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  • Story acting is blueprint for quality preschool, says McNamee
    M S in Early Childhood Education with Bilingual ESL Specialization Online how it works certificate programs online bilingual esl certificate gainful employment infant mental health certificate gainful employment Scholarship opportunity Child Parent Psychotherapy Seminar infant specialist certificate gainful employment infant specialist courses online ph d program past dissertations doctoral faculty current students admission apply visit us Visiting a class Admission information sessions Graduate fairs requirements international students financial aid tuition fees cost of attendance grants scholarships fellowships student loans payment plans applying for aid student services writing program computers technology housing transportation health insurance registration and records academic policies enrollment and degree verifications name and address changes transcript request forms immunization u pass library online offerings online advantages how it works recommended skills tech requirements self assessment continuing education offerings webinars webinar archives quick credits credit types faq customized training family child care modules achieving biliteracy research community initiatives assessment children at risk family support infants toddlers schools teaching technology young children supporting erikson contribute to erikson ways to give areas of support give online corporate foundation gifts news events upcoming events academic calendar all past events press mentions magazine publications A version of this article appeared in the Spring 2015 issue of Erikson on Children under the headline Summertime reading More from this issue Following three and four year old Head Start students during their first year of school a new book by professor Gillian McNamee focuses on the centerpiece of their school day story acting The High Performing Preschool Story Acting in Head Start Classrooms was published in May by the University of Chicago Press In this activity students act out stories from high quality children s literature as well as stories dictated by their peers Drawing on Russian psychologist Lev Vygotsky and renowned American educational writer Vivian

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  • Erikson partners with largest Chinese private preschool provider
    research community initiatives assessment children at risk family support infants toddlers schools teaching technology young children supporting erikson contribute to erikson ways to give areas of support give online corporate foundation gifts news events upcoming events academic calendar all past events press mentions magazine publications This article appeared in the Spring 2015 issue of Erikson on Children under the headline Erikson in China More from this issue Erikson was selected for a major new partnership with Red Yellow Blue Education Institution RYB the largest private provider of early childhood education in China RYB came to Erikson last year to discuss a collaboration because of Erikson s international reputation Nagle and Shi We are thrilled to be invited to bring our expertise and experience to the emerging early child field in China says Erikson president Geoffrey Nagle Ultimately this partnership also will serve to enrich and improve our work and educational efforts here in Chicago and throughout the U S Yanlai Shi president of RYB says We wanted to partner with the best Erikson has an incredible reputation in the field of early childhood for its unique approach and expertise in preparing early childhood professionals About the Erikson RYB partnership The partnership furthers Chicago s international reputation as a hub for innovative early childhood education and care At the same time it will improve Erikson s initiatives in Chicago and nationwide as the partnership provides a unique opportunity to deepen the cultural understanding and responsiveness that is a core component of Erikson s education and training programs Together Erikson and RYB developed a five year partnership during which more than 1 000 of RYB s early education professionals will learn about leading U S early childhood education practices and theory through online and in person training programs in both Chicago and

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  • New Schools Project names new director - Erikson Institute
    online bilingual esl certificate gainful employment infant mental health certificate gainful employment Scholarship opportunity Child Parent Psychotherapy Seminar infant specialist certificate gainful employment infant specialist courses online ph d program past dissertations doctoral faculty current students admission apply visit us Visiting a class Admission information sessions Graduate fairs requirements international students financial aid tuition fees cost of attendance grants scholarships fellowships student loans payment plans applying for aid student services writing program computers technology housing transportation health insurance registration and records academic policies enrollment and degree verifications name and address changes transcript request forms immunization u pass library online offerings online advantages how it works recommended skills tech requirements self assessment continuing education offerings webinars webinar archives quick credits credit types faq customized training family child care modules achieving biliteracy research community initiatives assessment children at risk family support infants toddlers schools teaching technology young children supporting erikson contribute to erikson ways to give areas of support give online corporate foundation gifts news events upcoming events academic calendar all past events press mentions magazine publications This article appeared in the Spring 2015 issue of Erikson on Children under the headline New project head More from this issue Linda Ponce de León Linda Ponce de León recently joined Erikson as the director of the New Schools Project She has more than 20 years of leadership experience in school settings and systems in Chicago the Midwest and the San Francisco Bay area including serving as the founding principal of Chicago s Erie Elementary Charter School which is a long time New Schools Project partner school A graduate of Harvard University her work focuses on early childhood school change and innovation for young learners teachers and administrators View Ponce de León s profile Linda s vision of an equitable future for all children

