PACE Spotlight
May. 12, 2015

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Are you in compliance?

It's not too late for your school to be in compliance. PACE invites you to join Arrow Benefits Group and NavigateHCR for an ACA Webinar featuring Dr. Kristin Kahle, Founder and CEO of NavigateHCR, on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 2p.m. PT.

Register for the ACA Webinar

Simply click the link above to register for the free Webinar for ACA on May 13, 2015 2p.m. PT.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.More

Save the Date — May 12, 2015 — 1-3 p.m.
California Department of Education
The California Department of Education and First 5 California jointly present a webinar: QRIS 201: Diving Deep into California’s Quality Rating and Improvement System.

This webinar agenda is guided by the questions presented in our QRIS 101 Webinar.

Topics include:

Due to limited time, only questions related to the above topics will be answered.

This webinar is intended for those interested in learning about the Implementation of a QRIS in California, particularly those partnering to build a QRIS in their county or region.

Event number: 660 568 723
Event password: 107788
Event registration/address for attendees:

Tip For Attendees

To save time before the meeting, check your system to make sure it is ready to use WebEx.

Step 1: Visit the test site at

Step 2: If you experience issues joining the meeting, contact WebEx support at 1-866-229-3239More

PACE 46th Annual Education Conference in Ontario California
PACE 46th Annual Education Conference
Oct. 16-18, 2015
Ontario, California
Click here for the registration form.
Click here for the exhibitor form.

PACE is still actively seeking workshop presenters for its PACE 46th Annual Education Conference. If your application is accepted you can attend the conference at 50% off your registration fee? Click here for the application form.More

PACE licensing tune-up kit 2015
If you didn't get a chance to attend the Regional Licensing Training, we still have a few more tune-up kits for sale.

(A $10.00 shipping and handling fee will be added to all orders)

Click here to download the form. More

My Perfect Classroom — Discount School Supply click here for more details
MyPerfectClassroom® is offered exclusively by Discount School Supply® where you'll always find the lowest prices, guaranteed!More

Kaplan's Quality Assist
Kaplan's Quality Assist PD courses that are in depth, high quality and interactive and designed so that users can access whenever and wherever they have internet access. They can leave and pick up where they left off at any time.

Best of all, this service is California First 5 approved to support CARES Plus!

Click here for more information. More

Segregation of the nation's children starts with preschool, new report finds
The Washington Post
Publicly funded preschools across the country are largely segregated by race and income, and poor children are typically enrolled in the lowest quality programs, according to a new report by researchers at the National Center for Children and Families at Teachers College, Columbia University. While states more than doubled their investments in preschool between 2003 and 2013, when 1.3 million 3- and 4-year-olds were enrolled at a cost of $5.4 billion, most classrooms were economically segregated, the researchers found. More

Preschool boosts reading skills later
After school on a hot spring day, Roy and his older brother, Dude, ran around the playground at Earl Boyles Elementary School in East Portland. Their shirts were off and their long, blond hair flew behind them as they ran. There's no mistaking they're brothers. But they have their differences. For instance, 5-year-old Roy spends three hours a day at the new Earl Boyles preschool, which didn't exist when Dude was his age. More

10 ideas for using learning centers
Earlychildhood News
Learning centers, often called zones or stations, provide a variety of curriculum activities using cognitive modes of learning, such as visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. By using centers in your program, you can reach all children in the way they learn best.More

Early-education teachers need better training
Education Week
With the early-education field continuing to grow nationally, it's increasingly clear that the key to good programs is teacher quality. Unlike in K-12 education, however, there aren't standard entry requirements for preschool staff members, and debate continues over how best to build an effective workforce for early education. Some advocate for requiring bachelor's degrees in education, assuming that postsecondary teacher preparation will produce high-quality preschool teachers. More

Cultivating cultural assets: An after school story
Edutopia (commentary)
Clare Roach, a contributor for Edutopia, writes: "These days, it's not uncommon for me to hear the words 'Konnichiwa, Roach-san!' echo down the hallway at the Granger, Indiana school where I coordinate the after school enrichment program as a PTO volunteer. Beyond just celebrating culture, those konnichiwas signify that my school is leveraging diversity to enhance learning."More

Post navigation LAUSD preschool program in peril with help still 2 years away
LA School Report
LA Unified is on the brink of cutting a highly-successful preschool program for some of the district's poorest children at the same time that members of the California state assembly are trying to expand early education programs for all low-income pre-Kindergarten students. The district's School Readiness Language Development Program is just one of a handful of programs for district preschoolers, but it is the only one that is entirely financed by general funds with no supplemental contributions from state or federal revenue to help cover the $36 million price tag. That makes it perpetually vulnerable to cuts, especially in lean years, and next year is no different.More

Survey: More educators are using social media for fundraising
THE Journal
According to the results of the sixth annual CASE/Huron/mStoner Social Media Survey, more schools, colleges and universities worldwide are using social media to boost their fundraising results, and are experimenting with new strategies. Some 57 percent of respondents reported using social media to fundraise in 2015, compared to 47 percent in 2014. Meanwhile, 59 percent reported experimenting with new social media fundraising strategies. More

The latest trends in classroom design
K-12 TechDecisions
How we "do" education has changed immensely in the last decade. Pedagogy has evolved and the role of the teacher has shifted from the bestower of knowledge to the facilitator of it. Educators now flip their classrooms, encourage active, project-based learning and increasingly use online tools to deliver a more personalized education experience. These changes in teaching and learning have had a dramatic effect on how we think about and design classroom spaces. More

How a collaborative mindset helps teachers reach all learners
eSchool News
The implementation of the Common Core State Standards has been met with anxiety from administrators and educators at every level, because, like any major change, it can seem scary and overwhelming. General education teachers have had to learn and apply new instructional strategies to address the new standards and the vision that the standards embody, particularly universal design for learning. Special education teachers have been required for the first time to become pseudo subject-area experts to help struggling students and those with learning disabilities meet the standards. More