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The ELC: An Early Childhood Learning Community at Work

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Heather Bridge

Lorraine Melita

Patricia Roiger

Copyright Year: 2020

Publisher: Open SUNY

Language: English

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Reviewed by Laura Hamilton, Part-Time Instructor, Oregon Coast Community College on 1/12/21

The authors start with the problem of alignment between the goals of the standards published by NAEYC and the reality of the workplace. They had a grant for close to $150,000 to work with to build meaningful connections for a range of... read more

Table of Contents

Part I: Setting up the Early Learning Community (ELC)

  • 1. Building Blocks for the ELC

Part II: Case Studies2. Improving Children’s Socio-Dramatic Play

  • 3. Developing a Science Area
  • 4. Improving Opportunities for Physical Play
  • 5. Improving Play at the Sensory Table
  • 6. Boys’ Capacity to Express Emotions
  • 7. Improving Differentiation during Morning Meetings

Part III: Reflections

  • 8. Participants’ Responses to the ELC
  • 9. Conclusion
  • Appendix A: Educators’ Questionnaire
  • Appendix B: Teacher Candidates’ Questionnaire

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  • About the Book

    The ELC professional development model was designed to improve the quality of teacher candidates’ Practicum field placements and align teaching in field placements with Learning Standards used in the teacher education program.

    Teams of four educators from varied settings worked in a Practicum placement setting for one semester to improve their teaching and align it with Learning Standards. An action research approach improved teaching challenges teams faced. Research articles were read to improve teams’ teaching challenges by implementing one agreed strategy. Teams video-recorded, assessed, and reflected on the impact of the strategy on their teaching, on teacher candidates’ learning and on children’s learning.

    This text compiles six case studies from this model to illustrate how teaching challenges were improved. Appropriate for practiced educators as well as educators in training, this text provides a real world look into applying Learning Standards in early childhood classrooms.

    About the Contributors


    Heather Bridge

    Lorraine Melita

    Patricia Roiger