Publications and Presentations
Supporting Multilingual Learners Briefs
This series examines best practices for supporting multilingual learners in preschool and the early elementary years. The series includes the following briefs:
- Introductory brief that provides context related to multilingual learners and their families
- Instruction brief focused on effective teaching practices and learning environments for multilingual learners
- Assessment brief focused on measuring the development of multilingual learners
- Family engagement resource list for Connecticut organizations that wish to partner more effectively with the families of multilingual learners.
PEER developed the COVID-19 Family Needs Assessment Survey and the parallel COVID-19 Teacher/Staff Needs Assessment Survey in April 2020, early in the COVID-19 pandemic. PEER created these tools in collaboration with one of our research partners, Maritime Odyssey Preschool in Norwalk, Connecticut, which was looking for a systematic way to learn about the needs of their students, families, and teachers during the public health crisis and resulting program closures.
These briefs resulted from PEER's initial research projects, which focus on understanding the experiences of preschool children in the southwest region of Connecticut and the factors that are associated with kindergarten readiness and kindergarten performance. This research was
funded by grant R305H140142 from the U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences (IES).
Assessment use in early childhood classrooms: A study of public and private center-based classrooms in southwest Connecticut
- Assessment use in early childhood classrooms in southwest Connecticut: Alignment between reported uses and intended uses
- PEER Early Childhood Assessment Survey
Assessing Kindergarten Entry Skills in Connecticut: The Kindergarten Entrance Inventory, 2010-2013
- Kindergarten performance in early literacy: student, teacher, and classroom factors (Appendices)
- Research Agenda Workshop Leir Center, Ridgefield, CT, June 2015.
- Research Agenda Work Session Norwalk Community College, Norwalk, CT, October 2015.
- Presentation at Connecticut Association of Boards of Education/Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents Conference Groton, CT, November 2015.
- Presentation at U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences Principal Investigator Meeting Washington, D.C., December 2015.
- Presentation at PEER Conference University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT, May 2016.
- Preliminary Results of IES Project 1 Leir Center, Ridgefield, CT, May 2017.
- Preliminary Results of IES Project 2 Leir Center, Ridgefield, CT, May 2017.
Keynote Addresses from PEER Stakeholder Events
- The Context of Research-Practice Partnerships Jill Weber, EDC, Inc., Leir Center, Ridgefield, CT, June 2015.
- Strengthening Family Engagement and Program Quality for Young Children’s School Readiness: A University--‐District Partnership in Support of Pre-K for All Dr. Pamela A. Morris, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University, Leir Center, Ridgefield, CT, May 2017.
Presentations from PEER's 2016 Early Childhood Education Conference
- Keynote address: The Changing Face of America: Supporting Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Children Dr. Michael López, Abt Associates.
Connecticut’s StriveTogether Partnerships: Using Collective Impact to Improve Outcomes for Children Anthony Allison, Norwalk ACTS; Merle Berke-Schlessel, Bridgeport Prospers; Lori Hart, Waterbury Bridge to Success; and Mara Siladi, Stamford Cradle to Career.
- Neag PK3 Leadership Program Dr. Karen List, UConn Neag School of Education
- Partnering to Promote Learning and Development: Using the CT ELDS with Families Michelle Levy, Connecticut Office of Early Childhood. OEC Guide for Families
- Examining Quality in Family Child Care: An Evaluation of All Our Kin Erica Phillips, Kayla Reiman, and Christina Nelson, All Our Kin. Handout: Evaluation Report
- Head Start: Who we are, what do we do and how can we do it better together? Marina Winkler, Office of Head Start, Administration for Children and Families; Dr. Andrea Brinnel, Connecticut Office of Early Childhood; Monette Ferguson, Action for Bridgeport Community Development, Inc. (ABCD); and Imelda D’Luc, Childcare Learning Centers (CLC)
- Literacy and Academic Success for English Learners through Science (LASErS): Supporting STEM Learning for Young Children Jess Gropen and Jacqueline Bourassa, Education Development Center, Inc. Handouts: LASErS overview and Early STEM Learning at EDC
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