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					Rubric for the Early Childhood Education AAS-T Degree Program
Program outcome #1: Promoting child development and learning
                                                                                                                                     Level of Proficiency
Criteria                          (1)           Beginning (2)                                          Developing (3)                                                            Accomplished (4)
Outcome 1a: Demonstrate knowledge and          understanding of children's characteristics and needs
Analyze the nature and                          Demonstrates awareness of child development milestones Articulates the importance of child development to planning               Communicates importance of child development foundations
importance of the child                                                                                for groups of children in care.                                           to parents and other adults as well as analyzing the influences
development foundations of                                                                                                                                                       of development on individual child learning and behavior.
early childhood education
Identify milestones of child                    Names 5 domains of development                                   Identifies 6 domains of development and is able to place two    Observes and names milestones in 6 domains of development
development as well as                                                                                           milestones in each.                                             when observing a child, and expresses appreciation of
demonstrating acceptance of                                                                                      (Domains--cognitive, physical, social, emotional, language,     individual manifestations of development.
atypical development.                                                                                            creative,)
Describe and analyze young        `             Uses an informal checklist during child observation to           Describes in writing a child's characteristics and needs in a   Develops lesson plans that take into account children's
children’s characteristics and                  describe a child's characteristcs and needs                      case study project.                                             cultural and developmental characteristics and needs, both
needs, both typical and atypical.                                                                                                                                                typical and atypical.

Outcome 1b: Identify, analyze, and reflect upon multiple influences on child development and learning
Identify, apply, and analyze the           States that social influences, temperament, and experiences  Applies knowledge of temperament, individual and cultural                Assists the flourishing of children and their learning through
impact of individual experiences           affect child behavior and that experiences of hurt interfere strengths, and individual and societal hurts to make                     supporting temperaments, individual and cultural strengths,
and their relationship to societal         with development and learning                                conjectures about child behavior and learning.                           and supports the healing processes of emotional discharge to
oppression on the child's                                                                                                                                                        release accidental, contagious, and oppressive hurts.

Identify, apply, and analyze the                Identifies the evidence of influence of culture, family, and     Applies the evidence of influence of culture, family, and       Analyzes cultural, family, and community influences to
influence of the child's culture,               community on a child in a case study.                            community to lesson planning                                    develop curricular, social, guidance, and emotional strategies
family, and community on the                                                                                                                                                     to promote child development and learning.
child's developmemnt

Identify, analyze, and reflect                  Identifies her/his own feelings in role plays concerning trust   Analyzes the effect of experiences on children that promote     Synthesizes awareness of resilience-producing actions into
upon experiences that promote                   and resilience                                                   resilience                                                      activities and teaching approaches in early learning
resilience in young children

Outcome 1c: Create safe, healthy, respectful, supportive and challenging environments for learning
Evaluate environments for                 Uses checklists to evaluate environments for physical and    Relates child development information to the development of Sets up an engaging, play-oriented learning environment that
physical and emotional safety,            emotional safety, health, layout, and appropriate scheduling learning environments--"what does this mean to my work      is healthy, safe, respectful, supportive, and challenging
health, physical layout, and                                                                           with young children?"
appropriate scheduling

Create learning opportunities                   Distinguishes between learning acitivities and lesson plans    Creates lesson plans that are interesting to children, promote    Implements the lesson plans indicated in "Developing," and
based on respect for children's                 that use developmenatlly appropriate strategies and those that playfulness, and encourage children to solve problems and         that incorporate knowledge of children's development within
playfulness and the awarenessof                 are inappropriate                                              think new thoughts, arising out of children's interests and       cultures and communities, and demonstrates a focus on
the full humanity and                                                                                          lives.                                                            health, respect, support, and challenge
intelligence of each child

Engage in relationship-building                 Describes Special Time and peer counseling accurately,           Engages in Special Time with children and peer counseling       Engages in Special Time with children and peer counseling
for all children that includes                  naming 6 forms of emotional discharge, and recognizing           sesssions with adults on an irregular basis.                    with other adults on a regular basis.
special time and attention for                  discharges as healing processes.
emotional discharge.
Rubric for the Early Childhood Education AAS-T Degree Program
Program outcome #2: Building family and community relationships
                                                                                                              Level of Proficiency
Criteria                     (1)      Beginning (2)                                           Developing (3)                                             Accomplished (4)
Outcome 2a: Students will be able to describe and reflect upon family and community characteristics
Describe and reflect upon             Identifies the strengths of children’s families,        Describes the influence of family strengths on             Reflects upon and analyzes the influences of family
family characteristics
                                      cultures, and communities                               children in care                                           strengths to inform work with families.
Describe and reflect upon             Identifies community characteristics                    Describes the influence community characteristics on Reflects upon and analyzes the influence of
community characteristics
                                                                                              children and families                                generational influences on community characteristics,
                                                                                                                                                   and describes how those impact children and families.

