Web Resources: September/October 2013

Bright and Early ­Sam Oertwig & Sharon Ritchie

  • The PreK-3rd Grade National Work Group website provides information briefs and webinars regarding policies and practices from experts across the country.
  • The May/June 2011 issue of Principal focused on Early Learning, with articles on the impact on the achievement gap, measurement and assessments, and principal preparation.

It’s Playtime! – Joan Almon

  • The Literacy Guide, developed by Bank Street College, describes the stages of literacy development in preschool, kindergarten, and the early grades, and what to expect from children at each stage.
  • Crisis in the Kindergarten: Why Children Need to Play in School, a report by the Alliance for Childhood, examines new research on how much time kindergartens spend on cognitive instruction vs. play-based learning and some of the ill effects of current practices.

Building a Foundation for Literacy and Learning – Kathy Ward-Cameron

Power of Pre-K – Rebecca Stephens

World-Class Collaboration: Q&A With Maureen Keithley

Going Green – Fred Barch

  • The Department of Education’s Green Strides Webinar Series provides school communities with tools to reduce environmental impact, improve health and wellness, and teach effective environmental education.
  • NAESP’s Green Schools page provides resources for school leaders to improve environmental literacy and foster 21st century skills.