Pre-K3 TownHall: Academic Rigor Meets Developmental Science: Supporting High-level Achievement in the Early Grades


Lindsey Allard Agnamba, Ed.D.:
Executive Director, School Readiness Consulting, Maryland


William H. Teale, Ed.D.:
Professor & University Scholar, Director, UIC Center for Literacy, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Sharon Ritchie:
Director, FirstSchool, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Durham, North Carolina

Douglas H. Clements, Ed.D.:
Kennedy Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Learning; Executive Director, Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy; and Professor Executive Director, Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy, University of Denver, Morgridge College of Education, Denver, Colorado

Travis Wright, Ed.D, LPC:
Assistant Professor, Early Childhood Education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Spring Green, Wisconsin

Expectations for academic rigor in preschool and the early grades has caused serious debate and raised questions about how best to teach young children and what high-quality and equitable classroom environments should look like. This Town Hall Meeting will discuss and demonstrate how academic rigor can co-exist with developmentally appropriate teaching and the creation of personalized learning environments. This session will answer the questions: What does content-specific, academically rigorous instruction look like in preschool and the early grades? How can children’s social and emotional growth be accommodated and incorporated into that context? What are the best instructional strategies for effectively engaging children in learning? How do we ensure effective instructional practices are inclusive and meet the diverse needs of all students? Participants will have an opportunity to exchange ideas with the expert panel and with each other, consider strategies for high-level, engaging instructional approaches, and get an inside look at learning environments that support academic success and children’s development. Session attendees will walk away with concrete, research-based examples of how core curriculum areas including math and reading can meet the developmental needs of children and result in high level academic achievement.

Date :Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Time : 1.30 pm to 3.00 pm


Grace Taylor