Describe why the video above is an important resource for program administrators. Define and discuss the three dimensions of developmentally appropriate practice (DAP) outlined in our text (Knowledge of child development and learning; knowing each child as an individual; and the community’s social and cultural context).

Week 4 – Discussion

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Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

Leading the Way for Developmentally Appropriate Practices

Leading the Way for Developmentally Appropriate Practices. 1st Post Due by Day 3. One of the many responsibilities of a program administrator includes serving as an instructional leader. As such, you are expected to both model and coach others in your program to ensure that their instructional strategies are developmentally appropriate and culturally sensitive. As the educational leader, you have a unique opportunity to support each and every child in your program. Doing so will require an understanding of several important terms and laws.

To discover resources for advocating for children with disabilities, begin by watching this five-minute introductory video, Wrightslaw Provides Answers to your Questions (Links to an external site.).

In your initial post,

  • Describe why the video above is an important resource for program administrators.
  • Define and discuss the three dimensions of developmentally appropriate practice (DAP) outlined in our text (Knowledge of child development and learning; knowing each child as an individual; and the community’s social and cultural context).
  • Discuss the role of the program administrator in implementing DAP.

Guided Response: Respond to two of your peers’ posts. Ask a question or expand on two aspects of their post to expand their perspective on their role in meeting children’s individual needs and using research-based best practices to do so.