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CIRCLE Progress Monitoring Training

In this full-day session, participants will learn how to administer the CIRCLE Progress Monitoring (C-PM) assessment and will have the opportunities to explore other resources on CLI Engage. C-PM is a user-friendly, online tool that allows the teacher to assess a child’s progress in a particular skill area. This reliable, yet simplistic data collection prompts teachers to focus on lessons that target their students’ least developed skill areas. Specific activities for targeting tier 2 students are linked to the CIRCLE activity collection. This hands-on training includes many opportunities to practice administering the assessment.

*Participants will need computer and internet access.

Training Options:

  • A condensed 3- hour session for teachers is available upon request. Contact us to learn more.
  • A 1.5 hour session specifically designed for administrators is also available.

 

Click here to learn more about the CIRCLE Progress Monitoring.

Texas Kindergarten Entry Assessment (TX-KEA) Training

In this full-day face-to-face session, participants will learn how to administer the Texas Kindergarten Entry Assessment (TX-KEA) and will have the opportunities to explore other resources on CLI Engage. This hands-on training includes many opportunities to practice administering the assessment. TX-KEA is a user-friendly, online school readiness screener that is administered to students upon kindergarten entry to inform teachers about the children in their classes, helping them to design more appropriate learning opportunities. It also serves as a progress monitoring tool for beginning-; middle-; and end-of-year. Developed in English and Spanish, this time-efficient tool will allow assessment of all areas within 45 minutes.

*Participants will need computer and internet access.

To learn more about TX-KEA, please click here.

CIRCLE Activity Collection

The CIRCLE Activity Collection translates the best early childhood development research into practice through a wide variety of activities that teachers can implement in the classroom. Available in English and Spanish, the collections include activities that support skill development in language, literacy, social-emotional, mathematics, and science. Each activity is structured around a standard lesson cycle, with teacher tips and extensions to enrich implementation. Scripting is included, providing example dialogue for what a teacher might say to introduce the activity, model the objective, and scaffold children’s responses.

Many activities include a demonstration video for teachers to see the activity in action. These high quality implementation examples serve a powerful professional development resource for educators. Filmed in real classroom environments, each video is then edited and overlaid with annotations that help viewers identify and understand the instructional strategies that are being used.

The Children’s Learning Institute believes that children should be exposed to new concepts multiple times and across a variety of contexts in order to solidify their understanding. These quick and easy to implement activities help teachers connect and reinforce concepts across multiple areas of development. Our activities can be used during large group, small group, and one-on-one instruction.

The activity collection is integrated to work directly with the CIRCLE Progress Monitoring System (Pre-K) and the Texas Kindergarten Entry Assessment (TX-KEA) tools. Data collected through these assessments is used to automatically suggest activities that will strengthen learning in areas where students have the greatest needs. Teachers have the added options of selecting their favorite activities and adding comments they can reference for future use.

Click here to learn how you can gain access to the CIRCLE Activity Collection.

Online Tools & Resources

The CLI Solutions Group provides a wide range of online tools and resources, many of which are free to all!

AERO Reading Curriculum & Tutoring Programs
The Academic EnRichment and Outreach (AERO) Reading Curriculum and Tutoring Programs use online resources which can be used to enhance children’s opportunities for successful learning by providing them with individualized, research-based assessment and instruction in reading.

CLI Engage
CLI Engage is a comprehensive web-based platform that houses online professional development courses, child progress monitoring and reporting tools, a vast collection of classroom activities, and classroom observation tools.

CIRCLE Activity Collection
The CIRCLE Activity Collection includes lessons and activities in both English and Spanish for children birth to grade 2. Perfect for public schools, Head Starts, center- or home-based childcare, and even families!

CIRCLE Pre-K Curriculum
Incorporating Incorporating time-tested lessons from the CIRCLE Activity Collection, the CIRCLE Pre-K Curriculum provides all the resources needed to support weekly planning and delivery of comprehensive Pre-K instruction. The curriculum can be accessed for free online or printed versions are available for purchase. Check out Shop Our Products to learn more about print options.

Assessments
CLI strongly recommends the use of assessment data to help early childhood teachers understand student skill levels and individualize instruction to support areas in which students are at-risk for falling significantly behind.

