Assessment for Responsive Teaching

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Assessment for Responsive Teaching

The Collaborative for Educational Services provides training and support to all Massachusetts early childhood educators in screening and observational assessment of children from infancy through kindergarten through a statewide grant that we have administered since 2014. To accomplish this goal, we work in close collaboration with the EPS grantees in each region of the state.

Why are screening and observational assessment called Assessment for Responsive Teaching?

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 early educators and directors who want to increase their knowledge and skills in assessing children's growth and development. All of our courses are aligned with the QRIS Curriculum and Learning Standard and the Core Competency Observation, Assessment and Documentation and provide continuing education credit (CEUs).

Click here for more information about the Assessment for Responsive Teaching CEU courses

"The Art of Observation" is a Professional Learning Community (PLC) that we offer in each region of the state to help educators develop their skills in observational assessment. "Teaching Strategies GOLD Hands-On Support" is a PLC we are offering at several times and locations to educators who have completed the Teaching Strategies GOLD training course.

Click here for more information about these Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)

We want all early educators to be able to access our training. Specific courses are offered in Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, and Haitian Creole as well as in English. Please call or email our office to discuss accessibility at our various training sites.

Services provided by this program are funded by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC).
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.