Training and T/A Center

Resources

A. Transition Resources

B. Professional Development Trainings:

The Head Start National Center for Quality Teaching and Learning (NCQTL) presents a series of 15-minute professional development trainings on the following topics: engaging children in conversation, zoning, teacher-to-teacher talk, and collecting and using anecdotal records.  Each training includes: Presentations with presenter notes

  • Video clips from Head Start classrooms
  • Tips for Teachers
  • Tools for Supervisors
  • Strategies supporting School Readiness

For access to the trainings, click on the links below:

  1. ENGAGING CHILDREN IN CONVERSATIONS:
    1. Training Outline:
    2. PPT Presentations & Supporting  Materials:
    3. Videos:
      • Video 1 – Conversations at the Center
      • Video 2 – Conversations in the Garden
      • Video 3 – Going to the Grocery Store
      • Video 4 – Taking a Trip to the Park
    4. Tips for Teachers:
    5. Tools for Supervisors:
    6. Additional Materials:
  2. ZONING: STAFFING TO MAXIMIZE LEARNING
    1. Training Outline:
    2. PPT Presentations & Supporting  Materials:
    3. Videos:
      • Video 1 - Coverage
      • Video 2 – Scanning
    4. Tips for Teachers:
    5. Tools for Supervisors:
    6. Additional Materials:
  3. TEACHER-TO-TEACHER TALK:
    1. Training Outline:
    2. PPT Presentations & Supporting  Materials:
    3. Videos:
      • Video 1 – Complementing Another Teacher
      • Video 2 – Friendly Direction
      • Video 3 – Getting Materials
      • Video 4 – Sharing Teaching Practices
      • Video 5 – What Does Teacher-to-Teacher Look Like
    4. Tips for Teachers:
    5. Tools for Supervisors:
    6. Additional Materials:
  4. ONGOING CHILD ASSESSMENT: COLLECTING AND USING ANECDOTAL RECORDS:
    1. Training Outline:
    2. PPT Presentations & Supporting  Materials:
    3. Videos:
      • Collecting Anecdotal Records
      • Anecdotal Records 1
      • Anecdotal Record 2
    4. Tips for Teachers:
    5. Tools for Supervisors:
    6. Additional Materials:

C. Head Start Alignment Guide :

The Head Start Alignment Guide is an alignment tool to help your program determine how well an early childhood assessment or curriculum aligns with the domains and domain elements in the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework. To access this guide, click here.

D. Head Start Child Development Early Learning Framework/ Texas Pre-Kindergarten Guidelines Alignment:

The intent of this document is to provide a framework for the development and learning expected in early childhood classrooms.  The alignment is to help teachers understand each document more fully, make careful comparisons of the skills listed in each and be able to identify elements or skills that are comparable or specific to only one.  The ultimate goal of this alignment is to ensure that outcomes from both tools are met and to utilize it to promote continuous quality improvement in programs and School Readiness in children. Click here for a copy of the CD/ELF Pre-K Guideline Alignment Document

E. Texas Early Learning Guidelines:

Our state has two documents that detail skills and abilities that young children should know and be able to do at different points in their development. The Infant, Toddler, and Three-Year-Old Early Learning Guidelines, available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese, include information on child development and how caregivers (parents and early childhood providers) can support optimal development in five key domains in children from birth to 48 months.  The Texas Pre-kindergarten Guidelines were written to help preschool programs support optimal development in four-year-old children in ten skill domains.  The Pre-K Guidelines are aligned to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).  Both of these documents are voluntary but offer valuable information on child development for teachers and early childhood providers.

Texas’ Early Learning Pathways is an alignment of Texas’ early learning guidelines, creating a birth to age five continuum of early learning for children.  Teachers and early childhood providers can use this document to learn the skills that young children demonstrate at different ages, as well as activities to support optimal development in children in multiple developmental domains from birth to age 5.

F. Children's "Lifelong Teacher"…Engaging Parents:

The Office of Head Starts’ National Center on Parent, Family and Community Engagement has developed resources to effectively engage with parents, families and communities to promote children’s healthy development and learning.  Strategies based in research support The Parent and Family Engagement Framework covering:

  • Family Well Being
  • Positive Parent-child Relationships
  • Parents as First and Lifelong Educators
  • Families as Learners
  • Family Engagement in Transitions
  • Family Connections to Peers and Community
  • Families as Advocates and Leaders

Click here to access strategies and resources.

 
 
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