For Immediate Release
October 16, 2013
For more information, contact:
Tracy Kennedy (918) 660-3316 Cellular (918) 691-7174
Glenda Silvey (918) 660-3317 Cellular (918) 770-2407
TULSA, Okla. – How to assess young children and the programs that serve them is the focus of the Seventh Annual Early Childhood Leadership Institute October 24-26 at the OU-Tulsa Schusterman Learning Center. Nearly 300 Tulsa area educators and parents are registered to attend the two-day conference, titled “Meaningful Assessment and Making Meaning,” featuring keynote speaker Ellen Frede, Ph.D., Senior Vice President of Early Learning, Research and Training, Acelero Learning, Inc., in New York.
The Early Childhood Education Institute (ECLI) at OU-Tulsa began collaborating with community partners in 2007 to host an annual conference focusing on the latest issues in early childhood education. Diane Horm, Ph.D., Director of the ECLI and George Kaiser Family Foundation Chair in Early Childhood Education at OU-Tulsa, says understanding assessments is necessary for educators in order to tailor programs that best meet children’s needs.
“It can also help us know about the quality of programs and how to focus professional development to strengthen them. However, assessments are often used and misused. The goal of this year’s institute is to define the many types of early childhood assessments and provide educators and families information about their intended uses.”
“I don’t think educators can teach well without a solid assessment system,” said Dr. Frede, a developmental psychologist specializing in early childhood education. “ I’ve always held the firm belief that the most important characteristic of a good teacher is fascination with children, which leads to watching them closely, collecting documentation, then studying that to generate hunches about what’s happening in that child’s development. Now, in a period of heightened accountability, implementing systems to do this ‘child watching’ rigorously and dependably is more important than ever.”
Dr. Frede will be the keynote speaker at the OU-Tulsa Seed Sower lecture from 6:30-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 24, at the Schusterman Learning Center. The public is invited to this free program. To register, visit www.tulsa.ou.edu or calling 918-660-3317.
Registration is filled at for the Early Childhood Leadership Institute, where Dr. Frede will present lectures on Friday and Saturday. The institute also features breakout sessions led by area experts in early childhood education.
The Early Childhood Education Institute at OU-Tulsa is part of the University of Oklahoma Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education. Its mission is to advance and support early childhood programming and policies by generating, disseminating and applying meaningful research.
The University of Oklahoma Schusterman Center is home to all OU programs in Tulsa. Located on a 60 acre campus at 41st and Yale, it strengthens OU’s presence in northeast Oklahoma and expands educational, research and patient care programs in the Tulsa area. OU-Tulsa offers six bachelor’s degree completion programs; 14 master’s degree programs, including the physician assistant program and nurse practitioner program; doctoral programs in medicine, physical therapy, education, early childhood education, engineering, pharmacy and nursing, as well as nine residency programs in medicine. It is also home to the OU School of Community Medicine, the first of its kind in the nation, created with the explicit purpose of improving the health of all Oklahoma communities.