Joyful Projects

NC POK 2008.jpg

By the end of the third year of this initiative, the participants became recognized as state level teacher leaders who:

  • understand kindergarten students’ cognitive, social, emotional and physical development and how this development as well as cultural and socioeconomic characteristics impact how students learn;

  • effectively integrate understanding of child development into the subject areas of the North Carolina Standard Course of Study;

  • utilize an understanding of children’s diverse developmental needs in order to provide, maintain and advocate for appropriate classroom environments that promote optimal learning opportunities for all students;

  • provide appropriately challenging learning opportunities for all children while meeting state and local expectations;

  • provide and advocate for curriculum and instructional practices and assessments that are relevant, intentional, integrated and inquiry-based; and

  • effectively articulate appropriate expectations of students to families, teachers, and administrators.

Click on document to learn more!

NC POWER OF K

POK poster purple.png
NC Kindergarten Teacher Leader Initiative

In 2007, my colleague at the NC Department of Public Instruction and I kicked off a new 3-year comprehensive professional development initiative designed to develop and enhance kindergarten teachers’ pedagogy and leadership skills in order to impact the long-term growth, development and academic success of all kindergartners in the state. 

PURPOSE AND GOALS:

  • Strengthen kindergarten programs in NC

  • Create strong kindergarten teacher-leaders

    • by improving teachers' leadership skills

    • by improving their knowledge and teaching skills and methods

  • Create and support effective, engaging and appropriate environments for all students

  • Improve student achievement

I would LOVE to help grow a teacher leadership initiative in YOUR state!

cms_file_59491757_med.jpg

Would you benefit from a teacher leadership initiative in YOUR school or district? If so, let me know!

DSC_1077 - Copy.jpg
DSC_0631.jpg
20151008_093428.jpg
map another view.jpg

WS/FCS

POK

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools
Kindergarten Teacher Leader Initiative (2015-2017)

Selected kindergarten teachers participated in a long-term, comprehensive professional development initiative, funded through a generous grant from the Kate B Reynolds Charitable Trust to address the district's identified need for a strong focus on kindergarten instructional practices and to develop a network of kindergarten teacher leaders for the district. This initiative was modeled after the state-wide initiative of the same name.

As a result of this work, teachers received specialized professional development related to how to balance what is known about how kindergarten children develop and learn best with state and local learning standards, curricula, and assessment expectations. 

0119171922-1-1.jpg
DSC_0460.jpg
DSC_1065.jpg
blocks and dramatic play.jpg

Environments Study:

Teachers experiencing Pretend Play and Block Construction

Leadership Opportunities:

Representing kindergarten teachers at a community forum

Team Building:

Reflecting and making plans for next steps as a team

Articulation:

Connecting research to practice

Self-Reflection:

Opportunities to share ideas and questions with others

Change Making:

Sharing changes made within practices based on the professional development experiences

Click on document to learn more!

POK documentary.PNG
13567250_514480118756314_438686814668745
21167174_691163451087979_124211559585054
13725078_521335654737427_560210032886014
14138584_533136376890688_918702783381720
17990697_10155020578279892_3127606027498
21199654_691163241088000_870482813092195
17991884_637023123168679_815851070214584
17861566_630536593817332_334767521678446
13938613_528210410716618_392331254774929
me and freddy.jpg

WS/FCS

Ready

Freddy

Ready Freddy Helps Children Transition into Kindergarten

Based on the University of Pittsburgh Office of Child Development's Ready Freddy model, the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools in collaboration with Smart Start of Forsyth Co, The Forsyth Promise and Family Services, Inc created a program to support quality transitions for children into kindergarten. As a co-leader of this work, we grew this program from introducing a cute, new mascot to our community into a full-fledged community wide transition initiative that continues to grow and thrive! 

Supporting transitions for children and families is key to success. 

I'd LOVE to help you plan for YOUR community

21105948_690626661141658_386971272421347
To learn more or to discuss possible work let's talk >>