November 30, 2012

In this Issue:

  1. The Common Core State Standards: Caution and Opportunity for Early Childhood Education
      Source: National Association for the Education of Young Children - November 26, 2012
  2. New Research Synthesis from the Center for Early Literacy Learning
      Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - Retrieved November 30, 2012
  3. Research-Based Options for Education Policymaking: Preschool Education
      Source: National Education Policy Center - Retrieved November 30, 2012
  4. New Video: First Look: Teaching Strategies GOLD Documentation App
      Source: Results Matter - November 19, 2012

1. The Common Core State Standards: Caution and Opportunity for Early Childhood Education

Source: National Association for the Education of Young Children - November 26, 2012

On November 26, 2012, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) released a new paper, The Common Core State Standards: Caution and Opportunity for Early Childhood Education (November 2012). Currently, 45 states have adopted the Common Core State Standards for English language arts and mathematics. NAEYC's paper attempts to provide a framework for the early education field to consider "not only the aspects of the Common Core that may pose threats to early childhood education, but also those aspects that may provide early childhood education with the opportunity to exert its collected research and experience upward into K-12 education." The aim is to ensure that learning standards for young children, before they enter school and in the early elementary years, are consistent with evidence-based approaches to supporting the development of young children.

2. New Research Synthesis from the Center for Early Literacy Learning

Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - Retrieved November 30, 2012

The Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) has published a new CELLreview, Relationships Between Inferential Book Reading Strategies and Young Children's Language and Literacy Competence (2012), CELLreviews 5(10), 1-10, by Carl J. Dunst, A. Lynn Williams, Carol M. Trivette, Andrew Simkus, and Deborah W. Hamby. This meta-analysis examines the manner in which different types of inferential book reading strategies used by adults were associated with young children's language and literacy behavior and development. Results showed that parents' and teachers' use of different types of inferencing strategies were related to variations in the child outcomes, and that the effects of inferencing were conditioned on the children's ages. See more CELLreviews.

CELL is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, Research to Practice Division and is a major initiative of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at the Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute.

3. Research-Based Options for Education Policymaking: Preschool Education

Source: National Education Policy Center - Retrieved November 30, 2012

The National Education Policy Center recently published a brief summarizing the universally acknowledged economic and social benefits of high-quality preschool education. Research-Based Options for Education Policymaking: Preschool Education (November 2012), by William Mathis, provides highlights of key research findings and offers recommendations for policymakers investing in preschool education

4. New Video: First Look: Teaching Strategies GOLD Documentation App

Source: Results Matter - November 19, 2012

Results Matter, a program of the Colorado Department of Education, has posted a new video to the Using Technology for Authentic Assessment section of their Results Matter Video Library. First Look: Teaching Strategies GOLD Documentation App (Runtime: 5:45) demonstrates the functions of the Teaching Strategies GOLD Documentation App for iPads, iPod Touches, and iPhones that was released during the week of November 5, 2012. All Results Matter video clips are available for viewing and may be downloaded at no cost for use in educational and professional development activities.