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Approaching Proficient Project

The Approaching Proficient grant was awarded to the Jefferson Parish Public School System and the Jefferson Early Childhood Collaborative by the Louisiana Department of Education to support improvements to early childhood education quality. This grant, a supplement to the federal Preschool Development grant, will provide teachers at low-performing sites with professional development designed to strengthen teacher-child interactions, classroom instruction and to improve kindergarten readiness.

The Approaching Proficient Project is a tiered approach to professional development for teachers in participating sites. Below is a list of training and coaching services provided, each tier must be completed in the sequence listed.

  • Introduction Tier (Tier 1)
    • Introduction to CLASS
      • A full-day training where teachers learn the basics of the CLASS instrument, domains and dimensions. It is designed to help teachers learn about effective teacher-child interactions, as defined by the CLASS tool, and the ways these interactions help children learn.
        • Introduction to Infant CLASS
        • Introduction to Toddler CLASS
        • Introduction to Pre-K CLASS
  • Training Series Tier (Tier 2)
    • Making the Most of Classroom Interactions (MMCI)
      • MMCI is a training series organized around the Know, See, Do model of professional development for teachers. This training series encourages and supports teachers use of CLASS to explain the impact of specific teacher-child interactions on children's learning, identify effective teacher-child interactions in videos and in their classrooms, and strengthen their teaching practices by integrating more intentional teacher-child interactions.
        • Infant/Toddler MMCI Series
          • This series will be held on Thursday evenings, from 4:00 pm to 6:15 pm at 501 Manhattan Boulevard on the following dates:
            • January 10, 17, 24 and 31
            • February 7, 14, 21 and 28
            • March 14, 21 and 28
          • The series breakdown is as follows:
            • Session 1 & 2 - Program Introduction / CLASS Domains
            • Session 3 - Learning through Classroom Videos
            • Session 4 - Relational Climate / Positive Climate
            • Session 5 - Teacher Sensitivity
            • Session 6 - Regard for Child Perspectives
            • Session 7 - Teacher Sensitivity & Behavior Guidance
            • Session 8 - Negative Climate
            • Session 9 - Facilitated Exploration / Facilitation of Learning & Development
            • Session 10 - Quality of Feedback
            • Session 11 - Early Language Support and Language Modeling
            • Session 12 - Send-Off
            • Register
        • Pre-K MMCI Series
          • This series will be held on Saturdays from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm at 822 S. Clearview Parkway on the following dates:
            • January 12, 2019
            • January 26, 2019
            • February 9, 2019
            • February 23, 2019
            • March 16, 2019
            • March 30, 2019
          • The series breakdown is as follows:
            • Session 1 - Program Introduction & CLASS Domains
            • Session 2 - Positive Climate / Negative Climate & Teacher Sensitivity
            • Session 3 - Regard for Student Perspective & Behavior Management
            • Session 4 - Productivity & Instructional Learning Formats
            • Session 5 - Concept Development & Quality of Feedback
            • Session 6 - Language Modeling & Send-Off
            • Register
  • Coaching Tier (Tier 3)
    • MyTeachingPartner (MTP)
      • Coaches are trained to support teachers one-on-one, using classroom videos to guide learning and self-reflection.
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