August 20, 2010

In this Issue:

  1. Literature Review Analyzes the Research on Early Childhood Professional Development
      Source: U.S. Department of Education - Retrieved August 20, 2010
  2. Research Synthesis - Effects of Parent-Mediated Joint Book Reading on Early Language Development
      Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - August 18, 2010
  3. Tots 'n Tech Newsletter on Using Low-Tech Assistive Technology and Adaptations
      Source: Tots 'n Tech Research Institute - Retrieved August 20, 2010
  4. Act Early Milestone Quiz - Widget Available
      Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Retrieved August 16, 2010

1. Literature Review Analyzes the Research on Early Childhood Professional Development

Source: U.S. Department of Education - Retrieved August 20, 2010

The U.S. Department of Education recently released a review of the literature that is meant to help identify core features of effective professional development for early childhood educators. It includes research findings on: 1) strengthening human or social capital; 2) strengthening practices at institutions or organizations providing professional development; 3) strengthening early educator practices related to specific child outcomes; and, 4) strengthening overall quality in classroom or group settings. Toward the Identification of Features of Effective Professional Development for Early Childhood Educators: Literature Review (2010) is available online at http://www2.ed.gov/rschstat/eval/professional-development/literature-review.pdf

2. Research Synthesis - Effects of Parent-Mediated Joint Book Reading on Early Language Development

Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - August 18, 2010

The Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) has published the following new CELL review: Effects of Parent-Mediated Joint Book Reading on the Early Language Development of Toddlers and Preschoolers (2010), by Carol M. Trivette, Carl J. Dunst, and Ellen Gorman. This research synthesis examines the characteristics of books and book reading experiences that contribute to young children's language development as well as variables that moderate the effects of the shared book reading experience. It is available online at http://www.earlyliteracylearning.org/cellreviews/cellreviews_v3_n2.pdf

3. Tots 'n Tech Newsletter on Using Low-Tech Assistive Technology and Adaptations

Source: Tots 'n Tech Research Institute - Retrieved August 20, 2010

The Tots 'n Tech Research Institute (TnT) has published its August 2010 newsletter, which provides tips on using low-tech assistive technology (AT) and adaptations that are inexpensive, easy to make, and useful for increasing young children's participation in daily activities and routines. The newsletter is available online at http://tnt.asu.edu/files/August2010.pdf

4. Act Early Milestone Quiz - Widget Available

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Retrieved August 16, 2010

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have a new milestone quiz available on the "Learn the Signs, Act Early" home page at http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/index.html. The quiz is a fun way for parents to learn about developmental milestones. It's also available as a widget application that can be added to your Web page simply by copying the code. As CDC updates the widget, it will automatically update on your site, too. This widget and others from CDC can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/NCBDDD/socialmedia/widgetGallery.html.