Inside PreK Classrooms

Inside PreK Classrooms A School Leader’s Guide to Effective Instruction

Judith A. Schickedanz and Catherine Marchant
cloth, 248 Pages
Pub. Date: February 2018
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-128-0
Price: $62.00

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paper, 248 Pages
Pub. Date: February 2018
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-127-3
Price: $32.00

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Inside PreK Classrooms provides school leaders with much-needed guidance and knowledge to ensure quality instruction for their youngest students. Based on their extensive experience working with children and educators, the authors bring readers inside real classrooms, where teachers are grappling with the “big ideas” that lie at the core of quality preK instruction.


This book captures how school leaders can effectively impact the teaching and learning in PreK classrooms. The book connects theory to practice in a memorable way for principals, district level administrators, superintendents, and school board members. The authors successfully show how twenty-first-century skills fit in PreK classrooms. — Edgardo “Gary” Castro, principal, Roosevelt Elementary School, New Mexico, and founder, Lead N Inspire Consulting

Inside PreK Classrooms provides a fresh format for demonstrating how using research, having a deep understanding of child development, knowing effective curriculum and classroom practices, and planning carefully aligned professional development are all critical elements to consider in effective instructional leadership. The authors present a focused narrative that includes proven strategies to help instructional leaders work with teachers to create sustained and highly effective PreK programs. — Lisa Llorente, early childhood educator, Boston

Schickedanz and Marchant [lead] readers through authentic scenarios that illustrate how instructional leaders can ask the right questions to move teachers’ practices forward, how they can hone in on the most influential elements of busy preK classrooms, and how to achieve common understanding between teachers and principals. — Lillie Moffett and Christina Weiland, Teachers College Record

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About the Authors

Judith A. Schickedanz, a professor emerita at Boston University, is a leading expert in early childhood education and early literacy. Catherine Marchant has been a classroom teacher, a teacher educator, an instructional coach, and an administrator, and currently consults with individual schools and districts.

Table of Contents


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