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Raising the Bar in ECE in Minnesota – the Westwood Lutheran Early Learning Center Story

Educa Talks to Westwood Lutheran Early Learning Center Director, Kellee Nelson “Creating our curriculum was a process but it is clear to the State that our school is committed to weaving observation and assessment into our work with children.” It … Read More

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Announcing the 2019 New Zealand Study Tour Winner

Again this year, Educa offered early childhood educators from New Zealand, Australia and North America the chance to win a place on a New Zealand Study Educational Tour, hosted by Kelly Goodsir. We are delighted to announce that Judi Stevenson-Garcia … Read More

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Risk and Respect in ECE: The Childspace Story 

Interview with Childspace founders, Robin & Toni Christie “Teachers respect children by allowing them to take ownership of their learning.” Toni Christie, Childspace Childspace stands out as as thought leader and relentless innovator in the New Zealand early childhood sector.  … Read More

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ECE Documentation Your Teachers & Families Will Love!

Make it about the child, using learning stories Assessments can be time-consuming with unclear benefits. Or they can be life-affirming and precious for teachers, families and children.  Many early educators around are not fond of documentation, defined here as assessments … Read More

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Why Child Care is NOT a Substitute for Motherhood

Or How Does Early Education Get Some Respect?! In her recent article for the New York Times, Why the U.S. Has Long Resisted Universal Child Care, Claire Cain Miller discusses motherhood and professional child care as if they are equivalent. … Read More

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Your QIP Process, Only Simpler – in Educa

Reduce inspection stress, focus on a higher rating The evidence is in Educa, now your QIP process documentation can be there too! Educa has added a number of templates to support your QIP process, from working together on reflections and … Read More

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Learning Stories as Authentic Assessment

The case for using stories to document a child’s learning journey Learning stories are documentation “for,” not documentation “of.” Dr. Annie White Traditional assessment is documentation “of” — reflections on a child in checkpoint format. By contrast, learning stories are … Read More

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Innovative Intermediate – The Fergusson Philosophy

A Culture of Inclusion and Rising to the Challenge Interviewed: Simon Kenny (Principal) and Andrew de Wit (Teacher). Our curriculum is based around our “rise” values – we expect all our kids to rise to the challenge. Those values are … Read More

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Making Everyday ECE Routines Into Extraordinary Rituals

Everyday early childhood routines are a gold mine for finding rituals. That allows you and your staff to make a “psychological shift that impacts your attitudes and reactions.” Toni Christie Early childhood expert, Toni Christie, Childspace Early Childhood Institute based … Read More

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Tips For Using Video in Your Early Learning Service

Ideas for using produced videos This year, about 80% of content people view online will be video, says the authoritative US Inc magazine. You are probably using videos in your learning stories or in your communications with parents as way … Read More

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