Week 1 discussion | ECE 673 Advocacy, Policy, and Social Justice in Early Childhood Education | Ashford University


Week 1 – Discussion

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Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

The ISLLC Standards<

After reading the required text for this week, focus on the six standards for school leadership developed by the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC). For this discussion, you will focus on one standard for which you will provide your peers with information, insight, and resources. Be sure to review and collect the resources from your peers’ responses also as you will need this information for the summative assignment in Week 6*. Please refer to the following chart to identify which standard you will be reporting on for this discussion. For example, Jane Doe would be assigned Standard 1.

Student’s Last Name


Begins with A-D

Standard 1 – An education leader promotes the success of every student by facilitating the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a vision of learning that is shared and supported by all stakeholders.

Begins with E-H

Standard 2 – An education leader promotes the success of every student by advocating, nurturing, and sustaining a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional growth.

Begins with I-L

Standard 3 – An education leader promotes the success of every student by ensuring management of the organization, operations, and resources for a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment.

Begins with M-P

Standard 4 – An education leader promotes the success of every student by collaborating with faculty and community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizing community resources.

Begins with Q-T

Standard 5 – An education leader promotes the success of every student by acting with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical manner.

Begins with U-Z

Standard 6 – An education leader promotes the success of every student by understanding, responding to, and influencing the political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context.

*Resources may be from annual conferences, websites, leaders in the field, peer-reviewed journal articles, blogs, etc., that support the assigned standard. Through this collaborative effort, you will be able to add resources from multiple perspectives that you can later include in your final assignment. Be sure to include any relevant information including the full APA reference entry and a brief description of how the resource supports leaders/administrators described in the standard.

Referring to your assigned standard in your discussion post, respond to each of the following:

  • List one or two overarching themes embedded in the standard you are assigned.
  • Suggest one professional resource. The resource should be relevant to the early childhood field as well as “provide guidance and insight about the traits, functions of work, and responsibilities expected of school and district leaders” (Council of Chief State School Officers, 2008, p. 5). 
  • Assess and describe your knowledge of the ISLLC conceptual framework and standards according to your personal leadership experience and goals. What areas are your strengths? Do you have any concerns about the standards or the framework or goals for further development in this area?

Guided Response: Respond to at least two peers’ posts addressing their concerns or future goal regarding the standards. Provide feedback and support your thinking using the text and at least one outside source.


Discussion board 7 literacy in the early childhood classroom


Literacy is such an important part of any Early Childhood classroom.  Although children use and expand their literacy in almost every activity and curriculum area in which they participate, creating a child-centered language arts area focuses on the importance of literacy as a central core of the curriculum.

The Assignment

Consider the elements of a quality Pre-K language and literacy learning center. For your discussion, consider the following points:

What criteria will you use when setting up your center?

What literacy materials would be present?

How can you connect the language/literacy center to the other centers present in the classroom?

How does the center support the emergent reading and writing development of the children?

How will you, the teacher, support the skills that need to be learned in the center?

Grading Criteria:  See attached rubric for grading criteria


Marketing through positive communication | ECE 671 Management and Administration of Early Childhood Programs | Ashford University

Marketing is about much more than placing an advertisement in the local paper or planning a special event. Strong family relationships that reflect positive interactions should be seen as the driving force of your program’s success. Effective family relationships are often centered around comprehensive systems of communication. These systems can be composed of items such as daily logs for the families, regular newsletters, accident and incident reports, orientation and open house programs, and parent conferences. This discussion will focus on the creation of relationships with families for overall program success. After reading the assigned chapters from the textbook for this week, please respond to the following:

In your initial post,


Explain the difference between internal and external marketing found in Chapter 8.

– Give at least two examples of each that you think are essential to program success.

– Provide a rational.


Briefly describe the three approaches to working with families found in Chapter 12.

– Highlight that which most closely aligns with your thinking

– Explain why you chose that approach.


Thinking about the program you have chosen to work with for this course, answer the following questions:

– What is the program currently doing to actively cultivate positive perceptions among their current clients and community?

– Are there features of the program that might result in negative perceptions?

– How might they add to their communication strategies with families and the community to building stronger, more positive relationships?


Assignment: observing infants and toddlers (0-2 years old) due | EDUC 6160 – Early Childhood Development | Walden University

Although some scientific discoveries are the result of unplanned events, the majority of new insights, in any field of study, are the culmination of lengthy processes characterized by scientific rigor and established research methods. This is also true in the field of child development where direct observations of children in their natural environments have, over time, produced insights which have, sometimes dramatically, altered the ways we care for and interact with children. Review pages 179-180 in the Berger text for an example of how research, over time, has influenced our approach to one specific child development topic.

