January 13, 2022: Impacting School Readiness professional learning opportunity
Led by Assistant State Superintendent Marcella Franczkowski, the DEI/SES Early Childhood team provided an virtual professional learning opportunity entitled Impacting School Readiness to early childhood special education leaders, including local Infants and Toddlers Program coordinators, preschool coordinators, and special education directors. The webinar focused on the critical nature of ensuring kindergarten readiness beginning with our youngest learners. The work is supported by a grant from the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) that will offer a unique opportunity to put a laser focus on children served through the Extended Option IFSP. Grant funds will support a statewide shift in the use of the Early Learning Assessment (ELA) as a formative assessment and a framework for addressing high quality instruction. The federal law mandates that the Extended Option IFSP include the educational components that promote school readiness and incorporate language, pre-literacy, and numeracy. The grant opportunity is available to all local Infants and Toddlers programs to build and enhance their current service delivery and instructional strategies.