A priority at Oakland Schools is to promote high quality services and practice for teaching and learning so that all children can succeed.
Child assessment may be used to determine program effectiveness and to plan for program quality improvements (see child assessment).
Program assessments are also used directly to accurately document program quality and inform planning for program improvement purposes. At Oakland Schools, trained assessors use HighScope's Program Quality Assessment (PQA), a rating instrument designed to evaluate the quality of early childhood programs, click PQA.
The rich data gained from child and program assessments is used to support teaching teams and administrators with:
- Identifying classroom and program quality strengths
- Identifying opportunities for improvement
- Determining areas for professional growth and development (see professional development)
- Engaging in a goal setting process to promote program quality with the purpose to impact the experience of children and their families
Support for Preschool Directors
Meetings are held every month those directing early childhood sites:
- Discuss relevant news from state and local level organizations
- Provide updates to each other on their collaborative, local work
- Collectively problem solve on current challenges individuals directors may be facing
Bi-monthly professional learning opportunities are offered to support directors in their role as instructional leaders. Topics are annually determined based on both program data and director interest. SCECHs for this professional learning are often available. To see a schedule of the meeting dates, times, and locations for the current year, please click HERE.
If you need administrative support or information about Great Start to Quality, please contact Tammy Arakelian at 248.209.2245 or Tammy.Arakelian@oakland.k12.mi.us. Note that much information can also be found by accessing the Great Start to Quality website by clicking HERE.