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transitional kindergarten monthly call

Transitional Kindergarten Monthly Call

August 21, 2012

3-4 p.m.

Presenters: Vickie Ramos, Janice Battaglia, and Elia Garcia

  • Welcome
  • Transitional Kindergarten Presentation: “An Overview of TKCalifornia”, Vickie Ramos, Deputy Field Director, Preschool California, Janice Battaglia, Manager, Inclusion Collaborative and CPIN Special Ed Lead, and Elia Garcia, Transitional Kindergarten Program Specialist, Santa Clara County Office of Education
  • Q&A-Please email all questions to Araceli Sandoval-Gonzalez: [email protected]
  • Close- Ernesto Saldaña, State Field Director, Preschool California
  • Next Call and Webinar: September 18Th , 2012 @ 3pm

For Questions Please Email : [email protected]

An Overview
  • Vickie Ramos, Deputy Field Director
  • Preschool California
  • Development Process
    • Guided by an advisory committee & other experts
    • Key website objectives
    • Audience & focus areas
  • Review of Website
    • TK experience
    • Teaching Tools
    • TK Roadmap
    • Resource Library

For Questions Please Email : [email protected]

development process
Development Process
  • TK Advisory Committees & Other Experts
    • 20 experts from across the state (school districts, county offices of education, researchers and state-level decision makers).
    • Expertise in:
      • language and literacy development;
      • early math;
      • social emotional development and executive function; and
      • culturally responsive education and dual language acquisition.

For Questions Please Email : [email protected]

key website objectives
Key Website Objectives
  • Focus on resources on key audience and build from there
  • Offer key, updated and high quality information
  • Develop material based on Agreements and Guiding Principles for Content Development
  • Launch the website in time for fall implementation

For Questions Please Email : [email protected]

  • Teachers
    • Offer vetted and prioritized background information to support instruction
    • Tools and resources by subject area to use in the classroom (i.e., lesson plans and videos)
  • Administrators
    • Guided steps to getting a program up and running
    • High quality program design
    • Outreach and engagement

For Questions Please Email : [email protected]


For Questions Please Email : [email protected]

thank you
Thank You!

Vickie Ramos

Deputy Field Director

Preschool California

the importance of teaching social emotional skills in transitional kindergarten

The Importance of Teaching Social Emotional Skills in Transitional Kindergarten

Janice Battaglia, Manager

Inclusion Collaborative and CPIN Special Education Region 5 Lead

Early Learning Services Department

Adapted from CA Teaching Pyramid, CPIN Social Emotional Foundations and Center for Social Emotional Foundations for Early Learning

did you know
Did you know?

Prekindergarten students are

expelled at a rate more than three

times that of their older peers in

the K-12 grades. (Gillian 2005)

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preschool learning foundations central assumption
Preschool Learning Foundations Central Assumption

“School readiness consists of social-emotional competencies as well as cognitive and motivational ones.”

Source: California Preschool Learning Foundations, Volume I, CDE Press, 2008, pg 1.

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the importance of the early years
The Importance of the Early Years
  • This developing brain architecture is rooted in the context of experience and is the foundation for cognitive, social and emotional development.
  • Brain development is dependent on experience.
  • Brain development is rapid in the early years andcontinuousthroughout adulthood.

–Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D., professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the Harvard School of Public Health, and Harvard Medical School

Neurons to Neighborhoods

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strategies for preventing challenging behaviors
Strategies for Preventing Challenging Behaviors
  • Building Positive Relationships
  • Effective Classroom Environments
  • Predictable Daily Schedule
  • Expectations, Rituals, and Routines

“Preventing Challenging Behavior in Young Children: Effective Practices” by P. Alter & M. Conroy, Center for Evidence-Based Practice: Young Children with Challenging Behavior

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a few ways adults can help teach children to self regulate
A Few Ways Adults Can Help Teach Children to Self-Regulate

Tell children what they can dorather than what they can’t do.

Help children use wordsto regulate their actions and thinking.

Model self-control and consideration for others.

Balance active and quiet periods, individual and group activities.

Break up complex behaviors into smaller parts (task analysis).

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teaching pyramid

Positive Behavior Support (2-5%)

Intensive Individualized Interventions

Children with persistent challenges

Targeted Social

Skills Curricula (18-15%)

Targeted Social Emotional Supports

Children at-risk

High Quality

Supportive Environments

High quality

Early Education (80%)

All children

Nurturing and Responsive Relationships

Effective Work Force

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what do children do when they don t develop these skills
What Do Children Do When They Don’t Develop These Skills?
  • When children do not have healthy social and emotional skills, they often exhibit challenging behaviors
  • We must focus on TEACHINGthe skills!

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For More Information on CLASS:

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California Content Standards: History-Social Science,

Health Education and embedded in

Common Core Standards

Volume 1

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resources on websites and trainings
Resources on Websites and Trainings
  • California Collaborative on the Social & Emotional Foundations for Early Learning
  • California Preschool Instructional Network-
  • Center on the Social & Emotional Foundations for Early Learning
  • Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children (TACSEI)
  • Inclusion Collaborative
  • TK California-Teaching Strategies