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  • Erikson selected for second Investing in Innovation (i3) grant - Erikson Institute
    verifications name and address changes transcript request forms immunization u pass library online offerings online advantages how it works recommended skills tech requirements self assessment continuing education offerings webinars webinar archives quick credits credit types faq customized training family child care modules achieving biliteracy research community initiatives assessment children at risk family support infants toddlers schools teaching technology young children supporting erikson contribute to erikson ways to give areas of support give online corporate foundation gifts news events upcoming events academic calendar all past events press mentions magazine publications A version of this article appeared in the Spring 2015 issue of Erikson on Children under the headline Two time winner More from this issue Erikson Institute was selected as one of the 26 highest rated applications out of 434 nationwide submissions for the U S Department of Education 2014 Investing in Innovation i3 grant competition Erikson is the only Illinois organization among the group which includes representatives of 14 states and the District of Columbia The 2 5 million i3 grant will fund a four year project to help 3 000 Chicago Public Schools students in kindergarten through second grade manage the toxic stress often associated with socioeconomic disadvantage and focus on learning Social emotional learning The proposal is the highest ranked in the country involving social emotional learning and was one of 21 selected from 395 entries in the highly competitive development grant category Geoffrey Nagle This is an invaluable project because social emotional learning in children is just as important as academic learning says Geoffrey Nagle president and CEO of Erikson At Erikson we concentrate on the development of the whole child and this project will help ensure that disadvantaged children have the tools they need to focus and succeed in school The 26 i3 grantees will receive 129 million in total grants aimed at developing innovative approaches to improving student achievement and replicating effective strategies across the country Selected proposals must raise partial matching funds by December 10 to become official grantees Once funded this will be Erikson s second i3 grant in the four years the federal program has been in existence In 2010 Erikson received an i3 grant to expand the Early Math Collaborative a nationally recognized initiative to improve math instruction for young children in Chicago and around the country About the project Mindfulness and Other Replenishment Practices to Improve Young Children s Stress Levels Self Regulation and Productive Engagement in School will serve approximately 3 000 students in Chicago Public Schools helping them feel calm focused and invigorated to learn The project will be directed by Erikson professor Amanda Moreno Read the project abstract PDF 1pg Read the project proposal PDF 26pg Amanda Moreno We can t expect to close the achievement gap by only addressing what children learn and not how they learn Moreno says If we want children to be attentive engage in the classroom community and absorb academic material their social emotional well being needs to be nurtured inside the

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  • From the President: Reflections on year one - Erikson Institute
    students admission apply visit us Visiting a class Admission information sessions Graduate fairs requirements international students financial aid tuition fees cost of attendance grants scholarships fellowships student loans payment plans applying for aid student services writing program computers technology housing transportation health insurance registration and records academic policies enrollment and degree verifications name and address changes transcript request forms immunization u pass library online offerings online advantages how it works recommended skills tech requirements self assessment continuing education offerings webinars webinar archives quick credits credit types faq customized training family child care modules achieving biliteracy research community initiatives assessment children at risk family support infants toddlers schools teaching technology young children supporting erikson contribute to erikson ways to give areas of support give online corporate foundation gifts news events upcoming events academic calendar all past events press mentions magazine publications This article appeared in the Fall 2014 issue of Erikson on Children More from this issue After nearly a year at Erikson I can confidently say that there is no other place quite like it both in scope and impact It has been an amazing journey as I discovered the many ways Erikson is improving the lives of children and families around the world and began collaborating with our talented faculty and staff to move our work forward Erikson s work was brought into focus by our first annual Children at the Forefront Luncheon in October More than 500 guests joined us as we celebrated the great advances for children and families in recent years from the watershed work of our special guests Nobel laureate and University of Chicago professor James Heckman and Harvard sociologist Sara Lawrence Lightfoot to Erikson s own many contributions to the early childhood and social work fields This issue of Erikson on Children touches on

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  • Envisioning Change Task Force develops blueprint for closing the achievement gap in Illinois - Erikson Institute
    Illinois says Aisha Ray senior vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty We needed to begin a conversation that was long overdue because we know early childhood education is a critical strategy to address equality and equity for African American children That conversation will culminate in early 2015 in a blueprint for ensuring high quality educational outcomes for all African American children in Illinois A pressing challenge The Education Trust recently called the achievement gap the most pressing education policy challenge that states currently face As recently as 2011 African American third graders in Illinois scored 20 percentage points lower in math and 24 percentage points lower in reading than white students Disparities that begin in early grades continue and are evident even in high school graduation and college completion rates Few states have developed effective strategies for addressing those disparities before children reach third grade and Illinois is among the states that do not have a coherent plan that addresses the particular circumstances that face young African American learners On the positive side research has shown that over time African American students have made strides in improving school performance and that there are national and international examples of practices and policies that work to reduce and eliminate these disparities One key aspect of the Envisioning Change task force s work was to examine whether these successful practices and strategies were appropriate for Illinois Engaging leaders statewide To begin Ray along with Jana Fleming of Erikson s Herr Research Center for Children and Social Policy and project director Florence Kimondo had individual conversations with key leaders in the state for advice on selecting members of the task force and topics to cover We walked into it with a lot of ideas and wanted to get buy in from those who can make these changes happen Fleming says We wanted to get people s best ideas and that s what informed our work Task force members included representatives from the Illinois State Board of Education and the Department of Human Services elected officials district level superintendents business and community leaders and leadership from organizations such as the Illinois Principals Association the Illinois Federation of Teachers the Illinois Business Roundtable and the Chicago Urban League What made this group unique Ray says is that there are experts on funding and experts on professional development but people obviously can t know about every issue We wanted to bring them together so they could see how each component impacts the achievement gap Candid discussions The three task force meetings over the past two years helped illuminate key issues provide research and information and inform the group about strategies that have worked elsewhere One meeting began with a candid discussion with state superintendent of education Christopher A Koch about the challenges facing school districts and the state particularly around school funding Involvement by leaders like Dr Koch in this project is invaluable says Ray His remarks increased the task force s understanding of

