Press Release - SMCOE Leader in Early Learning Recognized

San Mateo County Office of Education Leader in Early Learning Recognized

by the California Kindergarten Association

REDWOOD CITY, CA – January 12, 2015 – Maryanne Patterson, Manager, California State Preschool Program, has been recognized by the California Kindergarten Association with a Judith A. Brown Administrative Recognition Award. The award honors administrators who exemplify strong leadership and exemplary support of early childhood educators and who encourage professional development.

Ms. Patterson was recognized for her work in the creation of the annual Intentional Teacher Fair, which showcases the work of early childhood educators in San Mateo County. The fourth annual Intentional Teacher Fair took place in May 2014 and provided preschool, transitional kindergarten, and kindergarten teachers with the opportunity to highlight the intentional and reflective teaching strategies they use in the classroom daily. Panel displays showed how teachers closely observe and study the significance of early learning within the complexity of teaching young children.

An event like the Intentional Teacher Fair provides an opportunity to better understand the importance of curricular alignment across the spheres of early learning, from preschool, transitional kindergarten, and kindergarten through grade 3 (PreK-3). No formal structure currently exists to support PreK-3 curriculum alignment although national experts in early learning have advocated for a continuous and well-aligned set of early learning experiences to set children on a path to success.

The Judith A. Brown Administrative Recognition Award was established on the occasion of the California Kindergarten Association’s 25th Anniversary and honors the leadership of Judith Brown, the first CKA President. A Certificate of Recognition will be presented to Ms. Patterson at the California Kindergarten Association’s annual Preschool-Kindergarten-1st grade (PK1) Conference. The PK1 Conference will take place on January 16– 18, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara.

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Contact Information:

Nancy Magee, Administrator, Board Support and Community Relations

San Mateo County Office of Education

nmagee@smcoe.org

650-802-5553