Presentation on theme: "Education + Innovation = Transformation"— Presentation transcript:
1Education + Innovation = Transformation “Early Childhood: The Gateway to Student and School Success” Presentation by: Rhea Williams-Bishop August 29, 2012 Dropout Prevention & Special Education Conference Jackson, MSEducation + Innovation = Transformation
2Presentation Overview Vision and Mission of MSCEIMSCEI’s Work in Early EducationEarly Childhood Development and Learning ECE 101Using Title I to Finance Early Childhood ProgramsQ and A
3MSCEI HistoryEstablished in 2008 in the aftermath of Hurricane KatrinaTasked with assisting MDE in meeting its goalsFocus specifically on the MS Delta Promise school districts (14 school districts/communities)Funded primarily by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation
4Education + Innovation = Transformation Our VisionThe Center for Education Innovation envisions a Mississippi in which all of its children become productive citizens of a global society in the 21st century.Education + Innovation = Transformation
5Education + Innovation = Transformation Our MissionThe Center for Education Innovation supports and connects families, early learning environments, schools and communities to resources, technical assistance, and best practices that prepare vulnerable children to become productive members of a global society.Education + Innovation = Transformation
6Center’s Focus Areas Education + Innovation = Transformation Leadership Development & School ImprovementTeacher Quality & Student AchievementChild Development & Early LearningCommunity, Family & School EngagementBuilding Support for Public EducationTo attain this vision and implement this mission, the Center will focus on:Building and Enhancing a Culture of Education in MississippiEstablishing Early Childhood Education as a Statewide PriorityRecruiting and Retaining Quality Teachers in Every ClassroomRecruiting and Retaining Quality Administrators in Every School DistrictBuilding Public Will for Public EducationThe Center will be the focal point in Mississippi where experts and consultants in the field will meet with stakeholders in education: parents, teachers, business and community organizations, public and private sector leaders to formulate plans that will ultimately transform Mississippi’s public educational system. Additionally, the Center will identify best practices and model programs that may exist at the local, state, regional, national, or international levels, and work to introduce and implement model practices or programs that yield the best results for improving student outcomes.In addition, the Center will work as an agent for sustainable change in communities where poverty, low educational attainment and a lack of infrastructure intersect thus, leading to a low quality of life. The initial activities of the Center will be focused primarily in the Mississippi Delta, but ultimately statewide, in the following five critical areas: (1) Enhancing Leadership Development and School Improvement, (2) Increasing Teacher Quality and Student Achievement, (3) Advancing Early Childhood Education, (4) Maximizing Community, Family and School Engagement, and (5) Building Public Will to Support Public Education.Education + Innovation = Transformation
7Program Pathways Leading, Teaching, and Learning for Excellence Community, Family, and School EngagementEarly Childhood Development and Learning
8Overarching Goals1) Support children’s academic readiness for Pre-K through 12th grade 2) Promote a culture and climate that supports and demands excellence in education 3) Confront the underlying challenges that hinder academic excellence (i.e. health, poverty, equity, etc.) 4) Inform and impact education policy
9Primary Sites of Focus Areas Child Development and Early LearningJackson Metro Area and Sunflower County (Indianola School District, Drew School District, and Sunflower School District)Community, School, and Family EngagementBolivar County (North Bolivar School District and West Bolivar School District)Leading, Teaching, and Learning for ExcellenceGreenwood and Holly Springs
10National Affiliations/Models/Best Practice Programs CLASSNBCDINROPITEACH/WAGESHigh Scope Ready Schools AssessmentPlay WorksHIPPYReach Out and ReadPositive Parenting ProgramEarly Developmental InstrumentWatch, Know, LearnTeach UpEverfiVoices for America’s ChildrenCommunities In SchoolsCOSEBOC
11Urgent Issue AreasOther issue areas that we are compelled to address due to the urgent nature of the direct impact on students and schools:Conservatorship processK – 12 Education PolicyEarly Education PolicyImpact of Charter Schools and ConsolidationP-16 ProcessCommon Core training and preparationDropout PreventionOpting in or out of higher level classesState Subject Area TestingExamining the growing district concerns re: Teach for AmericaLack of/Quality of Professional Development for current/existing teachersNeed for more extensive school board training
