Early Learning as a School Improvement Intervention
This session will provide an overview as to how early learning strategies can improve achievement as a school improvement intervention. Also, key research on the impact of high quality early learning programs will be presented.
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Dr. Libby Doggett is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Early Learning in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education. She was recently the director of the Pew home visiting campaign where she oversaw a robust research agenda to enhance support for data-driven investments that align with federal guidance. Prior to that, she directed Pre-K Now, a 10-year campaign to advance high-quality, voluntary Pre-K for all 3- and 4-year-olds across the country. She also worked for the National Head Start Association, directing their HeadsUp! reading program to improve literacy instruction in early learning classrooms across the country. She began her career as a bilingual first grade teacher at Ortega Elementary School in Austin.
Dr. Lenay Dunn is a Senior Research Associate at WestEd where she conducts applied research and provides technical assistance on systemic reform and improvement. She has over a decade of experience studying education reform initiatives and was a lead researcher for her session's study.
Jana Martella of EDC brings to her work over 30 years of experience in education & has served as a state legislative liaison, coordinator for federal programs, school administratof, and teacher. She has worked on multiple initiatives designed to advance high quality early education.
Dr. Carlas McCauley leads the national Center on School Turnaround at WestEd—a federally funded center to increase the capacity of state education agencies to support districts and schools in turning around their lowest performing schools. He previously served in leadership roles for the Office of School Turnaround in the U.S. Department of Education and the National Association of State Boards. Dr. McCauley is nationally recognized for his work developing, supporting, and monitoring SIG and other education improvement initiatives.