This all-day symposium, held in Louisiana on December 10, 2015, explored policy, research, and practice in early childhood education.
Louisiana Charter Schools
Darlene Brown, Alliance Liaison
Early childhood education practitioners, teachers, program directors and coordinators, policymakers, and researchers
Agenda and Presentations
- Agenda (413 KB)
- Welcome and Speaker Introductions (1.1 MB)
Vicki Dimock, Director, REL Southwest
- Keynote Address: Child Assessment: A Key Component of Statewide Early Childhood Assessment Systems (1.4 MB)
Virginia Buysse, Ph.D., Principal Researcher, American Institutes for Research
- Breakout Session 1: Teaching Math to Young Children Practice Guide (3.3 MB)
Brian Mowry, Prekindergarten Instructional Specialist, Austin Independent School District
- Breakout Session 2: Differentiated Strategies to Improve Early Literacy Learning (5 MB)
Sheryl Turner, Research Associate, RMC Research Corporation
Kathleen Theodore, Senior Technical Assistance Consultant, American Institutes for Research
Handouts and Practice Guide
- Breakout Session 2 Handouts (39 KB)
- Teaching Math to Young Children Practice Guide, What Works Clearinghouse
News Items and Photo Gallery
This free all-day symposium will set the stage for bridging research, policy, and practice in early childhood education, with a focus on early reading and mathematics. Through discussions and hands-on activities, participants will build their knowledge of early childhood trends, policy issues, and instructional strategies. In addition, participants will tour a high-quality early learning program at Bains Lower Elementary School in West Feliciana Parish School District, Louisiana's top-ranked district in kindergarten readiness.
Participants will increase their working knowledge of the following:
- Policies and trends in early childhood education
- Louisiana state policies regarding high-quality early childhood education
- Data-driven strategies to differentiate instruction and improve learning in early literacy
- Practical methods for increasing young children's knowledge, literacy, and competency in mathematics
The following resources provide the basis for the symposium:
- Barnett, W. S., Carolan, M. E., Squires, J. H., Clarke Brown, K., & Horowitz, M. (2015). The state of preschool 2014: State preschool yearbook. New Brunswick, NJ: National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER).
- Frye, D., Barood, A. J., Burchinal, M., Carver, S. M., Jordan, N. C., & McDowell, J. (2013). Teaching math to young children: A practice guide (NCEE 2014-4005). Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance (NCEE).
- Verhagen, C. (2012). Student center activities aligned to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and literacy in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects K–5. Portsmouth, NH: RMC Research Corporation, Center on Instruction (COI).