For Universal PreK
A New Assessment Approach
Assessment supports success in Universal PreK when it helps educators differentiate their teaching and brings families into the frame – as engaged collaborators.
Snippet observations with a checklist of outcomes achieve neither. Teachers know their children. Ratings do not deepen this understanding. And checklists do not engage families.A new approach to assessment is needed.
Learning Stories – an Approach to Teaching
Learning Stories (and Educa) are a form of authentic assessment that bridges this gap – developed in New Zealand, now in North America.
Teachers carefully observe and then put their thoughts about a child in writing. This process helps them think more deeply about what makes each child unique. And because it is typically written to the child, in a heart-led, informal tone, it is engaging for families.
It’s an approach to teaching that is reflective, collaborative and conducive to connecting to children,
In Educa, the last step of a Learning Story is the framework links, which go to a Ratings section for data export. Each story serves as evidence, is shared with families and is saved to a portfolio as a valued keepsake.
Why Learning Stories
Comprehensive Platform For ECE
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