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Early Educators Leadership Institute 2015, Workshop 2: Part 2 of 2

Workshop 2, Part 2 of 2
"The Development and Implementation of Birth through Grade Three Initiatives in Massachusetts"
March 20, 2015 (Worcester, MA)

Saeyun Lee, Policy Director, Executive Office of Education for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Amy O'Leary, Director of Early Education for All Campaign, Strategies for Children

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Early Educators Leadership Institute 2015, Workshop 2: Part 2 of 2

  1. 1.   Early Educators Leadership Institute Friday, March 20, 2015 Saeyun Lee and Amy O’Leary
  2. 2.  National Governors Association (NGA) Early Learning Policy Academy - Primary Goals and Strategies  Key Outcomes - Building the Foundation of Future Success for Children from Birth through Grade 3 - Framework for a Comprehensive Birth through Grade 3 Policy Agenda 3/20/2015 MA Dept. of Early Education and Care
  3. 3.  Build awareness and commitment across key stakeholders to support a continuum of high-quality early learning opportunities from birth through 3rd grade  Develop and begin to implement a state-specific action plan to implement aligned birth to 3rd grade learning standards by: 1) Strengthening the effectiveness of early childhood and early elementary educators; or 2) Developing and appropriately using assessments across the birth to grade 3 continuum 3/20/2015 MA Dept. of Early Education and Care
  4. 4. Develop and implement a robust birth through grade 3 standards and assessment system by:  Identifying the foundational experiences and essential competencies that will lead to college and career success;  Enhancing our early learning standards; and  Exploring developmentally appropriate assessment strategies for birth through kindergarten as well as the early elementary grades. 3/20/2015 MA Dept. of Early Education and Care
  5. 5.  Identification of essential competencies and foundational experiences for all children  Enhancement of our early learning standards to increase their alignment with our pre-K through grade 12 Curriculum Frameworks and ensure that they include social and emotional learning domains from birth through kindergarten  Exploration of birth to kindergarten assessment strategies as well as strategies for the early elementary grades, with the goal of building a coherent policy framework for the development of a birth to grade 3 assessment system 3/20/2015 MA Dept. of Early Education and Care
  6. 6.  Creation of the document entitled Building the Foundation of Future Success for Children from Birth through Grade 3, which identifies essential experiences and competencies that all children should demonstrate  Creation of the framework for comprehensive birth through grade 3 policy agenda 3/20/2015 MA Dept. of Early Education and Care
  7. 7. Learning and Growth Across Multiple Domains Approaches to Play and Learning Cognitive Development and General Knowledge Language and Communication Development Physical Development and Well-Being Social and Emotional Development 3/20/2015 MA Dept. of Early Education and Care
  8. 8. 3/20/2015 MA Dept. of Early Education and Care
  9. 9.  Collaboration, Passion, and Commitment Among Key Partners: Departments of Early Education and Care, Elementary and Secondary Education, and Higher Education; Readiness Centers Network; CONNECT Higher Education Partnership; and Strategies for Children  Increasing Interest in and Commitment to Early Education Multiple stakeholders in Massachusetts (including educators from birth through postsecondary education, community and business partners, local and municipal officials, legislators, and parents and family members) are committed to working together to improve learning outcomes for children from birth through grade 3  Strong Policy Foundation and Governance Structure Ongoing implementation of Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge and K-12 Race to the Top strategies and a public education governance system that was designed to increase alignment and coherence across the early education, K-12, and higher education sectors 3/20/2015 MA Dept. of Early Education and Care
  10. 10.  Changing the Discourse – Building awareness of the importance of establishing a foundation for college and career success starting at birth, creating a common language for multiple stakeholders, and building consensus about the foundational experiences and essential competencies  Translating Concepts Into Practice – Using the Building the Foundation document to inform the development and implementation of policy but also enhance the quality of instruction; the interactions among adults, children, and peers; and the provision of educational and other services to children and families  Sustainability – Maintaining momentum despite institutional, organizational, resource, and other changes  Building Fiscal Capacity – Identifying short- and longer-term sources of funding to support the development and implementation of innovative strategies  Leveraging Community Partnerships – Creating ongoing opportunities to share expertise and resources, scale up effective practices, and strengthen partnerships across the state 3/20/2015 MA Dept. of Early Education and Care
  11. 11.  Consider the factors that contributed to our success and the challenges and opportunities discussed on the previous slides.  Are these familiar to you?  Are there others you would add?  Other thoughts?  Who else needs to know this information / context?  What else do you need to know?  How will YOU incorporate and use this information? 3/20/2015 MA Dept. of Early Education and Care
  12. 12. Questions? 3/20/2015 MA Dept. of Early Education and Care
  13. 13. Guiding Questions  What are your thoughts about the Building the Foundation document and the comprehensive policy agenda? Are there issues and topics that are not being addressed?  Given your discussion this morning about the work that resonates most deeply with you, what impact if any could the Building the Foundation document and the policy agenda have on your work?  How can community partners work together more effectively to support the implementation of birth through grade 3 initiatives? 3/20/2015 MA Dept. of Early Education and Care
  14. 14. Guiding Questions  What are the current strategies that are being implemented in your community, and how can we increase alignment and coherence across multiple initiatives?  What are the policy gaps and issues that must be better addressed?  What are three strategies that could be implemented, and how can regional partners work together and with state entities to advance our work? 3/20/2015 MA Dept. of Early Education and Care
  15. 15. Thank You! 3/20/2015 MA Dept. of Early Education and Care

Workshop 2, Part 2 of 2 "The Development and Implementation of Birth through Grade Three Initiatives in Massachusetts" March 20, 2015 (Worcester, MA) Saeyun Lee, Policy Director, Executive Office of Education for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Amy O'Leary, Director of Early Education for All Campaign, Strategies for Children

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