Study validates assessment tool for preschoolers

— A new study shows that Work Sampling for Head Start (WSHS)—an observational assessment developed by Erikson president Samuel J. Meisels and colleagues for use by early childhood teachers—is a valid and reliable tool for documenting learning in language, literacy, and math among three- and four-year-olds. More »

Erikson president named to expert panel

— Erikson president Samuel J. Meisels has been named to an expert panel that will recommend ways to increase emphasis on child development within teacher preparation curriculum nationwide. More »

Meisels discusses school readiness on WBEZ Chicago Public Radio

— As kindergarten becomes increasingly academic, what does it mean to be ready for school? A wide range of developmental and cultural factors influence whether a child is ready to learn, Erikson president Samuel J. Meisels explained in a Sept. 4 interview on Eight Forty-Eight, WBEZ Chicago Public Radio's morning magazine show. Most children are ready for kindergarten at age five, he said, but they arrive at school with highly varied, individualized skills and strengths. It's up to schools to "meet the children where they are" developmentally and adapt learning opportunities to build on those strengths. More »

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