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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Registration/Breakfast & Networking

  • State Team Planning and Agenda Review

Shannon

Georgia’s Early Learning System: From Research to Practice to Outcomes

Georgia’s universal, lottery funded pre-K program celebrates its 25th birthday this year. This presentation will offer insight into the research and practice solutions the state has gleaned from administering this program for more than two decades and how the state is using lessons learned to scale innovative early childhood policy solutions across the birth-third grade continuum.

Shannon

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in Early Childhood: Extending Conversations

This session will review how states have approached embedding early learning into their consolidated state plans for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Representatives from national organizations will discuss the support they provided during the development of the plans and how they intend to continue that support through the implementation phase. Attendees will hear how North Carolina approached the incorporation of early learning into their state plan. Lastly, panelists will discuss early insights from the new round of ESSA plans.

Shannon

This session will introduce practical principles to build and support a culture of data utilization in early learning environments, including settings in which pre-K providers and K-3 teachers come together to discuss practices. Participants will review common questions to structure data reviews, consider types of data to include in reviews, and work with a four-stage data dialogue protocol.

Early education addresses the continuum of birth through third grade, a period during which the rate of child development and learning is unparalleled. Children often find themselves unprepared to make the transition to public school, where the focus shifts from child development to academic content. Despite differences in philosophy and purpose between early education programs and K-3 public schools, state and local efforts can build upon commonalities to bridge differences to ensure a continuous learning experience for children.

This session will support early childhood state teams in their work by exploring the critical features and benefits of a safe and supportive learning environment. State teams will learn strategies for creating a climate of respect and understanding, conduct a self-assessment of school climate, and discuss ways to improve and measure school climate. In addition, teams will gain an understanding of the relationship between the constructs of climate, the conditions of learning, and social and emotional learning as well as analyze how these constructs are reflected in their current practices.

This session will look at what it takes to improve early childhood education through a focus on leadership. State, district, and local policy levers will be identified through the ESSA lens. A case will be made for increasing partnerships and collaboration with internal and external service providers while identifying strategies and suggestions for increasing leadership quality and closing leadership gaps.

Over the past few years, some states have made exciting strides toward advancing early learning through family engagement. This session will help participants to identify strategies that their states or local districts may wish to develop, adapt, or adopt. Participants will have opportunities to re-engage with the research in the field and examine emerging research on working with diverse families, review and discuss frameworks and toolkits developed by Maryland and Indiana, and participate in sample learning activities that can be used in their work. Activities will include participants sharing strategies, becoming thought partners in examining state approaches, and expanding their knowledge and skills to nurture family engagement in early learning.

In this session, participants will discover innovative resources that support access to relevant and effective early childhood professional learning and higher education, investigate how EarlyEdU Alliance resources and membership can support their work, and brainstorm and formulate strategies to implement EarlyEdU resources in their specific contexts.

Working Lunch

Building a Learning Community: SECC Early Childhood Community of Practice

This session will provide an overview of the SECC Early Childhood Community of Practice, which strives to build a learning community of early childhood leaders, specialists, and stakeholders in the SECC region. Utilizing an interactive online site, this session will answer the following questions about the early childhood community of practice: Why is it needed? Who is it for? Who has access? How can it help me? What does it look like? What are some challenges? What are the next steps?

Shannon

Leveraging Local Needs Assessments and Plan Development to Support Early Learning in ESSA

The needs assessments and program design activities that local education agencies (LEAs) will undertake as part of local plan development are important opportunities to advocate for early learning. Without special attention to early learning during the needs assessment process, LEAs simply may not think about the possibilities and may continue with past Title I patterns of expenditures that omit early learning. This session will introduce a document that helps state education agencies (SEAs) take an early learning perspective when considering options for framing LEA needs assessments and plan development activities.

Transition

This session will introduce practical principles to build and support a culture of data utilization in early learning environments, including settings in which pre-K providers and K-3 teachers come together to discuss practices. Participants will review common questions to structure data reviews, consider types of data to include in reviews, and work with a four-stage data dialogue protocol.

Early education addresses the continuum of birth through third grade, a period during which the rate of child development and learning is unparalleled. Children often find themselves unprepared to make the transition to public school where the focus shifts from child development to academic content. Despite differences in philosophy and purpose between early education programs and K-3 public schools, state and local efforts can build upon commonalities to bridge differences to ensure a continuous learning experience for children.

