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Early Childhood

The Nebraska Framework:
A Handbook for Continuous Improvement in Nebraska Schools
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Websites and Other Resources: District/School-Based

The following web sites are provided as a resource and are not endorsed by the Nebraska Department of Education.

For information on how to extend learning time through an afterschool program, click here.

International Center for Leadership in Education: Willard Daggett
The International Center sponsors the Successful Practices Network, a nonprofit membership organization that provides a mechanism for schools to share data, experiences, technical assistance, and best practices with one another.
www.LeaderEd.com

Rigor and Relevance Framework
http://www.leadered.com/rrr.html

National PTA: Every Child, One Voice
Parent information related to child development, ideas for helping students with academics at home, parent information in Spanish.
www.pta.org

New Horizons: Teaching and Learning Strategies
You will find information on some of the best researched and the most widely implemented methods of helping all students to learn more successfully, including how the teaching and learning strategies work, where they have been applied, and results.
www.newhorizons.org/strategies/front_strategies.html

Resources for Instructional Strategies
Website Developed by Professional Development Consultant, Lenny VerMass, ESU #6
manila.esu6.org/lvermaas/stories/storyReader$26

Teacher Expectation Student Achievement (TESA)
TESA is a staff development program for all educators, grade levels, and subject areas. Results of classroom implementation indicates improvement in student academic performance, gender and diversity awareness, attendance, classroom climate and a reduction in student discipline problems.
streamer.lacoe.edu/tesa

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Behavior Support

Nebraska Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support
http://www.education.ne.gov/NPBIS/Index.html

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Diverse Learners

Continuous Improvement Process: Equity and Diversity
www.education.ne.gov/ciptoolkit/equitydiversity/resources1.html

Achieving Diversity: Race-Neutral Alternatives in American Education U. S. Department of Education
www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/
edlite-raceneutralreport2.html

National Evaluation and Technical Assistance Center for the Education of Children and Youth Who Are Neglected, Delinquint, or at Risk
www.neglected-delinquent.org

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Early Childhood

Nebraska Department of Education Office of Early Childhood
www.education.ne.gov/ech/ech.html

Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) Early Childhood Education Assessment State Collaborative on Assessment and Student Standards (ECEA SCASS)
The ECEA consortium’s focus is on early childhood learning and developmental outcomes, appropriate assessment, program evaluation, and using data for system accountability.
www.ccsso.org/projects/SCASS/
http://www.ccsso.org/Resources/Programs/State_Collaboratives_
on_Assessment_and_Student_Standards_(SCASS).html

Early Childhood: http://www.ccsso.org/Resources/Programs/Early_Childhood_
Education_Assessment_(ECEA).html

School Readiness:
http://www.ccsso.org/Documents/CCSSO_K-Assessment_Final_7-12-11.pdf

Nebraska Early Learning Guidelines Ages for Birth to 3
The Early Learning Guidelines are based on research and evidence about child development and practices that result in the best outcomes for young children – birth to age 3.
http://www.education.ne.gov/oec/pubs/ELG/B_3_English.pdf

Nebraska Early Learning Guidelines for Ages 3 to 5
The Early Learning Guidelines are based on research and evidence about child development and practices that result in the best outcomes for young children – ages 3 to 5.
http://www.education.ne.gov/oec/pubs/ELG/3_5_English.pdf

Nebraska Early Learning Guidelines for Ages Birth to 3, Spanish
http://www.education.ne.gov/oec/pubs/ELG/B_3_Spanish.pdf

Nebraska Early Learning Guidelinesm for Ages 3 to 5, Spanish
http://www.education.ne.gov/oec/pubs/ELG/3_5_Spanish.pdf

Kindergarten Early Learning Guidelines for Language and Literacy, English
http://www.education.ne.gov/oec/pubs/ELG/kgn_langlit.pdf

Kindergarten Early Learning Guidelines for Mathematics, English
http://www.education.ne.gov/oec/pubs/ELG/kgn_math.pdf

Early Learning Guidelines, Nature Supplement
http://www.education.ne.gov/oec/pubs/ELG/nature_education.pdf

Planning the Use of Time in Kindergarten
A brief discussion, including charts, of time-related issues in full- and half-day kindergarten programs.
http://www.education.ne.gov/oec/pubs/PlanK.pdf

Position Statement Executive Summary
http://www.education.ne.gov/oec/pubs/KStatement_exec_summary.pdf

Position Statement, May 2010
http://www.education.ne.gov/oec/pubs/KStatement.pdf

October 12: Purposeful Play-Connecting Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction for Effective Early Childhood Outcomes (video)
http://streaming.myelearning.org/rm/rm_roster_instructions_full.mov

October 19: Nebraska's New Kindergarten Early Learning Guidelines (video)
http://streaming.myelearning.org/rm/rm_roster_instructions_full.mov

The Primary Program: Growing and Learning in the Heartland
A comprehensive curriculum framework designed to assist local educators in developing challenging learning environments for kindergarten/primary-age children.
http://www.education.ne.gov/oec/pubs/pri_pro/PrimaryProgram.html

