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Effective Planning and Administration of Early Education Programs
Effective Planning and Administration of Early Education Programs
Effective Planning and Administration of Early Education Programs is a training manual that provides the information necessary for early childhood education professionals to implement a high quality educational program for young children (birth through age twelve). As professional development, the course is approved for program administrators and early childhood educators pursuant to the University of Georgia’s training approval contract with Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning and Georgia Department of Education’s Office of Professional Learning. This course fulfills the forty hour training requirement for program administrators and teachers of early care and education and school-age care programs. It also meets the competency goals and indicators set forth in Rules and Regulations for Day Care Centers 290-2-2-09. (2014) Participants demonstrate an application of effective school leadership behaviors and practices that support proficiency in all of the Georgia Department of Education’s School Keys of Excellence. Course assessments utilize the Georgia Leader Keys Performance Appraisal System leading to individual professional growth goals. The manual accompanies the online or classroom face-to-face training. Any owner, board member, administrative staff member (e.g. Principal, Director, Afterschool coordinator, Extended Care Supervisor, summer enrichment Program Coordinator, Bookkeeper, Administrative Director, Athletic Program Director, and so forth), or program supervisor that makes decisions needs to complete the course. Upon completion participants receive a Georgia program administration credential. The primary course objective is to equip participants with child care program planning and administration knowledge and skills (e.g. licensing, legal issues, child development, developmentally appropriate practices, marketing, budget, maintenance, staff development, parental/community relations, ethics, professionalism, diversity) in order to improve the quality of educational programs for young children. Programs which use the model provided will be structured to meet National Health and Safety Performance Standards for Educational Settings (2012) which are provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics (as well as the accreditation standards of most organizations [e.g. Southern association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)].
Professional Development Tools
Professional Development Tools
More than one out of every 100 school children in the United States has some form of intellectual disability. Cerebral palsy is the second most common developmental disorder, followed by autism spectrum disorders. Developmental disabilities are a group of conditions which occur due to an impairment in physical, learning, language, or behavior areas. The booklet contains information that will enable teachers to identify and manage disorders that may impact student learning and behavior. The strategies included will enhance the effectiveness of teaching and learning methods; and the accessibility of course instruction, materials, and activities. They are general strategies designed to support individualized reasonable accommodations for which an exceptional learner needs in order to reach their full potential. These strategies were gleaned from research, intervention specialists, and general and special education teachers and students (in public and private schools) over the past thirty years.
The Classroom Management Strategy Toolbox includes more than twenty-five proactive and practical strategies that prevent classroom management problems whenever possible. Althea shares proven practices that have worked for her as a teacher over the past thirty years. The strategies support social and emotional development and encourage positive guidance in early education settings. The teacher is equipped to create and maintain a supportive environment in which children can begin to learn and practice appropriate and acceptable behaviors.
Purposefully planning developmentally appropriate activities and learning experiences with specific teaching and learning objectives in mind will help you meet children's needs and will help them learn and grow. This planner features weekly and monthly pages and calendars for easy academic planning. This teacher planner is the perfect tool to document lesson planning activities and standards in addition to attendance rosters, classroom management forms, and communication logs. 2020-2021 calendars are included.
Purposeful Play is intended to aid early educators in creating nurturing environments and interactions that promote holistic child development. A child’s ability to reach their full potential at any stage of development is dependent upon the classroom environment and interactions with caregivers. This book is filled with learning center posters that include a checklist of materials as well as questions that are designed to foster holistic child development.
Early education program administrators are charged with recruiting, supervising, serving students and staff, and enlisting community support. Whether you are beginning a new program or school year this entails assembling volumes of records. There are numerous forms to be adopted and this toolkit will make your job easier. It provides every tool needed to plan and administer a program that promotes optimal development in each stakeholder. The forms comply with current federal and state rules and regulations, in addition to the National Health and Safety Standards of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Board of Health. Using the toolkit will help protect your rights, save time, and money. Why re-invent the wheel when the work has already been done for you?
Early childhood education (ECE) programs should be nurturing places for staff members and students alike. Research indicates that how early educators interact and value one another, share instructional strategies, and support one another directly influences student outcomes, job satisfaction, parental involvement, and community support. The author identifies research proven shared norms, values, and behaviors that contribute to an empowering ECE school culture (ESC). She shares best practices (innovation planning, professional development planning, etc.) and transmitters of school (organization) culture (e.g. rituals, ceremonies, stories, language, myths, heroes, and symbols) that empower early educators. Join Althea on a reflective journey of self-discovery and development that will promote personal, professional, and organizational growth and development.
