As we all know, one of the most pressing issues in the field of early childhood education today is how to effectively provide education for young children in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Early pandemic instruction (February–July 2020) required an immediate shift from brick-and-mortar classrooms to distance learning provided in the child’s home. Administrators, teachers, and families pivoted quickly to meet unprecedented needs in the educational experience. By the time we all came back for the new school year, our partners in the field and early childhood experts across the country had established new practices for distance learning.
Bringing Best Practice to Distance Learning
In a situation full of unknowns, early childhood educators across the globe clung to the guiding research shared by the National Association for the Education of Young Children in their position statement on developmentally appropriate practice. In our first webinar, we shared the discoveries of a veteran teacher as she implemented a studies-based summer camp experience for children entering kindergarten.
Creativity and Innovation
Our partners in the field have inspired us with their innovative and creative methods of meeting the demands created by shifting from brick-and-mortar classrooms to a variety of distance learning settings. Listen to our second webinar to learn how two early childhood education leaders used creativity and innovation to solve the problems of data collection and to strengthen family partnerships.
You may be wondering, “Just how do these early childhood educators come up with such amazing solutions? Are some educators just inherently creative and innovative?” Our third webinar explored the key to classroom innovation: reflective practice grounded in developmentally appropriate practice and successive approximations. Listen to Nicol Russell and I discuss our reflective practice experiences during the summer camp and how this process inspired innovation.
Distance Learning Research
Many educators are anxious to implement research-based practices in their distance learning solutions. While a body of literature on pandemic educational practices is beginning to emerge, there is limited literature specific to early childhood education and distance learning. Our final webinar explored current research and engaged the field in exploring topics for future exploration.
Learn more about solutions for distance learning!
Recently, we hosted a free webinar to learn about our Distance Learning Solution, which offers programs the leading early childhood education solution to ensure each and every child receives a strong foundation for success in school and in life, no matter their learning environment. Now, this webinar is ready to watch on-demand! Click below to access.