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Gayle Mindes is Professor of Education and Program Leader for Early Childhood Education at DePaul University in Chicago. She teaches in the pre-service early childhood and elementary education programs there. Mindes, a life-long urban educator writes and speaks on the topics of assessment, social studies, and kindergarten. Books include:
· Assessing Young Children, 4th Ed., Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall/Merrill, 2011.
· Teaching young children social studies. by invitation of Early Childhood Series Editors: Doris P. Fromberg and Leslie R.
Williams for Greenwood Press. Paperback edition released by Rowman & Littlefield, 2007.
· Koralek, D. & Mindes, G. (2006) Spotlight on young children and social studies. Washington, DC: National Association for
the Education of Young Children.
· Ornstein, A. C. & Lasley, T. (2005) Secondary and Middle School Methods 2nd Ed. Boston: Pearson/Allyn & Bacon.
· Mindes, G. & Donavan, M. A. (2001) Building character: Five enduring themes for a stronger early childhood curriculum.
With Marie Donovan. Needham Heights: Allyn & Bacon.
She earned a B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Kansas; M. S. in Counseling and Behavioral Disabilities from the University of Wisconsin; and Ed. D. in Curriculum and Instruction with emphasis on early childhood education at Erikson Institute, from Loyola University of Chicago.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 A Comprehensive Assessment System for Birth Through Age 8
Chapter 2 Developing Family Partnerships in Assessment
Chapter 3 Observation as the Key Method in the System
Chapter 4 Using Basic Concepts of Measurement
New Paradigms in Assessment
Importance of Basic Concepts of Measurement for Teachers
Standardization and Norms
Different Types of Test Scores
Guidelines for Test Evaluation
Chapter 5 Testing: Choosing the Right Measure
Tests in the Assessment System
Early Childhood Tests and Their Use
Coordination of Testing Programs
Role of Alternative Assessment Strategies in the Classroom
Structured Questions to Identify Student-Learning Processes
Strength-Based Assessment and Intervention
Curriculum-Based Language Assessment
Response to Intervention (RTI)
Chapter 7 Record Keeping, Reporting, and Collaborating with Families and Others
Record Keeping and Reporting in the Assessment System
Maintaining Confidentiality of Assessment Information
Involving Parents in Assessment
Conferencing with Parents
Grading in the Early Years
Preparing Report Cards
When Families Are Clients
Reporting to Other Stakeholders
Chapter 8 Building a Child Study
Child Studies in the Assessment System
Purposes of Child Studies
Elements of a Child Study
Chapter 9 Special Issues in Infant and Toddler Assessment
The Total Assessment Process of Infants and Toddlers
The Importance of Assessment in the First 3 Years
Unique Aspects of Infants and Toddlers
Principles That Guide Infant and Toddler Assessmen
Ecologically and Developmentally Relevant Assessment Strategies
The Integration of Assessment Information into Programming
Documenting Infant/Toddler Progress In Typical Care Situations
Chapter 10 Issues in Preschool Assessment
Preschool Assessment System Issues
Selection for the Preschool Program
Choosing a Screening Instrument
Planning for Instruction
Referral for Special Services
Transition to Kindergarten or First Grade
Chapter 11 Special Issues in Primary Grades
Primary Assessment Systems Issues
Transition from Preschool
Assessing Teaching Level
Performance Assessment with Technology
Individualized Academic Tests
Appendix A Self-Assessment Pretest Associated with Terms to Know
Appendix B Child Development Chart for Typical Development
Appendix C Selected Early Childhood Tests to Consider for Use in Educational and Child-Care Settings
Appendix E Choosing Technology and Software to Support Assessment
Appendix F Portfolio Template
Appendix G Child Interview Protocols
Appendix H Example Forms for Collecting Assessment Information
Appendix I Chicago Early Development Screening Inventory for Teachers II
Appendix J Websites that Address Assessment For Teachers of Young Children
Appendix K Assessment Bibliography for Kindergarten and Primary Teachers