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CASTL’s NCQTL Team Delivers Workshop for Head Start Teachers


A team of researchers and practitioners from the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) will lead a professional development workshop on Saturday, November 10th, in Newport News, VA. More than 25 early childhood teachers are signed up to participate in the day-long workshop, at no cost to the teachers.

The CASTL team includes Beverly Sweeney, Wanda Weaver, Jib Chattrabhuti, Katie Squibb, Stefanie Copp, and Susan Albaugh from the National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning (NCQTL). They will be presenting sessions on: Children’s Relationships with Adults,” “Improving Children’s Language Skills: Developing Narrative Knowledge,” and “Infusing Your Classroom with Engaging Social-Emotional Interactions.” These sessions are part of a series of new teacher education courses in development by NCQTL.

About 10 teachers will participate in each session during this workshop, and will have the opportunity to watch videos of other classrooms and participate in a feedback session. “This is a great opportunity for Head Start teachers to engage in professional development while being able to network with other teachers from their area,” explains Marcia Kraft-Sayre, CASTL’s site manager for the NCQTL work. 

“The workshop will provide invaluable feedback to our team on the products and supports we are developing as part of the NCQTL work,” adds Kraft-Sayre. “We want to create resources that are meaningful and effective for Head Start teachers.”

As part of NCQTL, CASTL researchers and curriculum specialists have developed a number of practical instructional resources for early childhood educators, including of the training materials for the workshop. NCQTL is funded by a grant from the U.S. Office of Head Start. Head Start is a federal program that promotes school readiness of children ages birth to five from low-income families.

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