User's Guide to the Early Language and Literacy Classroom Observation Tool, K-3 (ELLCO K-3) / Edition 1

User's Guide to the Early Language and Literacy Classroom Observation Tool, K-3 (ELLCO K-3) / Edition 1

by Miriam W. Smith, Joanne P. Brady, Nancy Clark-Chiarelli
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1557669481

ISBN-13: 9781557669483

Pub. Date: 05/01/2008

Publisher: Brookes Publishing

Trusted by schools across the country, ELLCO helps build better literacy programs by assessing the quality of both the classroom environment and teachers' practices. With ELLCO, educators reliably gather the essential data needed for professional development and program improvement that lead to better literacy outcomes for young children. These two NEW editions of

Overview

Trusted by schools across the country, ELLCO helps build better literacy programs by assessing the quality of both the classroom environment and teachers' practices. With ELLCO, educators reliably gather the essential data needed for professional development and program improvement that lead to better literacy outcomes for young children. These two NEW editions of ELLCO are even better because they're Age-specific. Assessment is effective and accurate with the new ELLCO editions, designed especially for preschool and early elementary environments. ELLCO Pre-K prompts users to look for preliteracy activities like storybook reading, circle time conversations, and child-originated storywriting, while ELLCO K-3 has been reworked to reflect the evolving literacy skills of K-3 students. Streamlined. Each new edition of ELLCO has just two parts: a classroom observation to gather critical information about 5 key elements of the literacy environment, and a teacher interview, which supplements the observation with educators ' firsthand reflections. Easier to administer. Users will get complete information about conducting classroom observations, scoring accurately, and limiting bias. They'll also get helpful descriptors for all 5 levels of the rating scale. Informed by user feedback. The new editions of ELLCO were created using feedback from the education professionals who know the tool best. With these new editions of the assessment tool thousands trust, preschools and elementary schools will have the information they need to determine the effectiveness of their classroom environments, strengthen the quality of their programs and teaching practices, and improve young children's early literacy outcomes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557669483
Publisher:
Brookes Publishing
Publication date:
05/01/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
947,377
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.20(d)

Table of Contents


About the Authors
Acknowledgments

  1. Introduction to the ELLCO K–3
    Research Literature Base for the ELLCO K–3
    Key Components of Early Reading
    Key Components of Early Writing
    Organization of the ELLCO K–3
    Underlying Assumptions of the ELLCO K–3
    Who Should Use the ELLCO K–3?
    How Does the ELLCO K–3 Compare with the ELLCO Toolkit, Research Edition?
    Contents of the User’s Guide
    References

  2. Effective Elements of Early Literacy: Kenny’s Story
    Vignette 1: Entering
    Vignette 2: Analyzing the Discovery
    Vignette 3: Reading Group
    Vignette 4: End of the Day
    References

  3. Structure of the ELLCO K–3
    Overall Structure and Levels
    Anchor Statements
    Descriptive Indicators
    Evidence Section
    Teacher Interview

  4. How to Conduct an ELLCO K–3 Observation
    Guidelines for Observing in Classrooms
    Scheduling and Duration of Observations
    Conducting Observations with Professionalism and Respect
    Preparing for the Observation
    Taking Evidence and Rating Items
    Focusing on the Evidence
    Rating Strategies
    Avoiding Bias
    Considering Grade Level and Timing
    The Teacher Interview
    Completing the Score Form

  5. A Review of Sample Items
    Recording Evidence
    Understanding the Rubrics
    From Evidence to Rubric to Rating
    Example 1: Item 8, Discourse Climate
    Example 2: Item 15, Strategies to Build Reading Comprehension
    Example 3: Item 16, Writing Environment

  6. Using the ELLCO K–3 for Professional Development
    Tips for Incorporating the ELLCO K–3 into Language and Literacy Practices
    Step 1: Create a Positive Climate for Teacher Development
    Step 2: Preview the ELLCO K–3 Together
    Step 3: Conduct an Initial Observation
    Step 4: Share Results
    Step 5: Generate Goals
    Beginning Steps Toward Change
    Section I: Classroom Structure (Organization, Contents, Management, Professional Focus)
    Section II: Curriculum (Integration of Language and Literacy, Independence, Diversity)
    Section III: The Language Environment (Discourse Climate, Extended Conversations, Vocabulary)
    Section IV: Books and Reading (Characteristics, Sounds to Print, Fluency, Vocabulary, Comprehension)
    Section V: Print and Writing (Environment, Instruction, Student Writing)
    References

  7. Using the ELLCO K–3 in Research
    Training
    Practicing and Calibrating Ratings
    Interrater Reliability
    Recalibration in the Field
    References

  8. Technical Report on the ELLCO Toolkit, Research Edition
    Note for the Reader
    Psychometric Properties of the Literacy Environment Checklist
    Interrater Reliability
    General Statistics
    Reliability Analysis
    Measuring Stability and Change
    Psychometric Properties of the Classroom Observation
    Interrater Reliability
    General Statistics
    Reliability Analysis
    Measuring Stability and Change
    Correlation with Another Widely Used Measure
    Predicting Child Outcomes
    Psychometric Properties of the Literacy Activities Rating
    Scale
    Interrater Reliability
    General Statistics
    Reliability Analysis
    Measuring Stability and Change
    Correlations Among the ELLCO Toolkit (Research Edition)
    Measures
    Addendum
    References

Resources
Web Sites
Web Resources
Research Articles, Books, and Book Chapters

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