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					                                                     International Reading Association
                                                    A Tapestry for Head Start Educators
                                                           Curriculum Evaluation

                                                          Parent Involvement

                                    How well does the curriculum support parent involvement?




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Head Start Mandates                      Criteria                         Research             Evaluation Decision
         29              Parents are integrally involved in the
27a-b             1c                                                             10       15
         30              curriculum and assessment
                         Parents and teachers develop
 27c                     collaborative relationships of mutual            10     12       16
                         respect.
                         Teachers assist parents in becoming
 28                      liteacy models as needed and in
                                                                    10           11
         32              providing resources for parents to meet
                         the literacy needs of their children.




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                                                   International Reading Association
                                                  A Tapestry for Head Start Educators
                                                         Curriculum Evaluation

                                                   Curriculum and Assessment

How well does the curriculum support developmentally appropriate, research-based learning and assessment of literacy?




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Head Start Mandates                       Criteria                        Research            Evaluation Decision
                        The curriculum assists teachers in
  1
         6       1a     providing an education that is                1                 1
  2                                                                       1     1
        16       1c     developmentally and linguistically            2                 2
                        appropriate.
                        The curriculum assists teachers in
         8              providing an environment that supports                          5f
  5               3                                                   3         4
                        the social and emotional development                            6d
                        of each child.
                        The curriculum's written plans provide
                        goals, activities, materials and roles for
  4
        15              staff, parents, and other adults that                   2
 10              1b                                                   4   3
        18              reflect research-based,                                 6
12b-c
                        developmentally appropriate teaching
                        practice.
                        The curriculum supports the
                        development of each child's emergent
                        literacy by providing opportunity to
 12a    19                                                                5     4
                  6     organize their own experiences                4
1318                                                                      8     6
                        through experimentation, problem-
                        solving, observation, exploration,
                        decision-making and play.
                        The curriculum includes assessments
                        that measure both the strengths and
 11      18                                                                             3
                  4     needs of children, are linked to
 14     19 &                                                          5                 4
                  5     curriculum goals, are ongoing, and use
         21                                                                             5
                        a variety of sources and strategies
                        including observation.
                        Children's Language and Literacy
                  2     learning is integrated across all content
                                                                                5       5b
                  3     areas and the 8 Domains of Child
                        Outcomes Framework.
                        Assessment measures are
                        developmentally appropriate, reflect                            1
                        the complexity of literacy, are valid and                       6
                        reliable, and use multiple sources.

                        Curriculum and its assessment include
                  6
                        phonological and phonemic awareness               7     3
                  7
                        taught informally and intentionally.
                        Curriculum and its assessment include
                  5                                                       2
                        book knowledge and appreciation
                  6                                                       3     3
                        awareness taught informally and
                  8                                                       6
                        intentionally.
                  5     Curriculum and assessment includes
                                                                                3
                  6     print awareness and concepts taught               3
                  9     informally and intentionally.         Page 2                 ae141e9f-8217-41a0-84b0-ea4858c99055.xls
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                                     A Tapestry for Head Start Educators
                                            Curriculum Evaluation

             Curriculum and its assessment include
         5   opportunities to explore print through
17a-b    6   writing for real purposes according to            4   3
        10   each child's ability withing the
             developmental continuum.

         5   Curriculum and its assessment include
                                                               3
17c      6   the alphabetic principle taught both
                                                               4
        11   informally and intentionally.




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                                                   A Tapestry for Head Start Educators
                                                          Curriculum Evaluation

                                                          Individualization

                            How well does the curriculum meet the requirements of Individualization?




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Head Start Mandates                     Criteria                         Research             Evaluation Decision
                        The curriculum supports teachers in
  2                     providing for the individual rates of       1           2
                 1d                                                       1              10
 20                     development, temperaments, interests,       6           7
                        and learning styles of each child.

                        The curriculum helps teachers provide
                        an environment of acceptance that
  5     8         3                                                 3     2     5
                        supports social and emotional
                        development for all children.
                        The curriculum supports teachers in
                        providing an environment of                      9
        22                                                          7                11-13
 21                     acceptance for gender, ethnicity, family         10     8
        23                                                          8
                        composition, and the home language
                        and culture of each family.
                        Ongoing assessment measures assist
                                                                                7
 18     12        5     in monitoring the learning, progress,       5
                        interests, and needs of each child.




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                                                   A Tapestry for Head Start Educators
                                                          Curriculum Evaluation

                                           Inclusion of Children with Disabilities

  How well does the curriculum assist teachers in finding the gifts and meeting the needs of children with disabilities?




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Head Start Mandates                     Criteria                         Research             Evaluation Decision
                        Head Start mandates require that the
                        education of children with disabilities
 24     25              be inclusive and provide a least
                        restrictive environment consistent with
                        the childs' IFSP or IEP.
                        The curriculum assists teachers in
                        adapting their teaching strategies to
        26        1     meet the needs and to develop the          9     11     9        14
                        gifts of children with disabilities.




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                                                A Tapestry for Head Start Educators
                                                       Curriculum Evaluation

                                                 Professional Development

                How well does the curriculum and its ongoing professional development support teachers?




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Head Start Mandates                     Criteria                       Research            Evaluation Decision
                        The Perfomance Standards require pre-
                        service and in-service professional
 33                     development.

                        The curriculum and its supporting
                        professional development assists
                                                                  11
                        in creating and sustaining a
                        literacy -rich environment.



                        The curriculum and its supporting
                        professional development includes the
                        psychological and social foundations of
                        emergent literacy and the                      12
                        developmental needs of the young
                        child in Phase I on the Developmental
                        Continuum of Reading and Writing.



                        The curriculum and its supporting
                12a     professional development is ongoing
                12b     and provides research-based teaching                 13
                        strategies and methods for adapting
                        instruction as needed.

                        Professional development includes the
                        assessment of the emergent reader
                12c                                                                   22
                        and writer and its adaptation of for
                        individual needs.




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