High Quality Matters

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What is the recipe of high quality?

  • Effective and evidence-based curriculum
  • Teachers trained on implementing the curriculum.
  • Teachers who participate in professional development that is aligned with the curriculum.
  • Strong relationships between teachers and children and families.
  • Positive interactions between teachers and children.
  • Teachers as guides and facilitators of learning moving around a classroom engaging children in learning.

 
What you should see in a high quality program:

  • An evidence-based curriculum.
  • Social-emotional development integrated into the curriculum.
  • Teachers trained on the curriculum.
  • Teachers facilitating and guiding the learning as they move throughout the classroom.
  • Conversation, dialogue and questions be asked and answered.
  • Learning through discovery, investigation and exploration.
  • Learning through investigation and critical thinking.
  • Child-made art displayed at their eye level.

A high quality program is NOT:

  • Minimum health and safety standards with no focus on quality components
  • Skill and drill (ditto sheets and coloring pages)
  • Adult-made art projects
  • Direct instruction of skills and rote memorization of facts
  • A place that views children as passive receptacles of knowledge requiring children to: sit still and listen; memorize lists, numbers and colors; and produce answers   
  • Teachers directing learning through verbal instructions, drill and practice 

Learn more about The New E3 School’s high quality approach here.