Our periodic newsletter, Impact, was designed to provide updates on CEELO’s technical assistance and information resources.

September 30, 2019

This sunset issue of Impact provides notes of thanks and good-bye from CEELO’s principal investigator and project directors, along with shared resources from recent project work.  Featured projects include the Legacy 2030 Pioneer project and amplifying voices from the state specialists.  The final cohort 5 meeting of the Leadership Academy is also noted.

March 20, 2019

This issue shares the experiences of Pioneers in Early Childhood Education and the lessons they have learned over the past 50 years. CEELO shines the spotlight on systems thinking as it kicks off a pilot training for State Systems Thinking Facilitators with 10 former Leadership Academy fellows. CEELO is also excited to announce cohort 5 of the Leadership Acadamy and share new tools like the Cost of Preschool Quality & Revenue Calculator 4.0.

December 12, 2018

This issue’s “Perspective” highlights the crucial role stakeholders play in state early education policy, specifically how New Mexico systematically engaged with a variety of constituents for its PDG B-5 proposal. Our Leadership Spotlight shines on Jim Squires, who offers advice for state early education leaders, and CEELO shares resources to help create highly effective offices of early learning, updates on our leadership professional learning community and news about the 2019 Leadership Academy.

October 11, 2018

Happy New Year! CEELO launches Year 7 and shares a renovated website providing easier access to resources and other materials; this issue also highlights Laura Bornfreund, director of early and elementary education policy at New America, our partner for the ESSA blog series. We share resources from BUILD to help states applying for PDG-B5 grants, key points from a recent Think Tank on calculating “true costs” of quality preschool, and a look at how New York is planning and implementing a P3 framework.

July 18, 2018

This issue shares lessons learned by former state early education policymakers and shines a spotlight on the influential career of Gayle Stuber, retired Kansas State Department of Education early childhood coordinator. CEELO also seeks submissions for a new blog series, launches a new webpage focused on OEL effectiveness, and shares a retrospective review of the State Early Learning Leadership Academy, along with recent presentations on ESSA, financing high-quality pre-K, applying research to programs and classrooms and taking TA “to the next level.”

May 24, 2018

This issue addresses early childhood workforce issues and features Mississippi Superintendent of Education Carey Wright sharing advice for getting policymakers to support pre-K. CEELO also shares materials from a recent Cost of Preschool Quality Think Tank and strategic planning progress in Maryland. Looking forward to Roundtable 2018 on June 7-8 in in Austin TX!

March 20, 2018

This issue focuses on the legacy and lessons learned from two groundbreaking state preschool programs. Our Leadership Spotlight features Susan Adams, assistant commissioner for Georgia’s Pre-K celebrating its 25th anniversary. CEELO also shares a redesigned CPQ&R to calculate costs and identify funding streams associated with providing high-quality ECE, along with a TA@Work story about a multi-state consortium focusing on enhancing family engagement.

January 24, 2018

This issue focuses on the future and the important role early learning plays in creating a more productive, equitable and healthy future for children, families and communities. Our Leadership Spotlight features Sue Reed, Maine Department of Education early learning specialist. CEELO also shares new ESSA and KEA resources and a TA@Work story from Utah.

November 21, 2017

This issue celebrates five years of CEELO partnership with state early childhood specialists and previews what is coming next. Our Leadership Spotlight features Lauren Zbysinski, AZ Dept of Education Director of Professional Learning & Sustainability and NAECS-SDE Vice President. CEELO shares lots of new resources and shares TA@Work stories from Virginia and Kentucky.

September 21, 2017

This issue features CEELO’s Jim Squires reflection on updates in quality standards benchmarks in the NIEER State of Preschool Yearbook. Participants in the 2016-2017 CEELO Leadership Academy share their perspectives on leadership. Also inside are examples of CEELO TA at work and new resources available.

