Retreat and Conference Materials
MA Early Learning Standards: A Key for Early Learning Systems
On March 4th and 5th, the Early Learning Standards Planning session served as a critical next step in our statewide effort to articulate and then implement a unified, well-informed vision of what it takes for every child in Massachusetts to thrive in school. Key Early Childhood Education (ECE) leaders and researchers from Massachusetts and around the country provided guidance in the development of a comprehensive system of learning standards for ages 0-6. This effort builds on several sets of standards and practices (e.g. toddler, MA preschool common core, Head Start Frameworks, and Preschool guidelines and kindergarten) currently in use in Massachusetts.
Massachusetts: Where We Are and Where We Are Headed
Six Issue-Area Framework
For additional information on the Five Dimensions, please refer to In the Running for Successful Outcomes: Exploring the evidence for thresholds of school readiness (2012) paying particular attention to pages 21-23 of the report which highlights Executive Function as it relates to School Readiness."
National Education Goals Panel School Readiness Packet
Reconsidering Children's Early Development and Learning: Towards Common Views and Vocabulary
Overview for the Five Dimensions of Readiness
Understanding the Context of Standards
Child Outcome Standards in Pre-K Programs
Introduction to the MA Common Core of Learning
Massachusetts Pre-K and Kindergarten Mathematics Curriculum Frameworks
Massachusetts Pre-K and Kindergarten ELA Curriculum Frameworks
Draft of Early Childhood Science, Technology and Engineering Standards
National Headstart Standards
To check out what other states are doing, go to http://www.del.wa.gov/development/guidelines/states.aspx
The third Annual Pre-STEM Summit was held on October 17, 2012 at Intel in Hudson, MA. Early Childhood Professionals from around Massachusetts attended the summit to learn about the importance of STEM education in early education settings, and to review draft state preschool science, technology, and engineering standards.
The event featured a keynote by Neil Gordon, CEO of the Discovery Museums, on the importance of STEM education and the involvement of educators, parents, families, and the community in STEM education for young children. Wheelock science education faculty member Karen Worth presented an outline of the draft science, technology, and engineering standards for preschool. In addition, the summit included interactive sessions, linking theory to practice with hands-on STEM activities for infants and toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children.
Resources from the summit include:
Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Grant State Leadership Planning Retreat Part II
October 24th Retreat Part II Agenda here.
October 24th Retreat Part II Binder here.
Planning Brief 1: Cross-Agency Collaboration: Alignment of Eligibility Criteria Across Family Services here.
Planning Brief 2: Cross-Agency Collaboration: Shared Professional Development to Advance Child Development here.
State Agency Comparison Study here.
This information was created for the second installment of the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Grant State Leadership Retreat, Part II on October 24, 2012 at Wheelock College. The initial Retreat took place on May 14, 2012 and was a key step in accelerating the State's shared work in providing coordinated, integrated, and effective resources and services that support long-term positive outcomes for children and families throughout Massachusetts. For the second retreat, the group will further plan to advance collaboration in two key areas: shared professional development in child development, and alignment of eligibility criteria and enrollment processes
The RTT-ELC grant focuses on improving early learning and development programs for young children by supporting States' efforts to: (1) increase the number and percentage of low-income and disadvantaged children in each age group of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers who are enrolled in high-quality early learning programs; (2) design and implement an integrated system of high-quality early learning programs and services; and (3) ensure that any use of assessments conforms with the recommendations of the National Research Council's reports on early childhood.
The Center for Assessment and Screening Excellence (CASE)
The Center for Assessment and Screening Excellence (CASE) provides statewide training and technical assistance in early childhood assessment, screening, and program measurement aligned with the MA Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS) to early childhood and out-of-school time professionals. CASE will also serve in policy advisory capacity to the state concerning effective use of and training in child screening and assessment.
Connected Beginnings Training Institute
The Connected Beginnings Training Institute (CBTI) was launched by the United Way of Massachusetts Bay/Merrimack Valley, Inc. (UWMB) in 2006 to build the capacity of infant and early childhood practitioners to engage in nurturing relationships with the very young children in their care.
For more information, visit Connected Beginnings Resources page.
Adult Education and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Providers Survey
In collaboration with the Mayor's Office on New Bostonians, the Aspire Institute conducted a survey of ESOL and Adult Education providers in the Greater Boston area. This presentation provides an overview of key findings from this survey. A key overall finding was a clear need for more transition ('bridge') programs for ESOL and adult learners that prepare them for success in college settings and career training programs.
BPS Health and Wellness Plan
In 2010, Aspire collaborated with the Boston Public Schools to develop a strategic plan, Healthy Connections, which outlines key steps for improving the district's organizational capacity to address student health and wellness outcome areas. Aspire consulted with district and community health and wellness leaders to develop this report.
Branching Out: Expanding STEM Learning in Massachusetts Early Childhood and Out of School Time Settings
Sponsored by the Department of Early Care and Education, this report highlights information and activities from the 2012 statewide ECE-OST STEM conference, and outlines strategies for expanding STEM learning in early childhood and out of school time settings.
Branching Out [pdf]
Foundations for the Future Report
This report explores the need to strengthen science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in schools. This report provides a concise plan for increasing the number of skilled PreK-6 STEM educators in the Greater Boston Area. This report was first released in May 2010.
Reinventing Higher Education in the Field of Early Care and Education
With seven other signatory partners, Aspire convened a national work group to explore the role of higher education in the field of early care and education. A year of stimulating discussion culminated in the release of the report: Role, Relevance & Reinvention: Higher Education in the Field of Early Care and Education. Links to download the report or view related papers are below.
Shared Youth, Shared Strategies: A Plan for Cambridge Middle School Youth
Developed by Aspire and approved by the Cambridge City Council and Cambridge School Committee, this plan outlines key findings and recommendations for improving the participation in and the quality of out-of-school time programs for Cambridge middle school youth.