Education Approach


A rich learning environment is central to a high-quality program. As leadership teams strive for an engaged, well-supported teaching staff and skilled educational coaches, our early childhood education approach utilizes the below components, which have proven to elevate instruction quality:

  • Center Director as Educational Leader Rubric

  • Teacher Success Rubric and Assistant Teacher Success Rubric

  • Reflective, Practice-based Coaching

  • Ready to Shine Curriculum Plans: 13 themes, full-year

  • School Readiness Goals, assessment templates and alignments charts

  • Manage by Outcomes School Readiness Tracking Tool

  • ...and much more.

Curriculum Resources


In its Ready to Shine curriculum, Shine Assist offers a thorough, comprehensive set of lesson plans and activity guides for Head Start programs. We have also developed structures for curriculum collaboration meetings to help teachers discuss strategies for effective implementation of the curriculum with their peers and to align each week’s content to specific school readiness goals and assessment objectives. These materials can have a game-changing effect in classrooms, providing teachers with a robust support structure and the opportunity to focus their energies on differentiated instruction and making each lesson as effective as possible for each unique classroom environments. Each of the 13 themes include:

  • Full week-by-week lesson guides, including alignment with school readiness goals and assessment objectives

  • In-class activities

  • Unit maps

  • Letters to parents (in English and Spanish), to keep families fully informed of the theme and their child's classroom experience

  • Curriculum collaboration meeting support tools

Coaching Resources


To complement our Teacher Success Rubric and our Center Director as Education Leader rubric, Shine has developed an extensive digital on-boarding curriculum for Education Leaders. Education Leaders take a series of online, interactive courses to prepare them for their role as a Coach and Education Leader.

Ongoing coaching is essential to education staff and teachers' professional development. Our coaching model has two key elements:

  • The Teacher Success Rubric, which allows programs to rate teaching staff based on individual criteria along a "beginning" to "mastering" continuum, and then zero-in on opportunities for improvement.

  • Reflective coaching, which allows teachers, assistant teachers, and coaches themselves to reflect and evaluate on a regular basis to maintain professional development momentum throughout the year.

Our coaching approach includes:

  • Teacher Success Rubric (lead teacher)

  • Assistant Teacher Success Rubric

  • Coaching Partnership Agreement

  • Assessment Work Group planning and reflection tool

  • Assessment Coaching Cycle Protocol

  • Coaching Teacher Reflection tool

Assessment Resources


Child assessment is a critical process that every Head Start program must master in order to understand whether or not their children are transitioning school-ready. Our Shine Focused Assessment model allows us to streamline the assessment process and integrate it more fully into the classroom experience. Sample assessment resources include:

  • Assessment Coaching Cycle Protocol

  • Assessment Work Groups and Support

  • Assessment resources

  • Assessment Work Group planning and reflection tool

  • Direct Assessment tasks

  • Embedded Assessment Activities in writing, rhyming, alliteration, classification, pattern recognition and gross motor skills


Professional Development

To complement our Teacher Success Rubric and our Center Director as Education Leader rubric, Shine Early Learning has developed an extensive digital on-boarding curriculum for Education Leaders. Shine Assist promotes a series of online, interactive courses for Education Leaders to prepare them for their role as a Coach and Education Leader.

 

Interested in full implementation of our education model? Shine Assist offers hand-in-glove support to a select number of programs in their pursuit of quality and excellence. Email info@shineearly.com for more information or to learn about becoming a partner.