New! Leadership at ALL Levels: Advancing the Field Through Individual and Organizational Leadership

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Author(s): Jana Martella
Date: May 2019

Leadership Development is an ongoing 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 presentation will explore tool kits and resources designed to support knowledge and skill development in individual leaders so they can successfully build and sustain high-quality systems that implement evidence-based practices, such as the HighScope framework.

New! Lifelong Lessons: What I Learned at Highscope That Shaped Early Learning Policy and Practice

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Author(s): Ellen Frede
Date: May 2019

More than 40 years ago as a teacher and curriculum consultant at HighScope, Ellen Frede was exposed to central principles of teaching, learning. and professional development in early childhood settings. In this keynote, Dr. Frede will describe how these principles have been instrumental in shaping the development of our field and should continue to guide practice in classrooms and programs.

New! High Quality Preschool is Necessary but Not Sufficient to Ensure Equity

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Author(s): Lori Connors-Tadros
Date: May 2019

The National Institute for Early Education Research’s State of Preschool Yearbook 2018 provides data to inform policymakers.  Lori Connors-Tadros presented highlights of the 2018 data and research on the importance of PreK-Grade 3 continuity to the Early Childhood Workgroup of the National Association of State Boards of Education and discussed opportunities for state board members to leverage their authority to increase access to high-quality prekindergarten.

New! Early Childhood Legacy 2030: Looking Forward, Looking Back

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Author(s): Lori Connors-Tadros
Date: May 2019

CEELO recently released a report on the findings from a national survey of state early childhood education agency staff as part of CEELO’s Early Childhood Legacy 2030 project. Lori Connors-Tadros presented a summary of the findings to the Society for Research in Child Development State Policy Fellows on the characteristics of state early childhood education agency staff and what they believe is most important to realize a legacy for young children by 2030, followed by a discussion of the implications for effective implementation of early childhood state policy.

Early Learning in ESSA – A Marathon Not a Sprint

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Author(s): Jana Martella (CEELO) and Danielle Ewen (EdCounsel)
Date: February 2019

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 Imperative to Invest in Infants and Toddlers: Why and How

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Author(s): Lori Connors-Tadros
Date: December 2018

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 Capacity for Improvement – Defining Highly Effective Offices of Early Learning

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Author(s): Lori Connors-Tadros, Jana Martella
Date: December 2018

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 at ALL Levels – Advancing the Field through Individual and Organizational Leadership

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Author(s): Jana Martella, Tracy Jost, Kafilat Oladiran
Date: October 2018

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.

A Look at Prekindergarten Across the Country

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Author(s): Lori Connors-Tadros, Karin Garver
Date: August 2018

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

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Author(s): Mary Beth Bruder, Lori Connors-Tadros, Jana Martella, Stacy Kong, Lisa Wasacz
Date: August 2018

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)

Taking Technical Assistance To A New Level: Helping Early Childhood Leaders Adapt To Change And Move Programs And Policies To Success For Young Children

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Date: June 2018

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.

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