Learning Community North


 

INTENSIVE EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

132 Preschool students
80% Poverty
14% English language learners (ELL)

Our teachers work daily with teacher-coaches to help children make bigger gains. An additional two weeks of professional development training keeps our focus on best practice teaching strategies. The Intensive Early Childhood Education program receives Headstart funding and now ranks in the top 10% nationwide.

OUTCOMES: Third-party and independent evaluation provided by the University of Nebraska Medical Center/Munroe-Meyer Institute

PARTNERS: Educare, Creighton University, Metropolitan Community College, Nebraska Early Childhood Collaborative, Omaha Public Library, Omaha Public Schools, Learning Community

 
 

Why coach teachers?

Teacher-coaching improved classroom strategies. Teachers demonstrated a 20 percent gain over the previous year exceeding the national benchmark.

CLASS Rating

WHAT IT MEASURES: quality of the teaching environment and impact on a student's opportunity to learn 

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About the Impact Zone: National research standards call for a 5.0 in Emotional Climate and Classroom Organization and a 3.25 in Instructional Support to significantly improve student achievement. 

 

With a lower start point, 64 percent of the children still scored within the average readiness range by spring.

Bracken School Readiness

WHAT IT MEASURES: grasp of concepts like colors, letters, numbers, sizes, and shapes

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Early Childhood Rating Scales (ECERS-R)

WHAT IT MEASURES: quality of teaching interactions with students, parents and staff

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A 10 percent overall gain -- ratings exceed last year in every area and score above the national benchmark.

Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test (PPVT-1V)

WHAT IT MEASURES: Assesses the individual child's growth in building vocabulary 

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About the Impact Zone:  The goal for student success is the average mid-point of 100.

 

67 percent of the children were scoring in the average range by spring - a 17 percent increase and the largest gain in three years.