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2016 Conference Information
The 2016 WCCAA "Excellence in Early Education" Conference is right around the corner! Do not forget to book your rooms at the discounted rate today!
Featuring upscale comfort, elegant décor and an unbeatable location in downtown Appleton, the hotel rooms at the Radisson Paper Valley offer everything from free Wi-Fi access and coffeemakers to 37-inch HDTVs with free HBO. If you prefer extra space or additional comforts, upgrade to one of the hotel's Concierge Plaza Level room or suites.
Discounted room rates for the conference are available until JANUARY 19, 2016.
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The New Preschool Is Crushing Kids
Step into an American preschool classroom today and you are likely to be bombarded with what we educators call a print-rich environment, every surface festooned with alphabet charts, bar graphs, word walls, instructional posters, classroom rules, calendars, schedules, and motivational platitudes—few of which a 4-year-old can “decode,” the contemporary word for what used to be known as reading.
Because so few adults can remember the pertinent details of their own preschool or kindergarten years, it can be hard to appreciate just how much the early-education landscape has been transformed over the past two decades. The changes are not restricted to the confusing pastiche on classroom walls. Pedagogy and curricula have changed too, most recently in response to the Common Core State Standards Initiative’s kindergarten guidelines. Much greater portions of the day are now spent on what’s called “seat work” (a term that probably doesn’t need any exposition) and a form of tightly scripted teaching known as direct instruction, formerly used mainly in the older grades, in which a teacher carefully controls the content and pacing of what a child is supposed to learn.
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