Director of Movement Building Trust for Learning Bridgewater, MA
Through this project, Trust for Learning supported New America Foundation to document and amplify concrete examples of how the principles of ideal learning are emerging, in practice, at sites around the country.
The conversation about quality in early learning has been going on for a long time, yet the complete picture of what quality looks like in programs for children and families from many different backgrounds and with many different needs is still hard to discern. Reported stories in the mainstream media often include little more than scenes with children sitting on rugs looking up at storybooks or little kids climbing on jungle gyms. To address this problem, the Trust supported New America’s Early & Elementary Education Policy Program to document and amplify rich, detailed examples of public ideal learning programs in communities around the country. The project enabled on-the-ground and in-person reporting to paint portraits of ideal learning programs that align with developmental science and showcase best practices in teaching and learning.
The project created portraits of ideal learning through five published articles featuring ideal learning principles and approaches and a dedicated webpage, What it Looks Like to Promote Children’s Growth and Discovery. In-depth articles were published in The Pacific Standard, Hechinger Report, and Scientific American, which provided several opportunities for dissemination of insights via social media and New America’s list-serv, as well as a webinar presentation for Early Childhood Investigations on Executive Function and Language Development: Unpacking the Science, which attracted more than 4,300 registrants across the country.
The webpage was updated throughout 2019 with articles, reports, books, videos, and other resources for education leaders, and as of January had over 4,000 views. The page also attracted further philanthropic investment to feature videos of quality early learning interactions from video collected by the documentary crew of No Small Matter.
Director of Ideal Learning Initiatives Trust for Learning Centennial, CO
Former Director Office of Indian Education Programs Washington, D. C.
A Conversation with Jasmine Palmer, Director of Mental Health & Disability Services & Louis Hamlyn-Harris, Senior Director Early Childhood. In…
An ideal learning approach is a holistic early childhood practice, model, or tradition that supports all young children’s growth and…
What is an Ideal Learning Approach? An ideal learning approach is a holistic early childhood program, model, or tradition that…
Trust for Learning regularly shares new funding opportunities, resources, and research with the field. Please join our newsletter to stay in the loop!