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How Can Teachers Best Support Young Children's Emotional Competence?

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  • Xue Jiang

The Early Investments Policy Initiative team presented findings from a systematic review of the literature regarding practices to promote young children's emotional competencies at the American Educational Research Association conference in New York City on April 13, 2018.  


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New Insights Regarding the Reliability and Validity of the CLASS Pre-K, a Measure Being Used in High-Stakes Policy Monitoring of Early Childhood Classroom

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  • Nicole Szydlowski
  • Yasmine Toledo
  • D'Andre Walker

Results from the IGPA Early Investments Initiative's Preschool-Aged Classroom Video Project were presented by UIC Honors College capstone projects by UIC undergraduate students Nicole Szydlowski, Yasmine Toledo, and D’Andre Walker. IGPA Faculty Member Rachel Gordon is the PI of the initiative and the students' capstone advisor. The students presented their findings at the UIC Undergraduate Research Forum on April 13, 2018.


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Rethinking high-stakes use of observational measures of preschool quality

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Early childhood education has seen increased high-stakes use of observational measures of child care and preschool quality in recent years. Scoring above or below a particular cut-score on these measures now has substantial financial and reputational consequences for child-care centers and preschools. This policy brief (click download button below) summarizes a study of the effectiveness of these observational assessments that reveals problems that have important implications for the high-stakes use of the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale, Revised (ECERS-R).


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Challenges for education: Student aid and student debt

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  • Jennifer A. Delaney

This is Chapter 6 of The Illinois Report 2014.


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The Illinois Report 2014

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  • Christopher Lubienski
  • Jennifer A. Delaney
  • Nancy Hudspeth
  • Daniel H. Karney
  • Hillary L. Rowe
  • Karina Garcia
  • Elizabeth Calhoun

The Illinois Report 2014 is an examination of critical issues facing the state of Illinois. For each of these issues, we examine the current status, draw comparisons with national and regional trends and offer some possible solutions. 


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Benjamin M. Superfine is a Professor in the College of Education at UIC, where his research interests center on education law and policy.

Superfine received his J.D. and Ph.D. in Education Foundations and Policy from the University of Michigan. Before joining UIC, Superfine practiced law at Dow Lohnes PLLC in Washington, D.C. Superfine's research focuses on the history of education law and policy, school finance reform, standards-based reform and accountability, teacher evaluation, and collective bargaining. His research is interdisciplinary and addresses educational issues through the lenses of law, history, and social science. He is the founder and Director of the Research on Urban Education Policy Initiative at UIC.

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