May 9-10, 2012 | Arlington Virginia

The NGA Center hosted a Policy Institute focused on how governors’ advisors and early childhood advisory councils can work together to develop and implement a robust and research-based birth-grade 3 policy agenda.  Teams from 37 states and territories learned best practices in state policies to promote the quality and continuity of early learning experiences from birth to grade 3.  Participants also discussed the role of governors and their education advisors in developing B-3rd grade policy agendas, how to increase the effectiveness of their governor-appointed advisory councils, and the implications of state adoption of Common Core State Standards on state early learning policies. 

AGENDA

PRESENTATIONS:

WEDNESDAY: May 9, 2012

Opening Plenary—The Research Case for a Comprehensive Birth-to-3rd Grade Policy Agenda

  • Deborah Philips, Professor of Psychology, Georgetown University
  • Jason Downer, Research Associate Professor, University of Virginia Curry School of Education
  • Albert Wat, Senior Policy Analyst, NGA Center (moderator)

Breakout I-A: Building a Solid Foundation for Governors’ Education Reform Agendas through Strong Birth-to-3rd Grade Policies

  • Elizabeth Burke Bryant, Executive Director, Rhode Island Kids Count (moderator)
  • Jennifer Stedron, Executive Director, Colorado Early Childhood Leadership Commission
  • Duke Shepherd, Policy Advisor, Oregon Office of the Governor

Breakout I-B: Guided by “One Science” on Positive Child Development: Linking State Early Learning Policy with Health and Human Services Policy

  • Al Race, Deputy Director, Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University
  • Amy Astle-Raaen, Frontiers of Innovation Cross Systems Coordinator, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services

Breakout I-C: Developing a Birth-to-3rd Grade Strategy to Increase Early Reading Proficiency

  • Dorothy Strickland, Professor Emerita, Rutgers University (moderator)
  • Karen Cadigan, Director, Minnesota Office of Early Learning
  • Kimberly Liedl, Policy Director, Wisconsin Office of the Governor
  • Sue Grady, Executive Assistant, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
  • Elaine Richmond, Administrator, Wisconsin Department of Children & Families

Breakout II-A: Innovations in Early Care and Education Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS)

  • Gerry Cobb, Director of State Services, BUILD Initiative (moderator)
  • Tammy Camillo, Director, Rhode Island Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Kathy Thornburg, Director of Center for Family Policy and Research & Assistant Commissioner of Early and Extended Learning, Missouri Department of Education

Breakout II-B: Harnessing the Power of Data: Building Coordinated, Longitudinal Early Care and Education Data Systems that Link with K-12

  • Elizabeth Laird, Director, Communications and External Affairs, Data Quality Campaign (moderator)
  • Debra Andersen, Executive Director, Smart Start Oklahoma
  • Kim Collins, Project Manager, Office of Early Childhood Development, Office of the Governor, Illinois
  • Missy Cochenour, Early Childhood Specialist, State Support Team, AEM

Breakout II-C: Improving Teacher Preparation and Professional Development: a Birth-to-3rd Grade Perspective

  • Lisa Guernsey, Director, Early Education Initiative, New America Foundation (moderator)
  • Fran Kipnis, Research Specialist, Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, UC Berkeley
  • Jason Downer, Research Associate Professor, University of Virginia Curry School of Education

Breakout III-A: Strategic New Partnerships and Connections: Positioning Councils to Impact State Policy

  • David Kass, Executive Director, Council for a Strong America (moderator)
  • Bill Isler, President, Fred Rogers Company
  • Kathy Glazer, President, Virginia Early Childhood Foundation

Breakout III-B: Sustaining Advisory Councils after the ARRA Era

  • Ngozi Onunoku, Senior Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (moderator)
  • Lisa Ventriss, President, Vermont Business Roundtable
  • Larry Langley, CEO, New Mexico Business Roundtable

Breakout III-C: Beyond Advisory Councils: Redesigning State Government to Facilitate B-3rd Grade Reforms

  • Amanda Szekely, Senior Policy Analyst, NGA Center (moderator)
  • Sherri Killins, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care
  • Ellen Wolock, Administrator, New Jersey Department of Education

THURSDAY: May 10, 2012

Opening Plenary: Birth-to-3rd Grade Policies and the Common Core: Singing the Same Tune or Talking Past Each Other?

  • Dane Linn, College Board (moderator)
  • Jerlean Daniel, Executive Director, National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Lucille Davy, Senior Advisor, James B. Hunt Jr. Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy

Breakout IV-A: Common Core Implementation and Birth-to-3rd Grade Policy Reforms: Opportunities and Challenges

  • Ryan Reyna, Program Director, NGA Center (moderator)
  • John Pruette, Director of Early Learning, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
  • Barb Minzenberg, Deputy Secretary, Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning

Kindergarten Entry Assessment as the Fulcrum of the Birth-to-3rd Grade Continuum

  • Tom Schultz, Project Director, Council of Chief State School Officers (moderator)
  • Harriet Feldlaufer, Bureau Chief, Connecticut State Department of Education
  • Rolf Grafwallner, Assistant State Superintendent, Maryland State Department of Education

Developing a Birth-to-3rd Grade Strategy to Increase Early Reading Proficiency

  • Dorothy Strickland, Professor Emerita, Rutgers University (moderator)
  • Karen Cadigan, Director, Minnesota Office of Early Learning
  • Kimberly Liedl, Policy Director, Wisconsin Office of the Governor
  • Sue Grady, Executive Assistant, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
  • Laura Saterfield, Director, Bureau of Quality Improvement, Wisconsin Department of Children & Families