March 14-15, 2013 | Philadelphia, PA

The NGA Center, in collaboration with the Council of Chief State School Officers, hosted a policy forum on Aligning and Implementing Birth-through-3rd Grade Learning Standards on March 14-15 in Philadelphia, PA. The meeting provided information and resources to 28 states to help policy leaders from governors’ offices, state education agencies, and early learning offices develop and implement comprehensive birth-3rd grade standards that give students the necessary foundation for college and career readiness.

AGENDA

PRESENTATIONS:

Plenary Session and Panel Discussion: How Children Succeed – What are the Non-Cognitive Skills That Predict Later Success?

  • Paul Tough, author, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character

Respondents:

  • Saeyun Lee, Massachusetts Executive Office of Education
  • Harriet Dichter, Delaware Office of Early Learning
  • Richard Laine, Education Division, National Governors Association Center for Best Practices

 Plenary Session: A Call for a Birth-to-3rd Grade Reform Strategy – Opportunities and Challenges

Optional Breakfast Discussion: Opportunities for Cross-State Collaboration in Standards Development

  • Elliot Regenstein, Advocacy and Policy, Ounce of Prevention Fund
  • Susan Hibbard, BUILD Initiative
  • Kyle Snow, Center for Applied Research, National Association for the Education of Young Children

Plenary Session: Standards Alignment – A First Step Toward Developing a Coherent Birth-3rd Grade Learning Continuum

  • Sharon Lynn Kagan, Teachers College, Columbia University, and Child Study Center, Yale University

Respondents:

  • Richard Laine, Education Division, National Governors Association Center for Best Practices
  • Carissa Miller, Council of Chief State Schools Officers
  • Deborah Wise, Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning
  • Tom Schultz, Standards, Assessment and Accountability, Council of Chief State Schools Officers

Break-Out Sessions: A Closer Look at Birth-3rd Grade Standards Alignment and Implementation by Learning Domain

  • Early Mathematics:
    • Doug Clements, University of Denver
    • Sharon Lynn Kagan, Teachers College, Columbia University, and Child Study Center, Yale University
    • Kate Nielson, National Governors Association Center for Best Practices
  • Early Literacy:
    • Barbara Wasik, Temple University
    • Harriet Feldlaufer, Bureau of Teaching and Learning, Connecticut State Department of Education
    • Amanda Szekely, National Governors Association Center for Best Practices
  • Non-Cognitive Skills:
    • Celene Domitrovich, Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning
    • Linda Dusenbury, Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning
    • Marilou Hyson, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education
    • Albert Wat, National Governors Association Center for Best Practices

Pre-Selected Discussion Groups: Implementing Comprehensive Birth-3rd Grade Learning Standards

  • Implementing Early Learning Guidelines in Diverse Early Care and Education Settings:
    • Barbara Gebhard, Public Policy, ZERO TO THREE
    • Lindy Buch, Office of Early Childhood Education and Family Services, Michigan Department of Education
  • Communication and Community Engagement:
    • David Mansouri, Advocacy and Communications, Tennessee State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE)
    • Donna Traynham, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
  • Workforce Preparation and Professional Development:
    • Marica Mitchell, Higher Education and Program Support, National Association for the Education of Young Children
    • Ellen Wolock, Division of Early Childhood Education, New Jersey Department of Education
  • Assessment and Curriculum Frameworks:
    • Judith Walker, Division of Early Childhood, Maryland Department of Education
    • Melissa Colsman, Teaching and Learning Unit, Colorado Department of Education
    • Sharon Triolo-Moloney, Colorado Department of Education
  • Addressing the Needs of Dual-Language Learners:
    • Erin Arango-Escalante, Wisconsin Center for Education Research
    • Carrie Heath Philips, Council for Chief State School Officers
  • Addressing the needs of children with special needs:
    • Kathy Hebbeler, SRI International
    • Alexa Posny, Renaissance Learning