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.
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NC POWER OF K
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!
Would you benefit from a teacher leadership initiative in YOUR school or district? If so, let me know!
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.
Teachers experiencing Pretend Play and Block Construction
Representing kindergarten teachers at a community forum
Reflecting and making plans for next steps as a team
Connecting research to practice
Opportunities to share ideas and questions with others
Sharing changes made within practices based on the professional development experiences
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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!