Outcome 2b: Students will be able to support and empower families and communities through respectful and reciprocal relationships
Create respectful,                    States the importance of respectful and reciprocal      Commits to respectful and reciprocal relationships         Demonstrates respectful and reciprocal relationships
reciprocal relationships              relationships with families                             with families, stating at least three indicators of such   with families, including at least three indicators of
                                                                                              relationships.                                             such relationships.
Support and empower                   States one role s/he can take in supporting and         Commits to one role s/he in supporting and                 Performs one role in supporting and empowering
families                              empowering families                                     empowering families                                        families and explains its significance.

Identify and promote                  States the value of continuity of care between home     Commits to continuity of care between home and             Integrates continuity of care into caregiving routines,
factors that support                  and early care setting and from infancy through         care, and from infancy through toddlerhood.                primary caregiver strategies, and culturally consistent
resilience in children and            toddlerhood.                                                                                                       practices.
Outcome 2c: Students will be able to involve families and communities in their children's development and learning
Connect families to their             Names at least 5 family involvement strategies          Plans for family involvement in their child's early        Designs and implements 3 family involvement
child's early care and                                                                        learning                                                   activities. Analyzes the results.
education experience

Connect communities to the            Names at least 5 community connection activities        Plans a community connection activity                      Designs and implements a community connection
early childhood program
                                                                                                                                                         activity. Analyzes the results.
Outcome 2d: Students will be able to assist families in reinforcing resilience and accessing resources
Identify factors that                 Selects factors contributing to resilience from a list of Explains resilience and identifies contributing factors Analyzes resilience and proposes actions to support
support resilience in                 25                                                                                                                resilience in early learning settings.
children and families,
Take responsibility for               States responsibilities as a mandated reporter of child In scenarios, accurately selects issues that require       Identifies gray areas, demonstrates how reporting is
intervention                          abuse and neglect                                       reporting in scenarios.                                    done, and articulates reasons for mandated reporting.

Use strengths-based,                  Expresses commitment to strength-based, solution-       Contrasts strength-based, solution oriented                Proposes a strength-based, solution oriented approach
solutions-oriented                    oriented practice                                       approaches with deficiency model approaches                to a referral situation faced by a family.
Rubric for the Early Childhood Education AAS-T Degree Program

Program outcome #3: Observing, documenting, and assessing
                                                                                                                Level of Proficiency
Criteria                      (1)          Beginning (2)                                           Developing (3)                                          Accomplished (4)
Outcome 3a: Students will be able to articulate the goals, benefits, responsible uses of assessment
Articulate goals of                        Name at least one goal of assessment                    Name at least three goals of assessment                 Name and explain the importance of three goals of
assessment                                                                                                                                                 assessment.

Articulate benefits and                    Name at least three benefits and uses of assessment     Name and explain the importance of three benefits       Implement at least 2 assessment strategies that benefit
uses of assessment                                                                                 and uses of assessment.                                 children, families, and one's own planning of a
                                                                                                                                                           learning environments and lesson planning.
Articulate responsible uses                Name at least one way to be responsible about           Name and explain the necessity for responsible uses     Create a policy statement on responsible use of
and cautions against                       assessment and one possible misuse of assessment.       of assessment                                           assessment strategies. Demonstrate such use.
misuses of assessment

Outcome 3b: Students will be able to use observation, documentation, and other appropriate assessment tools and approaches
Explain the conduct of and                 Conduct at least one special time with a child and      Conduct special time as an ongoing tool at least        Conduct weekly special time as an ongoing tool for
use “special time"                         articulate the at least one challenge and one benefit   weekly with a child or children, using it as a tool for observing the child, and additionally, paying attention
                                           encountered                                             observing the child's preferences, ideas, ways of       to the places where the child discharges emotionally.
                                                                                                   connecting, and other fresh new revelations that they
                                                                                                   make about themselves
Explain the conduct of and                 Identify at least 4 observation tools and name the      Use at least 4 observation and documentation tools      Compare and contrast the conduct and use and at
use systematic                             application for each                                    and apply them objectively.                             least 4 observation and documentation tools,
observations and                                                                                                                                           explaining the strengths and drawbacks of each.

