Early Educators Leadership Brochure 2015

GETTING IT RIGHT FOR CHILDREN:
EARLY EDUCATORS
LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE
Supporting Birth Through Grade Three Alignment
BRAIN
BUILDING
IN PROGRESS
Department of
Early Education and Care
Getting it Right For Children:
Early Educators Leadership Institute
The goal of the Leadership Institute is to support a
cohort of leaders from school districts, communitybased organizations, and family child care systems
in building cross-cutting partnerships that will lead
to improved school readiness, school success, and
life-long opportunity for the children of Massachusetts. Leaders in early education and care systems
serve as a critical catalyst for change in linking education efforts and creating a continuum of learning
across this age group.
As part of Massachusetts’ commitment to creating
a robust birth through grade three system, one
which will provide enhanced learning and developmental opportunities for all children, the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care
(EEC) is working in partnership with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the
Department of Higher Education, the Readiness
Centers Network, Strategies for Children, National
Governors Association Early Learning Policy
Academy, and other key stakeholders to develop
and implement innovative new strategies across
the state. Using Race to the Top, Early Learning
Challenge funds, EEC has contracted with Early
Childhood Associates, Inc to offer the Early Educators Leadership Institute.
The Institute will convene more than 100 educational leaders from the myriad settings that serve
children from birth through grade three across
the Commonwealth and will feature dynamic, innovative, and nationally known presenters.
The Leadership Institute is a unique and important opportunity for our education leaders to
explore how educators of children birth through
grade three can work together systemically. The
Leadership Institute will build a learning community and a sense of shared purpose, identity, and
responsibility for improving the prospects of all
our state’s children.
About the Leadership
Institute Workshops
The Leadership Institute consists of four day-long workshops. Each workshop will feature an
engaging combination of presentation, case studies, interactive discussion and small group
work. Participants are asked to attend all four workshops.
WORKSHOP 1 | FEBRUARY 27, 2015
WORKSHOP 3 | APRIL 10, 2015
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Clark University
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Southbridge Hotel and Conference Center
WORKSHOP 2 | MARCH 20, 2015
WORKSHOP 4 | MAY 1, 2015
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Clark University
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Southbridge Hotel and Conference Center
Who should attend?
To apply:
The Early Educators Leadership Institute is a
unique opportunity for educational leaders from
multiple settings serving children birth through
grade three to network, exchange ideas,and create
partnerships. Participants must be in a leadership
role (director, administrator, principal, assistant
principal, or superintendent) from one of these
settings:
The application process will be conducted entirely
online. Please visit https://surveymonkey.com/s/
Early_Educators_Leadership_Institute to submit
your online application. Applicants are asked to
provide contact information and answer a few short
questions. Individuals and teams are welcome to
apply. Applications must be submitted by February
9th notifications will be sent by February 13th.
• Family Child Care
• Center-based Child Care (includes Head Start)
• Elementary Schools
• After School Programs
• Community-based Organizations invested in
the education of young children
Participants are asked to attend all four workshops.
OUR FEATURED SPEAKERS AND FACILITATORS
ARE ACCLAIMED EDUCATORS AND LEADERS IN
THE BIRTH THROUGH GRADE THREE MOVEMENT.
ALBERT WAT National Governors Association,
Center for Best Practices
VALORA WASHINGTON President,
The CAYL Institute
AMY O’LEARY Director of Early Education for
All Campaign, Strategies for Children
SAEYUN LEE State team leader, National Governors Association Policy Academy; Massachusetts
Department of Higher Education
KRISTIE KAUERZ Research Assistant Professor,
University of Washington
GAIL JOSEPH Associate Professor,
University of Washington
THE EARLY CHILDHOOD ASSOCIATES TEAM
LINDA WARREN President and Founder,
Early Childhood Associates, Inc.
BENITA DANZING Policy Analyst, Early
Childhood Associates, Inc.
DAVID JACOBSON Birth Through Third Grade
Learning Hub Director, Cambridge Education Inc.
MYA WILKE Research Associate, Early
Childhood Associates, Inc.
PAM KUECHLER Executive Director,
Massachusetts Head Start Association
WORKSHOP 1, FEBRUARY 27:
EMBRACING THE BIRTH THROUGH GRADE
THREE EARLY LEARNING CONTINUUM
WORKSHOP 2, MARCH 20:
BUILDING AND SUSTAINING BIRTH THROUGH
GRADE THREE SYSTEMS
Why does a Birth Through Grade Three approach matter?
What does it look like? This workshop will cover:
How can we create schools and settings that are learning
hubs for families and communities? This workshop will cover:
• Developing a conceptual and practical understanding
of the strategies that form birth through grade three
improvement
• Strategies for building robust local early learning systems
and cultivating a shared responsibility for children’s learning
from birth through grade three
• Reviewing case studies of efforts across the country that
have improved outcomes for all students while reducing
achievement gaps through birth through grade three
and the powerful research findings that are driving
those efforts
• Expanding concept of “learning community” to include
collaboration among external, as well as internal, stakeholders
and models for cross-sector collaboration system building
• Creating meaningful transitions across birth through grade
three learning.
• Extending leaders’ professional knowledge about what
is age — and developmentally — appropriate across
the continuum.
WORKSHOP 3, APRIL 10:
CONSTRUCTING A COMPREHENSIVE
AND COHESIVE BIRTH THROUGH GRADE
THREE SYSTEM
How do leaders introduce and apply frameworks for planning, implementing and evaluating birth through grade three
approaches to support and hone the work? This workshop
will cover:
• Supporting cross sector relationships, organizational
leadership, and mutual accountabilities that ensure the
quality of birth through grade three learning
• Aligning standards, curriculum, instruction and assessments to create a consistent framework for learning
from birth through grade three
• Aligning funding, resources and governance to support
the birth through grade three framework.
WORKSHOP 4, MAY 1:
LEADING, COMMUNICATING, AND DRIVING THE
INSTRUCTIONAL AGENDA
How do leaders develop a shared vision of teaching and
learning, use multiple assessments and nurture a culture
of continuous learning? This workshop will cover:
• Assessing children’s development and using different
measures to guide student learning
• Using data, evidence, and inquiry to analyze student learning
and assess both educator and leadership practice
• Supporting teachers and leading the instructional shifts
and changes in learning environments needed in child care
homes, centers and public schools to sufficiently address
standards implementation.
Early Childhood Associates
CONTACT INFORMATION:
APPLICATION PROCESS:
Questions? Please contact Lisa Sullivan at
Early Childhood Associates, Inc.
508-788-3444
lsullivan@earlychildhoodassociates.com
Please visit https://surveymonkey.com/s/Early_Educators_Leadership_Institute to submit your online
application. Applicants are asked to provide contact
information and answer a few short questions.
Individuals as well as teams are welcome to apply.
Applications must be submitted by February 9th;
notifications will be sent by February 13th.