Join this session to hear from experts on the alignment and bridging of the Preschool Learning Foundations and the Kindergarten Common Core State Standards. In addition, hear about the development of the Desired Results Developmental Profile-School Readiness assessment tool, and other assessment tools that districts can use to help better inform instruction in TK classrooms.
Nora Armenta began her career with LAUSD in 1973. She served as Bilingual Elementary Teacher, Title I/Bilingual Program Advisor in the south region of the District, and was later assigned as Principal at Park Avenue School in Cudahy, 95th Street School in South LA, Wilmington Park and Gulf Avenue School in the City of Wilmington.
Ms. Armenta worked at District Central Offices and Local District G as an Administrative Coordinator in the areas of instruction, intervention and assessment, and was appointed in June 2011 as Executive Director of Early Childhood Education Programs serving over 25,000 children from birth to age 5.
Camille Maben was appointed by the Superintendent of Public Instruction as Division Director of the Child Development Division at the California Department of Education in March 2008. She was previously appointed by the Governor to serve as Chief of Staff for the Office of the Secretary of Education.
Prior to this, Ms. Maben worked at the CDE, where she was the Division Director of the School and District Accountability Division. Her division included the No Child Left Behind Office, oversight of the Categorical Program Monitoring process, the Title I Policy and Partnerships Unit, and the English Learner Accountability Unit. Ms. Maben also served as Senior Advisor to former State Superintendent Delaine Eastin and has worked as a consultant to the Assembly Education Committee.
Ms. Maben currently serves as a school board member for the Rocklin Unified School District. This is her 18th year on the Rocklin Board. Ms. Maben also worked for 10 years with Bev Bos at the Roseville Community Pre-School where she served as business manager, teacher, and parent.
Peter Mangione is Co-Director of WestEd's Center for Child and Family Studies. An expert on early development and education, he is one of the lead developers of the Program Infant/Toddler Care (PITC). Mr. Mangione has led the creation of DVD/video and print resources on early learning and development foundations, curriculum frameworks, assessment instruments, and early dual-language development.
Mr. Mangione currently serves on the advisory board of the National Association for Family Child Care, and has served three terms as a consulting editor for the Early Childhood Research Quarterly, twelve years on the board of directors of the Child Care Law Center, and advisory panels for the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and ZERO TO THREE. He received a Ph.D. in Education and Human Development from the University of Rochester in 1980 and completed postdoctoral study at the Max Planck Institute for Psychiatry in Munich, Germany.
Osnat Zur is a senior program associate at the Center for Child and Family Studies at WestEd. In this capacity, she served as the lead researcher and author for the California preschool foundations in the domain of science, and for the state’s preschool curriculum framework in the mathematics and science domains.
She also developed assessment measures in cognitive development, math and science, for the Desired Results Developmental Profile instrument. Ms. Zur is a Developmental Psychologist, with expertise in children’s cognitive development, focusing primarily on the development of mathematical and scientific reasoning.
Ms. Zur graduated from UCLA with a BA in Psychology in 1995, and with a Doctorate degree in Developmental Psychology in 2003. Zur’s dissertation, “Young children’s understanding of arithmetic principles: The Commutativity and Inverse principles,” won the UCLA Miller Madsen Dissertation Award in developmental psychology. Prior to her current role at WestEd, Ms. Zur served as the director of Research and Evaluation at Los Angeles Universal Preschool (LAUP).
School or class intended for children age four to six as a prominent part of preschool education. The kindergarten originated in the early 19th century as an outgrowth of the ideas and practices of Robert Owen in Britain, Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi in Switzerland and his pupil Friedrich Froebel (who coined the term) in Germany, and Maria Montessori in Italy. Kindergartens generally stress the social and emotional growth of the child, encouraging self-understanding through play activities and creative expression.