14Building Support for Education Center’s Focus AreasLeadershipTeacher QualityEarly LearningCommunity EngagementBuilding SupportBuilding Support for EducationGoal: To build public will to support public education and early childhood education by implementing well designed programs and strengthening collaborative partnerships that can be replicated statewide.Highlights:Education Matters Infomercials and Public Awareness CampaignSupporting school districts in conservatorshipCommissioned Godwin Group Early Education SurveyAddressing education policy issuesBUILDING PUBLIC WILL TO SUPPORT PUBLIC EDUCATION. By implementing well designed programs and strengthening collaborative partnerships, the Center will build support for public education. These programs and partnerships can be replicated across the state to build public will. In addition to building public will for public education in general, the Center will be specifically addressing building public will for early childhood education.Education + Innovation = Transformation
15Early Childhood Development and Learning Center’s Focus AreasLeadershipTeacher QualityEarly LearningCommunity EngagementBuilding SupportEarly Childhood Development and LearningGoal: To ensure that all entities involved in the education of young children are working together on their behalf, garnering, and leveraging resources for the maximum benefit to all children.ADVANCING EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION. The mission of the Early Childhood Education Program is to ensure that all entities involved in the education of young children are working together on their behalf and are garnering and leveraging resources for the maximum benefit to all children. A primary focus of the Center will be to enhance and provide early childhood education opportunities in Mississippi.Education + Innovation = Transformation
16Early Childhood Development & Learning Center’s Focus AreasLeadershipTeacher QualityEarly LearningCommunity EngagementBuilding SupportEarly Childhood Development & LearningHighlights:Mississippi Learning Lab development of a strategic planGrowth of business community support for early educationBuilding a state-wide movement for young children and their familiesAllies for Quality Care ProgramBuilding on the work of SPARK MSMajor player in the field of early educationMember of the State Early Childhood Advisory CouncilMississippi Building Blocks advisory board memberMississippi Low Income Childcare Initiative board memberExcel by 5 board memberEducation + Innovation = Transformation
17Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids (SPARK MS) Center’s Focus AreasLeadershipTeacher QualityEarly LearningCommunity EngagementBuilding SupportSupporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids (SPARK MS)SPARK early education efforts are ongoing through Center supportContinuing to target vulnerable children ages 0-8, their parents, community-based organizations, child-serving institutions, and business leadersMaintaining past gains acquired in the original five SPARK-MS school district catchment areas of Cleveland, Hollandale, Mound Bayou, North Bolivar and PearlExpansion districts include: West Bolivar, West Tallahatchie, Humphreys County, and Clarksdale
18Education + Innovation = Transformation Center’s Focus AreasLeadershipTeacher QualityEarly LearningCommunity EngagementBuilding SupportMS Learning LabOverview: The MS Learning Lab (MSLL) was created as a means of effectively addressing the early education needs of MS children from birth to age eight. The MSLL accomplishes this through the ongoing coordination and networking of key agency and individual stakeholders representing early education efforts statewide. A strategic plan has been designed to provide a viable context for outlining current and future efforts that should result in the development of a “formal” early education infrastructure for MS.Education + Innovation = Transformation
