Providing support for early childhood educators was the focus of a regional convening hosted by the Southeast and Midwest Comprehensive Centers (SECC and MWCC) at American Institutes for Research (AIR) on September 26–28, 2017, in Atlanta, Georgia. During the Nurturing High-Quality Early Learning and Leadership Across the PreK–3 Continuum Early Childhood Institute,state-based teams explored the progress and challenges of other states and strategies for improving learning supports for implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Pictured is Dr. Jim Squires, senior fellow at the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO) and the National Institute for Early Education Research, facilitating a session.
Videos and materials from the SECC/MWCC early childhood institute are available to view and download on the event website. To expand learning opportunities from the regional convening, the Ensuring School Readiness Community of Practice at SECC hosted a follow-up webinar on January 24, 2018. The webinar featured Dr. Rolf Grafwallner, program director for Early Childhood Education, Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO); and Dr. Lori Connors-Tadros, senior project director, CEELO, who discussed how states are addressing the four key opportunities explained in the CCSSO/CEELO Birth to Grade 3 Indicator Framework. To access the webinar archive, presentation, and additional resources, visit https://southeast-cc.org/communities-of-practice.