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  • 1.  Reaccrediation Criteria 4B.3

    Posted 12-01-2022 10:27 AM

    Hi.  I am looking for help on criteria 4B.3.  The description is "If child portfolios are used as an assessment method, show or explain how you make it meaningful and relevant for children with disabilities."  The sample portfolio used an example of someone who entered N/A indicating that they did not have any children with special needs in that class.  Does anyone have any ideas.  Also, what is their definition of a disability?  Would something like ADHD or anxiety qualify.  Thank you for any ideas or help with this!

     

     Caroline Clark   I   EC Administrative Assistant
     Weinstein JCC
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  • 2.  RE: Reaccrediation Criteria 4B.3

    Posted 12-02-2022 04:11 AM
    Sample portfolio? Tell me more about this, please! We're also going through re-accreditation and we're kind of one our own. We don't have an affiliate and all admin has turned over since last time. A sample portfolio would have been amazing!

    and sorry I can't help on this item. I wish I could!

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    Leigh Keener
    Episcopal Collegiate School
    Cammack Vlg AR
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  • 3.  RE: Reaccrediation Criteria 4B.3

    Posted 12-02-2022 08:54 AM

    The sample portfolios have been so helpful, but hard to locate.  Log into the Accreditation Portal, Log into Torch, select Candidacy/Renewal, and scroll down to just past the section labeled Sources of Evidence.

    You will see a line that reads

    "To assist you in putting together your program and classroom portfolios, you can review these high quality Sample Portfolios from NAEYC accredited programs. While every program and portfolio is unique, these sample portfolios can provide some guidance for what to include in your portfolios." 

    Click on Sample Portfolios.  That take a minute or two to load, but they are so helpful!  Good luck. 

     

     Caroline Clark   I   EC Administrative Assistant
     Weinstein JCC
     Office : 804.545.8661  I   Main : 804.285.6500
     5403 Monument Ave  I  Richmond, VA  I  23226  
     weinsteinjcc.org

     Your Center For Life®

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  • 4.  RE: Reaccrediation Criteria 4B.3

    Posted 12-02-2022 09:05 AM
    This is news to me. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

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     Leigh Keener

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  • 5.  RE: Reaccrediation Criteria 4B.3

    Posted 12-02-2022 07:15 AM
    When my former center went through accreditation in 2014, I had a student who was on the autism spectrum. Many of his portfolio pages described adaptations that were made to classroom activities. I took MANY photos of him and provided detailed written documentation. One of my goals was to help strengthen his language skills. I took photos of different items around the classroom. I would show him a photo and say "This is a photo of the easel. Please find the easel." When he found the easel, I would say "Tell me what it is", encouraging him to use a full sentence. We were required to write monthly goals for all students, and the portfolio was also a way to document how children were meeting goals.

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    Jennifer Gibbons
    Cincinnati OH
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  • 6.  RE: Reaccrediation Criteria 4B.3

    Posted 12-02-2022 08:32 AM

    Thank you all for your help!  I really appreciate it.

     

     Caroline Clark   I   EC Administrative Assistant
     Weinstein JCC
     Office : 804.545.8661  I   Main : 804.285.6500
     5403 Monument Ave  I  Richmond, VA  I  23226  
     weinsteinjcc.org

     Your Center For Life®

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  • 7.  RE: Reaccrediation Criteria 4B.3

    Posted 12-02-2022 08:10 AM
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    Good morning Caroline:

    I work as a facilitator for CT's AQIS (Accreditation Quality Improvement Support) project.  At a recent Support Meeting for programs currently partaking in AQIS services in my region, we discussed 4B.1 and 4B.3.............. using some CT tools and others.  We compiled a variety of strategies that could be used by teachers when children are DLL or have disabilities.  I will attach our list here in case it is helpful for you and your staff.

    Kristen

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    Kristen Kennen
    Early Childhood Education Specialist
    EdAdvance
    Connecticut
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  • 8.  RE: Reaccrediation Criteria 4B.3

    Posted 12-02-2022 10:17 AM
    Good morning Caroline,

    I am happy to share my thoughts on your question, along with some additional thoughts on Standard 4: Assessment and resources for this topic.

    First, the Topic Area - 4B: Using Appropriate Assessment Methods and 4B1, 4B2 & 4B3 is specific to Child Portfolios for Assessment purposes.. So the first question is asking if YOUR program's practices align with these assessment item (Do you do this?)
    • Does your program use portfolios to assess the children?
    • Do you document children's work through the use of a portfolio and does this portfolio provide you with clear ideas for curriculum development and daily planning?
    Have you already taken a look at the Standards and Assessment eBook, at Standard 4: Assessment, pages 44 -46? If not, this might help give more clarity as well. It talks about norm referenced & standardized tests, as well as informal methods, such as observations, checklists, rating scales and work sampling.

    There are more great resources around assessment on the NAEYC website - type 'Assessment' into the search bar and relevant books, articles and eBooks around the subject come up. (If you've already done this then you know LOTS of resources come up, but the filter can help you narrow down the list to make it less 'overwhelming').

    So back to your question.....if your program DOES use children portfolios as an assessment method then 4B1, 4B2 & 4B3 are relevant to you, and thus should be rated.

    As far as your question about 4B3 and if ADHD or anxiety qualify as a disability, the definition is included in the additional guidance at the bottom of the Assessment Item. (Also, on the front page of a Classroom Observation tool are other examples of Disabilities)

          Disabilities: Physical or mental health conditions that require special education services such as early intervention or individualized supports.

    Based on this guidance and definition, do your children with ADHD or anxiety receive special education services? If they do NOT, then 4B3 could be rated N/A.

    If they DO receive services such as early intervention or individual support, then HOW do you make the children's portfolios relevant and meaningful to them? I would ask....Do the disabilities impact assessment through the use of portfolios? Do you make adjustments to the way you collect 'information'? (utilizing photos, prompting, extra time, more informal setting, input from their therapists, etc).  The evidence you provide then for 4B3 in your Classroom Portfolio needs to demonstrate specifically how you make children's portfolios relevant and meaningful for these children.

    This was a 'short quick long' answer for a very in-depth topic! I hope this was helpful and remember you can always call Program Support at NAEYC with questions. (1-800-424-2460)

    Also, feel free to reach out if you want to discuss more,

    Best,

    Joan Mendel,
    Early Childhood Consultant
    Specializing in Supporting Programs in the NAEYC Accreditation Process

    www.joanmendelconsulting.com


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    Joan Mendel,
    Early Childhood Consultant
    Specializing in Supporting Programs
    in the NAEYC Accreditation Process

    joanmendelconsulting@gmail.com

    www.joanmendelconsulting.com
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  • 9.  RE: Reaccrediation Criteria 4B.3

    Posted 12-02-2022 10:26 AM

    Thank you so much for reaching out.  I have gotten such good advice and I think I have resolved all of my questions.  I also for a glossary of terms at the end of the criteria listings and that helped define the terms for me. 

     

     Caroline Clark   I   EC Administrative Assistant
     Weinstein JCC
     Office : 804.545.8661  I   Main : 804.285.6500
     5403 Monument Ave  I  Richmond, VA  I  23226  
     weinsteinjcc.org

     Your Center For Life®

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  • 10.  RE: Reaccrediation Criteria 4B.3

    Posted 12-02-2022 02:08 PM
    N/A can also mean that they do not use portfolios for assessments.

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    Catherine Awong
    Director
    Mililani Presbyterian Preschool
    Mililani, HI, USA
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