Aspire Institute Awarded Grant

February 07, 2011

Building upon a successful collaboration this past spring, Wheelock College's Aspire Institute will partner with Associated Early Care and Education to again offer an assessment institute. The institute's goal is to teach educators about effective, appropriate use of child assessment in preschool programs. Aspire was awarded a $93,000 grant from the Massachusetts department of Early Education and Care to carry out the assessment institute.

Through this institute, Wheelock seeks to ensure that early childhood educators are well prepared and confident in their ability to effectively and judiciously use child assessments systems. The aim is to provide practitioners with a dynamic and rigorous learning opportunity with the capacity to transform their teaching practice and advance as professionals. Specifically, this college credit-bearing institute will teach participants to:

  • Use assessment data to individualize instruction and link it to curriculum
  • Identify and respond to the needs of English language learners and children with special needs
  • Document and share information about children's growth and development with parents
  • Foster continuous improvement of their programs and services.

Associated Early Care and Education ("Associated") will serve as the leading agency for this initiative. Wheelock College will collaborate with Associated to develop and deliver two college credit-bearing Assessment Institutes for 52 ECE practitioners between January 2011 and June 2011. In addition, Wheelock will develop a parallel Assessment Field Coach track, in which FY2010 Assessment Institute participants will have the opportunity to learn and practice coaching skills, while also supporting new Assessment Institute participants.

For more information about the Aspire Institute at Wheelock please visit: www.wheelock.edu/aspire

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