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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, May 30 - June 5, 2003 - 99 Cape partners with day c00u,e providers By Amy Reardon The rise of accountability in school systems is making educators look farther back in child develop- ment for ways to improve performance. Research shows that children learn more information faster from birth to three years of age than any other time in their development. Day care providers are no longer baby-sitters, who keep children safe while parents work, they have become children's first teachers out- side the home. Cape Henlopen School District has recognized that early life experiences and education opportunities shape academic success and has creat- ed Baby xrfldngs to support day cares and new par- ents in giving children the best possible start. Delaware Department of Education and the Cape district partnered to have its first meeting with local Bayko Continued from page 98 "She's teacher of the year. She helps me do a sentence and put a period at the end," said Maris ScheUinger. "She's a great teacher because instead of morning work, some- times we get free time to clean out our desks," said Artez Sheppard. Bayko's students are part of Shields' Intensive Learning Center and split their time between the classroom, speech, occupational and physical thera- py. Each student has his or her day care providers concerning academics, May 15, at the Lewes Library. Dr. Jim Lesko, Delaware Depart- ment of Education early childhood education associ- ate, gave providers a curriculum guide which out- lines education experiences children should en- counter before starting school. Representatives from 10 day cares brainstormed about ways the district could support them in preparing children to become students. "It's been one the visions of Delaware's Mid-At- lantic Early Childhood Education Team to support districts partnering with day care providers," said Lesko. "We want to have meetings like this in all 14 school districts in the state. We approached Cape first because it initiated the Baby Vikings program." Continued on page 101 I own education plan tailored to' specific strengths and weakness. "The purpose of special educa- tion is to give individual attention to each student," said Bayko, who breaks her class of 15 into small groups for academic work. With the help of her paraprofessionals Beth Shinn and Kathy Gehrt, she is able to work with each student on a one-on-one basis. 'q'he complexity of each child is the biggest challenge," said Bayko. "They're all on a different levels and all in one room." Many of Bayko's students face physical challenges from blind- ness in one eye to cerebral palsy and struggle to pay attention dur- ing lessons. "I constantly have to think ahead to keep students interest- ed," said Bayko. "I have to keep them on task, motivated and excit- ed about learning. To keep one student interested in 'Charlotte's Web,' I told her I would turn on :the tight-up spider web. I ieamexl the 'If you do something for me, l will do something for you,' tech- nique from my time working at Sussex Consortium." Bayko uses songs, games and rewards to keep her students inter- ested in learning. If she notices a student making eye contact during Norton Continued from page 98 These students have to meet the same standards as others regard- less of a language barrier." Although the state has ESL standards, it does not have an ESL curriculum. One of Norton's chal- lenges after coming to Indian River in 1999 was to create a cur- riculum that would help her stu- dents meet state and federal stan- dards. "The ESL population certainly is not trailing," said Norton. "These students are motivated hard-workers." Along with helping her students in the classroom, she has helped develop extra-time programs like Project Village, a Head Start pro- gram for Hispanic students, and an MBNA after-school program that tutors Hispanic students in reading, science and social stud- ies. The after-school program won MBNA's Excellence in Education award this year. "Students who don't have help at home come to the after-school program," said Norton. "We read non-fiction materials in science and social studies because that is where the big vocabulary gaps are. It's not that parents don't want to help, but they are limited if they can't read English." Norton's next goal is to help the district create a bilingual elemen- tary program. "I know the funding may not be there for a while," said Norton. "A bilingual program would need two teachers for each classroom: one for Spanish instruction and one for English instruction, and we would need bilingual materi- als. But district is interested and has looked at other bilingual pro- gramS." While Norton explores bilin- gual elementary programs with the district, she and science spe- cialist Donna Tate are working on a grant for a bilingual after-school program. "We need to help ESL children develop their strengths," said Norton. "They need instruction in English and Spanish so they can be literate in both languages. That is how they will get jobs in the future." 000144N The Great Florida needs teachers in most subject areas. Positions are available in urban and rural districts. The Teach-In provides a convenient, cost-effective forum for teachers seeking employment opportunities in Florida to meet with school district personnel. June 16-18, 2003 HyaU Orlando For mo infounaaon or to nquest an plication: Call $00-TE, ACH-FL (M0-g32-24 e-mail your t to Dimm.Mtwll V'mit our ttmehm reauitmat v, mlmim 8t www. Norton's bilingual after-school program would be open to fami- lies. Out of Norton's 32 students, five can read in Spanish. "If we can help the parents become literate in Spanish maybe we can get them motivated to learn English," said Norton. While many districts have one or two ESL teachers that travel between schools, Indian River has one ESL teacher in every building where students who speak lan- guages other languages at home. District Teacher of the Year awardees from throughout the state will meet with officials, June 20, to learn how to assemble port- folios for the State Teacher of the Year competition. A Fu.U Service Salon 3304 Highway One, Rehoboth 302-226-1400 Featuring .Jill StTick formerly of Robert Thomas Salon Teraporariiy servicing dlent at Izzy Plaza, Dewey Beac Look for coming next door to our [o.ation. An mmrdon to Cape Honlopen School District hopes to partner with local day care providers to better prepare children for school through the Baby Viking program. Shown is (l-r) Linda Dick- en, Sussex Family YMCA; Mechele Blizzard, Shell's Child Care Center 1; and Dr. Jim Lesko, Delaware Department of Education early childhood education associate, during Cape's first meeting with day care providers. a lesson, raising his hand to answer a question, politely asking to borrow an-eraser, or helping another student with an assign- ment, she gives him a bonus dol- phin dollar for the school store. Bayko's love for her students and dedication to her job drives her ability to keep students on task and meet individual needs. When Bayko asks students what they want to be when they grow up, they answer: doctor, teacher and scientist. "Sometimes Mrs. Bayko does- Wilming Information \\; n't like to help us:' said Shanika Glover. "She wants us to do it by ourselves." Bayko, who knew she wanted to work with children since at age 14 and found her niche in special education in college, finds the greatest satisfaction watching her students finish assignments on their own, tie their shoes and zip up their jackets. "When a student holds up a book and says: 'I can read this on my own and I'm going to read it again.' That's the best thing," said Bayko. .// Non-Credit Courses in C0mputers, Art, and Languages NEWl Selling on eBay! Free Breakfast Forums and Seminars