Transitional Kindergarten : A New Step on the P-3 Continuum. Transitional Kindergarten Conference San Mateo County Office of Education October 10, 2011. The Early Childhood Teacher as. Decision Maker.
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A New Step
Transitional Kindergarten Conference San Mateo County Office of Education October 10, 2011
What is known about child
development and learning ---
What is known about the strengths, interests and needs of each individual child in the group ---
This knowledge allows teachers to adapt for and be responsive to inevitable individual variation
Knowledge of the social and cultural contexts in which children live
Culture and family
Early Childhood Educators Must Juggle
All Three Components
At the Same Time
Issues Kindergarten Teachers Face
Issue We Faced in LAUSD
The 2nd Grade California Standards Test (CST) English Language Arts scores raised concerns about the current Preschool through 2nd Grade continuum, particularly for English Learners.
How We Responded in LAUSD
Superintendent and Chief Academic Officer proposed new Transitional Kindergarten Program for the youngest kindergartners
Title I funds allocated to support initial program implementation and professional development
36 schools selected for initial Fall 2010 implementation with an additional 90 schools added for Fall 2011
Statewide Change Was Coming
On September 30, 2010 the Governor signed
SB 1381 (Simitian Bill)
establishing Transitional Kindergarten throughout California and changing Kindergarten entry age
Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2010Senate Bill 1381
Goal of Transitional Kindergarten:Provide the youngest kindergartners with a readiness year that is developmentally appropriate and will better prepare them for success once they enter traditional kindergarten.
Requires a “developmentally appropriate curriculum; aligned with K standards; taught by credentialed teachers.”
California Education Code 8970:
It is recommended that an appropriate, integrated experiential curriculum should be provided for children in preschool, kindergarten, and grades 1-3, inclusive.
Transitional Kindergarten is an important link in providing that appropriate enriched P-3 program.
Transition Kindergarten Families and Staff…
Building the Bridge
for Parent and Teachers
(Birth – 5)
Understanding the Connection
This is a process…
“The rate of children’s early language
growth and later language outcomes is
directly related to the verbal input that
children receive when communicating with adults and other children.”
California Preschool Learning Foundations, Volume I, CDE Press, 2008
1. Intentional message:
3. Vocabulary Imprinting:
4. Visual Cues/Gestures:
repeated as specific content vocabulary is introduced to imprint meaning
5. Anchor Books:
-Receptive and expressive language – pre/post
-Interactive Computer Software
-Literacy and Mathematics
-Language and Literacy
What the best and wisest parent wants for his own child, that must be what the community wants for all its children.
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