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Alejandro, Zeke; Garland, Sarah; Kennedy, Suzanne; Van Soelen, Thomas – Learning Professional, 2017
Early childhood centers and classrooms perpetually dance between being a "center" or a "school." To many educators, the word "school" usually presumes K-12 students. It often means the school is part of a larger entity, like a district or a school board. To parents, school might connote importance or deference to a…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Early Childhood Education, Preschool Teachers, Teacher Education Programs
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Celeste, Eric – Learning Professional, 2017
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) says in its current policy paper that, for high-quality early education to exist outside of tiny islands across the country, the following must be addressed: (1) teacher preparation; (2) ongoing professional learning; and (3) disparity in early education teacher pay. To achieve…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Early Childhood Education, Faculty Development, Preschool Teachers
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Parrilla, Natasha; Trygstad, Kelly – Learning Professional, 2017
AppleTree Institute for Education Innovation, a nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C., is working to close the achievement gap before children enter kindergarten by providing 3- and 4-year-olds with the social, emotional, and academic foundations that enable them to thrive in school--and increasing educator effectiveness is a critical…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, School Readiness, Achievement Gap, Social Development