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.

Why Collaborate Birth-3rd Grade?

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Date: May 2013

This talk presents evidence to drive Early High Start/Head Start through third grade collaborations and describes opportunities build skills in data-driven leadership. Tom Schultz gave this presentation to the 2nd National Birth to Five Leadership Institute.

Promoting a Culture of Inclusion for Birth-Third Grade Systems Within State and Local Education Agencies

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Date: May 2013

This presentation describes the current state of an institutional culture of inclusion, identifies real and perceived barriers to achieving and institutional culture of inclusion, develops potential strategies to infuse a viral culture of inclusion, and suggests action steps and recommendations for technical assistance providers to state education agencies, local education agencies, and programs. Jim Squires gave this presentation at the 2013 National Inclusion Institute.

Issues and Actions: Achieving Full Inclusion From Birth – Third Grade

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Date: May 2013

This presentation describes multiple issues impacting birth through third grade inclusion, provides clarity on alignment, continuity, and transitions as they pertain to inclusion, and suggests actions for influencing policy and practice for birth through third grade inclusive services. It concludes with resources available from national technical assistance centers and institutes. Jim Squires presented with Sharon Ritchie (UNC – Chapel Hill) and Beth Rouse (University of Kentucky) at the 2013 National Inclusion Institute.

State Early Learning Standards: Lessons from Applying Implementation Research

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Date: April 2013

This webinar provides an overview of New England and Islands Regional Education Laboratory (NEI-REL) and CEELO, highlights national trends and issues for consideration for implementation, shares best practices related to implementing statewide initiatives, and discusses implementing early learning and development standards in Connecticut.

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