This session will support early childhood state teams in their work by exploring the critical features and benefits of a welcoming, safe and supportive learning environment. State teams will learn strategies for creating a climate of respect and understanding, conduct a self-assessment of school climate, and discuss ways to improve and measure school climate. In addition, teams will gain an understanding of the relationship between the constructs of climate, the conditions of learning, and social and emotional learning as well as analyze how these constructs are reflected in their current practices.

This session will look at what it takes to improve early childhood education through a focus on leadership. State, district, and local policy levers will be identified through the ESSA lens. A case will be made for increasing partnerships and collaboration with internal and external service providers while identifying strategies and suggestions for increasing leadership quality and closing leadership gaps.

Over the past few years, some states have made exciting strides toward advancing early learning through family engagement. This session will help participants to identify strategies that their states or local districts may wish to develop, adapt, or adopt. Participants will have opportunities to re-engage with research in the field and examine emerging research on working with diverse families, review and discuss frameworks and toolkits developed by the states of Maryland and Indiana, and participate in sample learning activities that can be used in their work. Activities will include participants sharing strategies, becoming thought partners in examining state approaches, and expanding their knowledge and skills to nurture family engagement in early learning.

In this session, participants will discover innovative resources that support access to relevant and effective early childhood professional learning and higher education, investigate how EarlyEdU Alliance resources and membership can support their work, and brainstorm and formulate strategies to implement EarlyEdU resources in their specific contexts.

Transition

NAESP and Pre-K-3 Leadership Development

This panel session will focus on the important role that leaders in early education play in establishing and strengthening the continuum of support across pre-K-3 education. Participants will learn about Alabama’s vision for early childhood education and the progress that has been made in developing a strong pre-K-3 continuum in the state. Participants will also gain an awareness of the National Association for Elementary School Principals’ early learning leadership competencies and the need in the field for programs that help early education leaders develop these competencies. Panelists will discuss the pilot program NAESP launched this summer in Alabama to provide an evidence-based, blended learning professional development program for pre-K-3 leaders.

Shannon

Transition

Transition

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Day 3

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Breakfast & Networking

State Team Planning and Agenda Review

Shannon

High-Quality Early Childhood Education: Pathway to Kindergarten Readiness and Academic Achievement

Dr. Carey Wright will describe the transformational change that resulted from the launch of the state’s first publicly funded early childhood education program, the implementation of Mississippi’s first Kindergarten Readiness Assessment, and a statewide focus on developing literacy skills in pre-K through the third grade. These initiatives have helped Mississippians understand the importance and impact of high-quality early childhood education, particularly among children in underserved areas, and have driven the movement to expand and improve the state’s early childhood education infrastructure.

Shannon

Pre-K-3 Literacy Continuum

This session will include a moderated panel discussion by guest presenters responding to participants’ questions about early literacy instruction and connecting to themes shared by presenters throughout the conference. Topics that will be addressed include communicating key messages about early learning, kindergarten transition, the implications of different state policies, and the components of early literacy interventions.

Shannon

This presentation provides an overview of the What Works Clearinghouse practice guide, Foundational Skills to Support Reading for Understanding in Kindergarten Through 3rd Grade, and highlights the accompanying Professional Learning Community materials.

This session will provide an in-depth look at research-based information on the literacy continuum for early childhood students. It will include strategies for supporting teacher implementation of literacy instruction in the early childhood classroom to prepare students to be better readers.

This session will provide an overview of several literacy tools released by REL Southeast to help states, school districts, and schools ensure quality literacy instruction. These tools include self-study guides, walkthroughs, and a rubric for evaluating instructional materials.

The presenter will guide participants through an examination of current research and evidence-based practices (EBPs) for effective literacy instruction for culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) learners. Attention will be given to the simultaneous use of EBPs and culturally and linguistically responsive practices (CLRP) to improve the academic outcomes of CLD learners.

Multiple domains of child development are engaged when young children learn. Current emphasis on early education has focused on language and literacy, mathematics, and social and emotional development, often to the exclusion of the creative arts. This session will explore how fine art can be integrated into early education curricula to meet both early learning standards and individual child learning styles and interests.

In this session, participants will discover innovative resources that support access to relevant and effective early childhood professional learning and higher education, investigate how EarlyEdU Alliance resources and membership can support their work, and brainstorm and formulate strategies to implement EarlyEdU resources in their specific contexts.

