Recorded on April 14, 2011, this was the sixth webinar in the "Achieving Excellence and Innovation in Family, School, and Community Engagement" (FSCE) series.
This webinar explored how and why smooth transitions among early learning environments are critical for school readiness and are the first step toward preparing students for success in college and career. Presenters focused on what it takes to foster continuity as children move from early learning programs to preschool to kindergarten, and discussed the specific roles of early learning programs, schools, and families in preparing young children to enter school ready for success.
This webinar highlighted innovative practices, explored the range of supports and services offered to young children and their families, and emphasized how to help families understand how to remain involved in their child's education as the child moves into the early school grades.
Jacqueline Jones from the U.S. Department of Education discussed the importance of successful early transitions to education reform. Sharon Ritchie from FirstSchool, a research-based preK--3rd grade initiative, discussed "seamless education" and how to use data to improve practice. Judith Jerald from Save the Children talked about developing early childhood programming with an eye toward facilitating transitions. And Whitcomb Hayslip discussed how a Los Angeles-based transitional kindergarten initiative uses deliberate collaboration between teachers and families to prepare children for school success.
A selection of resources and links related to the webinar are located at: http://www.nationalpirc.org/engagement_webinars/archive-webinar6.html
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