Required Preparation for

Skillful Teaching for Early Childhood Educators

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Reading Assignments (to be completed prior to coming to the course):

  • Read ‘Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8’ by Copple, C. and Bredekamp, S. 2009. Washington DC: NAEYC. This is a position statement published by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, which is a premier professional organization for early childhood educators in the United States. It provides a clear understanding of appropriate practices regarding how best to serve the needs of developing children. You can access it by downloading the PDF from this link:

  • Read Part One of: ‘Already Ready: Nurturing Writers in Preschool and Kindergarten’ by Katie Wood Ray and Matthew Glover. 2008 from Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann. You will be emailed with a digital copy of this book by May 15 from the PTC office. Part One is from page viii-p104.


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As professionals, we all face a variety of challenges in our current school settings and have questions about our current practices.  In preparation for our reflection sessions in the afternoon we ask that you think of one or two challenges or issues that you currently face in your school today about which you could use some feedback, ideas or resources. Think of areas of curriculum, teaching practices, school policies, or particular students or parents that puzzle you. Write a short description of the issue or problem you are wondering about. What would you like assistance with? This should be no longer than half a page. 

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Dustin Collins & Daniel Chaney