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Assessing Young Children in Inclusive Settings: The Blended Practices Approach
To ensure the best possible outcomes for young children with and without disabilities, early childhood educators must enter the classroom ready to conduct all types of early childhood assessment—including determining if children need additional services, planning and monitoring instruction, and determining program effectiveness. They'll get the preparation they need with this comprehensive textbook, an in-depth blueprint for high-quality assessment in today's age of inclusion, standards-based education, and accountability.

Developed by prominent early childhood special education experts Jennifer Grisham-Brown and Kristie Pretti-Frontczak, this book is a natural followup to the bestselling, widely adopted Blended Practices for Teaching Young Children in Inclusive Settings. Future educators of young children will get the research and recommended practices they need to

  • conduct authentic assessment during children's natural routines and play activities, so their true abilities can be accurately measured
  • use assessment to inform effective program planning, both for individual children and groups
  • ensure that their practices are aligned with DEC and NAEYC recommendations
  • involve families as collaborative partners in the whole assessment process, from planning the assessment to determining if the results represent the child's abilities
  • select and use assessment instruments with documented evidence of technical adequacy
  • conduct eligibility assessments and identify children for special services under IDEA
  • assess children with diverse abilities, including children who have severe or multiple disabilities, are from diverse cultural backgrounds, and are dual or multi-language learners
  • engage in assessment to plan and revise quality instruction
  • collect reliable program evaluation data at classroom, program-wide, state, and national levels

Guiding future educators through every aspect of skillful assessment, this textbook gives readers vignettes of common dilemmas teachers may encounter, classroom examples featuring diverse children, and practical aids such as assessment checklists and excerpts from select tools.

An essential textbook for all preservice early childhood educators, this book is also a key resource for a wide range of in-service professionals-from principals and consultants to teacher study groups. Educators will learn how to confidently implement high-quality assessment and reap its benefits: inclusive, family-centered programming that improves outcomes for all children.

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Blended Practices for Teaching Young Children in Inclusive Settings
As more and more early childhood settings implement inclusive practices, teachers need to blend special and general education techniques to help all children learn. They'll find out how with the new edition of this bestselling text, which combines today's best practices for teaching young children with and without disabilities into one comprehensive approach.

Ideal for current and future early childhood educators working with children from ages 2 to 5, this comprehensive text provides explicit guidance on developing a successful curriculum framework, working effectively with families and other team members, tailoring instruction to each child's individual needs, and embedding learning opportunities that address all children's goals. Teachers will learn from the field's most current research, and they'll get a full continuum of strategies for teaching young children with diverse abilities. Practical information on authentic assessment and data-driven decision-making is also woven throughout the book.

An essential reference to keep and use for years to come, this book is every early childhood educator's guide to blending the best of special and general education, developing effective curricula, and improving outcomes for all children.

WHAT'S NEW
  • Increased focus on how to implement multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS)
  • New chapters on applying blended practices in specific content areas: language, literacy, social-emotional skills, and math
  • The latest on state and federal funding initiatives for early childhood—and how to maintain quality practices that align with these initiatives
  • More guidance on determining the scope and sequence of what to teach children
  • Current recommendations from key professional organizations like NAEYC and DEC, and their implications for teachers

USER-FRIENDLY FEATURES: Includes visual aids and sample forms, vignettes and practical examples that illustrate key concepts and guiding principles, helpful summaries for each chapter, case studies, and learning activities that challenge students to test and expand their knowledge.

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