The federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) has provided state education agencies (SEAs) with new and broadened opportunities to bring early learning to the forefront of their education strategies, and to encourage local school districts to do the same. This presentation provided at the 2019 ESEA Conference discusses the evidence-based early learning initiatives that have emerged as ESSA is implemented across the country and provides advice and recommendations to SEA and LEA leaders on how to seize those opportunities.
The Louisiana legislature charged the Early Childhood Care and Education Commission with making recommendations to build on the current early care and education (ECE) quality infrastructure. Lori provided commission members with information on how selected states have developed a sustainable financing plan for increasing access to quality ECE, particularly for infants and toddlers.
State level leadership and organizational capacity is essential to leading sustained improvements in early learning opportunities and outcomes. This session at the Ounce of Prevention – Partnership for PreK Improvement (PPI) peer learning convening highlights the CEELO Vision paper and discusses organizational capacity, effectiveness, and leadership and staff capabilities necessary for states to lead improvement in the long-term. Presenters also explore strategies and opportunities for advocacy that focus on creating the organizational capacity necessary to advance PPI’s work. You can also explore this work further on our project page on Highly Effective Offices of Early Learning.
Leadership development is an on-going process and it involves complex skills and abilities related to establishing vision and direction, providing motivation and guidance, and promoting collaboration within and across agencies and programs. This 3-hour session explores toolkits and resources designed to support knowledge and skill development in individual leaders to enable them successfully build and sustain high quality systems that implement evidence-based practices.
CEELO and NIEER presenters provided information during this webinar to the National Council of State Legislatures Early Learning Fellows Program, highlighting how to design PreK programs for success, and craft policies to reach goals. The presentation focuses on costs and revenues, selected high-capacity states, and how to seize opportunities in ESSA, PDG and other resources. (August 2018)
Taking Leadership to a New Level: Helping Early Intervention Leaders Adapt to Change and Move Programs and Policies to Success for Young Children
This session held during the 2018 Improving Data – Improving Outcomes Summer Data Institute aimed at helping participants better understand the characteristics of a good leader and reflect on their own leadership skills. State experiences and resources were shared that support knowledge and skill development in individual leaders. (August 2018)
This presentation reviewed the findings of the recent report PreK-3rd Grade Systems: Lessons Learned from New York School Districts. Delivered at the New York State Department of Education Summer Institute (July 2018).
Taking Technical Assistance To A New Level: Helping Early Childhood Leaders Adapt To Change And Move Programs And Policies To Success For Young Children
This presentation focuses on three essential characteristics of high performing early childhood efforts: individual and organizational capacity, organizational effectiveness and efficiency, and leadership and staff capabilities. CEELO’s Jana Martella and Diane Schilder presented at the 2018 NAEYC Professional Learning Institute in Austin, TX.
“Evidence-Based” Is Not A Dirty Word: How To Confidently Use And Contribute To Research In Your Practice
This presentation provides strategies and tools to identify high-quality research and practice and strategies for applying research to program and classroom use. CEELO’s Melissa Dahlin and Diane Schilder were joined by Kathleen Theodore (AIR) at the 2018 NAEYC Professional Learning Institute in Austin, TX.
CEELO Director Lori Connors-Tadros and Susan Mitchell, AEM/PDG TA lead conducted a one day training for the Arkansas Preschool Development subgrantees.
CEELO Director Lori Connors-Tadros presents information on using the Cost of Preschool Quality and Revenue tool to get good data on costs of high quality early learning programs to drive policy decisions.