InstructionsBefore submitting your Assessment, carefully review the rubric. This is the same rubric the assessor will use to evaluate your submission and it provides detailed criteria describing how to achieve or master the Competency. Many students find that understanding the requirements of the Assessment and the rubric criteria help them direct their focus and use their time most productively.RubricThis assessment has three-parts. Click each of the items below to complete this assessment.Part I: Family EngagementAs you begin to consider how you will engage families at the start of the new school year, it is important to reflect upon why family engagement is necessary and beneficial for children, families, and early childhood programs. Review Document #1: Blue Stream Early Learning Center Overview.In two to three pages, do the following:
Explain why family engagement is important for the healthy development of children and why it is essential to creating a foundation for effective early childhood practice.
Describe at least two strategies that you would use to engage families prior to the beginning of the school year.
Explain why you chose these strategies and how each strategy can be used to promote a respectful, reciprocal, and responsive partnership with the families.
Part II: Individualized Family Communication PlansImagine that it is now the second week of the school year. You have received the completed Beginning of the Year Questionnaires that you sent to the children’s families as seen in the following documents:
Document #2: Jon Hall: Beginning of the Year Questionnaire
Document #3: Annie Xun: Beginning of the Year Questionnaire
Document #4: Irene Segers: Beginning of the Year Questionnaire
Based on the questionnaires, create an individualized plan for how you would communicate and collaborate with each of the three children’s families.Each of the three individualized plans should be two pages in length and include:
An explanation of the initial method of communication you will use with the family. Explain why you chose the method for this specific family.
A description of at least one potential obstacle you might face in communicating with the family.
Describe at least one strategy you might use to overcome the obstacle you identified, so you can effectively communicate and collaborate with the family.
An explanation of how you will communicate information to the family about their child’s overall development and academic progress. Provide a rationale for your choice.
An explanation of how you will communicate to the family the opportunities for them to engage in the classroom. Provide a rationale for your choice. Include an explanation of why building a partnership with this family is essential to the healthy development of the child(ren) in this family.
A description of at least one strategy you would use to obtain information from the family. Provide a rationale for your choice.
Part III: Family NewsletterA month has passed, and it is time to update the families on their children’s progress.Your newsletter should should include:
An overview of learning and development that has taken place in the classroom since the first month of school.
A welcome to families and an invitation to volunteer or become involved in the classroom community at Blue Stream Early Childhood Center. Provide at least one specific way families can volunteer or become involved in the classroom community.
At least one recommendation for promoting their child’s emotional, social, cognitive, or physical development at home.
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CC003 Communicating and Collaborating with Families
Assessment Rubric
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Not Present
1
Needs Improvement
2
Meets Expectations
3
Exceeds Expectations
Part I: Family Engagement
Sub-Competency 1: Explain the importance of building partnerships between early childhood professionals and the families of young
children.
Learning Objective 1.1: Explanation is missing.
Response vaguely explains Response clearly explains
Demonstrates the same
Explain why family
why family engagement is why family engagement is level of achievement as
engagement is
important and why it is
important and why it is
“2,” plus the following:
essential to effective
essential for effective
essential for effective
early childhood
practice.
practice.
Response includes relevant
practice.
connections to personal or
Response is supported by
professional experiences in
logical connections to the
which families were
professional knowledge
engaged
base.
Sub-Competency 2: Apply strategies for promoting respectful, reciprocal, and responsive partnerships with families of young children.
Learning Objective 2.1: Description is missing.
Response describes one
Response clearly describes Demonstrates the same
Describe strategies that
appropriate strategy for
at least two appropriate
level of achievement as
meaningfully engage
engaging families or
strategies for engaging
“2,” plus the following:
families within the
describes an inappropriate families.
classroom community
strategy.
Response describes more
Response includes a clear
than two appropriate
Response includes a vague rationale for the chosen
strategies for engaging
rationale for the chosen
strategies, including a clear families.
strategies and/or includes explanation of how each
an unclear explanation of
strategy promotes
how each strategy
respectful, reciprocal, and
promotes respectful,
responsive family
reciprocal, and responsive partnerships.
family partnerships.
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0
1
2
Not Present
Needs Improvement
Meets Expectations
Part II: Individualized Family Communication plans
Sub-Competency 3: Apply strategies for communicating and collaborating effectively with diverse families.
