State Policy Levers that Put Children on the Path to Success

Monday, April 15
All session will be held in the New Hampshire Ballroom unless otherwise noted.

Noon    Registration Opens

1:00    Welcome     
Lisa Klein, Alliance for Early Success
Ralph Smith, The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading & Annie E. Casey Foundation

1:30    Roberto Rodriguez, Special Assistant to the President for Education Policy, White House

2:30    Policy Lever:  Education Reform
Massachusetts: Amy O’Leary, Campaign Director, Strategies for Children
Oregon:  Jada Rupley, Early Learning System Director, Office of Governor Kitzhaber and Swati Adarkar, President and CEO,   Children’s Institute
Moderator:  Sherri Killins, Consultant and former Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care

3:30    Break

4:00    Language and Literacy:  Why Third Grade Reading Starts at Birth  Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Professor, Department of Psychology, Director of the Infant Language Laboratory, and Co-Founder of the Center for Re-Imagining Children’s Learning and Education, Temple University

5:00    Consultations – One-on-one or small group meetings between participants and experts in the Alliance for Early Success National TA Network.  

5:30    Reception
          City Center Ballroom

Tuesday, April 16
All session will be held in the New Hampshire Ballroom unless otherwise noted.

8:00    Breakfast and consultation time
          New Hampshire Foyer

9:00    Policy Lever:  Third Grade Reading Guarantees and Retention
Colorado:  Pati Montgomery, Executive Director, Office of Literacy, Colorado Department of Education - Presentation
Iowa:  Linda Fandel, Special Assistant for Education, Office of Governor Branstad
Florida:  Mary Laura Bragg, National Director of Policy/Implementation, Foundation for Excellence in Education - Presentation
Moderator:  Hon. Barbara O’Brien, President and CEO, Get Smart Schools

Additional resources:

10:30    Break

10:45     Research-Based Best Practices for Young Dual/English Language Learners: Implications for Policymakers
Linda Espinosa, Ph.D., Center for Early Care and Education Research- Dual Language Learners, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Lead Consultant, California State Department of Education, Best Practices for Young Dual Language Learners Initiative; Professor of Early Childhood Education, University of Missouri (Ret.)

Additional resources:

11:45    Lunch and consultation time
            New Hampshire Ballroom

12:30    Breakout Discussions on Additional Policy Levers
Healthy Development and Home Visiting (City Center II)
        Joan Benso, Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children
        Karen Kavanaugh, Pew Home Visiting Campaign
        Katherine Freeman, New Mexico Early Childhood Development Partnership,
        United Way of Santa Fe County
Pre-Kindergarten/Full-Day Kindergarten (New Hampshire Ballroom)
        Elizabeth Burke Bryant, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT
        Amber Toth, The Center for Michigan
        Bobby D. Cagle, Commissioner of the Georgia Dept. of Early Care and Learning    
Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (City Center I)
        Debi Mathias, Build Initiative and QRIS National Learning Network
        David Edie, Wisconsin Council on Children and Families
        Leanne Barrett, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT
Early Childhood Assessments (Potomac Room)
       Miriam Calderon, Build Initiative Consultant
       John Pruette, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
       Mimi Howard, Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Consultant
       Linda Espinosa, Center for Early Care and Education Research-
       Dual Language Learners

1:30    Break

1:45    Policy Lever: Implementation of Federal Policy  
Linda Smith, Deputy Assistant Secretary and Inter-Departmental Liaison for Early Childhood Development, Health and Human Services
Steven Hicks, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Early Learning, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education
Jon L. Gant, Director of Office for Healthy Homes, Lead Hazard Control, Housing and Urban Development
David Willis, Division Director of Home Visiting and Early Childhood Systems, Maternal and Child Health Bureau
Moderator: Elizabeth Burke Bryant, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT

3:00    Break

3:15    Leveraging the Power of Data to Put Children on a Path to Success
Aimee Guidera, Founder and Executive Director, Data Quality Campaign

4:00     Adjourn