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and other changes to state and local education systems present an opportunity for states to expand and improve policies and practices that can support children, families, and schools across the birth to third grade continuum.  In this session, participants will learn how data about young children and the communities in which they live can be used to improve student outcomes as well as quality and access. Panelists will describe various GIS and data analysis tools and provide specific examples of how these tools are used to better connect children’s early experiences with the K-12 system.

Working Lunch: GIS to Connect Early Childhood with K-12 Systems

Shannon

Full Agenda

Full Agenda

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Time

Session

Location

5–7:00 p.m.

Registration & Optional Meet and Greet, sponsored by American Institutes for Research

Facilitators:

  • Crystal Darby, Administrative Associate, Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) at AIR
  • Camille Riley, Administrative Associate, Midwest Comprehensive Center (MWCC) at AIR

Shannon

 

Dinner on Your own

 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Time

Session

Location

7:30–8:30 a.m.

Registration/Breakfast & Networking

  • State Team Planning and Agenda Review

Shannon

8:30–8:45 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions

  • Speaker: Beth Howard-Brown, Director, SECC at AIR
  • Facilitator: Kathleen Theodore, Senior Technical Assistance (TA) Consultant/Early Childhood Project Lead, SECC at AIR

Shannon

8:45–9:15 a.m.

Georgia’s Early Learning System: From Research to Practice to Outcomes

Georgia’s universal, lottery funded pre-K program celebrates its 25th birthday this year. This presentation will offer insight into the research and practice solutions the state has gleaned from administering this program for more than two decades and how the state is using lessons learned to scale innovative early childhood policy solutions across the birth-third grade continuum.

  • Speaker: Kristin Bernhard, Deputy Commissioner for System Reform, Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL)
  • Facilitator: Glenda Copeland, Senior TA Consultant, Georgia State Liaison, SECC at AIR

Shannon

9:15–10:30 a.m.

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in Early Childhood: Extending Conversations

This session will review how states have approached embedding early learning into their consolidated state plans for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Representatives from national organizations will discuss the support they provided during the development of the plans and how they intend to continue that support through the implementation phase. Attendees will hear how North Carolina approached the incorporation of early learning into their state plan. Lastly, panelists will discuss early insights from the new round of ESSA plans.

Panelists:

  • Danielle Ewen, Senior Policy Advisor, EducationCounsel
  • Rolf Grafwallner, Program Director for Early Childhood Initiatives, Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)
  • Matthew Weyer, Senior Policy Specialist, Education Program, National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)
  • John Pruette, Executive Director, Office of Early Learning, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI)
  • Jim Squires, Senior Research Fellow, National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER)/Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO)
  • Facilitator: Trish Brennan-Gac, Principal TA Consultant, AIR

Shannon

10:30–10:45 a.m.

BREAK

10:45 a.m.–12 p.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions: Round 1

  1. Data Literacy in Early Childhood: Practical Strategies, Tips, and Tools

This session will introduce practical principles to build and support a culture of data utilization in early learning environments, including settings in which pre-K providers and K-3 teachers come together to discuss practices. Participants will review common questions to structure data reviews, consider types of data to include in reviews, and work with a four-stage data dialogue protocol.

  • Speaker: M. Christine Dwyer, Senior Vice President, RMC Research, Early Learning Lead, Mid-Atlantic Comprehensive Center (MACC@ WestEd)
  • Facilitator: Kathy Terry, Senior Researcher, North Carolina State Liaison, SECC at AIR

Hobby

 

  1. Transforming the Great Divide Between Birth-5 and K-3: State and Local Strategies

Early education addresses the continuum of birth through third grade, a period during which the rate of child development and learning is unparalleled. Children often find themselves unprepared to make the transition to public school where the focus shifts from child development to academic content. Despite differences in philosophy and purpose between early education programs and K-3 public schools, state and local efforts can build upon commonalities to bridge differences to ensure a continuous learning experience for children.

