What it Looks Like to Promote Young Children's Growth and Discovery

What it Looks Like to Promote Young Children's Growth and Discovery

What it Looks Like to Promote Young Children's Growth and Discovery
Stories and Resources for Early Education Leaders
Collection
Dec. 18, 2019
About this Project
Research shows that teaching and learning environments for young children are most effective when they are based on findings from the science of child development, which include but are not limited to the provision of opportunities for children to engage in hands-on exploration, question-asking, and discovery; positive relationships and enriching back-and-forth social interactions; and targeted and personalized instruction that is tailored to a child's specific needs, growth, and development across multiple domains and subject areas.
What does this look like in practice? The following project, which is informed by the learning sciences and inspired by the Ideal Learning Principles published by the Trust for Learning, is designed to provide stories and portraits from classrooms and other learning environments. We will update this special section throughout 2019, highlighting recent articles and reports from New America authors, writing and reports from other outlets , and books, videos, and other resources for education leaders.
Our Writing
In our recent articles and reports, we at New America analyze current trends in early education while telling stories and painting portraits of teaching and learning environments that support young children's growth and discovery.
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In professional development, seek signs of:
Educators playing, exploring, and tinkering together.
Educators trying out new tools and resources before putting them in front of children.
Peer-to-peer exchanges and conversation.
Ongoing PD: Educators coming together over weeks, months, and years to practice, share, and reflect on what works.
-- Tamara Kaldor, associate director of the Technology and Early Childhood Center at Erikson Institute. See more .
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A 5-minute video produced by NPR where teacher Nikki Jones walks us through a day in her pre-K classroom at a Tulsa, OK elementary school.
Courtesy of NPR Ed
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Courtesy of PBS KIDS Lab
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A 4-minute video produced by Edutopia that shows how language and literacy skills can be developed through art at an elementary school in New York City.
Courtesy of Edutopia
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A 5-minute video where Michigan State University researchers explain the benefits of project-based learning and show us an example of how one 2nd grade classroom used their project-based literacy and social studies curriculum.
Courtesy of Edutopia
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Watch video here or by clicking on the arrow in the bottom right of this window.
A 5-minute video produced by the Trust for Learning, that shows scenes from what Stephanie Miller, the Trust's former executive director, calls "curriculum-rich, evidence-based, developmentally appropriate, child-centric programs.
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Watch video here or by clicking on the arrow in the bottom right of this window.
A 26-minute video that explores the advantages associated with a play-based approach in kindergarten and features stories of how two Illinois school districts made the transition to play-based learning.
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Recent Writing from Other Outlets