who we are
Teaching Preschool Partners (TPP) bring inquiry, inspiration, and innovation to PreK-3 and Early Learning Environments. TPP builds powerful preschool education programs for children from populations historically at risk for school failure by supporting dissemination and successful implementation of Inquiry Approaches to Learning through exploration and engagement in the arts and sciences.
How TPP Works
TPP helps school districts create demonstration teaching preschools that give visibility to the strong capacities of our youngest learners in Oregon communities. TPP engages with school districts to introduce Inquiry Preschool Classrooms into elementary settings and to align Inquiry Approaches up through the early grades.
- Inquiry builds foundational Habits of Mind - skills, habit, and dispositions linked to school and life success.
- Inquiry engages and motivates teachers to authentically connect with children, carefully differentiating instruction, and drawing on children’s strengths and competences to build school success.
- Inquiry Approaches provide aligned practices in the early grades to provide instructional leaders with developmentally appropriate methods of integrating PreK into the elementary school campus.
Intentional Use of Inquiry Practices
Integrated assessment &
the Habits of Mind assessment tool
Tracks 5 Habits of Mind and Heart and 2 Skill Areas
- Focusing Attention
- Communicating Clearly and Appropriately
-Noticing Relationships and Making Connections
- Collaborating with Others Toward a Shared Goal
- Thinking Strategically and Creatively
- Thinking with Literacy
- Thinking Mathematically
Habits and Skill Areas are strongly related to school achievement and life success (Galinksy, 2010; Golinkoff & Hirsh-Pasek, 2016).
The Habits of Mind assessment is completed using authentic observations of children engaged in the environment, with activities and among peers.
Authentic Connection to children's lives
Inquiry Approaches begin with the understanding that learning is based on relationships with people, ideas, objects and environments. These relationships form the basis for meaning and knowledge building.
Joyful, playful, learning communities honor and value the child’s culture, language, and life experiences in the exploration of ideas, emotions, stories and challenges intentionally offered by teachers.
Intentionally prepared environments and materials steeped in the arts and sciences invite children to wonder, imagine, try out ideas, create and reflect upon their discoveries.
Teachers engage in dynamic, intentional learning relationships with young children, individualizing instructional practice and building children’s image of themselves as successful school learners.
Aligned program elements
Inquiry-based schools recognize the importance of seeking alignment between three major components that influence the quality of an education program.