The purpose of this book is to provide school leaders with an easy to understand synopsis of how three, four and five year olds learn, and with tools to apply this understanding to early literacy in order to provide early support to children who will struggle with literacy learning later in the primary grades. It walks educators through the fundamentals of how young children learn, what constitutes good literacy programs, how to build a school team and school culture that will support and sustain good programs and ensure continuous improvement in the early literacy, and how to work with teachers and school teams toward implementing and improving early literacy programs.
Acknowledgments Introduction 1. What Every School Leader Needs to Know About How Young Children Learn Differently Young Children Learn...Differently Play: A Window Into Children's Learning Young Children Learning Language Through Social Interaction and Intellectual Play Language: The Early Framework for Later Thinking The Intellectual Behavior of Young Children Early Literacy: It's More Than Sounds and Letters 2. What We Know Makes the Difference Transforming the Culture: The Role of the School Leader Assessing Program: One Size Does Not Fit All Recognizing Teacher Perception: Think They Will or Think They Won't, You're Right! Developing the Early Dispositions to Be Readers, Writers, and Critical Thinkers Creating the Conditions for Literacy: Six Ts for Exemplary Teaching Developing an Inclusive Literate Community: Providing One-on-one Support Through Multi-Age Buddies Strategizing for a More Flexible Curriculum Defining the Teacher's Role Developing Literate-Rich Environments at School Building Partnerships With Parents Early Identification Processes 3. Instructional Leadership: The Tools You Will Need Developing a Vision: Changing Cultures Guiding Principles Defining Literacy: Three Key Expectations Assessing Learning: What Counts as Evidence? Management by Walking Around and What to Look For Planning Models Re-Conceptualizing Traditional Unit Plans Timetables Communication With Parents 4. Continuous Improvement: The Next Steps Creating Professional Learning Conversations Setting SMART Goals Evidence-Based Decision Making Teacher's Professional Development Conclusion Glossary Tools for School Leaders Must Reads References Index
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