Oklahoma Excel Early Childhood NIC


For the 2021-2022 school year, we are pleased to launch our Early Childhood NIC with two school districts, Oklahoma City Public Schools and Mid-Del Public Schools. Each district team is led by an Improvement Fellow. The Early Childhood NIC partners with districts to serve PK-2 teachers across Oklahoma. 


The Early Childhood NIC, like all NICs, is grounded in a working theory of improvement. The theory of improvement outlines the aim, or goal, that is trying to be reached, the levels in the systems that need to be addressed, and specifically what instructional strategies and interventions (change ideas) could be employed. In 2021-2022, our Early Childhood NIC will work towards improving the knowledge and skills of educators with regards to play-based learning. To do that, we will work together to understand current research, best practices, and how play can enhance the student experience. Teachers will also work on designing high quality play experiences connected to academic outcomes. 

2021-2022 Early Childhood Theory of Improvement 

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Last updated on July 9, 2021