School environment and curriculum enhancement
School plays an important role in early childhood development. The Project team uses the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale® (ECERS-R, ECERS-E), which is a widely used international benchmark to assess school environment and curriculum of KeySteps schools, and design corresponding professional development program, on-site coaching and school enhancement program based on the assessment results. The Project will conduct environmental assessment for participating schools and provide resource support for necessary improvement work.
Professional development of teachers
KeySteps@JC has adapted a Four-tier Teacher Professional Development Framework, including conference, workshop, on-site coaching and learning community. With joint efforts from our multi-disciplinary Project team and international Project consultants, principals and teachers of participating schools can have comprehensive training on medical, education, and welfare sectors. To raise training effectiveness, the Project has also invited a group of experienced early childhood educators from the Pacific Early Childhood Education Research Association – Hong Kong to deliver on-site coaching to the participating schools, to enhance the school environment and teaching effectiveness.