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English Language Learners

Nebraska Department of Education English Language Learners and Immigrant Education Webpage
www.education.ne.gov/NATLORIGIN

Developing Literacy in Second-Language Learners: Report of the National Literacy Panel on Language-Minority Children and Youth - Executive Summary Edited by Diane August,Principal Investigator and Timothy Shanahan, Panel Chair
http://www.cal.org/projects/archive/nlpreports/Executive_Summary.pdf

The National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition & Language Instruction Education Programs (NCELA) NCELA collects, analyzes, synthesizes and disseminates information about language instruction educational programs.
www.ncela.gwu.edu

Center on Instruction: Practical Guidelines for the Instruction of English Language Learners: Research-Based Recommendations for Instruction and Academic Interventions
www.centeroninstruction.org/resources.cfm
?category=ell&subcategory=research&grade_
start=0&grade_end=12#85

Center on Instruction Home Page
www.centeroninstruction.org

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High Ability Learners

Nebraska Department of Education High Ability Learners Website
http://www.education.ne.gov/HAL/?HiAbilityLRN.html

Genius Denied
Information from the Davidson Foundation on gifted issues for parents, educators and students. Contains articles on such topics as grade acceleration, instructional strategies, etc.
www.geniusdenied.com

Gifted Canada
Contains information regarding early childhood gifted education. List of qualities which young children may exhibit regarding giftedness.
www3.bc.sympatico.ca/giftedcanada/ynggift.html

Gifted Development Center
Information for parents and educators regarding gifted issues. Also contains information regarding dual identified gifted students.
www.gifteddevelopment.com

Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page
Website for parents and educators regarding instructional, social and emotional information about gifted students. Links to other helpful sites.
www.hoagiesgifted.org

Kidsource
Contains articles and digests for parents and educators that can be used with gifted students.
www.kidsource.com

A Nation Deceived:How Schools Hold Back America’s Brightest Students
The Templeton National Report on Acceleration
Research study which discusses acceleration as an instructional strategy and the different forms of acceleration.
www.nationdeceived.org

National Association for Gifted Children
Contains information for parents, educators, with links to other informational websites regarding gifted issues.
www.nagc.org

Nebraska Association for the Gifted
Contains information for parents, educators, conference and events, summer experiences for gifted students.
http://www.negifted.org/NAG/Welcome.html

Parenting Gifted Preschoolers
This article by David Farmer provides some ideas on identifying and parenting gifted preschoolers - as the start of a long road for child, parent and the whole family!
www.austega.com/gifted/preschoolers.htm

Promising Curriculum and Instruction Practices for High Ability Learners
http://www.education.ne.gov/HAL/Documents/promisCURR.pdf

Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG)
Information for educators, parents, general public regarding the social and emotional needs of gifted students. Also contains links to other sites regarding the social and emotional needs of gifted students.
www.sengifted.org

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Homeless Children and Youth

Nebraska Department of Education Educating Homeless Children and Youth Website
http://www.education.ne.gov/federalprograms/Title%20X.html

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Migrant Education Program

About the Nebraska Migrant Education Program (MEP)
http://www.education.ne.gov/Migrant/index.html

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Multicultural/Diversity

Nebraska Department of Education Native American Education
http://www.education.ne.gov/mce/

Continuous Improvement Process: Equity and Diversity
www.education.ne.gov/ciptoolkit/equitydiversity/
resources.html

CREDE
Center for Research on Education, Diversity and Excellence
crede.berkeley.edu/index.html

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Neglected and Delinquent Students

Nebraska Department of Education Neglected and Delinquent Students
http://www.education.ne.gov/federalprograms/Title%20I%20Part%20D.html

Poverty

Continuous Improvement Process: Equity and Diversity
www.education.ne.gov/ciptoolkit/equitydiversity/
resources.html

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Students with Disabilities

The Access Center
A national technical assistance (TA) center which provides research and strategies to help improve educational outcomes for struggling elementary and middle school students and students with disabilities.
www.k8accesscenter.org

Council for Exceptional Children: Evidence-Based Practice—Wanted, Needed, and Hard to Get
While the law requires teachers to use evidence-based practices in their classrooms, the field has not yet determined criteria for evidence based practice nor whether special education has a solid foundation of evidence-based practices. Also, those teaching strategies that have been researched are difficult for teachers to access.
www.cec.sped.org/AM/Template.cfm?
Section=Home&CONTENTID=6515&
TEMPLATE=/CM/ContentDisplay.cfm

Nebraska Department of Education Accommodations Guidelines
Practices and procedures in the areas of presentation, response, setting, and timing/scheduling that provide equitable access during instruction and assessments for students with disabilities.
http://www.education.ne.gov/Assessment/pdfs/Accommodations_
Guidelines_Students_Disabilities.pdf

New Horizons: Special Needs
In this area of our website we offer a comprehensive resource for parents and teachers of those who are challenged physically, emotionally, or cognitively.
www.newhorizons.org/spneeds/front_spneeds.html

Response to Intervention
Technical Assistance Document, training modules, resources.
www.education.ne.gov/RtI

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Nebraska Department of Education, 2010