 

 

 

 

 

Assessment Solutions

To date, the Children’s Learning Institute has researched and developed three helpful assessment tools, writing tips and free information​ for prekindergarten through third grade. Click on the links below to learn more about each assessment.

CIRCLE Progress Monitoring (C-PM): The CIRCLE Progress Monitoring System is a user-friendly, technology-driven tool that enables prekindergarten teachers to quickly assess a child’s progress in a particular skill area. Through simple data collection and immediate assessment results, teachers understand student skill levels and can individualize instruction to support students in areas where they are at risk of falling behind.

Texas Kindergarten Entry Assessment (TX-KEA): The TX-KEA is a school readiness screener that is administered to students upon kindergarten entry to inform teachers about the children in their classes, helping them to design more appropriate learning opportunities. Developed in English and Spanish, this time-efficient tool will allow assessment of all areas within 45 minutes. The assessments, reports, and training are all available on CLI Engage.

TPRI and Tejes LEE: These diagnostic instruments are easy to use one-on-one assessments to quickly assess students’ early
reading skills, helping teachers provide targeted instruction so that students improve as readers. The TPRI and
Tejas LEE benchmark assessments are given 3 times per year.

Systematic Assessment of Book Reading (SABR) 2.0: This tool examines qualities of teacher and child talk through observation of classroom shared book reading. The SABR is a reliable and valid measure of classroom quality. The tool captures the frequency of key behaviors that are known to promote young children’s language and literacy skills. The system is well aligned with the national learning standards and state standards for prekindergarten through grade 1, and can be used by teachers, school leaders, and intervention specialists to promote effective teaching.

 

Kindergarten

The CLI Solutions Group has many supports in place for kindergarten. Please click on one of the links below to learn more about each offering.

Texas Kindergarten Entry Assessment (TX-KEA) Training:  The TX-KEA is a school readiness screener that is administered to students upon kindergarten entry to inform teachers about the children in their classes, helping them to design more appropriate learning opportunities. It also serves as a progress monitoring tool for beginning-; middle-; and end-of-year. Developed in English and Spanish, this time-efficient tool will allow assessment of all areas within 45 minutes.

CIRCLE Activity Collection: This wide-ranging activity collection is housed on the CLI Engage platform. Teachers can access the collection series to help them plan and improve instruction for prekindergarten and kindergarten students.

Inspired Read-Alouds: This training helps teachers learn step-by-step how to plan explicit lessons following a strong routine to support vocabulary development and comprehension using read-aloud books from their classroom library.

Phonological Awareness: Instructional Activities for Use Throughout the Day! This training is developed around a user friendly resource, which was created to support young children’s phonological awareness skills. Designed for use with PreK to 1st grade students, the practical activities in this resource can be used to teach all facets of this foundational literacy component in as little as 10 minutes per day.

Phonological Awareness with Make and Take: This training integrates the Phonological Training described above with the making of activities that can be implemented in the classroom immediately. The session provides teachers with time to process learning and practice teaching the various PA skills right as they are addressed in the training. All materials all provided.

Effective Phonics Instruction: A Routine for Teaching Spelling: This training focuses on a 4-step routine for providing explicit and systematic phonics instruction regardless of the phonics program implemented in the K-2 classroom. Clear and consistent language is used for all parts of the routine and teachers are supported with a user-friendly lesson planning template and resource book.

Increasing Family Engagement in Our Schools: Family engagement is a critical building block for school success. In this session, learn how to overcome barriers and build positive relationships to increase family engagement on your campus.

Unlocking Understanding: Unlocking Understanding is a practical comprehension instruction training series that helps teachers learn to support students to comprehend text effectively. This series focuses on building a strong foundation of the cognitive strategies used by proficient readers. Training sessions are designed to guide teachers through a set of instructional approaches shown by research to be effective in classrooms across grade levels.

 

 

Prekindergarten

CLI Solutions Group offers many solutions for supporting quality prekindergarten instruction. Please click on one of the links below to learn more about our various prekindergarten offerings.

CIRCLE Pre-K Foundations: The CIRCLE Pre-K Foundations training includes 7 modules for effective early literacy and math instruction in prekindergarten classrooms. This training can be conducted over 2 days covering all 7 modules, or only specific modules may be selected.

