September 28, 2012

In this Issue:

  1. 2013 CASEL Guide to Effective Social and Emotional Learning Programs
      Source: Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning - September 20, 2012
  2. State Policy Roadmap for Improving Early Reading Proficiency
      Source: Education Commission of the States - September 27, 2012
  3. InBrief - Executive Function: Essential Skills for Life and Learning
      Source: Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University - September 27, 2012
  4. Updated! Hexagon Tool for Assessing Evidence-Based Practice Readiness and Fit
      Source: State Implementation & Scaling-up of Evidence-based Practices Center - September 27, 2012
  5. Building a Competitive Future Right from the Start: How Paid Leave Strengthens 21st Century Families
      Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - September 27, 2012

1. 2013 CASEL Guide to Effective Social and Emotional Learning Programs

Source: Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning - September 20, 2012

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) recently released the 2013 CASEL Guide: Effective Social and Emotional Learning Programs - Preschool and Elementary School Edition (September 2012) by Kathy Christie and Stephanie Rose. This guide identifies 23 evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL) programs that promote self-control, relationship-building, problem-solving, and other competencies. It includes a section specifically devoted to Preschool Program Ratings. Additionally, the guide provides best practices for district and school teams on how to evaluate, select and implement classroom-based SEL programs. A two-page summary is also available.

2. State Policy Roadmap for Improving Early Reading Proficiency

Source: Education Commission of the States - September 27, 2012

Despite 40 years of state and national reading initiatives, early reading proficiency has not significantly improved. The Education Commission of the States has published a new paper, A Problem Still in Search of a Solution: A State Policy Roadmap for Improving Early Reading Proficiency (September 2012), which provides a framework to help state leaders and policymakers create more effective policies that will result in improved reading proficiency of children in preschool through grade three.

3. InBrief - Executive Function: Essential Skills for Life and Learning

Source: Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University - September 27, 2012

Executive function skills help us to focus on multiple streams of information at the same time and revise plans as necessary. A new evidence base has identified these skills as being essential for school achievement, success in work, and healthy lives. The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University has published a new two-page summary, InBrief: Executive Function: Essential Skills for Life and Learning (2012), outlining how these skills develop, what can disrupt their development, and how supporting them pays off in school and life.

See also, the Center's related 5-minute video, Executive Function: Skills for Life and Learning (2012), as well as a new online training module to help early care and education providers better understand and support the development of executive function skills, produced by the Washington State Department of Early Learning, in collaboration with the Center's Frontiers of Innovation initiative.

4. Updated! Hexagon Tool for Assessing Evidence-Based Practice Readiness and Fit

Source: State Implementation & Scaling-up of Evidence-based Practices Center - September 27, 2012

The State Implementation & Scaling-up of Evidence-based Practices Center (SISEP) has updated The Hexagon Tool. The Hexagon Tool can be used as a planning tool to evaluate and select evidence-based programs and practices based on six broad factors during the Exploration Stage of Implementation. View a quick overview and download the Hexagon Tool.

5. Building a Competitive Future Right from the Start: How Paid Leave Strengthens 21st Century Families

Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - September 27, 2012

The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) has published a new brief, Building a Competitive Future Right from the Start: How Paid Leave Strengthens 21st Century Families (September 2012) by Susan Ochshorn and Curtis Skinner. The brief provides a brief history of paid family leave policy in the United States and abroad; synthesizes cutting-edge knowledge about paid leave and its impact on family and civic life; and concludes with a set of recommendations for policymakers, researchers, public health and early childhood stakeholders, business leaders, and federal, state, and local education agencies to guide the work going forward.