This booklet contains forms and resources that enable early educators to develop classroom management action plans. It is a companion to The Classroom Management Strategy Toolbox which includes more than twenty-five proactive and practical strategies that prevent classroom management problems whenever possible. Althea shares proven practices that have worked for her as a teacher over the past thirty years. The strategies support social and emotional development and encourage positive guidance in early education settings. The teacher is equipped to create and maintain a supportive environment in which children can begin to learn and practice appropriate and acceptable behaviors.
Faith Development Tools
Faith Development Tools
Bullies are noisy, bossy, rude, threatening, or annoying people that lack courage and respect for themselves and others. They hurt or harm others emotionally or physically. Bullying is a form of behavior that causes conflict. The behavior can be obvious (e.g. fighting, hitting, or name calling) or it can be sneaky (e.g. excluding someone from the group, whispering or posting something online about them). The Bible has many examples of people that handled conflict well. I hope these strategies will help you to respond to bullies the way Jesus and other Bible characters did. You can read my book alone or with a parent. It can be used as a devotional or activity book. Be sure to read the exciting Bible stories suggested with each strategy.
Thrive in the midst of crisis or challenges you may face in relationships, the marketplace, or your faith. You are chosen for such a time as this to bear fruit and flourish for the kingdom of God. This tool provides guidance and structure for Spirit-led planning personal and professional growth. Record your prayer request and praise reports as you allow the Word of God to nourish you. Phenomenal growth occurs when we daily seek the One who provides the increase.
This devotional was birthed as the Penn family endured a trying period that lasted almost three decades. Althea shares how she found the Heavenly Father to be a very present help as well as a deliverer in the midst of the trials. She has overcome abuse, rejection, health issues, the trial of caring for a chronically ill husband, relational challenges, the pain of sexual assault, abortion, and many other problems that are common to the 21st century woman. The Lord graciously helped her to manage a home, rear toddlers and teens, operate a home-based business, and serve in a fairly large ministry; while working full time. When she felt alone, unsupported, overwhelmed, and abandoned, she sought the Lord. He strengthened her for the task at hand and revealed timeless principles that renewed, refreshed, and restored her soul. She passionately wants to share those truths in order to deepen others’ faith walks.
God instructed Joshua and the children of Israel to set up memorial milestones as reminders when they overcame obstacles along their journey to the promised land. Crossing over is an opportunity to celebrate, empower, and equip one to accept the responsibilities, privileges, and duties of the next stage of growth and development with confidence and the guidance of God. The seven milestones include: 1) Parent/Baby Dedication, 2) Salvation, Baptism, and Discipleship, 3) Preparing for Adolescence, 4) Commitment to Purity, 5) Rite of Passage 6) High School Graduation; and 7) Life in Christ. This resource is a tool that enables parents to record and observe milestones from birth through adulthood. It is perfect for empowering children in their quest for identity, intentionally cultivating potential, and developing a sense of purpose.
Discover Bible based education. This comprehensive manual contains expert advice for new and veteran Christian educators and administrators that are interested in seeing transformation in their students. Topics include: spiritual formation, faith development, classroom management, parent-teacher relationships, differentiated instruction strategies, lesson planning, exceptional learners, and more. This book is a call to Christian parents and educators to intentionally cultivate potential within the next generation. It is a challenge to develop the students' ability to know God and make him known. It is a tool and resource for developing programs of study that will engage students in the discovery and development of Bible truths, their gifts and calling through community service (including mission trips), and the development of leadership skills for the global marketplace. Christian educators will understand the impact that bible integrated subject matter, learning preferences, transformational teaching, learning and personality styles have upon a child's spiritual formation and faith development. The information will enhance instructional effectiveness and spiritual growth for both the child and teacher.
It is important that students are able to discuss life issues from a biblical worldview in a manner that glorifies God. Early exposure to speaking in front of people allows you to overcome your fears and become comfortable speaking to an audience at a relatively young age. The public speaking course gives every child an opportunity to learn public speaking fundamentals and practice: improvisation, giving impromptu speeches, presenting persuasive speeches, and receiving constructive evaluation. Students will:
o Learn about kids in the Bible that defended their faith
o Increase their self-confidence and communication skills
o Identify techniques speakers use to effectively communicate their messages
o Present a book or movie review, newscast, instructional segment, or current events report
o Deliver a short speech from a list of selected topics
National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) / and the International Reading Association (IRA) Standards for the English Language Arts www.ncte.org/standards/ncte-ira
A Christian educator’s guide to building a firm foundation for spiritual formation and faith development. Develop a Christ-centered philosophy of education that enables you to cultivate a Biblical worldview in Gen Alpha and Gen Z. Identify principles and concepts of evangelism, discipleship, and neuroscience in order to teach the whole child with Biblically integrated standards based lesson plans. Build collaborative relationships with families that foster spiritual development of the whole family. Promote global awareness through technology integrated learning experiences.