Welcome toTransition Across Continuum of Early LearningProfessional Development Series
Transition Definitions: • NOUN - Movement, passage, or change from one position, state, stage, subject, concept, etc., to another • VERB - To make a transition: He had difficulty transitioning from an enlisted man to officer. • Synonyms - Changeover, passing, conversion.
Pennsylvania Learning Standards for Early Childhood Providing a framework for Transition
The sustainment of developmental and academic gains attained in quality early education settings. (Howes, C. et. Al., 2007) Implementation of effective transition strategies has been linked to:
We know that positive outcomes occur when there is alignment of expectations and practices between settings.
We know that effective transition practices build POSITIVE • teacher /child relationships.
OVERALL LEARNING OBJECTIVES • Understand OCDEL’s framework for transition, • Evaluate current transition practice, and • Identify a means to plan and implement continual quality improvement
Design of this Professional Development Series This training consists of two phases with 3 modules covered during each phase. Phase 1 (3 hour session) • Overview • Management of Transition Practices • School in Community Take home assignment Phase 2 (3 hour session) • Child to School • Family to School • School to School
T.A.C.E.L.( Transition Across Continuum of Early Learning)—a framework for school readiness and school success based on aligning systems in which transition is understood as an on-going process beginning at birth and continuing through entrance into formal schooling to 3rd grade. Sending schools - This term refers to early learning centers, faith based providers, private preschool and any other early learning center in which children are enrolled or attend and which will transition children into a formal school. Receiving schools-This term refers to any educational entity in which children attend their formal schooling. 16
Best Practice Rubric (BPR): A tool for self-assessment of transition practices which includes a continuum of effective strategies for both the sending and receiving schools. Best Practice Worksheet: A tool for reflection on current practice, which details each indicator on the BPR and asks what’s working, what needs improvement, and what are my next steps. Best Practice Action Plan: A tool used to score each BPR indicator, prioritize nest steps, and develop and plan to accomplish goals. Where Can I FIND These Tools?
Transition Toolkit- What’s in there? www.pdesas.org orwww.pakeys.org
Introducing the Best Practice Rubric for Transition 19
Best Practices: Building Connections Management of Transition Community School Child School Family School School School
Create Points of Connections Between the Systems Community – School Child – School Family – School School – School Transition Framework – Pianta
Create Points of Connections Between the Systems Through: 1.Community - School - To facilitate continuity in the transition process within the community. 2.Child - School - To increase children’s familiarity with the classroom setting and those within it. 3.Family - School - To increase family collaboration and involvement with the school and transition process. 4 School - School - To provide children with stable classroom experiences across time. Transition Framework – Pianta