This week, you embark on a special assignment as you observe young children in their natural environment. As you prepare for this complex and challenging task, know that you are in excellent company. Right now, researchers all over the world are doing what you are being asked to do: open your mind, your heart, your eyes, your ears, and be fully present as you observe these children. Take your passion for the early childhood field and your caring, respectful attitude towards children into your observation, and enjoy this unique opportunity to experience how theoretical concepts you study in this course come alive. Before you observe, review the examples of major developments in the three domains from your child development chart, and review the course media for this week. Study these resources carefully so that your observation takes place with a clear focus on infants and toddlers.


Final summative assignment: strategic plan | ECE 671 Management and Administration of Early Childhood Programs | Ashford University

  • Section 2: From the text, we know that a center’s core values grow from the personal core values of its program director, who plays a key role in the culture and practices of a program. Imagine that you are in a position of leadership at this organization that you have chosen to work with for this course.
  •  Reflect on what you believe the sources of the program’s core values are or what you think those sources should be, and draft a new or updated Core Values Statement for the entire program that you would hypothetically use as a foundation if you were the program director. You may need to refer to Chapter 2 of the text and/or the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct(2011).        
  • Section 3: Using the hypothetical Core Values Statement and referring to your weekly assignments (Evaluation of Program Manuals, Environment Evaluation, Supporting Developmentally Appropriate Practices, and/or Part 1 Commitment to Professionalism Assignment), create two goals that you would be able to use to support a strategic plan. State each goal and then explain the following:
    • How will this goal support the growth of quality for the program?
    • What are the benefits of reaching the goal?
    • How will you measure if  you have reached the goal?
    • How is this goal achievable? Have you got the resources to achieve this goal? If not, how will you acquire them?
    • Why is this goal significant to the quality of the program and its core values statement?
    • How long would it (hypothetically) take to meet this goal?
    • Who are the people you might need to organize for action to meet this goal?
    • What is one potential obstacle to reaching this goal and what are two potential solutions to this obstacle?
  • Section 4: Create a definition of leadership for yourself as the last step of this course. This definition should be able to serve as a basis for your work as a leader. This definition can be simple and may evolve over the course of graduate school and then your career.
  • Referring to you Core Values Statement, define how your core values shape the expectations you have of personnel and programs, your philosophy for promoting quality and effective early education, as well as your overall leadership approach.

The Final Summative Assignment


Assignment | ECE 600 Leadership, Innovation, and Social Justice in Early Childhood Education | Ashford University

Content Expectations:
The following content areas are required for this assignment:

  • Part 1: Content/Course Reflection
  • What are the five most important “big ideas” related to the NAEYC Professional Standards and Code of Ethics that you learned about in this course?
  • How can your professional practices foster social justice in Early Childhood Education?
  • How did your understanding of 21st century teaching and learning develop further in this course?
  • Based on your experience in this course, what are your strengths and areas for improvement in professional knowledge and skills? Where are your “blind spots”?
  • Part 2: Program/Personal Reflection
  • What does ‘leadership’ mean to me?
  • What type of leader do I want to be and why?
  • Why is it important to be an innovative leader in Early Childhood Education?
  • Why is it important to you to uphold social justice as an Early Childhood Education leader?

2 to 3 pages doubled space. Thank you


High-quality early childhood program google site – due in 24 hours | ECE 312 Administration of Early Childhood Education Programs | Ashford University

Prior to beginning work on this assignment, please review the following early childhood education websites:

· Bright Horizons (Links to an external site.)

· Childcare Network (Links to an external site.)

Many parents begin their child’s program search via the Internet. Therefore, as a leader, having a vision for a program website, as well as the ability to create and develop a website, can benefit you in your future. Your program’s website plays a very important role in communicating a first impression to families. Many prospective parents use the Internet to help them identify possible early childhood programs in their geographic area, and then choose which programs they would like to visit or learn more about based on the information they find online. This is your opportunity to market your program. An attractive and well-designed website should be easy to read. Visitors to the site should be able to find the information they need quickly, with just a few clicks of a mouse.

For your Final Project, you will create a Google site for your own childcare program and facility using Google sites (Links to an external site.). Your Google site will be targeted toward prospective families and can be creative in the development but must include all of the following requirements. See the following exemplar for additional support: ECE312 Summative Assessment Example (Links to an external site.).

On your webpage, develop the following:

· Home Page

o Create a Google site for your own childcare program and facility using Google sites

o Develop an introduction that welcomes families to your center and webpage

· About Us Page

o Summarize your credentials and biography

o Explain the centers scope of services including: Ages served, hours of service, location of center and tuition or fees.

· Program Structure

o Establish daily structure including a curriculum unit plan, a sample lunch and snack menu, and explanation of your curriculum and developmentally appropriate practices.

