Sunday, January 19, 2014

common core state standards

There has been a lot of discussion about the Common Core State Standards in regard to educating our youngest learners. In March 2010, the Alliance for Childhood released a joint statement written by early childhood health and education professionals. Their statement, signed by 500 early childhood professionals, reads in part: 
WE HAVE GRAVE CONCERNS about the core standards for young children now being written by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers. The draft standards made public in January conflict with compelling new research in cognitive science, neuroscience, child development, and early childhood education about how young children learn, what they need to learn, and how best to teach them in kindergarten and the early grades. 
After reading the joint statement, what do you think?

welcome friends

Welcome to the Kinder Coffee Klatch. This space was created as part of  CTA's Teacher Leader Project to provide an outlet for early childhood educators to discuss:
  • The importance of play in the early childhood classroom
  • Best practices for teaching our youngest learners
  • Reclaiming our profession; and
  • Anything else that comes to mind
I invite you to let your voice be heard!