Assessment using Learning Stories

For QRIS, Head Start & state-funded programs

Authentic assessment that fits your process

Assessment that helps you be a better teacher. Documentation FOR learning. 

  • 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
Assessment process
» DRDP ratings – stories as evidence
» Update unrated measures
» Export and reports
DRDP is accepted for Head Start. More on the
Review and finalise DRDP ratings, add observations
for unrated measures.

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

Why Learning Stories

They help teachers connect to
children, families and a love of teaching

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.

Versatile communication

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.

Professional development

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.

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