19MS Learning Lab Partners Center’s Focus AreasLeadershipTeacher QualityEarly LearningCommunity EngagementBuilding SupportMS Learning Lab PartnersState PartnersAlcorn State UniversityBarksdale Reading InstituteChildren’s Defense Fund—Southern Regional OfficeDelta CouncilDelta Health AllianceParent CampaignExcel by FiveHardin FoundationJackson State UniversityKids Count MississippiMississippi Building BlocksMississippi Department of EducationMississippi Department of Human Services -Division of Early Childhood Care and DevelopmentMississippi Head Start AssociationMississippi Economic CouncilMississippi Institutions of Higher LearningMississippi State University –Social Science Research CenterEarly Childhood InstituteExtension ServiceStennis Institute of GovernmentNational Strategic Planning and AnalysisResearch Center (nSPARC)Parents for Public SchoolsState Early Childhood AdvisoryCouncilSupporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids—MississippiUniversity of Mississippi – William Winter InstituteMississippi Low Income Child Care InitiativeFidelis Policy GroupGodwin GroupChevronNational PartnersW. K. Kellogg FoundationBirth to Five AllianceOunce of Prevention FundDCA, Inc.High Scope FoundationDreyfus FoundationAugenblick, Palaich and AssociatesInsight Center for Community Economic DevelopmentCommittee for Economic DevelopmentFight Crime – Invest in KidsMission ReadinessUF Lastinger Center for LearningAIR - American Institutes for ResearchNACRRA - National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral AgenciesEducation + Innovation = Transformation
20Statewide Early Education Campaign Center’s Focus AreasLeadershipTeacher QualityEarly LearningCommunity EngagementBuilding SupportStatewide Early Education CampaignGodwin group survey of 1,000 voting MississippiansKey messages developed by the Learning LabInformation sent out to all candidates for governor and members of the legislaturePlanned activities through out the summer and fall building up to the legislative sessionCulminated with press event and Day at the Capitol in the FebruaryEducation + Innovation = Transformation
21Allies for Quality Care Center’s Focus AreasLeadershipTeacher QualityEarly LearningCommunity EngagementBuilding SupportAllies for Quality CareQuality initiative serving 15 childcare centers: 75 infant, toddler and pre-k classrooms with a total enrollment of 661* children located in Hinds and Rankin Counties.$2.2 million dollar initiative funded by the Mississippi Department of Human Services, Division of Early Childhood Care and DevelopmentCollaborative effort between the Center for Education Innovation, the Early Childhood Institute, the Mississippi State Extension Service and Mississippi Building BlocksEducation + Innovation = Transformation
22Allies for Quality Care (continued) Center’s Focus AreasLeadershipTeacher QualityEarly LearningCommunity EngagementBuilding SupportAllies for Quality Care (continued)Addresses the programmatic needs of child care centers through evaluation and intense technical assistance. Centers will be assisted with:(1) improve the learning environment in each classroom, as evidenced by improved ITERS/ECERS scores,(2) improve the nutritional quality of food provided to children, as evidenced by menus and shopping plans approved by a nutrition specialist, and(3) develop operating budget for the program, including the identification and implementation of available cost-saving measures.Education + Innovation = Transformation
23Allies for Quality Care (continued) Center’s Focus AreasLeadershipTeacher QualityEarly LearningCommunity EngagementBuilding SupportAllies for Quality Care (continued)A total of 137 staff members and will be provided with a minimum of 6,030 total hours of technical assistance - technical assistance is being provided by 8 Classroom Technical Assistants, 3 Nutrition Advisors and 1 Business Advisor over a 12 month period of time.This year the program is expanding to serve more centers in the Jackson metro area.Education + Innovation = Transformation
24Early Education 101 “It is easier to build strong children than to repairbroken men.”- Frederick Douglass
25Passing the Education Buck The college professor says: “Oh my, he’s unprepared and can’t keep pace - on him my PhD is such a waste!”The high school teacher says: “They send him up so silly that it’s tragic and they expect me to work some magic!”The middle school teacher says: “Poor boy, he’s such a fool what did they do in that elementary school?”The elementary school teacher says: “These pre-schoolers are still green as green as can be, honey.”These parents really wasted their pre-school money.”The pre-school teacher says: “Gee, whiz no home training do I see, what kind of mother must she be!”The mother says: “My poor child, it’s such a shame; his father’s folks are surely to blame!“We cannot allow our children to fail in our schools, but we cannot allow our schools to fail our children”from comments made by Dr. Warner- former President of Grambling State University during JSU EPhD Cohort 1 Orientation 2004
261 IN 3 CHILDREN IN THE U.S. IS NOT READY FOR KINDERGARTEN
27Developing the Workforce of 2025 begins NOW The child’s brain is NOT a smaller version of an adult brain.Neurons are not yet fully insulated.Neurons are still moving into positions.Synapse development is exploding.Intelligence is a product of both heredity and the child’s interactions with the environment.
