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Pacific Union Conference
Office of Education
Volume 19, No. 1
Winter 2021

Incorporating Learning Standards in the
Early Childhood Classroom

Compiled by
Julie Yamada


In 2019, the ECE advisory for the North American Division of Seventh-Day Adventists put together early childhood education developmental learning standards for ECE programs within the SDA system. These developmental standards were created with the addition of the developmental domain of Spiritual Development. The advisory knew it was important to design the standards in such a way that they would help provide direction in program planning and equip teachers to deliver instruction emphasizing Seventh-day Adventist goals, concepts, and values in a developmentally appropriate manner. (NAD ECE Standards, 2019)
Early childhood educators have in one way or another incorporated ECE developmental standards in the classroom but becoming more intentional about using them may be a place to start. As you and your teachers become familiar with the NAD ECE developmental learning standards, here are some ways that you can all begin to use them in your classrooms.
  • In observations – as you are observing children play or work on an activity, you can take note of what the children are doing or saying. When you have a moment, you can look over the developmental standards and find the developmental domain you may have observed. Then you can decide which standard and bench mark each child is meeting. These notes can be kept in each child’s portfolio. Each time you observe, you will begin to see each child’s progress toward various developmental standards you have been keeping track of.
  • Lesson planning – When planning lessons, teachers can use the standards to help set goals for the learning out come of the lesson for the children. The standards can also help guide teachers in deciding what types of materials or activities to bring out that will focus on a particular standard. As teachers write out their lesson plans, encourage them to be more intentional about incorporating the goal for each activity/lesson and the standard they are striving to help the children meet.
As you and the teachers become more familiar with the NAD ECE developmental learning standards and become more intentional about how to use them, you are communicating to parents, teachers, and administrators your goals for the children in each classroom. Some of the ways you and the teachers can best communicate the goals and standards they are helping the children to meet are through classroom newsletters, conversations with parents, and presentations to other teachers and administrators. Learning is always occurring in the classroom weather through play or planned activity. By intentionally sharing the goals and standards you are helping the children to meet, others will see the important steps being made to make children’s learning central in all the areas of the ECE program.

References
Gronlund, Gaye (2006). Make Early Learning Standards Come Alive. St. Paul, MN: Redleaf Press
North American Division of Seventh-Day Adventists Office of Education. (2019). Early Childhood Development Learning Standards. Retrieved from: https://ece.adventisteducation.org/learning-standards/
Pacific Union Conference Office of Education. (2018). Directors’ Guide, pg. 23(4). Retrieved from: https://paucearlychildhood.adventistfaith.org/administration
  

Personnel Files

Compiled by
Julie Yamada
 
As directors you have many areas to keep organized within the ECE program. The staff personnel files are one of the important areas that must be kept up to date. Even though you may not be viewing the personnel files as often as others, having them organized from the start will help when you do collect information, to know exactly where to put the information, and help you find it when needed in the future.
It is good practice to review the personnel files on an annual basis to make sure it contains only accurate information. As you consider the licensing forms and the information needed by the local conference, it may be good to separate those into two sections within the file. One section labeled Licensing and the other Local conference. In the licensing section, have the forms and other information that pertains only to licensing. Most licensing program analysts (LPA) prefer to have a file where they can quickly find the paperwork they need. They would prefer not having to sift through other paperwork that does not pertain to licensing.
In the section labeled local conference, be sure to include: 
  • Letters of commendation
  • Letters of reprimand
  • Evaluations
  • Observations notes
  • Copies of administrative/instructional certificate(s)
  • Job description for the employee’s position
  • Resume and record of interview
  • Orientation plan for new hire
  • Record or date of hire and termination
  • Record of exit interview
  • Record of any change of educational status, pay adjustments, promotions, etc.
  • Any forms or information required by the local conference
It is important to note that:
  • Files must be stored in a fire-proof file cabinet
  • Letters of complaint should not be stored in the employee’s file but in a separate file
  • Personnel files are to be maintained on a permanent basis, even if the employee is no longer working in the ECE program
References
Pacific Union Conference Office of Education. (2018). Directors’ Guide, pg. 32. Retrieved from: https://paucedu.adventistfaith.org/
Schiller, P. and Dyke Carter, P. (2012) The Practical Guide to Quality Child Care. Lewisville, NC: Gryphon House Inc.  
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