvard - March 17, 2009
  3. Results Matter Video Series on Early Childhood Assessment
      Source: Colorado Department of Education - Retrieved March 18, 2009
  4. Evaluation Brief Reviews Recent Study on Professional Development for Head Start Teachers
      Source: National Forum on Early Childhood Program Evaluation - March 17, 2009
  5. Grant Notice - Head Start Graduate Student Research
      Source: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families - March 17, 2009

1. New Briefs on Implementing and Scaling Up Evidence-Based Practices in Education

Source: SISEP and NIRN - Retrieved March 17, 2009

The State Implementation of Scaling-up Evidence-based Practices (SISEP) Center and the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) have recently released the following summary briefs on implementing and scaling up evidence-based practices in education:

2. InBrief: The Impact of Early Adversity on Children's Development

Source: Center on the Developing Child at Harvard - March 17, 2009

InBrief: The Impact of Early Adversity on Children's Development is the second in a series of short summary briefs from the National Symposium on Early Childhood Science and Policy, which was held in June 2008. This brief discusses research which shows that major adversity can weaken developing brain architecture, while providing stable, responsive environments for very young children can prevent or reverse these conditions, with lifelong benefits for learning, behavior, and health. It is available at http://developingchild.harvard.edu/library/briefs/inbrief_series/f

3. Results Matter Video Series on Early Childhood Assessment

Source: Colorado Department of Education - Retrieved March 18, 2009

The Colorado Department of Education's Results Matter Program has developed a series of videos that help providers better understand ways to use observation, documentation, and assessment to inform practice. Two styles of videos are provided: 1) practitioners discussing and illustrating their exemplary practices; 2) clips for practicing observation, documentation and assessment skills, showing children participating in typical routines and activities. You can watch the videos online or download the free clips for use in educational and professional development activities. Additional clips are will be added periodically. The clips are available at http://www.cde.state.co.us/resultsmatter/RMVideoSeries.htm and include the following:

Focus on Early Care and Education

  • Connecting Learning Opportunities
  • Linking Documentation and Curriculum
  • Sharing Documentation with Families
  • Sharing Video Documentation with Families
  • The Essential Role of Observation and Documentation
  • Using Documentation to Become a Better Teacher
Focus on Early Intervention
  • Using Video for Self-Reflection
  • Using Video to Share with Family Members

4. Evaluation Brief Reviews Recent Study on Professional Development for Head Start Teachers

Source: National Forum on Early Childhood Program Evaluation - March 17, 2009

The National Forum on Early Childhood Program Evaluation has published a new evaluation brief entitled Can Professional Development for Teachers Enhance Language and Literacy Environments for Preschoolers? The brief reviews a recent study which found that Head Start teachers who participated in the intensive Literacy Environment Enrichment Program (LEEP) improved significantly in providing classroom supports for language and literacy development. It is available at http://www.developingchild.harvard.edu/index.php/download_file/-/view/77/

5. Grant Notice - Head Start Graduate Student Research

Source: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families - March 17, 2009

The Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families has issued the following grant notice:

Title: Head Start Graduate Student Research
Summary: Funds are provided for Head Start Graduate Student Research grants to support dissertation research by advanced graduate students who are working in partnership with Head Start and Early Head Start programs and faculty mentors.
Due Date For Letter of Intent: 04/30/2009
Due Date for Applications: 6/01/2009
URL: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/hs/grad_student/