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Training and Coaching Resources – Early Childhood

Early Literacy Assessment Coaching: Chicago Public Schools

December 2021

REL Midwest conducted a coaching project with Chicago Public Schools to support a research-based process for reviewing early literacy assessments.

Phonological Awareness and Phonics Instructional Rubric

October 2021

School leaders can use this rubric, which was developed in partnership with Springfield Public Schools in Illinois, to provide feedback to teachers about the implementation of recommended instructional practices in phonological awareness and phonics.

Running Records for Early Literacy Assessment Training

October 2020

REL Midwest developed a training for teachers, literacy coaches, and academic interventionists that outlines how to use running records for formative assessment and then use the data to make changes in classroom practices. The slides from each session are available online.

Demystifying the Kindergarten Individual Development Survey for Prekindergarten Teachers and Providers

March 2020

Designed for prekindergarten teachers and providers in Illinois, this REL Midwest workshop introduced the Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) instrument and how it relates to other common early childhood assessments. Workshop participants reviewed KIDS readiness indicators and learned how to use KIDS data to drive their instructional planning. A handout summarizing the ideas for KIDS data use generated during the training is available online.

Kindergarten Individual Development Survey: Ins and Outs of Observation Training

October 2019

This virtual workshop shared research-driven best practices for conducting Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) observations. Designed for kindergarten teachers and administrators, it focused on practical strategies to incorporate KIDS observations into daily instruction. The recording, slide deck, and handouts are available online.

Kindergarten Individual Development Survey Data Use Train-the-Trainer Workshop

October 2018

This train-the-trainer workshop built the content knowledge, facilitation skills, and confidence of a cadre of trainers who present Kindergarten Individual Development Survey data use trainings to kindergarten teachers in Illinois. The facilitation guide and all materials needed to lead the data use training are available online.

Kindergarten Individual Development Survey Data Use Webinar

November 2017

This virtual training helped Illinois teachers use Kindergarten Individual Development Survey results from their own classrooms to set education goals and action steps. The recording, slide deck, and handouts are available online.