is assessment aligned

Reflections on ECE Assessment and Why It Matters

Is Assessment Aligned to Your Goals? by Rachel Silva I have been working at Educa for over 3 years. In that time I have read countless articles and spoken to hundreds of educators about early childhood assessment practices. In none of these conversations have I heard, “I love my checklists” or “the data from my

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Authentic Assessment to Help Children Own Their Learning Journey

Choosing Assessment For, Not Of – Use Learning Stories Assessment that is FOR children and not OF children respects their growing minds and creates patterns of thinking that help them see themselves as owners of their own learning journey. By Judi Garcia-Stevenson For early childhood leaders, who must have a clear vision of what they

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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. They are not. Most child care services have trained professionals. They make daily contributions to

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A Writer’s Guide to Amazing Learning Stories That Will Engage Families

Are Your Families Reading Your Stories? The mechanics of writing Learning Stories is easy enough in platforms like Educa learning story software platform.  And you know families love them, including grandparents who often can’t get enough. Plus children will constantly revisit their stories, retelling them to other kids, their parents and their extended family. However,

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Explaining the Value of ECE to a Skeptic

THE CASE FOR EARLY EDUCATION HAS NOT BEEN MADE (& HOW TO CHANGE THAT!) Early educators could be excused for feeling a little frustrated these days. It really shouldn’t be this way, but they still feel like they have to constantly justify the value of early childhood education and cheer for others who do likewise.

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The Importance of Relationships in Early Education

Using Learning Stories to Build Connections Stories celebrate the culture and language each child and family bring to the classroom and embrace each child’s unique abilities. By Judi Garcia-Stevenson We know from years of research on cognition and the brain how learning takes place and which environments best support that learning. Learning depends on relationships.

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Case Study – Cairns TAFE Child Care Connects With Families

Cairns TAFE Community Child Care is a nonprofit community service where family voices matter. Run by a parent management committee, they focus on providing the best care possible with an educational program based on the emergent curriculum. Despite low staff turnover and a strong, supportive community, the centre was facing a challenge that is common

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Time Management & Learning Stories – Hilltop Interview

Follow Up Questions from Hilltop Webinar This week Educa had a chance to sit down with Mike Browne (he/him), Senior Manager of Community Engagement and Naoko Armstrong (she/her), Educator at Hilltop Children’s Center and Educator Institute in Seattle, Washington on the ancestral lands of the Duwamish Tribe. Hilltop is a leader in progressive early childhood

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Adopting Learning Stories in Early Head Start

How Lindsey Shafer Moved Her Team’s Assessment Approach An article written by Judi Stevenson-Garcia   “The stories we tell literally make the world.” -Michael Margolis Lindsey Shafer is a former Early Headstart Site Supervisor and current Coach in Northern California and a SALSA board member. Lindsey recently shared in a webinar how her team is

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Make Beautiful Learning Stories – Online and Print

Educa Announces Story Editor and Print Tools “I don’t use Publisher anymore. The editor and print options are great!” To help make beautiful learning stories even easier to create, Educa has released a significant update to its story editor. And to make Learning Stories worthy on paper of being put on a wall, added to

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