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Published September 25, 2018

Evaluating school readiness assessment practices in Head Start programs

GSE is building an assessment relationship with the Community Action Organization of Western New York

Claire Cameron, associate professor from the Department of Learning and Instruction, is partnering with the Community Action Organization of Western New York (CAO) to determine the existing school readiness assessment practices and supports across 32 CAO Head Start programs, which serve over 2,700 children in Erie and Niagara counties. The collaboration is part of the UB Graduate School of Education Faculty in Residence Program.

Cameron is working with GSE early childhood education students to interview and hold focus groups with a representative sample of Head Start leadership and teaching staff. In addition to determining CAO existing school readiness assessment practices, Cameron aims to ascertain the desired supports related to assessment that are needed by CAO administrators and teachers, that UB can help provide in the future. She is also providing a workshop on self-care for teachers at the CAO Teaching Institute for the upcoming school year.

The Faculty in Residence Program is an initiative designed to engage GSE faculty and local community-based educational institutions in site-based, mutually beneficial research-based projects. Projects must demonstrate clear benefits to the community and may include a wide-range of researchable topics.

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