The Leading Edge of Early Childhood Education

The Leading Edge of Early Childhood Education Linking Science to Policy for a New Generation

Edited by Nonie K. Lesaux and Stephanie M. Jones, Afterword by Jacqueline Jones
paper, 256 Pages
Pub. Date: June 2016
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-917-4
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cloth, 256 Pages
Pub. Date: June 2016
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-918-1
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The Leading Edge of Early Childhood Education aims to support the effort to simultaneously scale up and improve the quality of early childhood education by bringing together relevant insights from emerging research to provide guidance for this critical, fledgling field. It reflects the growing recognition that early childhood experiences have a powerful effect on children’s later academic achievement and long-term life outcomes.

Praise

Like young children, early childhood education has immense potential. But for the field to mature, it needs continuous supports on what matters most. Lesaux, Jones, and their colleagues offer concrete strategies to some of the most vexing challenges on the horizon for early education practitioners, policy makers, and researchers. This volume provides the field with an important agenda for change. — Albert Wat, senior policy director, Alliance for Early Success

An eye-opening and compelling book with new insights for young scholars and seasoned professionals alike. These rock star contributors and editors don’t just synthesize cutting-edge science on the early years, they lay bare the implications of ignoring it. The book’s five high-impact recommendations are must-dos for our country and our world. — Lisa Guernsey, deputy director, Education Policy Program, New America, and coauthor of Tap, Click, Read: Growing Readers in a World of Screens

The Leading Edge of Early Childhood Education makes an important contribution to the discussion of how the field of ECCE might move forward in the current educational and political environment.
— Christopher P. Brown, Teachers College Record

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About the Editors

Nonie K. Lesaux, Juliana W. and William Foss Thompson Professor of Education and Society, Harvard Graduate School of Education, leads a research program that focuses on promoting the language and literacy skills of today’s children and youth from diverse linguistic, cultural, and economic backgrounds. She also leads state-level policy work to improve third-grade reading outcomes in Massachusetts. With Stephanie Jones, Lesaux codirects a project on building capacity in the early education workforce and works across the country with teams of district and state leaders, center directors, administrators, and teachers focused on strengthening their pre-K to grade 3 initiatives. Lesaux authored a state-level literacy report that forms the basis for a reading proficiency bill (An Act Relative to Third Grade Reading Proficiency) passed in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. The legislation established an Early Literacy Expert Panel, which Lesaux cochairs. The panel is charged with developing new policies and policy-based initiatives in a number of domains that influence children’s early literacy development. Lesaux is currently Chair of the Massachusetts Board of Early Education and Care.

Stephanie M. Jones, Marie and Max Kargman Associate Professor in Human Development and Urban Education Advancement, Harvard Graduate School of Education, is affiliated with the Prevention Science and Practice program. Her research focuses on the long-term effects of poverty and exposure to violence on children’s social and emotional development, as well as the impact of school-based interventions aimed at promoting children’s social-emotional skills, prosocial behavior, and academic skills. With Nonie Lesaux, Jones codirects a project on building capacity in the early education workforce and works across the country with teams of district and state leaders, center directors, administrators, and teachers focused on strengthening their pre-K to 3 initiatives. Jones was awarded the Grawemeyer Award in Education for her work with Edward Zigler and Walter Gilliam on A Vision for Universal Preschool Education; she was also awarded the Joseph E. Zins Early-Career Distinguished Contribution Award for Action Research in Social and Emotional Learning, from the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning.


Table of Contents

Introduction

Blog Post: "Empowering Early Childhood Educators"

Interview with Author

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