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

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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.

Measure 5 key literacy elements:

  • classroom structure
  • curriculum
  • the language environment
  • books and book reading opportunities
  • print and early writing supports

Order with the ELLCO Pre-K Tool and save $10! Use code S1050 when placing your order.

The User's Guide is part of ELLCO, the bestselling classroom observation tool that helps schools assess the quality of literacy practices and supports and give children the best possible start in language and literacy development. Trusted by schools across the country, ELLCO helps educators reliably gather the data needed for professional development and program improvement, leading to better literacy outcomes for young children.

Learn more about ELLCO Pre-K and ELLCO KGÇô3.

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Editorial Reviews

Executive Director, Early Childhood Leadership Institute - Maurice R. Sykes
"The perfect tool . . . for those of us who seek to close the opportunity-to-learn gap during the early learning years."
Ethnographer, Consultant for Documentation and Professional Development, Early Reading First grant, Northeastern Illinoi - Cynthia P. Gehrie
"An organizing and validating instrument that helps classrooms to transform into zones of inquiry and conscious communication."
Professor, College of Education and Human Ecology, The Ohio State University - Laura Justice
"This exemplary resource is a must–have . . . I use it all the time and find the data it provides to be valid and reliable indices of the early childhood classroom environment."
Clinical Professor and Director of the Language Acquisition Preschool, Department of Specch Language Hearing, University - Betty Bunce
"Captures the essence of good teaching where indirect as well as direct styles of interaction are valued and where children are supported in developing their own knowledge."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557669469
  • Publisher: Brookes Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/1/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 120
  • Sales rank: 965,019
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher E. Smith, M.A., is a research project coordinator at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He has conducted numerous staff trainings and workshops as a consultant to schools and agencies across the U.S. He is presently working on research that explores the relationships between biological setting events and problem behavior.

Louisa Anastasopoulos, M.P.P., has extensive experience conducting classroom observations, child assessments, and interviews with teachers and parents. Her work has dealt with examinations of classroom quality as well as with early language and literacy. She has been instrumental in the design of teacher and parent interview protocols and has spent a great deal of time interacting with preschool teachers and staff. Her bilingual expertise has contributed to her ability to work with a wide variety of teachers and parents. Ms. Anastasopoulos holds a master of public policy, with a focus on education policy, from the Georgetown Public Policy Institute.

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Table of Contents

About the Authors     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction     1
Organization of the ELLCO Pre-K     2
Underlying Assumptions of the ELLCO Pre-K     3
Who Should Use the ELLCO Pre-K?     3
How Does the ELLCO Pre-K Compare with the ELLCO Toolkit?     4
Contents of the User's Guide     5
References     6
Effective Elements of Early Literacy: Kendra's Story     7
Entering     8
At the Writing Table     9
Construction Zone     10
Circle Time     12
Lunch Time     14
Ready to Go Home     14
References     16
Structure of the ELLCO Pre-K     19
Overall Structure and Levels     19
Anchor Statements     20
Descriptive Indicators     21
Evidence Section     23
Teacher Interview     23
How to Conduct an ELLCO Pre-K Observation     25
Guidelines for Observing in Classrooms     25
Scheduling and Duration of Observations     25
Conducting Observations with Professionalism and Respect     26
Preparing for the Observation     26
Taking Evidence and Rating Items     27
Focusing on the Evidence     27
Rating Strategies     28
Avoiding Bias     28
The Teacher Interview     29
Completing the Score Form     29
A Review of Sample Items     33
Recording Evidence     33
Understanding the Rubrics     34
From Evidence to Rubric to Rating     38
Item 8-Discourse Climate     38
Item 16-Quality of Book Reading     38
Item 17-Early Writing Environment     42
Using the ELLCO Pre-K for Professional Development     45
Tips for Incorporating the ELLCO Pre-K into Language and Literacy Practices     46
Create a Positive Climate for Teacher Development     46
Preview the ELLCO Together     47
Conduct an Initial Observation     48
Share Results     49
Generate Goals     49
Beginning Steps Toward Change     50
Classroom Structure (Organization, Contents, Management, Personnel)     50
Curriculum (Approaches, Child Choice, Diversity)     51
The Language Environment (Discourse Climate, Extended Conversations, Vocabulary, Phonological Awareness)     52
Books (Organization, Characteristics of Books, Books for Learning)     52
Book Reading (Approaches, Quality)     53
Early Writing (Environment, Support, Environmental Print)     53
References     54
Using the ELLCO Pre-K in Research     55
Training     55
Practicing and Calibrating Ratings     56
Interrater Reliability     56
Recalibration in the Field     56
References     57
Technical Appendix     59
Psychometric Properties of the Literacy Environment Checklist     61
Interrater Reliability     61
General Statistics     62
Reliability Analysis     62
Measuring Stability and Change     63
Psychometric Properties of the Classroom Observation     64
Interrater Reliability     64
General Statistics     65
Reliability Analysis     66
Measuring Stability and Change     67
Correlation with Another Widely Used Measure     68
Predicting Child Outcomes     69
Psychometric Properties of the Literacy Activities Rating Scale     70
Interrater Reliability     70
General Statistics     71
Reliability Analysis      71
Measuring Stability and Change     72
Correlations Among the ELLCO Toolkit (Research Edition) Measures     73
Addendum     75
References     79
Resources     81
Web Sites     81
Web Resources     85
Research Articles, Books, and Book Chapters     86
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