Hack 10: Move on Up Creating sustainable and successful transitions from PreK through 3rd grade. #HackingEarlyLearning

Listen Navigating the systems of preschool and K-12 can be daunting for families. Educators on both sides of this transition can make intentional steps towards alignment, ease of transition, and welcoming families between these critical points of their little lives. Learn Building Relationships and Setting the Stage Before K Creating Meaningful Transitions from PreK-K Bornfreund, L.... Continue Reading →

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Hack 9: Start Leading Professional Development the Way You Want Students to Learn. Encouraging creativity, risk-taking, and innovating professional development. #HackingEarlyLearning

Listen Just like learning our classrooms, learning in the staff lounge has to look different. Each one of us comes in with different passions, different skill sets and amazing ideas about how best we can continue to serve our students. Finding ways to give teachers a stronger voice and choice in their own learning enhances the... Continue Reading →

Hack 8: Change the conversation with parents. Cultivating strong relationships with all stakeholders. #HackingEarlyLearning

Listen   When we frame interactions with families coming from a place of building opportunities to learn from their child’s first teacher we can start having a meaningful conversation with parents. Finding time to build those relationships requires creativity, effort and time to engage with parents in any way possible. Learn All In! Finding Ways to Create... Continue Reading →

Hack 7: Invite Yourself Out and Invite Others In Creating coherence between the worlds of early ed and K-12. #HackingEarlyLearning

Listen When we are working together, PreK and K-12, in authentic ways-communication, collaboration and high expectations for all students becomes the real focus of everyone’s work. Finding ways to work and learn together and less in isolation from the each other is critical to ensure the transition between the two systems is kid and family-focused... Continue Reading →

Hack 6: Please Put Play Back In the School Day. Innovating, aligning, and providing time for play and learning. #HackingEarlyLearning

Listen When did play became the forbidden four-letter word in school? With academic expectations and standardized testing becoming more and more prioritized at younger and younger ages it is important to be armed with information that address the critical importance of having both high expectations and play in all grades. Learn Play in the ‘New’ First... Continue Reading →

Hack 5: Find Your Technology Focus Creativity, Computational Thinking, and Coding. #ISTE18

Listen When we stop worrying about all the things technology couldn’t do for us-we can start thinking about all the opportunities it has for our students. Listening to what students are interested in and aligning innovative practices to those ideas will only amplifying what we are currently doing. Allow teachers opportunities to face their own fears... Continue Reading →

Hack 3: Use ABC’s, 123’s, and PLC’s. Creating high-quality learning experiences and supports. #HackingEarlyLearning

Listen The Chapter on….Pinterest.  It is a hard balance, and a daily reflection to ensure we are providing learning environments that are engaging, fun,purposeful and relevant for the foundational learning today that will accelerate opportunities for all students tomorrow. That type of delicate and daily balance requires a commitment from all teacher to define what it... Continue Reading →

Hack 2: Lead from your feet-not your seat. Becoming the visible leader your school needs. #HackingEarlyLearning

Listen So we know the ‘why’ behind this work. Chapter two helps to find the ‘how’ do we learn and lead from this knowledge-in whatever position you hold in your school or district. This ‘active’ listening allows us to be in the classrooms, on the playground, and in parent drop off lanes to see the learning... Continue Reading →

Hack 1: Dream Big for Our Littlest Learners! #HackingEarlyLearning

Listen Dreaming big means understanding where we are starting so we can shoot for the stars for our students. If you are new to early learning, having a foundation of why this time in a child’s life is integral to their future learning is key. What is your personal learning plan for this work? Finding what... Continue Reading →

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