The Five Essentials- Early Education: A Framework and Surveys to Measure Organizational Supports Essential to Continuous Improvement
Over the last 15 years, implementation science and improvement research have greatly advanced our understanding of the dynamics of improvement beyond classroom quality elements of structure and process. Key here is the recognition that classroom processes do not occur in isolation from the rest of the organization. We now understand that what happens inside classrooms is influenced by the conditions under which teachers and educators engage with each other, children, curricula, and families. These conditions, as defined by five essential organizational, support effective leaders, collaborative teachers, supportive environments, ambitious instruction, and involved families, which have been found in K-12 to drive higher quality instructional practices and result in improved student engagement and achievement over time. During this session, Debra Pacchiano and Stacy Ehrlich discussed the Five Essentials Early-Ed, a survey tool to collect educator and parent perspectives on these key organizational conditions in early education, and empirical findings from both K-12 and early learning that links strong organizational supports to improving children’s engagement and achievement. Sample Five Essentials Early-Ed survey items and pilot data were also explored, and the discussion focused on the importance and benefits of including organizational conditions in next generation QRIS frameworks.