Teaching Strategies GOLD

Vermont Birth to Five offers a comprehensive Teaching Strategies GOLD training and support project to two regions across the state each year. Approximately 40 early childhood professionals from home- and center-based programs engage in a nine month process of introductory training, ongoing coaching, and advanced training including the use of technology to support use of the assessment system, implementation of the on-line assessment system in their program including completion of three checkpoints, and reliability certification.

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Teaching Strategies GOLD is an observational assessment measure used by teachers and designed to assess the ongoing development and learning of children from birth through kindergarten. This research-backed assessment tool has 36 objectives organized within the areas of social–emotional, physical, language, cognitive, literacy, and mathematics.

With Teaching Strategies GOLD, teachers can:

  • Use a variety of online tools to gather and organize meaningful data quickly, including online portfolios where children’s work can be stored.
  • Create a developmental profile of each child to answer the questions, “What does this child know? What is he or she able to do?”
  • Understand how their observations relate to important objectives for development and learning and use that understanding to scaffold each child’s learning.
  • Determine if a child is making progress and compare the child’s knowledge, skills, and behaviors to those of most children of his or her age or class/group.
  • Recognize children who might benefit from special help, screening, or further evaluation.
  • Generate comprehensive reports that can be customized easily and shared with family members and other stakeholders.