  • Speaker: Jim Squires, Senior Research Fellow, NIEER/CEELO
  • Facilitator: Heidi Goertzen, Senior TA Consultant, Alabama State Liaison, SECC at AIR

Hopkins

 

  1. Supporting Your Team in Creating a Climate of Respect and Understanding: Safe and Supportive Learning Environments

This session will support early childhood state teams in their work by exploring the critical features and benefits of a safe and supportive learning environment. State teams will learn strategies for creating a climate of respect and understanding, conduct a self-assessment of school climate, and discuss ways to improve and measure school climate. In addition, teams will gain an understanding of the relationship between the constructs of climate, the conditions of learning, and social and emotional learning as well as analyze how these constructs are reflected in their current practices.

  • Speaker: Sarah Caverly, Senior Researcher, AIR
  • Facilitator: Frank De Rosa, Senior TA Consultant, Indiana State Manager, Great Lakes Comprehensive Center (GLCC) at AIR

LaGuardia

 

  1. Doing What Matters for Early Learning: High-Quality Leadership in the Age of ESSA

This session will look at what it takes to improve early childhood education through a focus on leadership. State, district, and local policy levers will be identified through the ESSA lens. A case will be made for increasing partnerships and collaboration with internal and external service providers while identifying strategies and suggestions for increasing leadership quality and closing leadership gaps.

  • Speaker: Don Doggett, Superintendent, McCormick County School District, McCormick, South Carolina
  • Facilitator: Ursula Hill, Senior Turnaround Consultant, South Carolina State Liaison, SECC at AIR

Midway

 

  1. Advancing Early Learning Through Family Engagement: Ideas for State-Level Action

Over the past few years, some states have made exciting strides toward advancing early learning through family engagement. This session will help participants to identify strategies that their states or local districts may wish to develop, adapt, or adopt. Participants will have opportunities to re-engage with the research in the field and examine emerging research on working with diverse families, review and discuss frameworks and toolkits developed by Maryland and Indiana, and participate in sample learning activities that can be used in their work. Activities will include participants sharing strategies, becoming thought partners in examining state approaches, and expanding their knowledge and skills to nurture family engagement in early learning.

  • Speaker: Shelley Billig, Vice President, RMC
  • Facilitator: Debra Meibaum, Senior TA Consultant, Mississippi State Liaison, SECC at AIR

National

 

  1. EarlyEdU Alliance: Transforming the Field of Early Learning

In this session, participants will discover innovative resources that support access to relevant and effective early childhood professional learning and higher education, investigate how EarlyEdU Alliance resources and membership can support their work, and brainstorm and formulate strategies to implement EarlyEdU resources in their specific contexts.

  • Speaker: Leslie Janes, State Implementation Specialist, EarlyEdU Alliance, University of Washington
  • Facilitator: Billie Jo Day, Researcher, AIR

Kennedy

12–1:15 p.m.

Working Lunch

Building a Learning Community: SECC Early Childhood Community of Practice

This session will provide an overview of the SECC Early Childhood Community of Practice, which strives to build a learning community of early childhood leaders, specialists, and stakeholders in the SECC region. Utilizing an interactive online site, this session will answer the following questions about the early childhood community of practice: Why is it needed? Who is it for? Who has access? How can it help me? What does it look like? What are some challenges? What are the next steps?

  • Speaker: Kathleen Theodore, Senior TA Consultant/Early Childhood Project Lead, SECC at AIR

Leveraging Local Needs Assessments and Plan Development to Support Early Learning in ESSA

The needs assessments and program design activities that local education agencies (LEAs) will undertake as part of local plan development are important opportunities to advocate for early learning. Without special attention to early learning during the needs assessment process, LEAs simply may not think about the possibilities and may continue with past Title I patterns of expenditures that omit early learning. This session will introduce a document that helps state education agencies (SEAs) take an early learning perspective when considering options for framing LEA needs assessments and plan development activities.

  • Speaker: M. Christine Dwyer, M. Christine Dwyer, Senior Vice President, RMC, Early Learning Lead, MACC@WestEd

Facilitator: Ramona Chauvin, Senior TA Consultant, AIR

Shannon1

1:15–1:25 p.m.

Transition

 

1:25–2:40 p.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions: Round 2

  1. Data Literacy in Early Childhood: Practical Strategies, Tips, and Tools

This session will introduce practical principles to build and support a culture of data utilization in early learning environments, including settings in which pre-K providers and K-3 teachers come together to discuss practices. Participants will review common questions to structure data reviews, consider types of data to include in reviews, and work with a four-stage data dialogue protocol.

