1) Review: Description, Objectives, and Key Concepts of lesson
2) Complete: Activity 1: School Leadership in Community Schools
3) Read: Material in Your Essential Library
5) Complete: Activity 2: Administrating the Child Parent Center
Lesson 2.2 extends the material presented in Lesson 2.1 on B-3 models by examining some additional organizational frameworks to support comprehensive B-3 approaches. In this lesson, participants will examine two new frameworks: the Community Schools model and the Child Parent Center (CPC) model. This lesson is meant to provide participants with additional knowledge about the structures and resources through which B-3 approaches can be supported. Lesson 2.2 also highlights the intersections of these various frameworks as they relate to the key elements of sound B/PreK-3 approaches.
After completing this lesson, participants should be able to:
There are different organizational structures that can support B-3 approaches in its integration and alignment of instruction, curriculum, and professional development; coordination of services; and collaborative partnerships.
While there is a growing body of tools and resources to establish and sustain comprehensive B-3 approaches, there are pre-existing models with substantial research bases that can support the implementation of comprehensive B-3 models. These may be focused specifically on the Birth/PreK to 3rd grade continuum, or they may provide an integrated model for the B-12 continuum. In either case, what they offer is a well-established framework to provide additional guidance, tools, and resources for successfully planning and implementing B-3 programs.
The Community Schools model is an approach to create integrated and well-aligned education experiences and services to children in PreK-12 and their families.
A community school is both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources. Its integrated focus on academics, health and social services, youth and community development and community engagement leads to improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities. Community schools offer a personalized curriculum that emphasizes real-world learning and community problem-solving. Schools become centers of the community and are open to everyone – all day, every day, evenings and weekends. Community schools have made a concerted effort to fold early learning into its structure and help to bridge PreK - K-12 systems to create better integrated experiences for children.
The Child-Parent Center Program is a long-standing and well-established education intervention that also supports B-3 approaches.
The Child Parent Center (CPC) Program is a center-based early intervention that provides comprehensive educational and family-support services to economically disadvantaged children from preschool to early elementary school (PreK-3rd Grade). The CPC model utilizes six key strategies in its program implementation: 1) High-quality preschool for up to two years in small classes taught by certified teachers; 2) Curricula and instructional practices that emphasize language, literacy, and math skills within a structured activity-based approach; 3) Comprehensive family services led by the Parent Resource Teachers and School-Community Representatives that include parental involvement and resource mobilization; 4) A leadership team run by the Head Teacher in collaboration with the Principal; 5) Kindergarten and school-age continuity through co-located or close-by centers, small classes with teacher aides, and instructional coordination by school coordinators; and 6) On-going professional development by school coordinators to support teachers and principals in implementing and aligning evidence-based curricula and instructional practices.
LINC has identified the following resources as the most essential current resources on this topic. You should peruse each of these resources prior to teaching this lesson. There are also optional resources in the Additional Resources for Further Study under assessment, instruction, and data-based decision making section.
To synthesize the material completed thus far in this lesson, consider the following through either small group discussion or individual writing response:
Activity 1: School Leadership in Community Schools
The pre-lesson activity should be completed prior to reading the material in Your Essential Library or participating in the discussion/writing response.
Activity 2: Administrating the Child Parent Center
The post-lesson activity should be completed after the rest of the lesson has finished.