This section features tools created by CEELO.

Tool to Guide Decisions Regarding Kindergarten Entry Assessment (KEA) Selection and Implementation

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Date: December 2017

This tool is designed to assist in the process of selecting, revision, or implementing a KEA. States have requested technical assistance to help with the Kindergarten Entry Assessments (KEA’s) decision-making process. The Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO) drafted the tool and facilitated a stakeholder engagement process using the tool. (December 2017, Tool)

Mapping Tool: State Early Childhood Comprehensive Assessment System: Mapping and Priority Setting Tool

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Part 1 of this tool is designed to assist State Teams in mapping the current status of efforts to implement a comprehensive assessment system for children from birth through 3rd grade and teacher/classroom and program assessment and evaluation. Part 2 is designed to assist State Teams in setting priorities for planning, implementing and sustaining initiatives in their comprehensive assessment system in the coming year. (MS Word Version)

The Preschool Program Quality Assurance System Discussion Guide

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Date: September 2015

This guide is designed to facilitate policymakers’ review of their state’s Preschool Program Quality Assurance Systems (PPQAS). The discussion guide includes two frameworks to inform the critical analysis of the state’s current system. The first framework addresses common components of the system and the second framework considers the governance and functionality of the PPQAS.

State Teacher Evaluation Systems: Fifty State Scan on Resources for Early Childhood Teachers

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Date: May 2015

This tool provides a national view of how states include early childhood teachers in state educator evaluation systems. This scan was developed to follow up on the findings reported in CEELO’s policy report, How are Early Childhood Teachers Faring in State Teacher Evaluation Systems?, which analyzed 11 states’ early childhood teacher evaluation policy and practice in depth.

Discussion Guide: State Financing Strategies for Early Care and Education Systems

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Date: May 2015

This tool is intended to help state policymakers make decisions about which financing strategies are needed to support early care and education (ECE) programs in their state. State and local investments are increasing in many states for early care and education programs, but in others, states are not investing sufficient dollars to ensure all children have access to high quality programs. A deep understanding of financing strategies and a willingness to engage in finance reform is necessary to ensure all children have access to high quality early care and education.

State Financing Strategies for Early Care and Education Systems

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Date: May 2015

This discussion guide is intended to help state policymakers make decisions about which financing strategies are needed to support early care and education (ECE) programs in their state. State and local investments are increasing in many states for early care and education programs, but in others, states are not investing sufficient dollars to ensure all children have access to high quality programs. A deep understanding of financing strategies and a willingness to engage in finance reform is necessary to ensure all children have access to high quality early care and education.

Peer Learning Community Reflection Form

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Date: March 2015

This tool guides Peer Learning Community members to reflect on the value of  activities they have initiated, or engaged in. Results of the reflection and discussion can inform next steps; content, timing, and format of  future meetings; and activities for action. (PDF) (Word)

Peer Learning Community Planning Tool

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Date: March 2015

This tool assists Peer Learning Community members to plan future short-term and long-term activities and goals.  This information can be used by the PLC facilitator to identify meeting goals and resources needed to support PLC actions. (PDF) (Word)

Evaluating Early Childhood Educators: Prekindergarten through Third Grade, a Supplement to the Practical Guide to Designing Comprehensive Educator Evaluation Systems

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Date: October 2014

This tool helps state and district teams to problem-solve and make design decisions to differentiate evaluation systems for early childhood teachers. Lori Connors-Tadros and Jana Martella designed this supplemental guide as an extension to the Great Teacher and Leader Center’s resource, Practical Guide to Designing Comprehensive Teacher Evaluation Systems.

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