  • Speaker: M. Christine Dwyer, Senior Vice President, RMC Research, Early Learning Lead, Mid-Atlantic Comprehensive Center (MACC@ WestEd)
  • Facilitator: Kathryn Drummond, Principal Researcher, Director of the Literacy and Language Acquisition Practice Area, AIR

Hobby

 

  1. Transforming the Great Divide Between Birth-5 and K-3: State and Local Strategies

Early education addresses the continuum of birth through third grade, a period during which the rate of child development and learning is unparalleled. Children often find themselves unprepared to make the transition to public school where the focus shifts from child development to academic content. Despite differences in philosophy and purpose between early education programs and K-3 public schools, state and local efforts can build upon commonalities to bridge differences to ensure a continuous learning experience for children.

  • Speaker: Jim Squires, Senior Research Fellow, NIEER/CEELO
  • Facilitator: Robyn Madison-Harris, Senior TA Consultant, SECC at AIR

Hopkins

 

  1. Supporting Your Team in Creating a Climate of Respect and Understanding: Safe and Supportive Learning Environments

This session will support early childhood state teams in their work by exploring the critical features and benefits of a welcoming, safe and supportive learning environment. State teams will learn strategies for creating a climate of respect and understanding, conduct a self-assessment of school climate, and discuss ways to improve and measure school climate. In addition, teams will gain an understanding of the relationship between the constructs of climate, the conditions of learning, and social and emotional learning as well as analyze how these constructs are reflected in their current practices.

  • Speaker: Sarah Caverly, Senior Researcher, AIR
  • Facilitator: Pamela Bonsu, Researcher, AIR

LaGuardia

 

  1. Doing What Matters for Early Learning: High-Quality Leadership in the Age of ESSA

This session will look at what it takes to improve early childhood education through a focus on leadership. State, district, and local policy levers will be identified through the ESSA lens. A case will be made for increasing partnerships and collaboration with internal and external service providers while identifying strategies and suggestions for increasing leadership quality and closing leadership gaps.

  • Speaker: Don Doggett, Superintendent, McCormick County School District, McCormick, South Carolina
  • Facilitator: Taishya Adams, Senior TA Consultant, Minnesota State Manager, MWCC at AIR

Midway

 

  1. Advancing Early Learning Through Family Engagement: Ideas for State-Level Action

Over the past few years, some states have made exciting strides toward advancing early learning through family engagement. This session will help participants to identify strategies that their states or local districts may wish to develop, adapt, or adopt. Participants will have opportunities to re-engage with research in the field and examine emerging research on working with diverse families, review and discuss frameworks and toolkits developed by the states of Maryland and Indiana, and participate in sample learning activities that can be used in their work. Activities will include participants sharing strategies, becoming thought partners in examining state approaches, and expanding their knowledge and skills to nurture family engagement in early learning.

  • Speaker: Shelley Billig, Vice President, RMC
  • Facilitator: Janice Kaizer, Senior TA Consultant, REL Southwest, Texas Comprehensive Center (TXCC) at AIR

National

 

  1. EarlyEdU Alliance: Transforming the Field of Early Learning

In this session, participants will discover innovative resources that support access to relevant and effective early childhood professional learning and higher education, investigate how EarlyEdU Alliance resources and membership can support their work, and brainstorm and formulate strategies to implement EarlyEdU resources in their specific contexts.

  • Speaker: Leslie Janes, State Implementation Specialist, EarlyEdU Alliance, University of Washington
  • Facilitator: Zena Rudo, Senior Researcher, AIR

Kennedy

2:40–2:50 p.m.

Transition

 

2:50–3:50 p.m.

NAESP and Pre-K-3 Leadership Development

This panel session will focus on the important role that leaders in early education play in establishing and strengthening the continuum of support across pre-K-3 education. Participants will learn about Alabama’s vision for early childhood education and the progress that has been made in developing a strong pre-K-3 continuum in the state. Participants will also gain an awareness of the National Association for Elementary School Principals’ early learning leadership competencies and the need in the field for programs that help early education leaders develop these competencies. Panelists will discuss the pilot program NAESP launched this summer in Alabama to provide an evidence-based, blended learning professional development program for pre-K-3 leaders.

