Texas School Ready® is a program that certifies teachers who effectively prepare their early education students to enter kindergarten.
The following Aldine ISD teachers received 2011-2012 Texas School Ready! Certifications: Alesha Chellam, Andrea Barnes, Beatrice Stair, Dena Aguilar, Elena Carrell, Katrina Nesbitt, María Contreras, Mirtha Martínez, Mónica Sánchez, Nicole Beer, Roberto Zamora, Sally Gonzáles, Sandra Hernández, Sylvia González, Wendy Wu, Whitney Worster, and Yolanda Martínez from García-Leza EC/PK Center; Jennifer Boyce, Jill Brainard, Lacy Carver, Melissa Valencia-Pérez, and Velma Correa from Hinojosa EC/PK Center; Jotona Bell, Nancy Castellano and Sandra Ziegler from Keeble EC/PK Center; Rakesha Phillips and Shakira Martin from Vines EC/PK Center; as well as Christina Zepeda, Hilda Martínez, Maggie Salvo, Martha Herrera, and Yvonne Sheikh from de Santiago EC/PK Center.
The Children’s Learning Institute implements the Texas School Ready! project as an early education approach that serves at-risk preschool-aged children through shared resources between public and private early childhood education programs. The design of Texas School Ready! increases children’s school readiness through five evidence-driven components: research-based curriculum, technology-driven child progress monitoring, facilitated teacher professional development, ongoing teacher mentoring, and sustainability.
Now in its eighth year, Texas School Ready! has increased from serving 110 classrooms and 2,140 children in its first year to serving more than 1,800 classrooms and about 41,000 children in 2009-2010. Evidence from early childhood education professionals who implement Texas School Ready! in their classrooms reveals that young children most at-risk are better prepared to succeed in kindergarten.
More than 3,100 classrooms awarded 2011-2012 Texas School Ready! certifications. To achieve certification, teachers at early education and preschool campuses have to provide information about their classrooms instructional practices. The results are then studied along with information from Texas public school districts to assess students’ early reading and social development skills after they advance to kindergarten. The annual certification shows that children who graduated from these EC/PK classrooms went to public kindergarten with the fundamental skills in place to be successful.
For more information about Texas School Readiness Certification for the Children’s Learning Institute, visit www.childrenslearninginstitute.org.
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