October 2012 Alliance National Meeting and Peer Advocate Roundtable

Alliance National Meeting and Peer Advocate Roundtable

October 10 - 12, 2012
JW Marriott
614 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA  70130 

Meeting Purpose: To bring together Alliance national grantees and state-level leaders to advance leadership, research and advocacy strategies to improve state policies and increase investments in high-quality early childhood development services for at-risk children birth through age eight.

Meeting Objectives

  • Celebrate successes and accomplishments, identify challenges, and share learning coming out of most recent legislative sessions and work with the executive branch of government.
  • Provide opportunities for participants to exchange innovative policy ideas and advocacy strategies, and to strengthen relationships and partnerships between state and national organizations in order to advance public impact in states.
  • Promote new learning from research and practice and translate it into implications for policy.
  • Understand and share common policy priorities across the birth through eight spectrum.


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

  • 12:00-1:00pm Networking Lunch
  • 1:15-1:45pm Welcome and Opening
  • 1:45-2:45pm Celebration of Successes This Year
    Master of Ceremonies: Mike Burke, Buffett Early Childhood Fund
  • 3:00-4:30pm Moving Forward with Birth through Eight
    This session will provide an update on the Alliance continued expansion to birth through 8 with reflections from state leaders and national TA network organizations about how they are moving ahead. 
    • Opening remarks: Lisa Klein, Birth to Five Policy Alliance
    • Facilitator: Elliot Regenstein, Ounce of Prevention Fund
    • Speakers:
      • David Mandell, Children’s Institute, Oregon
      • Albert Wat, National Governors Association Center for Best Practices
      • Barbara Gebhard, ZERO TO THREE
      • Dave Edie, Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, Wisconsin
  • 4:30-5:00pm Goal Setting
    Participants will reflect in pairs about their goals for this year (in their state, as a national organization), their goals for this meeting, and their goals for their shared work with the Alliance.
    Facilitator: Steffanie Clothier, Birth to Five Policy Alliance

*Dinner on your own, here is a short list of local restaurants close to the JW Marriott. 


Thursday, October 11, 2012


 9:15-10:45am "Stress, Poverty, and the Development of Executive Functions in Children:  An Educational Crisis in Making"

This session will focus on the ways in which early experience shapes the development of executive functions in young children. It will examine the idea that efforts to foster executive function and self-regulation abilities in children in poverty are essential for the promotion of school achievement and for reversing growing economic and educational disparities that threaten social well being in the United States.

Moderator:  Diana Rauner, Ounce of Prevention Fund
Speaker:  Clancy Blair, Professor of Applied Psychology, NYU


11:00-11:30am Executive Function in Practice and Policy

Brief stage setting presentation of efforts to integrate EF into standards and assessments in four states and Washington systems efforts.
Al Race, Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University
Amanda Szekely, National Governors Association Center for Best Practices


11:30am-12:30pm Small Group Discussions on Executive Function and Policy Implications


1:30-3:00pm Concurrent Sessions      Room Assignments
Matching Session I: Full State Team with Expert        
In this customized, one-on-one TA session, each state team will meet with one expert from a network of TA providers composed of Alliance National grantee organizations, the Ounce, and the First Five Years Fund to grapple with predetermined challenges, issues, and/or strategic questions in a policy area they have identified as a high priority.
Evaluation Discussion
National TA network members not scheduled for a matching session will meet with Cameron Clark from Organizational Research Services.
Investor Breakout


3:15-4:45pm Concurrent Sessions
National TA Network Meeting

This session will provide a chance for national organizations and new states to meet to discuss a variety of topics.
States:  Inter-State Discussion Time
State team members choose from one of the following topical discussions and share experiences, knowledge, and/or discuss questions with their colleagues from other states on topics of shared interest.

  • Messaging and Advocacy Strategy in a Conservative Environment - Lead Discussant:  Rhian Alvin, AZ
  • Building and Sustaining a Coalition of Early Childhood Advocates - Lead Discussant: Dave Edie, WI
  • Engaging Business and Philanthropy Leaders in Effective Advocacy - Lead Discussant: Judy Reidt Parker, ME
  • Engaging K-12 partners in Early Childhood Efforts - Lead Discussant: Swati Adarkar, OR
  • The Components of Running a Campaign - Lead Discussant: John Bebow, MI
  • A New Way to Assess Your Advocacy Organization’s Leadership, Capacity, and Priorities - Lead Discussant: Becky Veak, NE
  • Advocates’ role in state decisions about planning Kindergarten Readiness Assessment - Lead Discussant: Molly Boyajian, WA
    Handout 1           Handout 2
  • Sustainability and advocacy for RTTT-Early Learning Challenge - Lead Discussant: Giannina Perez,
    Handout 1


4:45-5:15pm Map Takeaways from the Day

Participants will write down and post their takeaways from the day on the wall.
Facilitator: Steffanie Clothier, Birth to Five Policy Alliance

6:30pm Dinner at Arnaud's Restaurant - Located steps off off Bourbon Street in the heart of the French Quarter, Arnaud's offers classic Creole Cuisine and exemplary service in a beautifully restored turn of the century dining rooms.  It's easy to get from the hotel to Arnaud's, follow the map and walk or take a taxi.  


Friday, October 12, 2012

8:30-9:45am Matching Session II:  Matched Topical Discussion     Room Assignments

In this matching session, meeting participants will attend a pre-selected small topical discussion session with a mixed group of state and national partners who have also selected the topic area as a priority interest. For this session state team members need not all attend the same topic discussions.


10:00am-12:00pm Buidling a Birth Through 8 Campaign

This session will feature research, policy, and strategy highlighting the experience of Massachusetts in launching a birth through 3rd grade campaign.   Participants will learn about the foundations of early literacy and specific components of one state’s campaign strategy and policy agenda.  It will also include a working session among participants to dive deeper into how this work might apply to state and/or national efforts.  Participants will engage in table conversations after choosing a topic to discuss. The session will conclude with a chance to reflect back on your conversations in a dialogue with the presenters and discussion about implications for future efforts.
Facilitator:  Dane Linn, College Board
Speakers:   Julie Russ-Harris, Harvard Graduate School of Education
                    Carolyn Lyons, Strategies for Children, MA
                    Amy O’Leary, Strategies for Children, MA


12:00-12:30pm Wrap Up and Adjourn