State education leaders and early learning policy makers are increasingly working together to coordinate fiscal and human resources to ensure children experience consistently high quality learning experiences before they enter school and into the elementary school years. Early childhood educators and K-3rd grade staff are working together to align standards, curriculum and assessment, as well as promote leadership and professional development, so that all have the skills and knowledge needed to support children’s learning across ages and grades.

Kindergarten as a Critical Link

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Date: March 2015

This presentation focuses on ways that school districts can develop kindergarten policies to both support alignment across the early grades and ensure effective transitions for children and families into elementary school. The session highlights ten policies that support, promote, and enhance the learning and joy of learning for all kindergarten children, leading to positive child outcomes for all. Panelists share how districts and school are enacting and implementing these policies, with a discussion of strategies, approaches, and outcomes. Melissa Dahlin and Shannon Riley-Ayers gave this presentation at the Ounce of Prevention’s Excellence in the Early Grades District Leadership Summit with Vincent Costanza (New Jersey Department of Education), Anne Arnold (Highline Public Schools, WA), and Rick Falkenstein (Kingwood Township School District, NJ).

The Impact of Policy on the Class of 2027: Early Care and Education in South Carolina

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Date: November 2014

This presentation details policy mechanisms that lead to improved child outcomes. The presentation discusses young children’s brain development, dimensions of readiness, elements and measurements of quality, the P-20 approach, and other areas policy can impact. It also includes information on return on investments in early childhood for South Carolina. Jim Squires presented at the Early Childhood Common Agenda Forum South Carolina Children’s Trust.

Using Assessments to Improve Transitions to Kindergarten

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Date: November 2014

This webinar features nationally known experts in discussion on how to integrate KEAs into a comprehensive assessment system and how to use the data to inform teaching practices. State departments of education presenters also highlight practical strategies they are using to assess a child’s school readiness and adjust instruction to help bridge any gaps. This webinar was co-sponsored by the Regional Education Laboratory (REL) Northwest. Presenters include CEELO’s Jana Martella and Tom Schultz, along with Jacqueline Jones (Foundation for Child Development), John Pruette (Office of Early Learning, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction), and Fiona Helsel (REL Northwest).

Supporting State Education Agencies Implementing a Birth Through Third Grade Approach

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Date: August 2014

This webinar focuses on recent developments in birth through third grad approaches with an emphasis on the state education agency’s role and technical assistance support. CEELO held this webinar for state early childhood education specialists and regional comprehensive center staff. The webinar features Dr. Kristie Kauerz, Director of the National P – 3 Center at the University of Washington and David Jacobsen, Professional Excellence Director/Cambridge Education, who showcases work underway in communities across Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Birth through Grade Three Learning Hub.

New Early Childhood Indistar® Indicators

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Date: August 2014

This webinar introduces the audience to new Early Childhood Indistar® Indicators developed by CEELO in collaboration with the Center on Innovations (CIL) in Learning. Indistar® is a web-based system for use with district and/or school improvement teams to inform, coach, sustain, track, and report improvement activities. The new early childhood indicators provide an opportunity for stakeholders to use indicators and the associated research to align early childhood education with school improvement efforts.

What Do We Know About Principal Preparation, Licensure Requirements, and Professional Development for School Leaders?

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Author(s): Kirsty Clarke Brown, Jim Squires, Lori Connors-Tadros, and Michelle Horowitz
Date: July 2014

This policy report describes findings from a CEELO review of data on 21 states’ principal licensure requirements, interviews with experts on principal preparation and professional development in seven states, and interviews with staff at the National Association of Elementary School Principals and the National Institute for School Leadership. Our research reveals an array of administrator licensure titles assigned to grade-level authority across states, some permitting principals or administrators the flexibility to oversee programs ranging from early childhood through high school. Early childhood content is not a required element of principal preparation or professional development for principals in most states, according to our findings. Very few states have any formal requirement for early childhood content in licensure for principals responsible for early education programs. Some states have developed policies and programs that acknowledge a need for integrating early childhood content, but very few have progressed beyond initial stages of providing training or outlining policies.  (July 2014, Policy Report)

Roundtable Reflections 2014

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Date: July 2014

This paper provides broad highlights from Roundtable sessions and lists resources identified by participants. The 2014 theme centered on improving the quality of teaching birth through grade three.

From a Crawl to a Run: Enhancing and Sustaining Children’s Learning Birth Through Third Grade

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Date: July 2014

This presentation describes a birth through third grade framework and its benefits and offers examples of what it looks like in practice. It also discusses what promotes and hinders a birth through third grade framework and highlights the roles state agencies, programs, administrators, policymakers, providers, and parents can play. Jim Squires gave this presentation at the Mississippi Early Childhood Conference.

Early Learning Chiropractory: Can we Make Standards Alignment a Little Less Painful?

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Date: June 2014

This presentation examines how states are approaching a comprehensive early learning system of standards and explores emerging tools to move state standards along a cohesive and high-quality continuum. CEELO’s Jana Martella and Tom Schultz, along with Albert Wat (National Governors Association) and Jim Lesko (ELC-TA) at the 2014 NAEYC Professional Development Institute.

Understanding Pre-K Inclusion Data: Making the Most of the NIEER State of Preschool Yearbook

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Date: May 2014

This presentation demonstrates why a high quality preschool matters in an inclusive birth through third grade context. It explains what the 2013 NIEER State of  Yearbook data tells readers and how the data can be used. It concludes with a list of additional resources. Jim Squires presented these slides at the National Inclusion Institute.

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