Outcome 3c: Students will be able to articulate uses of assessment in partnership with families and other professionals
Use assessment for                         Use descriptive language in assessment tools            Prepare and conduct a parent/family conference using In collaboration with families, synthesize information
communicating children's                                                                           descriptive assessment tools to illustrate child     from descriptive assessment tools for supporting the
growth and development                                                                             development and behaviors                            child and informing goals.
to families

Use assessment strategies                  Use descriptive language in assessment tools            Perform descriptive assessment in preparation for       In collaboration with other professionals, synthesize
in partnership other                                                                               collaboration with other professionals.                 information from descriptive assessment tools for
professionals                                                                                                                                              supporting the child and informing goals.
Rubric for the Early Childhood Education AAS-T Degree Program

Program outcome #4: Teaching and learning
                                                                                                                                                 Level of Proficiency
Criteria                                          Pre-Novice (1)   Beginning (2)                                      Developing (3)                                                Accomplished (4)
Outcome 4a: Students will be able to analyze the importance of and demonstrate their ability to connect with children
Articulate the essential importance of positive          Define positive relationships and supportive   Demonstrate ability to create positive relationships with                   Analyze the importance of connecting with children including
relationships and supportive interactions with           interactions                                   children including positive guidance methods                                the importance of attachment and the processes of guidance and
children                                                                                                                                                                            discipline
Demonstrate ability to express warmth and                          Name three tools for expressing warmth and         Engage the use of the these four (4) tools for relationship   Integrate the three tools for relationship building into work with
interact playfully with children                                   responding playfully to children                   building: (1) expressing warmth, (2) playing responsively,    adults who work with children.
                                                                                                                      (3) talking informatively and (4) attending to cooperation,
                                                                                                                      initiative, and perseverance.

Engage in special time, playlistening                              Describe special time and playlistening and        Discriminate between aware, thoughtful attention and          Analyze the effects and importance of paying close, aware,
                                                                   demonstrate use of both                            unaware actions during special time and playlistening.        thoughtful attention to children, and explain why children may
                                                                                                                                                                                    use such attention for healing when engaging in special time and
Outcome 4b: Students will be able to use developmentally effective approaches
Identify methods of relating content                               Read and discuss the NAEYC Position Statement Relate Position Statement to curriculum development                Integrate the NAEYC Position Statement into all areas of
knowledge to young children that are                               on teaching general education content in early activities                                                        curriculum development.
consistent with NAEYC Position Statements on                       learning programs
teaching general education content areas

Articulate the use of both indirect and direct                     Articulate the importance of relationship building In addition, detail indirect guidance methods as well as      Synthesize the importance of relationships, the use of indirect
guidance methods based upon supportive                             for positive appropriate guidance                  direct guidance methods.                                      guidance, and the necessity for direct guidance that includes
relationships with children                                                                                                                                                         limit setting and an understanding of the child's need to heal
                                                                                                                                                                                    when behavior goes "off-track."
                                                                   Read and discuss the NAEYC publication,            Distinguish between DAP and DIP practices in scenarios        Examine and evaluate all curriculum and guidance strategies for
Identify best practices in infant, toddler, and         Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP).                                                                                 developmenatl appropriateness.
preschool settings
Outcome 4c: Students will be able to understand content knowledge in early education
                                                                   Enroll in and pass all general education and       Identify the skills for each discipline.                      Reorganize the skills for each discipline to create appropriate
Understand and apply mathematical,                                 NWIC course requirements                                                                                         and consistent applications to early learning activities.
scientific, literary, and creative knowledge
and skills in general education courses
Identify aspects of general education courses                      Identify the general education topics that are     Point out the aspects of general education courses that are   Create lesson plans that are engaging, fun, important to
that are most engaging and important to young                      represented by at least 4 of your favorite         appropriate for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.          children's lives, and give them the opportunity to learn general
children                                                           developmentally appropriate and engaging                                                                         education knowledge at their developmental level
                                                                   activities for young children.

