Two young preschool-aged boys working with a teacher on a puzzle.

Fund for Excellence Awarded for Teacher Effectiveness Study

We’re excited to share that HDI is offering a Fund for Excellence grant this year entitled “Teacher Effectiveness Pilot,” led by Dr. Caroline Gooden, Growing Together Preschool’s (GTP) Director Cerise Bouchard, and Education Coordinator Denise Menshouse.

The Teacher Effectiveness Pilot (TEP) will be conducted at Growing Together Preschool (GTP) in Lexington, with the full support of Director Cerise Bouchard and her staff. Four of GTPs classroom teachers will be the focus of the pilot, as classrooms where the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS; Pianta et al., 2008) is administered three times a year. Teachers will be rated on their classroom climate, teacher sensitivity, and productivity. Teacher goals relative to CLASS scores will be updated quarterly and will inform progress with the TEP. Continue reading

Spring Seminar: “Seeing STARS: Children with Special Needs in Early Care Settings”

This seminar is designed to engage staff from early care settings across Kentucky in new ways to see the ‘STARS’ in our young children with special needs. The seminar will review appropriate ways to identify and include children with special needs in their early care settings. We will introduce practical resources for screening, assessment, and inclusion of children with disabilities, and offer strategies for implementation of each area.” – Dr. Caroline Gooden 

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Fall Seminar: Connect the Dots—Addressing Challenging Behaviors while Promoting Social and Emotional Development

“Are you overwhelmed and exhausted by the challenging behaviors in your classroom? It’s time to feel prepared and ready to respond! Learning how to ‘Connect the Dots’ will not only reduce challenging behaviors but promote the social and emotional wellness of the children in your care.” – Brooke Gill

Join us in person or online for our Spring Seminar series on Friday, September 30, 2016 from 1:00 – 3:00p ET to learn more about “Connect the Dots: Addressing Challenging Behaviors while Promoting Social and Emotional Development.” Learn more from Brooke Gill, MPA, CDA, the Social and Emotional Consultant for the Department for Public Health, Division of Maternal and Child Health, and Caroline Gooden, MS, Associate Director of Early Childhood for the Human Development Institute at the University of KY, at the Human Development Institute Training Room on the UK Coldstream Research Campus. A link to the live video stream of the seminar will be sent to registrants.

Click here to register for the seminar. For help registering, contact

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