Panelists:

  • Jeana Ross, Secretary of the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education
  • Gail Morgan, Associate Executive Director of Professional Learning, National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)
  • Johnette Burdette, Senior TA Consultant, AIR
  • Vic Wilson, Executive Director, Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools (CLAS)
  • Facilitator: Trish Brennan-Gac, Principal TA Consultant, AIR

Shannon

3:50–4:00 p.m.

Transition

 

4–4:30 p.m.

State Reflections

Alabama

  • Facilitator: Heidi Goertzen, Senior TA Consultant, Alabama State Liaison, SECC at AIR

Hobby

California

  • Facilitator: Taishya Adams, Senior TA Consultant, Minnesota State Manager, MWCC at AIR

Hopkins

Georgia

  • Facilitator: Glenda Copeland, Senior TA Consultant, Georgia State Liaison, SECC at AIR

Kennedy

Indiana

  • Facilitator: Frank De Rosa, Senior TA Consultant, Indiana State Manager, GLCC at AIR

LaGuardia

Illinois

  • Facilitator: Billie Jo Day, Researcher, AIR

Midway

Mississippi

  • Facilitator: Debra Meibaum, Senior TA Consultant, Mississippi State Liaison, SECC at AIR

National

South Carolina

  • Facilitator: Ursula Hill, Senior Turnaround Consultant, South Carolina State Liaison, SECC at AIR

Shannon 1

4:30–4:45 p.m.

Transition

 

4:45–5:00 p.m.

Reflections/Closing Remarks? May need to move

  • Speaker: Tammie Causey-Konaté, Deputy Director, SECC at AIR
  • Facilitator: Ramona Chauvin, Senior TA Consultant, SECC at AIR

Shannon

Dinner on Your Own

 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Time

Session

Location

7:30–8:30 a.m.

Breakfast & Networking

  • State Team Planning and Agenda Review

 

8:30–8:45 a.m.

Welcome & Overview

  • Speaker: Tammie Causey-Konaté, Deputy Director, SECC at AIR
  • Facilitator: Ramona Chauvin, Senior TA Consultant, SECC at AIR

Shannon

8:45–9:15 a.m.

High-Quality Early Childhood Education: Pathway to Kindergarten Readiness and Academic Achievement

Dr. Carey Wright will describe the transformational change that resulted from the launch of the state’s first publiclyfunded early childhood education program, the implementation of Mississippi’s first Kindergarten Readiness Assessment, and a statewide focus on developing literacy skills in pre-K through the third grade. These initiatives have helped Mississippians understand the importance and impact of high-quality early childhood education, particularly among children in underserved areas, and have driven the movement to expand and improve the state’s early childhood education infrastructure.

  • Speaker: Carey Wright, State Superintendent, Mississippi Department of Education
  • Facilitator: Debra Meibaum, Senior TA Consultant, Mississippi State Liaison, SECC at AIR

Shannon

9:15–10:15 a.m.

Pre-K-3 Literacy Continuum

This session will include a moderated panel discussion by guest presenters responding to participants’ questions about early literacy instruction and connecting to themes shared by presenters throughout the conference. Topics that will be addressed include communicating key messages about early learning, kindergarten transition, the implications of different state policies, and the components of early literacy interventions.

Panalists:

  • Marcia Kosanovich, Research Alliance Manager, Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast (REL Southeast) at Florida State University
  • Sheryl Turner, Senior Research Associate, Director, RMC
  • M. Christine Dwyer, Senior Vice President, RMC, Early Learning Lead, MACC@ WestEd
  • Facilitator: Kevin Smith, Research Alliance Manager, REL Southeast at Florida State University

Shannon

10:15–10:30 a.m.

Break

 

10:30–11:30 a.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  1. Teaching Foundational Reading Skills: Overview of the Practice Guide and Professional Learning Community Materials

This presentation provides an overview of the What Works Clearinghouse practice guide, Foundational Skills to Support Reading for Understanding in Kindergarten Through 3rd Grade, and highlights the accompanying Professional Learning Community materials.

  • Speaker: Marcia Kosanovich, Research Alliance Manager, REL Southeast at Florida State University
  • Facilitator: Kathryn Drummond, Principal Researcher, Director of the Literacy and Language Acquisition Practice Area, AIR

Hobby

 

  1. Early Childhood Reading Continuum: How to Prepare Children to Become Better Readers

This session will provide an in-depth look at research-based information on the literacy continuum for early childhood students. It will include strategies for supporting teacher implementation of literacy instruction in the early childhood classroom to prepare students to be better readers.