July 20, 2017

This issue explores leading for change in early childhood education. CEELO’s Melissa Dahlin discusses lessons in leadership during times of change. Our Leadership Spotlight features Renee DeMars-Johnson of Michigan, recipient of the 2017 NAECS-SDE Light Award, and our TA@Work section highlights practical benefits of the EC Academy.

May 18, 2017

This issue explores early childhood policy leadership. CEELO’s Diane Schilder provides perspectives on leading from the middle. Highlighted is Nicol Russell, an Arizona leader who wears  hats as both Deputy Associate Superintendent for Early Childhood and Director of the state Head Start State Collaboration Office, along with updated resources.

March 16, 2017

This issue focuses on collaboration, featuring the perspective of CEELO’s GG Weisenfeld, former Director of Hawaii’s Executive Office on Early Learning; a discussion with Debra Anderson of Smart Start Oklahoma and Sharon Morgan, director of early childhood for the Oklahoma Department of Education, and updated resources on early education in ESSA.

January 27, 2017

This newsletter focuses on leading in times of transition. It includes a thought piece by CEELO’s Jana Martella and a discussion with Harriet Feldlaufer (CT Director of Division of Early Care and Education) and John Pruette (NC Executive Director of Office of Early Learning).

November 15, 2016

Explore our new Impact newsletter, featuring expert perspectives, profiles of education leaders, TA success stories, our latest resources and CEELO events. Our first edition focuses on implementing ESSA for early education, and a Q&A with Alabama  Department of Early Childhood Education Secretary Jeana Ross.

January 19, 2016

  • Topics covered:  teaching quality, kindergarten entry assessments (KEA), Preschool Expansion Grants, family engagement, CEELO annual report, leadership, Leadership Academy, measuring child outcomes, program quality improvement systems, licensing exemptions

September 30, 2015

  • Topics covered: leadership, pre-K eligibility, school-community partnerships, teaching and learning, technology, retention, expulsion and suspension, assessment to improve instruction, and state early learning directory of contacts.

June 25, 2015

  • Topics covered: collaboration and communication in Louisiana (interview with Jenna Conway), early childhood indicators, financing early childhood systems, pre-K eligibility, School Improvement Grant early learning model

April 1, 2015

  • Topics covered: B-3, best practices for teachers and administrators to support DLL, Kindergarten, B-3 principal leadership, title I and early childhood, CEELO TA in Georgia and Indiana, School Improvement Grants and the Early Learning Model, Part C and Section 619

December 23, 2014

  • Topics covered: leadership academy, principals, leadership, evaluation of ECE teachers, language and literacy standards, assessment, transition to Kindergarten, dual language learners, immigrants, Kentucky Early Learning Leadership Networks, implementing ECE policy, QRIS and inclusion

September 22, 2014

  • Topics covered: CEELO Advsiory Board, leadership, leadership academy, early childhood indicators, Indistar®, early learning standards, research-based curriculum models, implementing a birth through 3rd grade approach, using child-level data to improve instruction, tools to build effective early intervention and preschool special education systems, early childhood program evaluation, ‘rebranding’ kindergarten readiness assessments, effective early literacy models, facts about fadeout, peer learning communities, teacher evaluation

July 1, 2014

  • Topics covered: Early Learning Leadership Academy, CEELO Roundtable, Scholastic Light Award, TA on longitudinal evaluation, SLOs, logic model, prioritizing services, providing TA to you, State KEAs, understanding pre-K inclusion data, making alignment less painful, Child-Care-Head Start Partnerships, Directory of State Early Learning Contacts, access to high quality care and education, rebranding KEAs, measuring reading proficiency, formative assessment, annotated bibliographies on early childhood assessment and financing ECE

April 10, 2014

  • Topics covered: TA on assessment appraisal rubric, embed program quality standards, develop pre-K accountability measures, evaluation framework, comprehensive assessment system, revising standards, CEELO launched state info pages, expanding access to quality; achieving full inclusion, developing kindergarten entry policies, effective numeracy and literacy programs, how teacher evaluation systems are incorporating pre-K to third grade
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