Upcoming Full-day Kindergarten Seminar
We are pleased to announce our third seminar for full-day kindergarten planning and implementation.
Seminar III - Transformational Full-day Kindergarten Teachers: Motivating the Learner in EVERY Child (March 19, 2014). Motivating children is the foundation for all successful teaching practices. The way we positively motivate our children has implications for the long-term development and learning. Creating a positive motivational outlook is important in kindergarten and beyond.
This seminar will focus on the importance of student motivation and engagement in full-day kindergarten. Along with Dr. Holland, we will explore how to build assessment and evaluation into practice to improve the learning of all kindergarten students. Finally, we will wrap-up with ways to develop smooth transitions from grade-to-grade to allow children to experience successes as they grow and develop to keep children fully motivated and engaged in their learning.
Presenter: Dr. Adam Holland, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and former kindergarten teacher. Location: Minnesota Department of Education, Roseville
Register for this full-day kindergarten seminar.
Full-Day Kindergarten Funding Available to School Districts and Charter Schools Fall 2014
Full-day kindergarten provides crucial opportunities for Minnesota’s younger learners to build upon their prekindergarten or early learning experiences to sustain the development of their cognitive, social, emotional and physical skills. Beginning in fiscal year (FY) 2014, funding will be available to school districts and charter schools to provide full-day kindergarten. View Minnesota Statutes, section 126C.05, Subdivision 1(d), on funding full-day kindergarten.
Full-Day Kindergarten Implementation
The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) is developing guidance for districts on implementing a full-day kindergarten program. Support will include: research-based practices, instructional support and design recommendations and resources for all learning domains; support for curriculum and assessment alignment, scheduling, creating effective learning environments; family engagement strategies; school nutrition programs, and school finance and reporting guidelines. Guidance on district implementation and on developing school-board approved policies for early entrance are available now.
Kindergarten Entrance Requirements
In Minnesota, children are eligible to attend kindergarten when they are five-years-old on or before September 1 of the calendar year that schools starts. View Minnesota Statutes section 120A.20. In addition to the age requirement, each child entering kindergarten must:
New Requirements for Early Kindergarten Entrance
Kindergarten Students and Gifted Education Programs