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Developmentally Appropriate Practice
This course is a five-part series lasting 15 hours
Monday, November 19 – Monday, December 31, 2018
Register by Friday, November 16 at Noon.
Part 1: Tapestry By Design; The Developmentally, Individually and Culturally Responsive Classroom: Discussions based upon an understanding of how young children grow and learn; including interculturalism and family engagement, inclusion and the importance of play. K1.2 C1
Part 2: The Early Education Environment: An Integral Part of Developmentally Appropriate Practice: A quality early educational environment if constructed appropriately, can serve as a strong catalyst towards children’s learning. This course will review the importance of the educational environment in developmentally appropriate practices as well as discuss key elements and common challenges. Participants will reflect and brainstorm strategies on their classroom, link the strategies to curricular standards, individualized instruction and developmentally appropriate practice. K1.7 C2
Part 3: Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum: Developmentally appropriate practice requires both meeting children where they are and enabling them to reach goals that are both challenging and achievable. As a result of this course, participants will outline the connections between curriculum, assessment and developmentally appropriate practices. K2.9 C2
Part 4: Quality Inclusive Programming: From Policy to Implementation:
This course will examine the legal foundations and policy statements that impact the inclusion of children in typical early childhood settings. Using the evidence-based inclusion practices of access, participation and support as a foundation for discussion, learners will identify ways to implement developmentally appropriate practices into their early childhood programs. K1.3 C2
Part 5: It Takes a Village: Recognizing the Importance of Family-School-Community Partnerships When Providing High Quality Early Education:
In order to be effective as early educators, we must understand the families from which children come and the opportunities they receive within the community. This understanding is necessary in creating positive relationships that encourage the development of the whole child. This online course focuses on the triangular relationship between early educators, children and families and community resources. K3.9 C2
Meets the following Keystone STARS Performance Standards indicators: (EC.2.4, EC. 2.5, SQ. 3.4.10, EC 3.4.1)