Bombeck Institute Showcase of Excellence

The Bombeck Institute Showcase of Excellence provides a forum for online training participants and members of our professional learning community to share examples of excellent practice with the field.

Explore the showcase through the links & videos below:

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Assessment and Planning showcase

  • Authentic assessment during toddler snack (1:12): Describes authentic assessment strategies reflected in the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in State Departments of Education (NAECS/SDE) Joint Position Statement on Curriculum, Assessment and Program Evaluation. The video shows how toddler environments and daily routines can be staged to provide information about developmental levels. In one example, a snack experience is planned to support and assess fine motor, social and cognitive development. Examples of portfolio documentation are shared as are other examples of how skills can be observed in other areas of the classroom.

  • Using assessment in planning (3:32): A team of teachers use the ACCESS Curriculum Framework to plan an extended investigation. They begin by brainstorming and identifying the aspects of the topic that interests them. They also provide evidence that the children will be interested in the topic of worms. The teachers then break down the topic into concepts that help children learn more about the topic.  Only then do teachers identify learning experiences. Assessment data helps teachers identify content standards to be considered at the end of the process so they can be addressed in meaningful, integrated and connected ways.

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Curriculum and Instruction showcase

  • The apple experiment (3:32): Showcases quality teacher and child interaction around an important topic of study. The children are highly engaged in inquiry and are using math, language arts, problem solving, prediction and social skills in meaningful and relevant ways. In addition to developmental domains, this learning experience connects math, science and language arts to address authentic questions.

  • Baking brownies (1:08): Teacher demonstrates how careful and intentional planning can allow emergent readers to understand the purpose of print. This teacher obviously knew her students and was able to plan an experience that challenged them in a hands-on and authentic manner. She also integrated reading and math in the activity while supporting cognitive, language and fine motor development in her students.

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Advocacy showcase

  • Community approach to kindergarten readiness (Learn to Earn Dayton (Montgomery County, Ohio): This organization's advocacy efforts pulled together stakeholders from early care and education, the K-12 system, agencies, and community and business leaders to discuss the importance of the early years as a part of the cradle to career continuum. By sponsoring an annual kindergarten readiness summit, Learn to Earn Dayton has led its community to a common understanding of kindergarten readiness that starts at birth and proceeds through school entry. The outcomes of Learn to Earn Dayton's efforts include a community-wide Kindergarten Readiness Formula: Ready Families + Ready Communities + Ready Schools = Ready Children!