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Kindergarten Resources

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Center Planning Guides and Posters

The NC Office of Early Learning strongly encourages incorporating play into the daily routine of each classroom. Children grow and learn in all developmental domains through their engagement in centers; cognitive, physical, social, and emotional.

Authentic learning and meaningful connections are made when a teacher intentionally weaves standards and supports development throughout children’s play.

Both of the documents below provide developmental dimensions and standards most often addressed in each center.

It is suggested that these documents be downloaded and not opened as a Google Document to avoid adjustments in formatting.  When printing posters, printing one slide per page will result in a one page poster for each center.

Planning Guides

Center Posters

North Carolina Early Learning Inventory

The North Carolina Early Learning Inventory (NC ELI) is the updated kindergarten entry assessment formerly known as the NC KEA. NC ELI is an observation-based formative assessment that includes a set of developmental progressions across the 5 domains of learning and development (language and literacy development, cognition and general knowledge, approaches toward learning, physical well-being and motor development, and social and emotional development). Teachers document student’s learning and development with evidence within an online portfolio (Teaching Strategies GOLD®) to substantiate a child’s skill attainment along the developmental progressions and utilize this information to personalize instruction for students. 

The NC Department of Public Instruction recognizes formative assessment as an important component of a 21st Century Balanced Assessment System and has dedicated resources to support its use in NC schools. The formative assessment process as defined by the CCSSO is:

Formative assessment is a planned, ongoing process used by all students and teachers during learning and teaching to elicit and use evidence of student learning to improve student understanding of intended disciplinary learning outcomes and support students to become self-directed learners. Effective use of the formative assessment process requires students and teachers to integrate and embed the following practices in a collaborative and respectful classroom environment:

  • Clarifying learning goals and success criteria within a broader progression of learning;
  • Eliciting and analyzing evidence of student thinking;
  • Engaging in self-assessment and peer feedback;
  • Providing actionable feedback; and
  • Using evidence and feedback to move learning forward by adjusting learning strategies, goals, or next instructional steps.

The NC ELI is an observation-based, ongoing, formative assessment that utilizes developmental progressions across 5 domains of development to support the whole child. In contrast to direct assessment, observation-based, ongoing, formative assessment occurs during moments throughout the school day and is not an assessment event that takes away from instructional time. Documentation gathered helps teachers identify students’ learning in real time and informs next steps for instruction. Thus, the NC ELI is a process rather than an instrument to be administered.

The Office of Early Learning has developed a brief resource to be shared with families:  NC ELI at Home

NC ELI Resources

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2022-2023 NC ELI Requirements Letter The NC ELI 2021-2022 Requirements Letter includes 30- and 60- days requirements.
State Board of Education Policy (KNEC-017) The North Carolina Early Learning Inventory (NC ELI) is the kindergarten entry assessment. NC ELI is an observation-based formative assessment that includes a set of developmental progressions across the 5 domains of learning and development (language and literacy development, cognition and general knowledge, approaches toward learning, physical well-being and motor development, and social and emotional development).
Interactive Unpacking Guide (KNEC-017) This quick, interactive guide will help you better understand the North Carolina State Board of Education Policy KNEC-017: NC Early Learning Inventory (NC ELI).
Policy Unpacking Document (KNEC-017) This document offers an unpacking of the KNEC-017 policy. 

 

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Crosswalk

The crosswalk provides a standard by standard alignment of NC Foundations for Early Learning and Development, NC Standard Course of Study, and NC Early Learning Inventory.

NC ELI FAQ

This NC ELI Frequently Asked Questions document is intended to be a “living document.” It will be periodically updated with more current information, additions, and clarifications as the Read to Achieve  implementation process moves forward. The Office of Early Learning welcomes additional questions. Please use this form to submit your questions.

Observational Notes

This document explains the 'why' and the 'how' for educators to create well-written, objective observational notes. It includes examples of observational notes that connect to progressions of learning and development.

NC ELI Virtual

Interactive Module, Implementing NC ELI in a Virtual Environment

Lesson Idea #1: Wemberly Worried

Lesson Idea #2: Rhyming Dust Bunnies

Lesson Idea #3: Counting Bead Bracelets

 

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2021 Teaching Strategies GOLD Platform Enhancements Watch the Quick Hit Videos to learn all about the 2021 Teaching Strategies GOLD Platform Enhancements

MyTeachingStrategies® Support Portal

Teaching Strategies offers this Support Portal. By typing into the search bar, you will find many helpful resources and articles that can support the implementation of NC ELI - Teaching Strategies GOLD® . It includes a video library for those in need of technology support. Videos related to new NC ELI functionality, including the Teach area and Develop area, can be found by browsing the video library.

Teaching Strategies GOLD® Documentation App

This user-friendly app enables teachers to easily capture documentation in the moment, using an Apple or an Android mobile device. 

Quick Access to Reporting Tools for Administrators and Teachers

This document provides descriptions of 2020-2021 NC ELI/ TS GOLD Reports accessible to administrators.

This document provides descriptions of 2020-2021 NC ELI/ TS GOLD Reports accessible to teachers.

Language Preference Selection

Would you like to set the language preference to Spanish on your platform? It's easy to do! 

You can also view the Intentional Teaching Experiences in Spanish. Click here for directions.

Teaching Strategies GOLD® Intentional Teaching Experiences (ITEs)

ITEs are accessible in the Teach tab of the Teaching Strategies Gold platform. The document linked shares NC ELI ITEs and some possible modification ideas for remote learning. Directions to view ITEs can be found here. Direction to use ITEs can be found here.

PowerSchool Integration Guide The PowerSchool Data Integration Guide provides key information about how accounts (administrator, teacher, and student) are created via data integration with PowerSchool.