Blog for Walden student Abby Lazarus

This blog is for the purpose of sharing school works with other peers and classmates amongst the Walden family, as I work my way through my degree program. It will be maintained through out my student years.

EDSD7084 – MD1-WK1- Blog

Scholar Practitioners as Program Evaluators

Collegiality amongst peers and fellow professionals brings growth, development, and new knowledge to all group members. Through this course, I will grow in knowledge through the course materials and the discussions with all of the professionals within this course. This knowledge will be used to support me as I continue to grow and expand my business. It will help me lay a foundation for my growth in real data collected through evaluation procedures discovered in EDSD 7084 course work. The course will allow me to find which program evaluations fit my program and inform my practices. Evaluations can support all areas of a program’s quality, parent communication, staff relationships, community partnerships, and much more.

Through discussions in this course, I hope to get to know my colleagues and learn more about their work programs. This information will help me to expand and make additions to my program. It will help me to add to my professional teaching toolbox.

When a program is considering evaluations, it needs to consider what they are looking to change. What changes is the program hoping to implement? Having a clear vision or goal helps a program to seek their goal. A program should have a clear and measurable objective or objectives. Evaluations are a means to provide information to meet those set objectives. Early Childhood assessment helps teachers communicate important milestones in students’ development to families and provides teachers and parents the opportunity to work together to support children as they grow. By evaluating overall group performance, administrators can determine specific areas of program need and identify teacher and staff professional development to improve their ability to support all students.

Evaluations gain our knowledge. I understand that in using evaluations, my program benefit not only benefits from the data acquired. It can help me adjust my teaching style, the way I interact with families and with coworkers. The information gathered can help back me up or support initiatives or ideas I have wanted to implement in my work with young children. Evaluations open up opportunities and growth for all involved.

Abby Lazarus, M.Ed.
Abby Lazarus, M.Ed.

CEO of Lazarus Holdings, LLC. An Early Childhood Company. Small Business owner, Early Childhood Teacher and Advocate. Current Walden University Student pursuing an Eds. in Early Childhood Education.

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Karen Goulandris
1 month ago

Abby,
           In the video with speakers referring to NAEYC accreditation, Amirault (Laureate Education, 2016a) mentioned that the process of accreditation was to improve one’s self and program. Accreditation holds the teachers and administrators accountable and provides many opportunities for self-reflection. Although I am not part of a center-based accreditation, I have been involved in higher-education NAEYC accreditation. I have found the that self-reflection piece has been the most important. The criteria for the accreditation provides ample opportunities to look at assignments and results of some key assessments that are used to collect data to show how students are meeting criteria aligned to standards. The results regarding student grades are not what determine reaccreditation, it is the self-reflection piece and making changes to reflect continuous improvement that are most important in the reaccreditation process. Our faculty work to show clear alignment of assignments to standards and then clear assessment of meeting the standard. The work is well worth it when we see that the changes improve student performance and outcomes.
Karen Goulandris
Reference
Laureate Education (Producer). (2016a). NAEYC accreditation [Audio file]. Baltimore, MD:Author.