CIRCLE Progress Monitoring (C-PM) Training: The CIRCLE Progress Monitoring System is a user-friendly, technology-driven tool that enables prekindergarten teachers to quickly assess a child’s progress in a particular skill area. Through simple data collection and immediate assessment results, teachers understand student skill levels and can individualize instruction to support students in areas where they are at risk of falling behind.

CIRCLE Progress Monitoring for Administrators: This training provides a quick overview of the C-PM assessment tool for prekindergarten. Designed with the busy administrator in mind, this 90-minute session covers critical information about each measure assessed and the cut points that determine the student’s score. C-PM provides several reports for administrators to analyze and determine how students in their schools are progressing.

Using Data to Guide Instruction: In the cycle of effective teaching and learning, assessment is what drives instruction. CIRCLE Progress Monitoring provides teachers with several different reports that allow prekindergarten teachers the ability to quickly evaluate the needs of their class. The information gleaned from these reports will allow teachers to identify specific concepts that need to be retaught and will ensure that students are grouped in an intentional way.  Teachers are then able to plan focused lessons using the components of an effective lesson cycle.

CIRCLE PK & K Activity Collection: This wide-ranging activity collection is housed on the CLI Engage platform. Teachers can access the collection series to help them plan and improve instruction for prekindergarten and kindergarten students.

Exploring the Prekindergarten Guidelines: The Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines form the basis of all prekindergarten teaching for the state of Texas. The Solutions Group offers four, three hour sessions, to cover all ten domains outlined in the guide.

Developing Talkers Through Interactive Read-Alouds: Developing Talkers training is available for those who have already purchased kits.

Developing Talkers & Hablemos Juntos Combined: Developed for schools that have teachers using the Developing Talkers and the Hablemos Juntos program. In a single training in English, participants learn how to implement both the English version and the Spanish version of the curriculum.

Inspired Read-Aloud Lessons: This training provides teachers the knowledge to plan daily read-alouds using an explicit, research-based instructional routine that supports oral language, vocabulary development, and comprehension. This training will guide teachers as they work through a step-by-step planning process for use with their own fiction and non-fiction texts.

Classroom Management in Prekindergarten: This interactive and engaging training helps participants learn all that’s required to positively support children’s social and emotional development in an environment where they feel safe, confident, and comfortable.

Phonological Awareness: Instructional Activities for Use Throughout the Day! This training is developed around a user friendly resource, which was created to support young children’s phonological awareness skills. Designed for use with PreK to 1st grade students, the practical activities in this resource can be used to teach all facets of this foundational literacy component in as little as 10 minutes per day.

Impacting Learning Through Centers: Center time provides critical learning opportunities where prekindergarten students construct their own knowledge through independent and cooperative exploration and play. Teachers impact this time of learning and vocabulary development by immersing students in theme related activities and vocabulary, allowing students to have purposeful choices, and engaging student in thoughtful conversations.

Creating an Effective Classroom Environment: This training addresses how to create an optimal learning environment for prekindergarten children. Participants will learn how to improve the overall design and management of the classroom.

Supporting Young Writers: In this training, participants will also learn how purposeful, direct instruction, and authentic writing opportunities are an essential part of the classroom environment.

Teaching Together Facilitator Training: This training is for teachers or parent support liaisons who wish to conduct  family engagement workshops on their campuses using the Teaching Together workshop series. In this 3 hour training, participants learn how to facilitate each of the six themed 60-minute family workshops.

Increasing Family Engagement in Our Schools: Family engagement is a critical building block for school success. In this session, learn how to overcome barriers and build positive relationships to increase family engagement on your campus.

Print Knowledge: Impacting Reading Readiness: In this engaging session, teachers learn how to plan and implement read-aloud and shared reading experiences with a focus on direct instruction of print related skills.

Instructional Coaching for Teachers: The CLI Solutions Group offers individualized in-person instructional coaching for teachers at all grade levels. Coaching supports instructional improvement by providing educators with a deeper understanding of best practices, and guidance on practical classroom implementation of these practices. Services include training implementation support through classroom observations, meetings with one teacher or groups of teachers, demonstration lessons, co‐teaching, lesson‐planning support, and more.