Site Visits 2016

2016 Site Visits


Gila River Indian Community
Wednesday, September 21
Learn about the unique governance structure of the Gila River Indian Community, located southeast of Phoenix. Upon arrival, the group will be split in two, with half touring the child care center, which participates in Arizona’s Quality Improvement and Rating System. The second half of the group will go to an on-site conference area for a presentation on a partnership between the Tribal Court and Arizona First Things First to support young children in the child welfare system.  The bus trip will be filled with information on Arizona First Things First and the unique aspects of working with sovereign nations.
Max attendance: 30
The Kindergarten Experience – Assessment and Appropriate Practice
Wednesday, September 21
The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) is part of the multi-state consortium led by North Carolina to develop and implement a Kindergarten Developmental Inventory (KDI), an assessment that kindergarten teachers will use to obtain an in-depth understanding of the developmental strengths and needs of every child.  In an effort to prepare teachers and administrators for the implementation of the KDI, a professional development pilot entitled The Kindergarten Project launched in 2013. As a collaborative effort between ADE and Alesi Group, supported by the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Foundation, The Kindergarten Project aimed to research and identify evidence-based kindergarten practices that support the whole child and increase the likelihood of academic and lifelong success.  It includes a series of dynamic professional development trainings, workshops and opportunities that offer a comprehensive lens for evidence-based practices, including social-emotional development.  The site visit will include a tour of the Model Kindergarten Classroom, and a discussion with staff from ADE and the Alesi Group on their successes and challenges using the KDI to change professional development and practice for Kindergarten teachers.
Max attendance:  25
Dual Language Learner Preschool Program
Friday, September 23
The Osborn School District, Helios Education Foundation, Childsplay Theatre, Inc., and Arizona State University are partnering to demonstrate the value of Dual Language Learner (DLL) preschool in Arizona.  Learn about the unique pedagogical approach that incorporates evidence-based arts Drama Frames into a literacy curriculum for children in DLL and inclusion classrooms.  Hear about positive research results from K-6 classrooms, and about the challenges of finding bilingual teachers and assessors. The site visit will include a trip to a DLL preschool, and a conversation with those making it all happen:  Osborn Superintendent Patricia Tate, Dr. Michael Kelley from Arizona State University, Dr. Karen Ortiz from Helios Education Foundation, and Jenny Millinger and Korbi Adams from Childsplay.  
Max Attendance:  25
Educare Arizona
Friday, September 23
Twenty-one Educare centers across the country are working to catalyze change in the lives of the at-risk children and families they serve, the providers who care for them, and the policymakers who influence their success.  At Educare Arizona you can see high-quality, research-based programming in action, where the focus is on the predominantly second language learners; including Spanish-speaking population and Refugee/Resettlement populations. This site visit will also include information on how Educare Arizona is building a high-quality early childhood workforce.  Nationally and across Arizona, Educare Arizona is informing the early care and education workforce by constructing access to exemplars of practice in the areas of high-quality teacher practice, coaching, 2-Generation family engagement and leadership. 
Max attendance:  30