PENNSYLVANIA CORE KNOWLEDGE COMPETENCIES FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD AND SCHOOL-AGE PROFESSIONALS
The Pennsylvania Core Knowledge Competencies for Early Childhood and School-Age Professionals (formerly known as the Core Body of Knowledge) is an essential component of Pennsylvania's professional development system. It identifies a set of content areas that help define the knowledge expectations for professionals in settings within the early childhood and school-age field. It supports students' preparation for entry into the field of early childhood and school-age care as well as professionals' commitment to lifelong learning through ongoing professional growth. This revision is designed to be more inclusive of all group settings and updated to reflect revised learning standards and current research on best practice.
PENNSYLVANIA BIG IDEAS FRAMEWORK & INDIVIDUAL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD AND SCHOOL-AGE PROFESSIONALS
The Pennsylvania Big Ideas Framework and Individual Professional Development Plan for Early Childhood and School-Age Professionals (formerly known as the PDR) is a companion document to the CKCs. It is a summary of the core competencies presented as Big Ideas and Essential Questions and will be the primary tool for consideration of long and short term professional development goals and the creation of professional development plans for individual early childhood and school-age educators.
These materials will be rolled out over the course of the next year and a half and by July 2015 will completely replace the current Core Body of Knowledge and Professional Development Record. In July 2014, the Big Ideas Framework will be available to fill out online through the PA Keys workforce registry; this online completion will be required for Keystone STARS providers beginning July 1, 2015.
Professional development on the new Core Knowledge Competencies and Big Ideas Framework will begin in early Spring 2014. It is recommended that individuals participate in this training to become familiar with the content of these new materials.
Ordering additional hardcopies
For additional hardcopies, please follow these directions:
- To purchase by credit card: Go to www.childcorepublishing.com. Click on Standards and choose Core Knowledge package.
- To purchase by check or purchase order: Email your contact information and quantity desired to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line “Core Knowledge Competencies Package.” Someone will contact you with payment instructions.
- Costs are as follows:
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1 $12.50 2 $15.00
5 $18.50 15 $30.00
25 $37.50 50 $62.50
75 $82.50 100 $100.00
CBK and PDR - Available until 6/30/14
The Core Body of Knowledge (CBK) and Professional Development Record (PDR) work together to assist Pennsylvania’s early childhood and school-age practitioners in identifying and tracking their professional development.