FWSU Early Educators Collaborate to Meet Needs of Young Learners

 Target 1 – Student-Centered Learning. FWSU students will engage in personalize learning involving collaborative inquiry, problem solving and creative learning opportunities.

Action Step – Highlight, create and model innovative learning opportunities that promote collaborative inquiry, problem solving and creativity for students and staff.

Indicator of Success – Students and staff will create personalized learning networks to communicate and collaborate with others.

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Recently FWSU PreK and Kindergarten teachers engaged in a collaborative work session to enhance our practice. The conversation was lively and focused on continuing to create an environment where children thrive in a nurturing, engaging environment with peers. Students in FWSU programs are very successful. However, some of our most vulnerable learners do not have access to inclusive, early childhood settings.

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A large portion of the teachers’ discussion looked at Act 166, recently passed Vermont legislation signed into law last spring by Governor Shumlin. Act 166, or the Universal Pre-Kindergarten bill, entitles all three, four, and five-year-olds not attending a kindergarten currently to 10 hours of publicly-funded pre-kindergarten education in a pre-qualified program.

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Act 166 requires the VT Agencies of Education and Human Services to jointly develop rules to guide implementation. This law will be difficult and costly to implement, but FWSU administrators and early educators are working together to determine the steps to carry out the required changes.

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We look forward to incorporating developmentally appropriate strategies, based on current research, to further our mission.  To learn more please visit the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and Vermont Early Learning Standards. Both resources are the backbone of our programs.

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