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Piasta Shayne B., Logan Jessica A. R., Thomas Leiah J.G., Zettler-Greeley Cynthia, Bailet Laura L., Lewis Kandia, Q1 2021
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Research supports small-group emergent literacy intervention to boost preschool children’s early skills and provide a solid foundation for continued literacy learning. Although such interventions are increasingly available to preschool teachers, we…
Schachter Rachel E., Piasta Shayne B., Justice Laura M., Winter 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Most preschool-aged children spend time in Head Start and other center-based care. Thus, early educators’ use of a quality curriculum is essential to maximizing children’s learning. We examined the curricula utilized by educators working in diverse…
Schachter Rachel E., Piasta Shayne B., Justice Laura M., Winter 2020
Executive Summary
Peer Reviewed
This article summarizes a study investigating the curricula and features of those curricula used by 497 early childhood educators across one Midwestern state. Curricula were identified and coded for quality features derived from the research, theory…
Piasta Shayne B., Park Somin, Farley Kristin Sue, Justice Laura M., O'Connell Ann, May, 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Educators' language and literacy knowledge is considered important for informing classroom practices and thereby supporting children's early language and literacy development. This includes both disciplinary content knowledge (knowledge concerning…
Piasta Shayne B., Farley Kristin Sue, Mauck Susan A., Ramirez Pamela Soto, Schachter Rachel E., O'Connell Ann, Justice Laura M., Spear Caitlin F., Weber-Mayrer Melissa M., February, 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Professional development (PD) is a potentially important mechanism for enhancing classroom practices and children's learning. In this large-scale randomized controlled trial, we examined the effectiveness of language and literacy PD, with and…
Schachter Rachel E., Strang Tara M., Piasta Shayne B., 2019
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
This study used an embedded mixed method design to examine teachers' experiences with a state-mandated kindergarten readiness assessment during its inaugural year. Participants were 143 kindergarten teachers from one county in a Midwestern state. In…
Piasta Shayne B., Farley Kristin Sue, Phillips Beth M., Anthony Jason L., Bowles Ryan P., September, 2018
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
The Letter-Sound Short Forms (LSSFs) were designed to meet criteria for effective progress monitoring tools by exhibiting strong psychometrics, offering multiple equivalent forms, and being brief and easy to administer and score. The present study…
Schachter Rachel E., Weber-Mayrer Melissa M., Piasta Shayne B., O'Connell Ann, August/September 2018
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
This study investigated coaches' interactions with educators in the context of a large-scale, state-implemented literacy professional development (PD). We examined log data and open-comment reports to understand what coaches found salient about…
Bleses Dorthe, Hojen Anders, Justice Laura M., Dale Philip S., Dybdal Line, Piasta Shayne B., Markussen-Brown Justin, Clausen Marit, Haghish E. F., July/August 2018
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
The present article reports results of a real-world effectiveness trial conducted in Denmark with six thousand four hundred eighty-three 3- to 6-year-olds designed to improve children's language and preliteracy skills. Children in 144 child cares…
Dynia Jaclyn M., Schachter Rachel E., Piasta Shayne B., Justice Laura M., O'Connell Ann, Pelatti Christina Yeager, June, 2018
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
This study investigated the dimensionality of the physical literacy environment of early childhood education classrooms. Data on the classroom physical literacy environment were collected from 245 classrooms using the Classroom Literacy Observation…
Spear Caitlin F., Piasta Shayne B., Yeomans-Maldonado Gloria, Ottley Jennifer Riggie, Justice Laura M., O'Connell Ann, May/June 2018
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
In this study, we provide a contemporary examination of the similarities and differences between early childhood general educators (ECEs) and early childhood special educators (ECSEs) within a theoretically driven model that accounted for the…
Schachter Rachel E., Strang Tara M., Piasta Shayne B., Summer 2017
Reports & Papers
In this study, we surveyed kindergarten teachers across Ohio to examine their perceptions of the KRA during year two of implementation (Y2; 2015-2016). We also examined whether and how perceptions changed from year one of implementation (Y1; 2014-…
Schachter Rachel E., Strang Tara M., Piasta Shayne B., Summer 2017
Executive Summary
In this white paper, we present the results of a survey completed by teachers from across Ohio concerning their perceptions of Ohio's Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA). We examined teachers' perceptions during year 2 of KRA implementation and…
Farley Kristin Sue, Piasta Shayne B., Dogucu Mine, O'Connell Ann, May/June 2017
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Research Findings: The present study assessed the extent to which early childhood educators utilized small-group literacy instruction and explored factors potentially associated with the use of this evidence-based practice. The classroom activities…
Piasta Shayne B., Justice Laura M., O'Connell Ann, Mauck Susan A., Weber-Mayrer Melissa M., Schachter Rachel E., Farley Kristin Sue, Spear Caitlin F., April-June 2017
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
The current study investigated the effectiveness of large-scale, state-sponsored language and literacy professional development (PD) intended to improve early childhood educators' knowledge, beliefs, and practices. PD was offered in a real-world…