Assessment for Responsive Teaching

Assessment for Responsive Teaching

The Collaborative for Educational Services in Northampton, Massachusetts is pleased to introduce a new statewide program: Assessment for Responsive Teaching.  This program will provide training and support for early childhood educators, providers, and public kindergarten and preschool teachers in observational assessment of children from infancy through kindergarten. To accomplish this goal, we will work in close collaboration with the Readiness Centers and EPS grantees in each region of the state.

As educators, when we know each child – the whole child—we can best meet the child’s needs.  Observing and documenting children in their daily activities, and then planning curriculum based on what we have learned, enables us to respond to the individual child through our teaching.  Assessment for learning, as well as assessment of learning, leads to the responsive teaching that maximizes children’s development.

Who should participate?

The Assessment for Responsive Teaching project provides training for two groups of educators:

  • Kindergarten and public preschool teachers, paraprofessionals, and other school staff whose district is part of a Massachusetts Kindergarten Entry Assessment (MKEA) Cohort
  • Educators and directors in early childhood programs, family child care providers
Services provided by this program are funded by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC), and the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge grant.
Assessment for Responsive Teaching supports the Brain Building in Progress initiative and its mission of raising awareness of the critical importance of fostering the cognitive, social, and emotional development of young children.  In alignment with the science-based understanding that early experiences shape the developing brain, Assessment for Responsive Teaching is committed to train and support educators of young children in order to maximize the development of the whole child.