  • Speaker: Sheryl Turner, Senior Research Associate, Director, RMC
  • Facilitator: Janice Kaizer, Senior TA Consultant, REL Southwest, TXCC at AIR

Hopkins

  1. Evidence Based K-3 Literacy Tools to Help Ensure Quality Instruction

This session will provide an overview of several literacy tools released by REL Southeast to help states, school districts, and schools ensure quality literacy instruction. These tools include self-study guides, walkthroughs, and a rubric for evaluating instructional materials.

  • Speaker: Laurie Lee, Literacy Alliance Research Manager, REL Southeast at Florida State University
  • Speaker: Kevin Smith, Research Alliance Manager, REL Southeast at Florida State University
  • Facilitator: Zena Rudo, Senior Researcher, AIR

Kennedy

 

  1. Meeting the Literacy Needs of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners through Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Practices

The presenter will guide participants through an examination of current research and evidence-based practices (EBPs) for effective literacy instruction for culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) learners. Attention will be given to the simultaneous use of EBPs and culturally and linguistically responsive practices (CLRP) to improve the academic outcomes of CLD learners.

  • Speaker: Linda Cavazos, Senior TA Consultant, REL Southwest at AIR
  • Facilitator: Pamela Bonsu, Researcher, AIR

LaGuardia

 

  1. The Art of Art: Using Fine Art to Promote Early Learning

Multiple domains of child development are engaged when young children learn. Current emphasis on early education has focused on language and literacy, mathematics, and social and emotional development, often to the exclusion of the creative arts. This session will explore how fine art can be integrated into early education curricula to meet both early learning standards and individual child learning styles and interests.

  • Speaker: Jim Squires, Senior Research Fellow, NIEER/CEELO
  • Facilitator: Billie Jo Day, Researcher, AIR

Midway

 

  1. EarlyEdU Alliance: Transforming the Field of Early Learning

In this session, participants will discover innovative resources that support access to relevant and effective early childhood professional learning and higher education, investigate how EarlyEdU Alliance resources and membership can support their work, and brainstorm and formulate strategies to implement EarlyEdU resources in their specific contexts.

  • Speaker: Leslie Janes, State Implementation Specialist, EarlyEdU Alliance, University of Washington
  • Facilitator: Ursula Hill, Senior Turnaround Consultant, South Carolina State Liaison, SECC at AIR

National

11:30–12:30 p.m.

Cross-State Collaborations

Blue Group 1 and Blue Group 2

Facilitators:

  • Taishya Adams, Minnesota State Manager, MWCC at AIR
  • Frank De Rosa, Senior TA Consultant, Indiana State Manager, GLCC at AIR

Hobby

Green Group 1 and Green Group 2

Facilitators:

  • Robyn-Madison-Harris, Senior TA Consultant, SECC at AIR
  • Kathy Terry, Senior Researcher, North Carolina State Liaison, SECC at AIR

Kennedy

Yellow Group 1 and Yellow Group 2

Facilitators:

  • Heidi Goertzen, Senior TA Consultant, Alabama State Liaison, SECC at AIR
  • Johnette Burdette, Senior TA Consultant, AIR

Midway

12:30–1:45 p.m.

Working Lunch

Using Data Visualization and GIS Mapping for Early Childhood

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and other changes to state and local education systems present an opportunity for states to expand and improve policies and practices that can support children, families, and schools across the birth to third grade continuum.  In this session, participants will learn how data about young children and the communities in which they live can be used to improve student outcomes as well as quality and access. Panelists will describe various GIS and data analysis tools and provide specific examples of how these tools are used to better connect children’s early experiences with the K-12 system.

  • Speaker: Trent Sharp, Senior TA Consultant, AIR
  • Speaker: Danielle Ewen, Senior Policy Advisor, EducationCounsel
  • Speaker: Hanah Goldberg, Director of Research, Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students (GEEARS)
  • Facilitator: Karen Manship, Principal Researcher, AIR

Shannon

1:45–2 p.m.

Reflections/Closing Remarks

  • Speaker: Crystal Darby, Administrative Associate, SECC at AIR
  • Speaker: Beth Howard Brown, Director, SECC at AIR
  • Facilitator: Kathleen Theodore, Senior TA Consultant/Early Childhood Project Lead, SECC at AIR

Shannon