Learning Objective 3.1: Communication strategies Individualized family
Individualized family
Apply communication
are missing.
communication plan
communication plan
strategies tailored to
vaguely explains
clearly explains three
the unique needs of
appropriate initial
appropriate initial
families.
communication strategies
communication strategies,
or explains inappropriate
one for each of the three
initial communication
families in the scenario.
strategies.
Response includes a clear
rationale for the chosen
strategies.
Learning Objective 3.2:
Describe potential
obstacles to
communication and
effective strategies to
overcome
communication
obstacles.
Description is missing.
Learning Objective 3.3:
Describe strategies for
communicating with
Description is missing.
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Individualized family
communication plan
vaguely describes one
potential obstacle to
effective communication
for each family based on
the information.
Strategies are supported
by logical connections to
the professional
knowledge base.
Individualized family
communication plan
clearly describes one
potential obstacle to
effective communication
for each family based on
the information.
Individualized family
communication plan
vaguely describes a
Individualized family
communication plan
clearly describes at least
3
Exceeds Expectations
Demonstrates the same
level of achievement as
“2,” plus the following:
Individualized family
communication plan
clearly explains more than
one appropriate initial
communication strategy
for each of the three
families in the scenario.
Individualized family
communication plan
demonstrates the same
level of achievement as
“2,” plus the following:
Individualized family
communication plan
describes more than one
strategy to overcome the
obstacles identified.
Demonstrates the same
level of achievement as
“2,” plus the following:
2
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Not Present
families regarding
development and
academic progress.
Learning Objective 3.4:
Describe strategies for
communicating with
families regarding
engagement in the
early childhood
classroom.
Learning Objective 3.5:
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Description is missing.
Description is missing.
1
Needs Improvement
strategy for effectively
communicating about
academic progress and
development.
2
Meets Expectations
one strategy for effectively
communicating about
academic progress and
development.
3
Exceeds Expectations
Response includes a vague
rationale for the chosen
strategy.
Response includes a clear
rationale for the chosen
strategy.
Individualized family
communication plan
vaguely describes one
strategy for effectively
communicating about
opportunities for families
to engage in the
classroom.
Response is supported by
logical connections to the
professional knowledge
base.
Individualized family
communication plan
clearly describes at least
one strategy for effectively
communicating about
opportunities for families
to engage in the
classroom.
Response includes a vague
rationale for the chosen
strategy.
Response includes a clear
rationale for the chosen
strategy.
Individualized family
communication plan
describes more than one
strategy for effectively
communicating about
opportunities for families
to engage in the
classroom.
Individualized family
Response includes a
rationale that is supported
by logical connections to
the professional
knowledge base.
Individualized family
Demonstrates the same
Individualized family
communication plan
describes more than one
strategy for effectively
communicating about
academic progress and
development.
Demonstrates the same
level of achievement as
“2,” plus the following:
3
0
Not Present
Describe effective
strategies used to
obtain information
from families.
1
Needs Improvement
communication plan
vaguely describes a
strategy for effectively
obtaining information
from each of the families
in the scenario.
2
Meets Expectations
communication plan
clearly describes one
strategy for effectively
obtaining information
from each of the families
in the scenario.
Response includes a vague
rationale for the chosen
strategy.
Response includes a clear
rationale for the chosen
strategy.
3
Exceeds Expectations
level of achievement as
“2,” plus the following:
Individualized family
communication plan
describes more than one
strategy for effectively
communicating about
academic progress and
development.
Response is supported by
logical connections to the
professional knowledge
base.
Part III: Family Newsletter
Learning Objective 3.6: Application is missing.
Apply strategies for
communicating with
families regarding
engagement in the
early childhood
classroom.
Learning Objective 3.7:
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Description is missing.
Family newsletter includes
a generic welcome and
invitation to volunteer or
become involved in the
classroom community at
the early childhood care
center.
Family newsletter includes
a friendly welcome and
invitation to volunteer or
become involved in the
classroom community at
the early childhood care
center.
Family newsletter details
one general way families
can volunteer or become
involved in the classroom
community at the early
childhood care center.
Family newsletter details
at least one specific way
families can volunteer or
become involved in the
classroom community at
the early childhood care
center.
Family newsletter includes
Family newsletter includes
Demonstrates the same
level of achievement as
“2,” plus the following:
Family newsletter details
more than one specific
way families can volunteer
or become involved in the
classroom community at
the early childhood care
center.
