October 22, 2018 National Governors Association

Early Care and Education Workforce 2.0 Cross-State Convening

Oct 22, 2018

October 22-24, 2018 | Minneapolis, MN

The National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices, in partnership with the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), hosted a cross-state meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The event convened 14 states to discuss policies and best practices concerning the early childhood care and education workforce. State teams had the unique opportunity to work with one another on these issues in a peer learning environment.

Agenda | Participant List | Presentations Day 2 | Presentations Day 3 | Resources

Day 1: October 22, 2018

Dinner and Voices from the Field Conversation

Welcome:
• Dr. Beth Caron, Program Director, NGA Center
• Rolf Grafwallner, Early Childhood Director, CCSSO

Voices from the Field:
• Candee Melin, Director of Children’s Services, PICA Head Start Program
• Daisy Aguilar, Teacher, PICA Head Start Program
• Jamal Berry, School Director, Educare DC
• Dr. Molly Harney, Associate Professor of Early Childhood Studies, University of Minnesota, Duluth

Day 2: October 23, 2018

Opening Session: Welcome and Introductions
Speakers:
• Dr. Beth Caron, Program Director, NGA Center
• Rolf Grafwallner, Early Childhood Director, CCSSO

Professionalizing the Workforce: Compensation, Well-being, and Empowerment
Moderator:
• Rolf Grafwallner, Early Childhood Director, CCSSO
Speakers:
• Cindy Cisneros, Vice President of Education Programs, Committee for Economic Development
• Sue Russell, Executive Director, T.E.A.C.H. National Center
• Marica Cox Mitchell, Deputy Executive Director, Early Learning Systems, National Association for the Education of Young Children

Overview of Workforce Index and State Team Time Guidance
Speakers:
• Dr. Caitlin McClean, Workforce Research Specialist, Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
• Dr. Beth Caron, Program Director, NGA Center

State Team Time: Professionalizing the Workforce

Peer Learning Breakout Sessions
ECE Workforce Data
Speaker:
• Dr. Caitlin McClean, Workforce Research Specialist, Center for the Study of Child Care Employment

Identifying and Fostering Policy Champions: Connecting Business and Philanthropy to Policy
Speaker:
• Tony Davis, Executive Director, Natchitoches Community Alliance Foundation, Inc.

Compensation Strategies
Speaker:
• Sue Russell, Executive Director, T.E.A.C.H. National Center

Career Pathways and Apprenticeship Models
Speakers:
• Jana Martella, Co-Director, Center for Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes
• Cara Sklar, Deputy Director, Early and Elementary Education Policy

State Team Time: Debrief

Peer Learning Breakout Sessions
ECE Workforce Data
Speaker:
• Dr. Caitlin McClean, Workforce Research Specialist, Center for the Study of Child Care Employment

Identifying and Fostering Policy Champions: Connecting Business and Philanthropy to Policy
Speaker:
• Tony Davis, Executive Director, Natchitoches Community Alliance Foundation, Inc.

Compensation Strategies
Speaker:
• Sue Russell, Executive Director, T.E.A.C.H. National Center

Career Pathways and Apprenticeship Models
Speakers:
• Jana Martella, Co-Director, Center for Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes
• Cara Sklar, Deputy Director, Early and Elementary Education Policy

State Team Time: Debrief

Mentor Panel
Moderator:
• Mandy Sorge, Senior Policy Analyst, NGA Center
Panelists:
• Debbie Hewitt, Supervisor, Early Learning Services, Minnesota Department of Education (Minnesota Team Lead)
• Angela Abrams, Professional Development Administrator, Washington Department of Children, Youth and Families (Washington Team Lead)
• Barb Merrill, Consultant, T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood National Center (Iowa Team Co-Lead)
• Rick Roghair, Professional Development Manager, Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children (Iowa Team Member)
• Sherry Cleary, Executive Director, New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute (New York Team Lead)

State Team Time: Peer Learning with Cohort 1 States

Wrap up and Reflection
Speaker:
• Dr. Beth Caron, Program Director, NGA Center

Day 3: October 24, 2018

Welcome and Opening
Speakers:
• Dr. Beth Caron, Program Director, NGA Center
• Rolf Grafwallner, Early Childhood Director, CCSSO

Communications and Messaging for a Highly Qualified Workforce
Speakers:
• Michelle Ruess, Associate Director, Communications and Marketing, National Institute for Early Education Research
• Lindsey Allard Agnamba, Founder and Executive Director, School Readiness Consulting

Communications Workshop

Updates on Power to the Profession
Speaker:
• Marica Cox Mitchell, Deputy Executive Director, Early Learning Systems, National Association for the Education of Young Children

Reflections from the Teams, Wrap up, Next Steps
Speaker:
• Dr. Beth Caron, Program Director, NGA Center
• Rolf Grafwallner, Early Childhood Director, CCSSO

Resources:

Louisiana Case Study

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