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Early Educators Leadership Institute 2015, Workshop 1: Part 3 of 3

Workshop 1, Part 3 of 3
"Learning from the Field: Strategy and Implementation in Leading Edge Birth through Grade 3 Efforts"

David Jacobson, Professional Excellence Director and Early Years Lead, Cambridge Education, Inc.

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Early Educators Leadership Institute 2015, Workshop 1: Part 3 of 3

  1. 1. Learning from the Field: Strategy and Implementation in Leading Edge Birth through Grade 3 Efforts David Jacobson 2/27/2015 MA Dept. of Early Education and Care
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  3. 3. “In recent years preschool’s educational purpose and potential have been increasingly recognized, and this recognition contributes to the blurring of the preschool-elementary boundary. The two spheres now have substantial reasons to strive for greater continuity and collaboration.” 2/27/2015 MA Dept. of Early Education and Care
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  5. 5. NAESP Competencies • Embrace the PreK-3rd Early Learning Continuum • Ensure Developmentally-Appropriate Teaching • Provide Personalized Blended Learning Environments • Use Multiple Measures of Assessment to Guide Growth in Student Learning • Build Professional Capacity Across the Learning Community • Make Your School a Hub of PreK-3rd Learning for Families and Communities 2/27/2015 MA Dept. of Early Education and Care
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  10. 10. Experience Shapes Brain Architecture 2/27/2015 MA Dept. of Early Education and Care
  11. 11. Research Leading Edge Communities 2/27/2015 MA Dept. of Early Education and Care
  12. 12. Birth through Third Grade Learning Hub birth-third.net 2/27/2015 MA Dept. of Early Education and Care
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  21. 21. Union City 2/27/2015 MA Dept. of Early Education and Care
  22. 22. http://birth-third.net/resources/ 2/27/2015 MA Dept. of Early Education and Care
  23. 23. Familiar Practices, Implemented Deeply and Systematically “When boiled down to its essentials, what Union City is doing sounds so obvious, so tried-and-true, that it verges on platitude. Indeed, everything that is happening in Union City should be familiar to any educator with a pulse.” “System is the star. Organizations make people smart.” - David Kirp 2/27/2015 MA Dept. of Early Education and Care
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  30. 30. “I feel like it would make me a better teacher to really know what is expected of my students. What do you really need to know for kindergarten? I think they are ready. I think I am getting them ready. But I’m not 100% sure, and I want to be. Learning about kindergarten makes me look at myself as a teacher.” 2/27/2015 MA Dept. of Early Education and Care
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  33. 33. Partner Chat: Three Take-Aways? • Union City • Somerville • Springfield (4 minutes) 2/27/2015 MA Dept. of Early Education and Care
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  35. 35. Green and Red Zones Montgomery County, MD 2/27/2015 MA Dept. of Early Education and Care
  36. 36. “Once we fixed the system, the kids were suddenly okay. Same kids, just a different system. And we started at the beginning of the education value-chain—early learning.” - Jerry Weast 2/27/2015 MA Dept. of Early Education and Care
  37. 37. System Goal as North Star • 100% would graduate high school and 80% college ready by 2014 Seven Keys to College Readiness 2/27/2015 MA Dept. of Early Education and Care
  38. 38. “I thought I would enter the change process through the culture door and then engage everyone in creating systems and structures that would support the culture. But I couldn’t get traction, so we started to build the systems anyway, and it seemed that the culture started to shift as people saw that the changes worked for kids.” --Jerry Weast 2/27/2015 MA Dept. of Early Education and Care
  39. 39. Montgomery County Results 90% Almost 90 percent of kindergarteners enter first grade with essential early literacy skills 88% Nearly 88 percent of third graders read proficiently 90% About 90 percent of 12th graders graduate from high school 77% 77 percent of graduating seniors enroll in college 2/27/2015 MA Dept. of Early Education and Care
  40. 40. Raise the Bar and Close the Gap (3rd Grade Reading) 48% 65% 66% 67% 73% 76% 80%78% 86% 88% 88% 92% 93% 94% 83% 89% 91% 91% 94% 95% 95% 60% 63% 70% 75% 76% 83% 40% 60% 80% 100% 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 African American Students Asian American Students White Students Hispanic Students Percent Proficient or Higher 2/27/2015 MA Dept. of Early Education and Care
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  45. 45. Partner Chat: Three Take-Aways • Montgomery County • Boston (4 minutes) 2/27/2015 MA Dept. of Early Education and Care
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  49. 49. Themes • Coherent systems • Focused plans and plan management • Intense focus on curriculum, learning, and teaching – Implement deeply and systematically – Professional development – Coaches – Professional learning communities – Effective use of data • Meaningful collaboration districts and community-based preschools • Larger partnerships that integrate social services 2/27/2015 MA Dept. of Early Education and Care
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  51. 51. Activity 1. What are the main activities and services currently underway in each of the four circles? (~5 minutes) 2. What would you need to add/change/deepen to yield significant improvement within two years? (~ 15 minutes) 3. In order to make this happen, what do you need to do in the next month and who needs to be involved? (~10 minutes) 2/27/2015 MA Dept. of Early Education and Care
  52. 52. Primary Years Partnerships Two Both/And Principles • Build relationships and trust while taking action to demonstrate progress • Act with an eye towards building capacity and expertise 2/27/2015 MA Dept. of Early Education and Care

Workshop 1, Part 3 of 3 "Learning from the Field: Strategy and Implementation in Leading Edge Birth through Grade 3 Efforts" David Jacobson, Professional Excellence Director and Early Years Lead, Cambridge Education, Inc.

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