Outcome 4d: Students will be able to build meaningful curriculum
Design meaningful, challenging curriculum based                    Create a "web" of topics out of which to develop   Additionally, develop a monthly focus for curriculum that Additionally develop weekly and daily lesson plans that build
on creativity, problem-solving, and play                           curriculum ideas and plans and detail how the      appeals to children and is broad enough to be creative,         children's confidence, knowledge, and understanding through
                                                                   learning environment can be enriched for           supportive, and challenging and reflects their lives, cultures, playful creativity, problem-solving and joy.
                                                                   learning.                                          and families. Create strategies for emergent curriculum and
                                                                                                                      constructivist learning.

Implement meaningful, challenging curriculum                       Set up the learning environment enriched for       Implement the monthly plans, emergent curriculum              Additionally, implement the weekly and daily lesson plans.
                                                                   learning.                                          strategies, and constructivist approaches.
Evaluate meaningful, challenging curriculum                        Observe children's engagement in curricular        Document children's engagement in the curriculum.             Evaluate curriculum for effectiveness, and propose changes to
                                                                   activities.                                                                                                      improve.
Rubric for the Early Childhood Education AAS-T Degree Program

Program outcome #5: Integrity, advocacy, and commitment to the field of ECE
(Commonly referred to as “professionalism”)
                                                                                                                        Level of Proficiency
Criteria               Pre-Novice (1)    Beginning (2)                                                     Developing (3)                                                     Accomplished (4)
Outcome 5a: Students will identify with and involve selves in the early childhood field, engaging in continuous, collaborative learning
                                    Identifies with the early learning program where s/he     Subscribes to a professional journal and attends at least one                   Takes leadership within the field of ECE either in the program
Identify with the                   works/volunteers                                          annual conference or meeting                                                    where s/he work or as part of a volunteer ECE professional
field of ECE                                                                                                                                                                  organzation.
Commit to and                       Completes AAS-T in ECE                                    Pursues further knowledge and skills through conferences and                    Takes steps to continue on to a BA degree in ECE or closely
engage in lifelong                                                                            meetings                                                                        related field.
Engage in self-                          Engages in time and priority manangement to lessen stress and     Using journaling and/or other methods, engage in self-reflection   Integrates knowledgable, reflective, and critical perspectives on
reflection and                           create opportunity for self-relflection                           on a regular basis.                                                early education with self-reflection to (a) appreciate and enjoy
improvement                                                                                                                                                                   one's actions and (b) improve one's performance of warmth,
                                                                                                                                                                              attention for children, and other best practices.

Engage in                                Requests information from other professionals working with        Exchanges information with other professionals                     In collaboration with other professionals, student develops
collaborative                            young children                                                                                                                       appropriate, respectful, and helpful approaches to a situation
learning                                                                                                                                                                      involving children and families.

Outcome 5b: Students will be able to act with integrity
Use the NAEYC                       Identify the most basic ideal in the Code, and explain how ethical Read and discuss the Code of Ethical conduct, apply it to at least Articulate a situation that poses an ethical dilemma, propose a
Code of Ethical                     situations pose dilemmas in carrying out that ideal.               2 scenarios presented in class.                                    solution that takes into consideration children, families, co-
Conduct                                                                                                                                                                   workers, community, and society, and explain how it solves the
Maintain                                 Define confidentiality                                            Articulate at least three scenarios requiring confidentiality      Write a personal commitment statement concerning appropriate
confidentiality                                                                                                                                                               confidentiality.
Know and use legal                       Identify oneself as a mandated reporter, and explain the meaning Identify at least 5 signs of possible abuse that require mandated   Demonstrate commitment to mandated reporting, accepts
requirements for                         of mandated reporting of abuse and neglect.                      reporting.                                                          responsibility for child safety, and recognizes the need for family
mandated reporting                                                                                                                                                            support in suspected cases of abuse and neglect.

Outcome 5c: Students will engage in informed advocacy for children, families, early learning programs, and themselves as early childhood educators.
Advocate for                       Name three advocacy issues for children and families     Engage in at least one advocacy activity on behalf of children Analyze at least 4 issues pertinent to early education advocacy
children and                                                                                                                                               and prioritize for children in your tribal community.
Advocate for early                       Name three advocacy issues for early learning programs            Engage in at least one advocacy activity on behalf of early        Analyze at least 4 issues pertinent to early education advocacy
learning programs                                                                                          learning programs                                                  and prioritize for early childhood programs in tribal communities

Advocate for self                        Name three advocacy issues for early childhood workers            Engage in at least one advocacy activity on behalf of early        Analyze at least 4 issues pertinent to early education advocacy
and other early                                                                                            childhood workers                                                  and prioritize for early childhood workers
childhood workers

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