We had a Zoom call to discuss the launch of the pilot. As always, I am impressed with our groups ability to have engaged and in-depth conversations virtually. We presented a plan for the pilot initiative and received feedback from the group. The plan is to launch the pilot in February with approximately 5 classrooms. The purpose of the pilot is to determine if CLASS or ECERS are good assessments for our system. In other words, do they give us important information that is relevant to our programs? Educators will be observed using CLASS and/or ECERS and will then receive coaching based on the results. By the end of the school-year we hope to have enough feedback from participants (both educators and directors) to know if we should move forward in this area.
Since our last meeting in April we have done a lot of research. We have spoken with Jewish ECE programs across the country to see how they like using CLASS and ECERS. Across the board they said that if you take away the stress that comes with using the tools for licensing purposes it can lead to some reflection and improvement in practices. At this meeting we further discussed implementing CLASS and ECERS in a pilot and will further flesh out the plan in October.
Whoa! We accomplished a lot at this meeting. This group meets at a different cadence (once every 3-4 months) so we always have to do a little refresher at the beginning. We then dove right in to the topic of excellence and quality. We had done a lot of behind the scenes research talking to experts in the early childhood field (both secular and Jewish). We shared the 5 Essentials Framework as a way to think about quality and started to explore tools - specifically CLASS and ECERS - to asses program quality. Take a look at the deck and notes below to see what we discussed.
The last time this group met was in October! It's been awhile but we fell right back into some amazing work. The goal of today's meeting was to review our theory of change and give the parent survey one more look. Moving forward this group will shift focus a tad. We know that quality (in the broadest sense of the word) is important and we want to make sure we are adequately and accurately capturing the great work our schools are doing. Moving forward this group will focus on the different child outcome and programmatic assessment tools that are available and see if there are some tools that are best equipped to assess our quality.
On August 7th the Culture of Excellence Task Force launched! This task force is aligned with another JUF project called Shared Outcomes which is a collaborative approach to define and measure outcomes for our programs.
We had school directors and outside experts come together to define what makes an excellent program for children and families. Please take a look at our meeting deck, minutes and refined outcomes framework below. In early September we'll send a survey out to the collaborative to ensure that these outcomes resonate, and to see if anyone is currently measuring them.