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Author & Early Childhood Education Expert Launches 2nd Edition of National Preschool Curriculum
Author & Early Childhood Education Expert Launches 2nd Edition of National Preschool Curriculum

In July 2008, Author & Early Learning Expert, Dr. Bisa Batten Lewis, known as Dr. Bisa, made good on her declaration to produce an affordable preschool curriculum that meets national standards. In January 2011, WINGS: The Ideal Curriculum for Children in Preschool, 2nd edition, will be available, along with five  sets of supporting materials for infants, toddlers, preschoolers/pre-k, family/group child care, and after-school programs. The updated WINGS Curriculum Parent Handbook includes new information on play and learning, along with more resources and forms to support home-learning.

WINGS is an acronym for Wonder, Interests, Needs, Goals and Skills –the essential components of a developmentally and culturally appropriate curriculum. Dr. Bisa designed the WINGS Curriculum to meet the resounding requests of child care providers to obtain a quality, yet practical curriculum addressing the developmental and cultural needs of young children. Dr. Bisa says, “In the ECE profession, we are so good at telling providers what to do, but horrible at showing them how to do it. WINGS Curriculum offers strategies that are simple, yet effective for early childhood educators to implement on a consistent basis.” Dr. Bisa continues, “Many parents and educators frown at the concept of ‘play’, because they have yet to witness appropriate implementations. I wrote WINGS with all teachers and parents in mind. My primary goal was to ensure that any teacher is able to organize and manage her classroom using research-based methods, while showing parents how children learn by ‘doing’.” Through a variety of group activities and exploration, WINGS Curriculum encourages teachers to tell children new concepts and information; show it to them; and then, let them do something with it. “Before you know it, children will be teaching each other, which is the highest level of learning”.

Pamela Whitney, Director of Northside Hospital Child Development Center in Atlanta and part-time university ECE instructor shares, “WINGS provides more 'meat', which my staff needs. We have been NAEYC-accredited for years.”  Whitney continues, “I have had the same staff since I became director 12 years ago and some of my teachers have been here longer than me. We needed a change, after using the same curriculum for so many years. WINGS is the change we needed and allows us to maintain the quality we are conditioned to!”

WINGS Curriculum 2nd edition features include:

*   New section on “Play and Learning”

*   Research updates from NAEYC, Better Brains for Babies, Zero to Three, Copple and Bredekamp, and more…

*   Updated WINGS Curriculum Parent Handbook

*   New! Five WINGS Curriculum Supplement CDs for infants, toddlers, preschoolers/pre-k, family/group child care, and after school care containing 12 months of lesson plan ideas AND 12 months of WINGS Parent Newsletters. Programs will have lesson plans for the entire year on one CD!

*   e-forms CD (electronic versions of all WINGS Curriculum forms in fillable format)

*   New! WINGS Curriculum Book of Forms containing new forms for blended programs/mixed age groups, home connections, classroom management, and more.

Learn more about the WINGS Curriculum at www.WINGScurriculum.com .

 

About Dr. Bisa

Dr. Bisa is Founder and Managing Partner of Ideal Early Learning, LLC and WINGS Curriculum, LLC. She is a published author of education and parenting articles, college textbooks, children's books, early childhood curriculum, early learning handbooks and more. Dr. Bisa is a diversely experienced and highly respected Early Care and Education authority. Having supervised multiple child development centers and college lab schools, provided education for learners from preschool to the university level, and lead programs from state licensure to national accreditation, she offers realistic methods of implementing quality early learning practices.

With a belief in giving back and being involved, Dr. Bisa was recently chosen as the new Program Consultant for the United Way of Metro Atlanta Smart Start Education Substitute Teacher Program, was invited and inducted into The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, and serves on the board of The Ken Ford Foundation. Her career goal is to enlighten the minds of legislators, educators, and parents, in hopes that all children will have sufficient opportunities to learn.

Dr. Bisa earned the Doctor of Education Degree in Adult Education at the University of Georgia and the Bachelor of Science and Master of Education Degrees in Early Childhood Education at Albany State University. Professing as a life goal to advocate for children, she is actively committed to upgrading the quality of early learning settings around the world.