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Transforming the Early Childhood Education Workforce


May 24, 2016 Workforce

The 2015 Institute of Medicine and National Research Council’s (IOM & NRC) Transforming the Workforce  report highlights the state’s role in creating a pathway for early care and education (ECE) teachers to acquire education and professional development to meet the demands of their important role. Research shows that ECE teachers’ skills and competencies are predictive of child outcomes,…

Building the capacity of state early childhood administrators: CEELO FY2015


February 10, 2016 OutcomesWorkforce

At CEELO we believe all organizations benefit from a continuous improvement process based on evaluation. That’s why we’re not only engaged in providing Technical Assistance (TA) to states across the country, but we also evaluate our own work and act upon feedback to enhance our services and outreach. The Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO) is one…

#TeachersCanBeLeaders!


August 28, 2015 Workforce

Steven Hicks serves as Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Early Learning at the U.S. Department of Education. Mr. Hicks first began in the Department as a Teaching Ambassador Fellow, having taught preschool through third grade in Los Angeles, California. He has helped shape the Department’s birth to third grade early learning agenda and…

Early Childhood Education and leadership in schools


July 28, 2015 Workforce

By Eleanor J. Shirley, MA, CSW, Nebraska Department of Education, Office of Early Childhood. In October of 2013, Eleanor was appointed Director of the Nebraska Early Childhood Quality Rating and Improvement System, Step Up to Quality, legislated by the Nebraska Unicameral in June 2013. Prior to October 1, 2013, she served as Director of the Nebraska Head…

P-12 Alignment: Collaboration and Communication in Louisiana


June 24, 2015 AccessWorkforce

As part of an ongoing series of interviews with leaders in early childhood education, CEELO spoke with Jenna Conway, Assistant Superintendent, Early Childhood Education, Louisiana Department of Education, about their process of implementing major changes in Louisiana’s early childhood program. We focused on how they are enhancing leadership at every level. What is the scope of change occurring in…

Next generation leadership in early education


June 5, 2015 Workforce

During a session on Building the Next Generation of Inclusion Leaders at the 2015 National Inclusion Institute , a young woman, teaching in an early education inclusion program, shared a dilemma that has stayed with me for days. Kira (not her real name) bravely disclosed her struggle to be taken seriously as a new person entering the field by more experienced colleagues content with the…

Annie Rooney French on Early Learning Leadership Networks in Kentucky


December 23, 2014 AccessWorkforce

As part of a planned series of conversations on CEELO’s theme of Leading for Excellence in Early Childhood, CEELO staff member Kirsty Clarke Brown talked with Annie Rooney French Ph.D., Preschool Consultant with the Kentucky Department of Education. She described the Early Learning Leadership Networks in that state, and how they are integral to promoting early childhood program development….

Revisiting early childhood teachers, 25 years later


November 19, 2014 Workforce

This week, the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment released its report Worthy Work, STILL Unlivable Wages: The Childhood Workforce 25 Years after the National Child Care Staffing Study with a live event at the New America Foundation. In 1989, the National Child Care Staffing Study brought attention to the high turnover rates and poverty-level salaries for early childhood education teachers. The new report…

Overcoming the Pitfalls of Early Childhood Assessment


October 3, 2014 AssessmentWorkforce

In the age of accountability, data collection seems to be in vogue. Data are now routinely collected nationwide on children, classrooms, and teachers. The data help teachers and schools improve their programs to meet the needs of children attending. Most states are conducting child assessments in early childhood classrooms (including Kindergarten Entry Assessments ). The relevant literature has…

Anticipating quality for all children


September 10, 2014 AccessEnglish Language LearnersWorkforce

I remember the anticipation each fall as school was about to begin. So much was going on in my mind. Who was going to be in my class? What kind of year was it going to be? What were we going to learn? I was excited. I was nervous. These memories are not from when…