Demonstrates the same
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0
Not Present
Describe strategies
families can use to
promote the healthy
growth and
development of their
children.
1
Needs Improvement
one vague
recommendation for
promoting emotional,
social, cognitive, and/or
physical development.
2
Meets Expectations
one detailed
recommendation for
promoting emotional,
social, cognitive, and/or
physical development.
Professional Skill 001: Written Communication: Demonstrate graduate-level writing skills.
Learning Objective
Multiple major and minor
Multiple minor errors in
Writing reflects competent
PS 1.1:
errors in grammar,
grammar, spelling, and/or use of standard edited
Use proper grammar,
spelling, and/or mechanics mechanics are distracting
American English.
spelling, and
are highly distracting and
and negatively impact
mechanics.
seriously impact
readability.
Errors in grammar,
readability.
spelling, and/or mechanics
do not negatively impact
readability.
Learning Objective
Writing is poorly organized Writing is loosely
Writing is generally wellPS 1.2:
and incoherent.
organized. Limited use of
organized. Introductions,
Organize writing to
Introductions, transitions,
introductions, transitions,
transitions, and
enhance clarity.
and conclusions are
and conclusions provides
conclusions provide
missing or inappropriate.
partial continuity.
continuity and a logical
progression of ideas.
Learning Objective
Writing does not integrate Writing loosely integrates
Writing sufficiently
PS 1.3:
appropriate resources and some appropriate
integrates appropriate
Support writing with
content in support of ideas resources and content in
resources (which may
appropriate resources. and argument.
support of ideas and
include peer-reviewed
argument.
resources) and content in
support of ideas and
argument.
Learning Objective
APA conventions are not
APA conventions for
APA conventions for
PS 1.4:
applied.
attribution of sources,
attribution of sources,
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Exceeds Expectations
level of achievement as
“2,” plus the following:
Family newsletter includes
more than one detailed
recommendation for
promoting al development
across the domains.
Grammar, spelling, and
mechanics reflect a high
level of accuracy in
standard American English
and enhance readability.
Writing is consistently
well-organized.
Introductions, transitions,
and conclusions are used
effectively to enhance
clarity, cohesion, and flow.
Writing effectively
integrates appropriate
resources (which may
include peer-reviewed
resources) and content to
support and expand upon
ideas and arguments.
APA conventions for
attribution of sources,
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0
Not Present
1
Needs Improvement
structure, formatting, etc.,
are applied inconsistently.
Vocabulary and tone are
inappropriate and
negatively impact clarity of
concepts to be conveyed.
Vocabulary and tone have
limited relevance to the
audience.
Apply APA style to
written work.
Learning Objective
PS 1.5:
Use appropriate
vocabulary and tone
for the audience and
purpose.
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Meets Expectations
structure, formatting, etc.,
are generally applied
correctly in most
instances. Sources are
generally cited
appropriately and
accurately.
Vocabulary and tone are
generally appropriate for
the audience and support
communication of key
concepts.
3
Exceeds Expectations
structure, formatting, etc.,
are applied correctly and
consistently throughout
the paper. Sources are
consistently cited
appropriately and
accurately.
Vocabulary and tone are
consistently tailored to the
audience and effectively
and directly support
communication of key
concepts.
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Document #1: Blue Stream Early Learning Center Overview
Center Information
Founded in 1978
Five Different Classroom Levels
• 6 weeks to 1 year old
• 1 year old to 2 years old
• 2 years old to 3 years old
• 3 years old
• 4 years old and 5 years old
Classroom Size: Up to 12 children
Teacher/Child Ratio: 1:4 to 1:12 (varies by level)
Current Enrollment: 46
No. of Teachers: 12
Student Demographics
Race/Ethnicity
White: 76%
Asian: 13%
Black: 3%
Hispanic: 8%
Gender
Female: 59%
Male: 41%
Household Income
Less than $25,000: 8%
$25,000 to $49,999: 23%
$50,000 to $74,999: 32%%
$75,000 to $99,999: 27%
$100,000 or more: 10%
Single-Income Household: 39%
Dual-Income Household: 61%
Household Type:
One-Parent: 17%
Two-Parent: 78%
Other (Grandparents, Relatives, etc.): 5%
.
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Document #2: John Hall: Beginning of the Year Questionnaire
Tell Me A Little Bit About Your Child
All information will be kept confidential.
