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Tips for Building ECE into ESSA School Improvement Plans


June 27, 2017
Chad Aldeman

The Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes ( CEELO ) is proud to partner with  New America  on this blog series highlighting early learning opportunities and challenges under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  State education agencies looking to improve long-term student outcomes, accelerate educational progress, and close achievement gaps cannot afford to start their efforts at third grade, when…

State ESSA Plans Detail Strategies to Invest in Early Childhood Workforce


June 20, 2017
Winona Hao

High-quality early learning requires a high-quality workforce with specialized knowledge and skills . To better support this under-resourced and complex workforce, state education agencies (SEAs) and state boards of education can use their policy levers to investigate and influence workforce quality in four areas: qualifications and licensure, preparation programs, professional development, and compensation. And they can leverage provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to advance changes…

Leading the Way: How States are Addressing Early Learning Under ESSA


June 13, 2017
Lori Connors-Tadros, Ph.D.

The Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes ( CEELO ) is proud to partner with New America on this blog series highlighting early learning opportunities and challenges under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  The federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) gives states the flexibility to invest in early learning to ensure that all children begin school on…

Leading from the Middle


June 7, 2017
Diane Schilder, Ed.D.

Recently, an associate commissioner of education reached out to CEELO for help implementing the state’s early childhood strategic plan. She was already coping with increased responsibilities, fewer staff to do the job, reduced state and federal  funding for early childhood, and changes in policy. Despite years of working in the field and steady advancement in leadership…

Relationships Matter: How States Can Include Teacher-Child Interactions in ECE and ESSA Plans


June 6, 2017

The Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes ( CEELO ) is proud to partner with  New America  on this blog series highlighting early learning opportunities and challenges under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This post is adapted from a forthcoming CEELO/CCSSO toolkit on early learning and school improvement under ESSA. Relationships and interactions between teachers and students…

A Purple Agenda for (Early) Education


June 2, 2017
David Jacobson

As first appeared in Education Week on May 9, 2017. Reprinted with permission from the author. Education policy has become as polarized as the rest of American politics. In the new administration, disagreements over standards, funding, school choice, and students’ civil rights are sure to intensify. Yet despite this polarized state of affairs, liberal and conservative education…

School Improvement Starts Before School


May 30, 2017
Elliot Regenstein, Maia Connors and Rio Romero-Jurado

New America  is proud to partner with the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes ( CEELO ) on this blog series highlighting early learning opportunities and challenges under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) offers an opportunity for states to take a new look at state accountability and school improvement. This policy area has…

The State of Preschool 2016: Raising the Bar on Quality


May 26, 2017
Allison Friedman-Krauss, Ph.D.

The State of Preschool 2016 yearbook released this week found more states–43 plus the District of Columbia and Guam–funding public preschool programs, more children enrolled and more quality standards benchmarks met. Since we began surveying states in 2002, continued–albeit, slow–progress has been made. Since NIEER introduced the Yearbook in 2003, research has continued to inform practice regarding the characteristics of…

Using ESSA to Tackle Chronic Absence from Pre-K to K-12


May 23, 2017
Hedy Nai-Lin Chang, Jane Sundius and Louise Wiener

The Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes ( CEELO ) is proud to partner with New America on this blog series highlighting early learning opportunities and challenges under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  As states work to comply with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), one of the most positive developments is the frequency with which…

Concerning English Learner Policy Trends in States’ New School Accountability Systems


May 16, 2017
Conor P. Williams

The Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes ( CEELO ) is proud to partner with New America on this blog series highlighting early learning opportunities and challenges under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This post originally appeared May 11, 2017 on the New America site. Regular readers know that New America’s Dual Language Learners National Work Group has…