Center for Early Childhood Professional Development

Reflecting Oklahoma's commitment to high quality early care and education by providing professional development that produces results!

The Professional Development Model

The five components of the OU ERF model are appropriate environment, research-based curriculum, differentiated coaching, progress monitoring, and content knowledge. Each is necessary for optimal learning (OLS) to occur; however alone none are sufficient to create an OLS for acceleration. This evidence-based model has been implemented in ERF projects at the University of Oklahoma. Appropriate environment includes aspects found within evidence-based pre-school curricula. These aspects encompass a safe and interesting physical environment (e.g., interest centers, literacy rich displays of children’s work, classroom library and writing center, alphabet display, etc.); a daily routine, with small and large group time, that incorporates literacy as part of both focused and indirect instruction; and a classroom community in which oral language is stressed for relation building as well as problem-solving. The ERF curriculum stresses early language, cognitive, and pre-reading skills that prepare children for continued school success. Pre-reading skills include oral language development, phonological awareness, print awareness, and alphabet knowledge.

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