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.

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.

Understanding the Birth Through Third Grade Framework: Supporting Continuous and Sustained Learning for Every Child

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Date: September 2013

This webinar demonstrates what a birth through third grade framework is and its benefits, implications on SEA and LEA policies and practices, shared the experiences of forward-thinking state leaders, and discussed how birth through third technical assistance can support states in shifting to birth through twelfth grade systems action. Presenters included Lori Connors-Tadros (CEELO/NIEER), Jim Squires (CEELO/NIEER), Clayton Burch (Office of Early Learning, West Virginia Department of Education), and Linda Sullivan-Dudzic (Bremerton School District, WA).

Promoting Holistic, Shared and Consistent Birth-3rd Grade Pedagogy and Practice

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Date: September 2013

This presentation explains why improving early learning opportunities birth through third grade is an urgent priority, describes how young children are doing in birth through third grade, and explains what we know about birth through third grade pedagogy and practice. Tom Schultz gave this presentation at the Vermont Governor’s Early Childhood Summit Focus Group.

Supporting SEA Early Learning Initiatives – How We Can Help You!

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Date: August 2013

This presentation gives an overview of CEELO and resources it hosts on the CEELO website. It also includes information from the NIEER State of Preschool  Yearbook  on the Mid Atlantic Comprehensive Center region.  Jana Martella and Megan Carolan gave this presentation at the Mid-Atlantic Comprehensive Center Early Learning Round Table.

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