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The Long-Term Impact of HEB’s Prekindergarten Program

Prekindergarten programs can have a lasting impact on students’ learning as they continue on to later grade levels. This topic has many advocates as well as many opponents. The prekindergarten program coordinator at Hurst-Euless-Bedford (HEB) ISD, Shea Stanfield-Mcgarrah, Ed.D., advocates prekindergarten makes a meaningful positive impact on student achievement in later grades. She has led a study to evaluate the effectiveness of HEB ISD’s prekindergarten program, following students from pre-K to the 6th grade.

Georgia Superintendent Sees Istation in Action!

(From left) Josh Hill, Istation Account Executive; Kathleen Bender, Academic Coach; Debbie Broadnax, Powder Springs principal; Georgia School Superintendent Richard Woods; Dr. Mary Elizabeth Davis, Chief Academic Officer; Robin Lattizori, Assistant Superintendent of Cobb County Elementary Schools

Integrate Technology with Purpose

Early childhood educators are continually trying to find the balance between developmentally appropriate practices and the academic benchmarks and rigor identified by the No Child Left Behind Act and the induction of the Common Core State Standards (NCLB: U.S. Department of Education 2001; CCSS: National Governors Association Center for Best Practices 2010). Tablets used during play certainly have the potential to help meet these demands.

When’s a Good Time for Technology?

Today’s four- and five-year-olds have never known a world without laptops, smartphones, and tablets. Even the casual observer can see that technology is a natural part of life for today’s young children. Whether at the grocery store, mall, or restaurant, we see children interacting with e-book readers, smartphones, and tablets. Today’s children are born into a society that revolves around our modern technology devices.

With the Young Child in Mind

As a kindergarten teacher ten years ago, if I had been asked to take an inventory of the technology in my classroom, the list would have consisted of the cassette tape player in my listening center, my overhead projector, and one very dated computer.  Computers in an early childhood classroom were a rare sight. If you did find them they were likely broken hand-me-downs and unusable by young children.