PACE Spotlight
Aug. 25, 2015

PACE invites you...

Professional Association for Childhood Education invites you to our Sept. 17, 2015, Community Care Licensing half-day seminar & networking luncheon in beautiful Carlsbad, California! Register Now!More

PACE California Children's Project (PCCP) presents the PACE 46th Annual Education Conference — Oct. 16-18, 2015 — Ontario, California
The PACE Board of Directors invites you to join in to celebrate PACE's 60th Anniversary!

Click here for the conference brochure.
Take a peak on the Workshop Descriptions and Schedule of Events.
Click here to submit your exhibitor form.
Click here for the sponsorship form.More


Wednesday, Aug. 26 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time (KELC Community)
Science, You and Young Children: Tips from Research to Guide Your Teaching
Presented by Peggy Ashbrook, The Early Years columnist and blogger, National Science Teachers Association

Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time (GH Community)
The Impact of Trauma on Growth and Development
Presented by Barbara Sorrels Ed. D., Executive Director, The Institute for Childhood EducationMore


Teachstone recently released a new FREE e-book: Taking Teacher Learning Online. As you start this next school year, learn how technology is changing the world of Teacher professional development and how you can get ahead of it. Download the free e-book here.

Teachstone asked their staff and certified CLASS observers about specific methods they have seen used to support quality interactions and created a list of Top 10 Teacher Tips for Effective Teaching Strategies. Get the strategies here.

There are two more webinars left in Teachstone's free 2015 webinar series, "Delivering on the Promise of CLASS".
  1. Coaching with myTeachstone to Deliver on the Promise of CLASS — Sept. 1, 2 p.m. ET. Register now.
  2. How to Create a Community of Professional Practice — Oct. 21, 12 p.m. ET. Register now.
  3. Missed one of the other webinars in the series? You can view recordings online here.
Do you work in Higher Education? Sign up to get free CLASS resources. More

As budget battle looms, Education Department warns against early-ed. cuts
Education Week
The U.S. Department of Education went on the offense to protect federal education programs ahead of looming spending battles in Congress to stave of a government shutdown prior to the end of the fiscal year, Oct. 1. Specifically, the department took aim at the appropriations bills that passed through the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives that would slash funding for federal education programs by $1.7 billion and $2.8 billion, respectively.More

Building leadership in the community
Preschool Matters ... Today
Legendary businessman, Jack Welch of General Electric pushed GE to new heights through his idea of a "boundary-less organization." This means that everyone is free to brainstorm and think of ideas — instead of waiting for someone "higher up" in the bureaucracy to think of them first. He wanted his team turned loose, and he promised to listen to ideas from anyone in the company. And he did. Everyone from the lowest line workers to senior managers got his attention — if they had something to say or a new idea that might make the company better. It wasn't just talk, and it didn't take his team long to figure that out.More

Farm to preschool helps healthy habits take root early
"May I have more kale chips, please?" asked a four-year old preschooler during one of my first site visits as farm to school lead for the Food and Nutrition Service's Western Region. The preschoolers I was visiting grew and harvested the kale themselves a few feet beyond their classroom door and were enjoying the crisp treat as a snack. At the time, the USDA Farm to School Program was just beginning to expand their support to K-12 schools. More

What is a problem-solving environment?
Earlychildhood News
Recently a program director called me to inquire about training for her staff. She wants to convert her program to one based on Problem Solving. Before answering her questions, I asked a questions of my own: Since it may be necessary to make changes in your environment before your adopt Problem Solving, how will your teachers react to making such changes? Her reply was that some of her teachers had been with her for twenty years and had never rearranged their classrooms?More

Start the school year by 'awakening your dreamers'
Edutopia (commentary)
When your students return to the classroom this fall, how many will bring along the interests, talents and dreams that inspired or delighted them over the summer months? Will they see any connection between school assignments and their own passions?More

White House warns of cuts to preschool grants in Republican budget proposals
Education Week
Were the current Republican budget proposals to become law, warned U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, current Preschool Development Grants could end up being zeroed out. "Budgets are never just numbers on a piece of paper," Duncan said. "They reflect our values." And the Republicans in Congress do not, by Duncan's assessment, properly value early-childhood education quite as well as the president does. "The 18 states that are now operating Preschool Development Grant-funded programs may lose a significant portion of the more than $640 million that has been pledged in state and local funding and public-private partnerships," according to a statement by the White House. More

Teachers gearing up for new approach to science
A group of teachers recently spent a summer morning observing a slug dangling from its slime and pill bugs rolling up into defensive balls as part of a training session on how to teach science to California's youngest students. The teachers were engaged in an "open-inquiry," or student-driven, experiment appropriate for pre-K-2 students at a three-day workshop at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. Under the Next Generation Science Standards, which have been adopted by California, teachers will soon be expected to offer even the youngest students a chance to pose their own questions and develop their own experiments to find the answers.More

It's no secret that most professional development for teachers is awful. Less well known is that some of it is great.
The Washington Post
It's no secret that a lot of professional development given to teachers is worthless. Teachers themselves have complained about it for years. U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan has repeatedly declared that PD is largely a waste of billions of dollars a year. A 2013 report by the National School Boards Association's Center for Public Education noted that most teachers aren't given the kind of professional development that would actually help them, and it called the most prevalent model of PD nothing short of "abysmal." And early this month a study of 10,000 teachers by the nonprofit TNTP said that teacher workshops and training that cost taxpayers billions of dollars each year is largely a waste (although some critics took issue with the methodology of the study).More