Assessment using Learning Stories
For Head Start & state-funded programs
Authentic assessment that fits your process
Simpler documentation means more time for teaching.
- observe, interact and reflect on each child
- document stories and:
- link to DRDP measures
- share with families
- save to child’s portfolio
Families respond to stories and collaborate
» DRDP ratings autofill – stories as evidence
» Manually update unrated measures
» One-click reports
While DRDP is Head Start-approved, local grantees need to accept DRDP assessments. More on the DRDP here
Educa’s Ratings tool auto-populates links from learning stories. At period end, educators can manually add observations for unrated measures, then upload in one click.
Learning stories for DRDP ratings here
Assessment for learning
Learning stories were developed in New Zealand to capture each child’s unique journey in a way that checklists just can’t. They are reflections that include planning next steps. More here.
Document to engage families
Learning stories use an informal, storytelling approach, generally written to the child. This resonates with families, builds understanding and a basis for real conversations and collaboration.
Custom data exports
Educa customers can one-click export class data to DRDP Online. Educa support can also create custom Excel exports to meet state or agency needs. Furthermore, there are one-click PDF reports for families.
Create networks for sharing
Educa has a Network Hub (coming soon) option that will allow regulators to create networks of centers – message, share training, document templates or request snapshot reports.
Link to DRDP and ELOF and ...
Connect stories to DRDP measures and/or the Head Start ELOF as you go. Educators have help descriptions to guide them, parents see snippets of outcomes as reference points. Any public framework can be added.
Reduce teacher pushback
Checklists are time-consuming and soul destroying because they’re not read by parents and only loosely related to outcomes. Whereas learning stories connect educators to why they chose early education. More here
Comprehensive Platform For ECE
All educational needs in one place.
Educa supports your program cycle end to end.
» Differentiated planning
» Custom forms for collecting child info
» Learning story templates
» Child portfolios
» Parent and teacher messaging
Online, all in one place
Educa is organized around each child’s profile. From “About Me,” Home Language Surveys to Planning to IEPs, etc. to a learning story portfolio. All in one place and visible – supports collaboration and best practice.
Educa will become the focal point to center communications. There’s a Message Board for news and announcements – to families as a community, by class or any other grouping, e.g., families at home, volunteers. Educa also has separate teacher messaging.
Teacher workflow support
Educa has optional story review workflow that gives senior educators a way to train and mentor in real time. Senior teachers can also be linked to plans and stories to help maintain and lift quality at every step.
Each teacher has a private workspace. It includes a teacher portfolio for reflective practice, professional plans, document storage and collaboration opportunities with peers and mentors.