What's New on the IEL Web site...

What's New on the IEL Web site...

  • 5/19/2014

    In a webinar "Supporting Children’s Social Development," Dr. Lilian Katz discusses ways of defining social competence in the early years, provides an overview of what the research indicates must be achieved in the early years, and indicates ways that adults—parents and professionals—can support and strengthen this important aspect of young children’s development. Sponsored by Illinois Resource Center: Early Childhood Professional Development and Illinois STARNET Region II.

  • 5/1/2014

    NEW IEL Project Tip Sheet, "Small Child, Big Stress?" is now available on the IEL Project web site. Just as adults experience stress in their lives, so do young children. Parents and caregivers can help young children cope with stress in healthy ways. This Tip Sheet is also available in Spanish.

  • 4/9/2014

    The Illinois Early Learning (IEL) Project has revised five Chinese Tip Sheets and six Korean Tip Sheets to align them with new benchmarks under the 2013 Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards. You can see all Tip Sheets that have been aligned with the 2013 benchmarks by visiting our web page that lists the 72 Tip Sheets.

  • 4/3/2014
    The latest edition of the IEL Quarterly News is now available on the IEL Web site. This issue contains information of interest to teachers, parents, and caregivers of young children throughout Illinois, including an update on ExceleRate and a new blog from IEL's Jean Mendoza.
  • 3/31/2014

    In her latest blog, "Maintaining Home Language is Key to Later Reading in English" English l Spanish, Dr. Bernadette Laumann discusses the importance of maintaining a young child's home language and its impact on learning to read in English.

  • 3/4/2014
    The latest issue of the online journal, Early Childhood Research and Practice (ECRP) is now available. This latest issue is focused on the landscape of early care and education in the state of Illinois.
  • 2/21/2014

    The Illinois Early Learning (IEL) Project has posted a new benchmark crosswalk that helps teachers replace the 2002 benchmarks in their older lesson plans with equivalent or similar 2013 Illinois Early Learning and Development benchmarks. The crosswalk also provides a sense of how the structure and content of the benchmarks have changed from the original 2002 benchmarks to the 2013 revisions that incorporate the Common Core Standards. (Also available in Spanish.)

  • 2/18/2014

    The Illinois Projects in Practice (ILPIP) website has revised four lesson planning aids for projects to align them with the 2013 Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards. The lesson aids are designed to be quick, adaptable references for teachers who wish to use the Project Approach but are required to create lesson plans ahead of time. (Also available Spanish.)

  • 2/13/2014

    In her latest blog, "Chores and Children: A Time to Learn" (English l Spanish), Dr. Susan Fowler discusses how parents and teachers can help young children learn to complete simple chores at home and in preschool.

  • 2/6/2014
    Dr. Sallee Beneke, an associate professor at St. Ambrose University and an ILPIP contributor, recently served as a consultant to the Illinois Early Math Advisory Committee. In collaboration with committee members, Dr. Beneke prepared a detailed report for the Illinois Network of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (INCCRRA). Funded by the McCormick Foundation, this report takes a detailed look at math in early care and education settings and includes recommendations for improving early math education.

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