CLI has developed and tested alternative administration functionality and protocols for CPM, TX-KEA, TPRI, and Tejas LEE assessments. We hope these tools will be helpful as you support children and families during remote learning. Questions? Please reach out to us. For a quick overview of each of these helpful resources, watch our short Teacher Resources for Covid 19 recording or download the PPT presentation.
Many of the resources you’ll discover are components of our family engagement toolkit that includes tools for school leaders and teachers!
As the news on the COVID-19 coronavirus is changing daily, it is important for educators and parents to remember that young children look to adults for cues on how to respond.
A child psychologist at the Children’s Learning Institute explains what parents can do to maintain a sense of normalcy for their children during this time:
Dealing with Covid-19
Expert advice on how to help children with special needs maintain routines during COVID-19
Responding to Children about COVID -19
Simple advice and lessons for classroom teachers that focus on preventative, hygiene steps (login to CLI Engage to view these activities in the CIRCLE Activity Collection):
Consider selecting activities from these collections for families to complete at home:
A full set of lessons for children at home that you can align with your current instructional goals. It is designed to offer you multiple ways to share activities that children can do at home with their families to continue their learning and developmental progress. Connect with families and offer supportive, appropriate, engaging, and fun activities.
Research-based video activities that will help families interact with their children in responsive, stimulating ways that support their social-emotional, cognitive, and language development.
Through a partnership with the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), CLI developed 20 interactive lessons. Set in a virtual laboratory setting, the CIRCLE STEM Lab integrates the video segments with hands-on activities
Consider these opportunities to plan engaging lessons that families can complete at home:
When sharing activities, we recommend attaching a brief explanation for parents and use this letter to introduce the purpose of the activities: Activity Collection Introduction Letter (English and Spanish)
Through a video conferencing platform, the CIRCLE Activity Collection for Pre-K to Grade 2 is a great tool for selecting small groups and whole-group activities. The collection offers activities that you can use for live-streaming lessons to your class or recording yourself doing some of the activities to share with families.
Consider these opportunities to plan engaging lessons that you can do online with your students:
There are two options available:
Along with remote lessons from the sample curriculum for teachers, there are corresponding Family Workbooks and Toolkits available that complement skills learned in these remote lessons that families can use at home with their children.
The Family Workbooks include activities for children to complete independently following a remote lesson from the Variety Sample Curriculum or Scope and Sequence Sample Curriculum with their teacher. The activities give children the opportunity to practice targeted skills and can help indicate their knowledge gained from lessons with minimal preparation and supervision. Families can also use the activities to engage with their child to continue supporting learning at home.
Once the child has completed their independent activity, families take a picture of their work and send it to the teacher. This will allow the teacher to assess what the next steps are for children’s learning. Documents, photos, and other feedback from families can be saved in the child’s student profile section under Administrative Tools on CLI Engage.
The Family Toolkits list suggested materials children will need at home to complete each remote lesson from the Variety Sample Curriculum, Family Workbook, and the Scope and Sequence Sample Curriculum. The suggested materials will help support and engage children with activities to increase understanding of concepts. Using manipulatives and hands-on materials naturally promote home learning experiences as children continually practice skills at home.
CLI has developed and tested alternative administration functionality and protocols for the remote administration of CPM, TX-KEA, TPRI, and Tejas LEE. Please refer to our Remote Assessment Administration page to learn more about best practices when assessing your students remotely.
The following training webinars will be are available:
Families should be regularly informed of how their child is progressing in key learning areas. Teachers have a unique opportunity to partner with families by developing trust and communicating about their child’s skills and development.
Share the family observation forms with your families to get their perspective on their child’s development at home and in the community. These are aligned to CIRCLE Progress Monitoring (Pre-K) and the Texas Kindergarten Entry Assessment and are available in English and Spanish. The forms are designed to help teachers collect valuable information from families about how they see their children learning and growing in key school readiness area, whether students are learning from home or face-to-face. If the student is receiving asynchronous learning at home, the family observation forms can be used to collect input from families on assessment observables. Good two-way communication between teachers and families can elaborate on observations to better help the teacher design appropriate instruction in support of the child’s skill development. This is an excellent way to build relationships with families and gather additional data to capture students’ developmental skills.
CPM, TX-KEA, and TPRI/Tejas LEE parent reports are specifically designed to be shared with families to help them understand their child’s assessment results and important essential school readiness skills. It is a family-friendly way to share student progress to better equip families to support their child’s learning. Sending home assessment data in an easy to understand way is critical to developing supportive partnerships between teachers and families. (Add link How-to generate parent reports, if available)
Watch this video to prepare you to access and create a variety of reports for CIRCLE Progress Monitoring, TX-KEA, TPRI, and Tejas LEE.
Steps for Communicating Data in Family-Friendly Ways Form is designed to be used during parent-teacher conferences. It provides a checklist of effective ways to present assessment data to families to ensure information is being shared in the most family-friendly way possible.
If you’re sharing details about a specific child’s progress monitoring results with families, be sure to use secure options that are FERPA-compliant, like encrypted email, text messages, or your organization’s approved teacher-parent education sharing platforms.
Recognizing that many families have infants and toddlers at home, consider sharing these resources.
Developmental milestones can help families become aware of what skills are expected at what ages and acknowledge what the child is accomplishing a first smile, a first step, a first word. To track children’s development from birth to 48 months of age, you can find Developmental Milestone Checklists in English and Spanish here:
CIRCLE Family Activity Collection for infants and toddlers ages 0-36 months
Families can seek and select activities for their infants and toddlers by domain areas and sort by age.