Focused Portfolios™: A Complete Assessment for the Young Child

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About Gaye Gronlund, M.A.
Publications by Gaye Gronlund
Focused Portfolios (TM): A Complete Assessment for the Young Child - for tracking early childhood education. Gaye Gronlund, M.A., ECE Consulting, Inc.

Gaye is an active early childhood education consultant throughout the U.S. helping schools and programs to do what's right for young children and providing guidance in developmentally appropriate curricular practices and assessment procedures.

She is an author, presenter, program and authentic assessment designer, and expert in early learning standards. In her writings and staff development sessions, she focuses on implementing learning through play and exploration, incorporating early learning standards, and assessing children's progress through observation and portfolios. Her suggestions are realistic and practical and help early educators continue to focus on meeting the needs of individual children and to maintain their passion for their work.

Gaye is a former preschool, kindergarten and primary teacher of both regular and special education. With her classroom experience in play-based curriculum and authentic assessment, and her extensive experience as a staff development specialist, she helps others truly understand and implement best practices for young children.

She is the author of six books, all published by Redleaf Press, and has written several articles that have been published in the NAEYC journal, Young Children. She served as the Project Manager for NAEYC for all resources related to the new edition of Developmentally Appropriate Practice.

Since 1990, clients have included: The National Association for the Education of Young children, the State of New Mexico PreK Program and the Office of Child Development, Child Care Learning Project of Ivy Tech Colleges of Indiana, Indiana Child Care Fund, Indiana Department of Education, South Carolina Department of Education, Illinois Resource Center, Illinois Starnet Agencies, Chicago Public Schools, Indiana School for the Deaf, Indianapolis Head Start, Indianapolis Day Nursery, Indianapolis Cooperative Preschools, and schools and programs throughout Connecticut, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico, Wisconsin and Tennessee.