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

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

  • 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.
  • 1/22/2014
    The fourth edition of the IEL Quarterly News is now available on the IEL Web site. This latest issue contains information of interest to teachers, parents, and caregivers of young children throughout Illinois.
  • 1/16/2014

    The Illinois Early Learning Project has launched a convenient HTML version of the 2013 Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards (IELDS) that allows users easy access from a variety of platforms. The HTML version includes a handy drop-down feature that shows the Example Performance Descriptors for most standards. The HTML version is available in both English and Spanish. This is the first time a complete Spanish version of the 2013 IELDS has become available.

    The IEL Project also has released a new FAQ, What Do Parents Need to Know about the 2013 Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards?, which  answers questions about how the 2013 standards will affect their preschooler’s education. (Also available in Spanish.)

  • 1/10/2014
    Dr. Hyejin Park's latest blog entry, "A Mother's Story: 3 to 5 years old," continues her discussion about being the parent of a young child who is a dual language learner (DLL).
  • 12/2/2013

    The Illinois Projects in Practice (ILPIP) website has revised five project guides (in English and Spanish) to align them with the 2013 Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards. The guides are a set of resources intended to help teachers at any level of experience implement the Project Approach and include a table listing benchmarks that are addressed by project activities—showing how specific activities address those benchmarks.

  • 11/21/2013
    The Illinois Prevention Initiative (PI) Implementation Manual is aligned with the Illinois Birth to Five Program Standards and Quality Indicators.The information and materials contained in the document were compiled to assist program staff in the implementation and continuous improvement of their birth to three program.

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