Oklahoma Collaboration Model Presented By: Deborah Ihrig Mind in the Making – OK Project Director Community Service Council of Greater Tulsa 16 East 16 th Street Tulsa, Ok 74119 [email protected] ok .org, www.mindinthemaking ok .org. What Is Mind in the Making?.
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The Learning Modules for Early Childhood Teachers are one component of Mind in the Making (MITM). The goal of the campaign is to share the best knowledge of how developing minds learn. The far-reaching and penetrating potential of Mind in the Making is in its multi-dimensional approach, including:
1991 – 1994
A coalition of scientists and policy makers was convened by the Carnegie Corporation of New York to focus on meeting the needs of young children. The work of this task force led to the publication of its seminal report, Starting Points, in 1994.
Families and Work Institute partnered with Carnegie Corporation and other foundations to develop a widespread early learning outreach and communication campaign.
Carnegie awarded two-year grants totaling more than $3 million to 16 states and cities to implement recommendations from Starting Points. FWI and Carnegie hosted a conference at the University of Chicago on the science of early brain development..
1996 – 1997
FWI works with the I Am Your Child Campaign by assembling cross-disciplinary state and local coalitions and developing outreach materials, including PSAs, videos for families, tip sheets, a website, how-to booklets on community mobilization for policy makers and more.
White House Conference on Early Development, 1996.
1997 – 2000
With the launch of I Am Your Child and other initiatives, early child development becomes increasingly recognized as a public issue.
National Governors’ Association hosts policy forums on the early years
Newsweek, in partnership with Johnson & Johnson, publishes two special editions on the first three years in 1997 and 2000.
National polling conducted in 2000 shows increasing public awareness of child development issues, but there is confusion about what early learning means.
2001 – 2006
FWI and New Screen Concepts developed the Mind in the Making: The Science of Early Learning, a comprehensive and rigorous research-based early child development communication and education campaign.
Mind in the Making is launched.
The design of the MITM Early Learning Modules is based on the research-based principles that;
The Modules engage teachers/adults
in a process of self-reflection and self-discovery.
Studies have found that "intentional" teachers are better teachers and that teachers goals are instrumental in shaping their practice; thus teachers are encouraged to see themselves as learners to reconnect with the excitement of what it means to be a learner, understanding how they take in information and how they change as a prelude to understanding children's learning.
Studies also reveal the importance of social learning.
Because the Modules engage teachers in a process of self-discovery aimed at improving teaching practice, they are not a traditional training in which an expert shares what she or he knows.
The Modules are facilitated by Learning Facilitators who have completed Learning Facilitator Preparation Institutes.
Core Principle: Videos are used to capture research on early development and learning and to depict day-to-day interactions between children and adults
Researchers are presented as learners themselves, allowing teachers to understand how "the experts" develop the questions they ask and the hypotheses they pose to understand how young children learn and the process they use to try to find answers.
Researchers present concrete information on early development in concrete and visually memorable ways to enrich teachers' practice.
Video segments depict "real life" experiences with children in early childhood settings and provide opportunities for teachers to observe both best practice and ambiguous practice and to consider changes in their own teaching practice by applying what they are learning from the research.
The Modules are used as pre-service, in-service, continuing education, and college education offered by a variety of sponsors covering all of the early years. Sponsors include:
The Modules begin with a brief introduction video that provides an overview the cutting edge research that is at the core of the Early Learning Modules. Each Module features:
Learning Goals and Objectives
Tasks & Outcomes For Teachers/Caregivers
Did You Know?
What Do You Think?
What Do You See?
What Can You Do?
Moving On and Doing MoreMITM Components
Gives children the
opportunity to be with adults who understand that social,
emotional, and intellectual development are inextricably linked.
Teachers will understand and act on the knowledge that social, emotional, and intellectual learning are inextricably linked. Children learn best when they are connected to others and when they are engaged emotionally and intellectually
Teachers will understand how to use language to promote language and literacy skills in children. Teachers will become better at providing an environment that is rich in language experiences from infancy on – including a great deal of talking, story-telling, singing, and reading books.
Dr. Carolee Howes (UCLA) provides an overview the cutting edge research that is at the core of the Early Learning Modules. Each Module features:
Dr. Suzanne Carothers (NYU)
Dr. Ed Tronick (Harvard)
Dr. T. Berry Brazelton (Harvard, emeritus)
Dr. Charles A. Nelson (University of Minnesota)
Dr. Andrew N. Meltzoff (University of Washington)
Dr. Daniel Stern (Universite de Geneve)
Dr. Joseph Campos (UC-Berkeley
Dr. Felton Earls (Harvard)
Dr. Jerome Kagan (Harvard, emeritus)
Dr. Megan Gunnar (University of Minnesota)
Dr. Alison Gopnik (UC-Berkeley)
Dr. Ross Thompson (UC-Davis)
Dr. Catherine Snow (Harvard)
Dr. Patricia Kuhl (University of Washington)
Dr. Patricia Bauer (University of Minnesota)
Dr. Heidelese Als (Harvard)Researchers
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National Project Manager
Families and Work Institute, New York, New York
Mind in the Making – OK Project Director
Community Service Council of Greater Tulsa