· Philosophy

o Outline the philosophy and focus of the program, including your chosen theory from Chapter 1 and construct your center’s philosophy based on this theory.

o Design a statement that demonstrates how your center will address each of the ten NAEYC Standards:

§ Relationships

§ Curriculum

§ Teaching

§ Assessment of Child Progress

§ Health

§ Teachers (how you support your staff)

§ Families

§ Community Relationships

§ Physical Environment (indoors and out)

§ Leadership and Management (summary of your most recent professional development experience)

The Google Site must have a home page and at least five additional pages, with as many subpages as you would like, to address the required content above. You are encouraged to creatively address the material using graphics, visuals, charts, graphs, and sound and at least one visual (photo, drawing, clip art, word art., graphic) on each page. The website should be designed to clearly and concisely address the material for families. Be sure to use at least two professional resources and the course text.

The High Quality Early Childhood Program Google Site

· Must be five to 10 pages in length and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center’s APA Style (Links to an external site.)

· Must be submitted to WayPoint as a word document that includes the following:

o Course name and number

o Instructor’s name

o Date submitted

o Title of website

o Working URL (copy the exact website address) that will be used to access your website.  You must make sure your website is Public or Accessible to anyone with the link in order for your instructor to access it to grade it.  For help doing this, use the Google Help tool within Google.  

· Must use at least two professional resources in addition to the course text.

o The Scholarly, Peer Reviewed, and Other Credible Sources (Links to an external site.) table offers additional guidance on appropriate source types. If you have questions about whether a specific source is appropriate for this assignment, please contact your instructor. Your instructor has the final say about the appropriateness of a specific source for a particular assignment.

· Must document any information used from sources in APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center’s Citing Within Your Paper


Required Resources

Required Text

Gadzikowski, A. (2013). Administration of early childhood education programs. Retrieved from http://content.ashford.edu

  • Chapter 9: Evaluation and Assessment
    • This chapter looks closely at the role of administrators in child assessment and the relationship between child assessment and program assessment.
  • Chapter 10: Leadership and Advocacy
    • This chapter examines how administrators can ensure their knowledge base and credentials remain current.

Web Page

National Association for the Education of Young Children. (n.d.). The 10 NAEYC program standards (Links to an external site.). Retrieved from https://www.naeyc.org/our-work/families/10-naeyc-program-standards

  • This web page provides information about the NAEYC standards for early childhood education program and will assist you in your High-Quality Program Assessment Scenario discussion this week.
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Bright Horizons (Links to an external site.). (https://www.brighthorizons.com/)

  • This site offers the opportunity to review a stellar website to help design your own site. This website provides information about an early childhood education program and will assist you in your High-Quality Early Childhood Program Google Site assignment this week.
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    Privacy Policy (Links to an external site.)

Childcare Network (Links to an external site.). (https://www.childcarenetwork.com/)

  • This website offers the opportunity to review an established early childhood website to help design your own site. This website provides information about an early childhood education program and will assist you in your High-Quality Early Childhood Program Google Site assignment this week.
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Six week journal in ece 672 personnel management & staff development | ECE 672 Personnel Management & Staff Development for Early Childhood Administrators | Ashford University

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 How might making a mentoring project’s available resources (e.g., the assets that include time, money, partners, research, and available mentoring expertise) visible allow for thoughtful review by a planning team before, during, and after the project?
• How would identifying a mentoring project’s activities and processes (e.g., observing documenting, reflecting, analysis, application, feedback, goal-setting, and modeling) allow for adjustment before, during, and after a project?
• How does identifying the expected outcomes for both children and adults involved in a mentoring project increase the chance that the outcomes will be met?
• As you reflect on this course, identify and briefly discuss a theme/idea that resonates with you as a leader who is invested in supporting the learning and development of the adults and children involved in early childhood education. 


Discussion: the connection between intersubjectivity and play | EDUC 6160 – Early Childhood Development | Walden University

Have you ever thought about how you learned to make sense of other people’s thoughts and emotions? How you learned to share your thoughts and emotions with others? Can you remember a time when, as a child, you wanted to play with someone and first had to come to an agreement about rules and roles.

In your first assigned reading for this week, Chapter 3 of the Smidt text, you learned about the principle of intersubjectivity, and how the capacity for intersubjectivity facilitates children’s inherent desire to make sense of the intentions and emotions of others. In Chapter 4, you studied the significant role of play in children’s growth, development, and learning. Through this Discussion, you will have an opportunity to explore the link between intersubjectivity and play.

In preparation for this Discussion:

  • Review the assigned readings for this week.
  • Focus on the meaning of “primary intersubjectivity” and “secondary intersubjectivity.”
  • Review the various types of play behavior and look for examples of intersubjectivity.

By Day 3

Post your response to the following:

  • Describe three examples of play behavior that illustrate the presence of intersubjectivity in children’s play.
  • Summarize the ways intersubjectivity manifests itself in each of the three examples.
  • Briefly state any new insights you gained, or ideas you developed, as a result of your readings about children’s construction of meaning and about intersubjectivity.