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Early Childhood Associates

Trainings Offered on Classroom Practice

ECA is skilled at training your organization, educators, or leaders in a host of evidence-based instructional practices.
Evidence-based instructional practices are approaches that are scientifically based and that have as a basis a body of research that complies with the criteria for research quality

Intentional TeachingIntentional Teaching

Intentionality refers to how teachers interact with children. To be intentional means to act purposefully, with an understanding of the expected outcomes of instruction and to plan for purposefully challenging, scaffolding and extending children’s thinking.

ECA’s training focuses on the design components of explicit instruction, including defining instructional tasks, scaffolding, strategic integration of skills, modeling and feedback, planned review and priming background knowledge and big ideas. Teachers examine their own practices – instructional pacing, strategies for creating interactive lessons and maintaining student engagement. They crosswalk their practices to a best practice, inclusive based model. Once comparisons are made between actual and desired practices, teachers create action plans for making instruction more explicit and intentional.

Multi-Level InstructionMulti-Level Instruction

A multi-tiered model of instruction typically targets three intervention tiers that vary in intensity, instructional support, instructional time, classroom groupings and assessment. The goals vary within each level but the overarching goals are to accelerate acquisition of skills, prevent failure and supporting on level and advanced students through accelerated and independent practice.

Recognition & Response and RtI.

ECA piloted Recognition and Response, an emerging early childhood screening process that helps to identify children at risk for developing learning difficulties. Recognition and Response combines ongoing observation and assessment with differentiated instruction to determine the most appropriate and effective program for the child. It tailors the learning environment to better meet the needs of children with diverse learning needs and systematically introduces increasingly intensive, research validated interventions. Student progress is monitored frequently and student response data to is used to make important instructional decisions.

RtI is a process for: (1) providing high quality instruction and timely interventions matched to student need; (2) monitoring student progress frequently to making ongoing instructional decisions and (3) using student response data to make important instructional decisions.

The Playgroup Model

ECA can help your program set up and implement a Recognition and Response Playgroup Model. The playgroup examines children’s participation and engagement in typical preschool routines and activities and identifies ways to differentiate the curriculum and the environment to support children’s learning. In the playgroup teachers observe children to gather information about performance to determine what levels of interventions are needed to support the outcomes. Staff answer questions such as: What does the child do well? What types of situations does the child seem to be struggling? How does the child learn best? What helps the child stay engaged in activities?

ECA works with staff on the best ways to communicate the model to parents and on crafting strategies to win school wide support and sustain the model.

Social-Emotional Competence

Promoting social and emotional development is an important feature of a comprehensive early childhood program, with preschoolers’ social-emotional development corresponding to emergent literacy development. Teacher training, classroom support, and individualized interventions are needed to provide stability for young children in early education and care programs so that learning can continue.

ECA offers workshops on assessing and supporting children’s social and emotional development. We offer teachers strategies to promote successful participation and engagement of children in classroom routines, using social stories, visual supports and a behavior management approach.

Language and Literacy

Supporting the language and literacy development of young children, particularly those considered academically at risk, is an ongoing challenge for early educators who are responsible for preschoolers’ school readiness. Our workshops provide a brief review of the research on which skills correlate with school success and how to provide environments, experiences and instruction that strengthen children’s oral language and literacy.


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