NC B-K Consortium CONNECT Workshop Discussion

The CONNECT team so much enjoyed meeting everyone and hearing people who have used the modules share their experiences. Let's keep the conversation going!

Pre-workshop activities
In order for us to best meet your needs during the workshop, please:

(1) Take the 2 quick polls below,


(2) then answer the following question by clicking on the "Add Comment" button below:
"What challenges do you have embedding evidence-based practice into your coursework?"

Post-workshop activity
Create an action plan about your next steps that you will take following this workshop: e.g.,

  • How are you thinking about using the modules?
  • Who else might you share the information with?
  • What would support your efforts?
Post your next steps by clicking on 'Reply' to your "dilemma" post or by clicking on "Add comment" button below.
Implementation Plan for CONNECT Module 6.pdf126.82 KB


Guidance and ideas on implementing CONNECT Modules

Good question about how you may best implement CONNECT Modules at the workshop last Friday. Here are some sources of information where you may gather ideas about how to implement CONNECT Modules:

  1. Review an example of a sample implementation plan for Module 6: Dialogic Reading Practices. This plan was used by a faculty member in her undergraduate emerging literacy course (see the above attachment "Implementation Plan for CONNECT Module 6").
  2. Go to the CONNECT Modules discussion homepage. You’ll find ideas from faculty and PD providers on how they have implemented Modules 1 through 6:
  3. Watch CONNECT webinar archives of how four faculty used CONNECT Modules in a variety of ways:

Keep these questions coming, we are here to help!

Dialogic reading

I am going to incorporate the Dialogic reading module into two courses I am teaching this semester: kindergarten methods and student teaching. I am thinking of following Sharon's model and doing before and after video tapes.

Ditto on scenarios and

Ditto on scenarios and realistic materials

There are poor role models in

There are poor role models in the communities we serve using evidenced based practices. Therefore, students don't see how it can be used effectively once they are involved in fieldwork experiences.


Use of the modules with students in the summer who are not in classrooms

lack of models?

If our problem continues to be that our students lack teachers in the field that use best practices, having video clips on these modules will enable a teacher to see these models in real life classroom situations. I would hope that this opportunity to see a teacher struggle and then use the approach and reflect on the value - would lend validity to these approaches we often passionately defend in our class time.

Action plan----- Using video

Action plan----- Using video clips of actual teachers will inspire students to use best practices and show their cooperating teachers best practices as well.


Not enough realistic materials and scenerios to support new ECE teachers with issues such as transitions, classroom management, etc. that are evidence-based and relate to the socio-economic status and needs of their students.

 How to embed evidence based

 How to embed evidence based practices into our coursework in a meaningful way and within the time limits of covering everything.


Addressing uneven levels of preparation among students

embedding evidence-based practice in my coursework

There is a disconnect between what is taught during coursework and the field placement tasks. There is not a culture in the academe to teach students to solve clinical problems in the field by looking for evidence based practices. More closely monitored field experiences in which students have to come up with new information and solutions are needed in all coursework.

Use of the Connect modules

I am planning tho use the CONNECT module in three different ways.
First I will use some parts of the modules as assignments in my classes (Inclusive practices in EC, child developemnt, families in EC). These classes are online and have 2-3 face to face meetings. I will use the meetings to introduce a module and work through it part way remaining that the students will have at least one assignment to complete at home based on the module. Other classes will just use some documents of the instructor's resources for self-standing assignments.
Second, I will use the modules in PD with the schools in our area.
Third,we'll use the dillema 4 step learning cycle for our research project in exploring the resiliency research project.