Your Name: Stephanie Hall___________________________________________________________
Your Child’s Name: Jonathan Hall-______________________________________________________
Nicknames: Jonny, Jon_______________________________________________________________
Does your child have allergies or any other health conditions we should be aware of?
He has illness-induced asthma and is allergic to strawberries._______________________________
_________________________________________________________________________________
What is the most important thing I should know about your child?
He is painfully shy around new children and adults, but he can be talkative once he gets__________
comfortable with someone. One-on-one interactions are the best way to get him out of his shell._
_________________________________________________________________________________
Briefly describe your child’s personality.
Jonny is very shy. He prefers to play by himself instead of with other children. He is very curious and
will ask a lot of questions, once he is familiar with a person.__________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________
What are some of your child’s favorite activities?
He likes to build things with Legos and read books with pictures of dinosaurs in them______________
___________________________________________________________________________________
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___________________________________________________________________________________
How will your child go home from school (bus, carpool, other)? By car–__________________________
Is there anyone else who will regularly pick up your child from school?
No_________________________________________________________________________________
Please share any other information that you think will be important for me to know.
Jonny works best in a structured environment, and he can sometimes have difficulty with unstructured
time. He doesn’t usually have tantrums, but when he does, the best way to handle it is to give him____
activities that he can do by alone–puzzles, blocks, coloring books, etc.____________________________
Tell Me A Little Bit About You and Your Family
Do you speak another language at home? If so, which one?
-No________________________________________________________________________
Do you read to your child? How often?
Yes, every night before he goes to bed.___________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________
Who else lives at your house (grandparents, siblings, pets, etc.)?
–No one else aside from me, Jonny, and my husband. We have two cats.-_________________
___________________________________________________________________________
What is your preferred method of communication (email, phone call, note, meeting, etc.)?
Phone call, but email, meetings, and notes are all fine.______________________________
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__________________________________________________________________________
How would you like to be involved in our classroom? Please check all that apply.
_X_ Cut out materials at home
_X_ Help at class parties/events
_X_ Help make art projects and crafts
_X_ Attend field trips
_X_ Other I’m a stay-at-home parent, so if you need an extra adult, I’m always__
available and willing to help. Please don’t hesitate to ask.____________
___________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________
.
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Document #3: Annie Xun: Beginning of the Year Questionnaire
Tell Me A Little Bit About Your Child
All information will be kept confidential.
Your Name: Alan Xun_______________________________________________________________
Your Child’s Name: Annie Xun________________________________________________________
Nicknames: None__________________________________________________________________
Does your child have allergies or any other health conditions we should be aware of?
No.______________________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________________________
What is the most important thing I should know about your child?
She doesn’t like to sit and do nothing.__________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________________________
Briefly describe your child’s personality.
Very friendly. Sometimes bossy. Likes to play with other children.____________________________
_________________________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________________________
What are some of your child’s favorite activities?
She likes to draw pictures and look at books with pictures. She like to go to the park and play on__
swings.___________________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________________________
How will your child get home from school (bus, carpool, other)? Bus__________________________
Is there anyone else who will regularly pick up your child from school?
Yes, grandma or grandpa.____________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________________________
Please share any other information that you think will be important for me to know.
My wife and I work long hours and are not able to spend lot of time with Annie. My parents take
care of her. They don’t speak a lot of English. My son speaks English to Annie sometimes.________
_________________________________________________________________________________
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Tell Me A Little Bit About You and Your Family
Do you speak another language at home? If so, which one?
Chinese.__________________________________________________________________________
Do you read to your child? How often?
No, her brother reads to her sometimes.________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________________________
Who else lives at your house (grandparents, siblings, pets, etc.)?
Grandma, grandpa, uncle, big brother__________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________________________
What is your preferred method of communication (email, phone call, note, meeting, etc.)?
Email or note._____________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________________________
How would you like to be involved in our classroom? Please check all that apply.
___ Cut out materials at home
___ Help at class parties/events
___ Help make art projects and crafts
___ Attend field trips
___ Other ________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________
.
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Document #4: Irene Segers: Beginning of the Year Questionnaire
Tell Me A Little Bit About Your Child
All information will be kept confidential.
Your Name: Jason Segers_________________________________________________________
Your Child’s Name: Irene Segers___________________________________________________
Nicknames …
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