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  • New Schools Project builds teacher communities - Erikson Institute
    07 Popchoke has now been involved in the New Schools Project at all levels as a student teacher an Erie teacher participating in the New Schools Project s intensive three year professional development cycle a current cooperating teacher for a student teacher from Erikson and now one of Erie s teacher leaders Leslie is a New Schools Project star says Gillian McNamee professor director of teacher education and interim director for the New Schools Project She has grown into the hopes we have for all our participating teachers Building the foundations of educational success The New Schools Project a collaboration between Erikson and nine Chicago public schools is designed to create high quality developmentally informed prekindergarten through third grade experiences for children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds The New Schools Project is grounded in the understanding that a solid foundation especially in oral language and literacy in PreK 3rd grade is essential to later educational success Project staff works with partner schools to build continuity across grade levels classrooms and schools as the key to building a strong foundation for long term educational achievements Erikson consultants work with teachers and administrators at each partner school to create a professional development plan around the strengths and challenges of that school s PreK 3rd program The New Schools Project s instructional framework upon which professional development is built is centered around creating intellectually challenging experiences that integrate rich content foster higher level thinking and build inclusive supportive learning communities The intensive three year professional development cycle is conducted on site by an Erikson facilitator and includes learning labs and workshops to introduce new classroom practices and instructional strategies as well as individualized coaching and modeling During the 2013 14 school year for instance Jane Fleming professor and professional development coordinator conducted an in depth professional development series on Rigor in Reading Comprehension at Erie The collaboration has been invaluable With Erikson s support we are maximizing the talent we have in this building says Erie principal Velia Soto There is a social emotional aspect to everything the New Schools Project brings us which makes it much more meaningful practical and effective for the teachers The child development lens In Popchoke s classroom a basic Erikson tenet that an understanding of child development is essential to good teaching comes alive I understand that children this age are in a fragile place socially and emotionally she says A big developmental shift is taking place They are just starting to see themselves as a piece of the larger puzzle They desperately want independence but they need a lot of guidance and modeling That s why a day in Popchoke s class involves a lot of problem solving either in classroom meetings or with a smaller group in one of the room s problem solving corners She also leads role playing games discussions and team building exercises to further the children s social emotional competence These activities are based on what she learned at Erikson

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  • Erikson's Annual Luncheon honored Heckman and Lawrence-Lightfoot for putting children first - Erikson Institute
    it up saying You can understand the urgency that we feel at Erikson as the clock is ticking for children We have just 1 825 days until a child s 5th birthday That s not a lot of time to prepare them to succeed in kindergarten and beyond especially when the odds aren t always in kids favor Early childhood leaders Several special guests spoke at the luncheon University of Chicago economist and Nobel laureate James Heckman renowned Harvard sociologist Sara Lawrence Lightfoot and First Lady Michelle Obama who provided a special video message welcoming guests to the luncheon Sacks and Gracias I want you to know how grateful I am for everything you have done for our children said Obama in the video And I look forward to all that you will continue to contribute in the years ahead Trustees Sabrina Gracias and Cari Sacks 91 chaired the luncheon and Michelle L Collins chair of Erikson s Board of Trustees served as the master of ceremonies Watch the luncheon video See event photos Read coverage of the event in Crain s Chicago Business View event photos in Splash Research in the service of children Each year Erikson presents the Spirit of Erikson Award to an individual or organization whose leadership on behalf of children and families has made a significant and lasting change in our communities Heckman and Nagle Barbara T Bowman the Irving B Harris Professor of Child Development presented the 2014 award to University of Chicago professor James Heckman in recognition of his groundbreaking research proving the great economic gains of investing in early childhood development One of Heckman s key findings is that the estimated return on investment in early childhood programs is 7 for every dollar invested Heckman also found that quality early childhood development heavily influences health economic and social outcomes for individuals and society at large In accepting the award Heckman recalled how Erikson inspired him to focus his research on early childhood development In 1998 Heckman attended an Erikson conference showing how children s early experiences affect brain development At the time I remembered being staggered by the talk This to me provided the aha moment that I didn t understand something said Heckman I began to realize as I followed this trail that began here at Erikson that the early years were so fundamentally important Of course Barbara Bowman had known this at least 50 to 60 years and Erikson Institute had been teaching it here in Chicago Heckman concluded saying In some sense Erikson is honoring themselves for engaging me in this enterprise and I hope to continue to further work with Erikson Institute in pursuit of understanding and wise policy with children View voices and visible Lawrence Lightfoot Following the award presentation Harvard University professor Sara Lawrence Lightfoot delivered the keynote address She challenged luncheon guests to look beyond public discourse that can distort and compromise our ability to see hear attend to and serve our children first She

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