Posted on 09/17/2013 at 01:09 PM by Global Reach
Preschools in Iowa that receive state funding are required to use research-based curriculum, curriculum that has been proven to help get children on a path for future school success. Creative Curriculum has been the curriculum choice for most programs and is well supported by the state. Its investigative nature where children explore and find answers to their questions helps them develop deeper-level thinking and problem-solving skills—all while facilitating learning in literacy, math, science, technology, social studies and the arts. Preschool administrators and teachers work hard to implement this open-framework curriculum and it’s matching GOLD child assessment system, especially as they are preparing for state verification visits.
Getting and staying true to the curriculum and implementing it with fidelity can be a challenge. It is easy for teachers to go back to old, often easier, ways. Since reverting back is not in the long-term best interest of the children The Fidelity Tool Teacher Checklist and The Fidelity Tool for Administrators has been developed by Teaching Strategies to help keep preschools on track with implementing Creative Curriculum in the areas of studies, physical environment, daily structure, teacher-child interaction, involvement with families and assessment. When checklist items are not in place (as observed by the teacher, administrator or coach) the Coaching to Fidelity manual give strategies for understanding and getting those key elements back into the classroom.
Talk with Northwest AEA Early Childhood Consultants if you want to know more about these tools or if you would like them to observe your classroom for Creative Curriculum sustainability. It’s too important to let go of.