Texas School Ready provides ongoing professional development to preschool teachers through multiple sources, including face-to-face and online trainings, as well as personalized mentoring. This professional development helps teachers create better lessons and classroom environments that better support children's school readiness.
Many of these professional development resources are offered to preschool teachers enrolled in TSR Online, hosted on the CLI Engage platform.
The CIRCLE Preschool Foundations Training is an interactive, research-based introduction to the manual’s activities in a way comfortable for adult learners. Formerly known as the CIRCLE Preschool Language and Literacy including Mathematics Training, the CIRCLE Preschool Foundations Training is offered through the Children's Learning Institute. If you are interested in scheduling a CIRCLE Preschool Foundations Training, submit a TSR Help Ticket. CIRCLE Manuals can be purchased in English or English with Spanish components from Riot Creative Imaging.
The CIRCLE Activity Collection (formerly called the CIRCLE Preschool Manual) translates the best early childhood development research into practice through a variety of hands-on activities that teachers can implement during large group, small group, centers, and one-on-one instruction. Language, literacy, and mathematics are the core concepts covered by manual’s activities. The CIRCLE Activity Collection also provides teacher scripts with many of the activities to allow easy integration into the classroom. Beginning in Fall 2015, the CIRCLE Activity Collection will be available through the CLI Engage platform for all Texas public schools, charter schools, and Head Start programs.
The CIRCLE Activity Collection and CIRCLE Preschool Foundations Training is designed around a gradual release model, wherein a teacher models, demonstrates, and “thinks aloud” so that children understand the concepts behind what the teacher is modeling. Children then practice the skills or concepts with the teacher’s guidance.
CIRCLE training components include:
o Best Practices
o Language Development
o Letter Knowledge
o Phonological Awareness
o Written Expression
o Read Aloud
eCIRCLE represents more than 100 hours of online courses featuring extensive video-based demonstrations of effective instructional practices and application-based assignments and activities. The courses cover a broad range of topics aligned with the Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines and include research-based key predictors of language and literacy development. Courses are also offered in emerging areas of early childhood instruction including science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). eCIRCLE is designed specifically for teachers, school leaders, and intervention specialists. Users receive technical assistance to identify an optimal suite of courses and participate in online communities, and CLI tracks teacher usage and engagement in courses.
Beginning in Fall 2015, the eCIRCLE professional development courses will be available for free to all Texas public schools, charter schools, and Head Start programs through the CLI Engage platform.
Foundations for Responsive Instruction
Early Language and Literacy Instruction
The Texas Infant, Toddler, and Three-Year-Old Early Learning Guidelines were written to help child care providers and parents know what children should know and be able to do at different ages. The Guidelines list skills and abilities that young children might do at different ages, as well as activities that caregivers can do to support optimal development. The Texas Early Learning Council developed these Guidelines with hopes that they would be used by parents and child care providers in all settings across Texas. You can download a copy of the Guidelines in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese at littletexans.org/.
The following modules cover important information in each of the four developmental domains featured in the Guidelines. These modules were developed to assist trainers as they provide trainings to child care providers on the Infant, Toddler, and Three-Year-Old Early Learning Guidelines. Each module features a Facilitator Guide, Participant Guide, and a PowerPoint Presentation for trainers to use in their training.
Note: Modules 2, 4, and 5 have videos embedded into the PowerPoint Presentations. The PowerPoint presentations and the videos are zipped into one folder for each of these modules. When you are reviewing or presenting on these modules, be sure that the presentation and the video(s) are in the same folder on your computer or flashdrive. The embedded videos should play automatically.
Beginning Education: Early Childcare at Home (BEECH) is an online professional development system specifically designed for home-based child care providers by the Children’s Learning Institute. The system includes 20 modules, each approximately one hour in length that incorporate videos, audio files, photos, and home-based scenarios. Beginning in Fall 2015, the BEECH professional development modules will be available for free to all Texas public schools, charter schools, and Head Start programs through the CLI Engage platform.
BEECH Professional Development Modules
1: Setting Up the Environment for Learning
2: Reading Children’s Signals
3: Using a Warm Responsive Style, Part I
4: Using a Warm Responsive Style, Part II
5: Labeling Objects and Actions
6: Maintaining Children’s Interest to Support Learning
7: Introducing New Activities
8: Supporting Young Children’s Learning Development
9: Building Children’s Knowledge about Their World
10: Supporting Young Children’s Emotional Development
11: Supporting Young Children’s Behavior, Part I
12: Using Responsive Behaviors Throughout the Day
13: Supporting Reading with Young Children
14: Building Early Math Skills
15: Supporting Young Children’s Behavior, Part II
16: Building Early Literacy Skills
17: How to Monitor Children’s Learning Progress
18: Putting it all Together: Supporting the Whole Child
19: Knowing Children: Developmental Red Flags
20: Families as Partners