28Neurons: the brain’s building blocks Born with 100 billionWaiting to connectCell body, axon, dendrites and synapses
32Emotional and Language Development Emotions are set by the limbic system and prefrontal lobes.Both lobes are developed and connected early in life (8-18 months)A brain of a two year old is more active than that of her pediatrician and of her teenage sisterLanguage development occurs in stages-receptive language first, then verbalization
33Mississippi’s Public Kindergarten-How Does it Fit? Mississippi has been applauded for offering a full day program in all school districtsMississippi has been criticized for not requiring all five year old children to attend if they are five years old before the cut-off date for school enrollmentAll of the kindergarten classes in public schools in Mississippi are taught by a certified teacher
34Research Speaks to the Importance of Early Childhood Center-based care raised IQ of young children by 15 points (normal range)Control Group: Center-based Program: 115
35Research on High Quality Early Childhood Education Indicates.. It is one of the best economic investments that can be madeIt is a major strategy in reducing school drop-outsIt takes time to pay off, but results can be measured after 3-5 yearsIt helps children from economically depressed families more than children from high resource families
36And What is Happening to Our Children NOW? A national study found that 60% of children living in rural America enter kindergarten in special education classes34% % of MS White 4th grade students and 70% of Black students in 2005 were measured BELOW basic achievement levels on the National Assessment of Educational Progress Reading Test
37How We CompareMississippi has a collaborative pre-kindergarten program. $3 million dollars has been appropriated by the MS legislature for R&R and QRIS. No formal “system of early education”.Arkansas is funded at over $100 million for their early childhood programLouisiana’s LA4 program is funded at $56.5 millionAlabama about $12 millionGeorgia over $350 millionTennessee nearly $100 millionSource: Pre [K] Now. (2006) Votes Count: Legislative Action on Pre-K Fiscal Year 2007.
38Importance Candidates Share View Q 27. How important is it to you that a political candidate in Mississippi share your point of view about early learning opportunities for young children - is it very important, somewhat important, or not important?
39Influence of Facts on Support Q In regard to this fact, please tell me how much this information influences you to support efforts to improve early learning opportunities for young children in Mississippi using a 1-to-5 scale where 1 means the information "has no influence at all" and 5 means the information "strongly influences" you to support efforts to improve early learning opportunities for young children in Mississippi.
40ONE Best Reason to Support Q24. Which one of those facts about early learning for children do you feel is the best reason to support an early learning initiative in Mississippi? (If necessary, read list below.)
41Why Look to Title I for Preschool Financing? Title I is a flexible source of fundingTitle I funds may be layered with federal, state, or local funds to provide high-quality preschool services for additional children or to extend the day.Funds may supplement or expand existing early education programs, including state-funded pre-kindergarten and Head Start, and may by used in conjunction with community-based child care programs.
42Benefits of Using Title I for Preschool Serve children from birth through age at school entryReach at-risk children in families with incomes above povertyFund high-quality programs that meet Head Start educational standardsProvide comprehensive servicesServe children in community-based settingsFund teacher professional development
43Title I Grants to States Title I funds are allocated to state education agencies (SEAs) who distribute funds to local educational agencies (LEAs) based on percentages of low-income children. Funds are then distributed to schools within Title I districts.Funding is based on the LEA’s percent of low-income children ages 5 to 17.LEA determines what measure of need to use from a composite of indicatorsMost districts use the percentage of students eligible for free or reduced price school lunches
44Title I Funds Services at the District and School Level Schoolwide programs: Title I funds can be used schoolwide if at least 40% of children in a school are low-income.90% of children served in Title I preschool attend schoolwide programsTargeted-assistance programs: Title I funds must be targeted toward disadvantaged children if less than 40% of children in a school are low-income.9% of children served in Title I preschool attend targeted-assistance programs
45How Can Title I be Used for Preschool? At the district levelEligibility based on residence within district, or part of district, and assessment of risk for meeting state academic standards as determined by multiple, educationally-related, objective criteria determined by state.Income is used to prioritize, not determine, eligibility.At the school levelSchoolwide programs: Eligibility based on residence within the attendance area of the school.Targeted-assistance programs: Eligibility based on assessment of risk for meeting state’s academic standards.
46How Can Title I Funds Be Used for Preschool? Title I funds can be used for preschool or to supplement or expand other early childhood education programs, such as state-funded prekindergarten, Head Start, Even Start, or Early Reading First.Title I funds may be used in conjunction with existing programs, including community-based child care programs, and the Child Care and Development Block Grant.
47How Can Title I be Used for Preschool? In addition to direct educational services, Title I funds can be used to fund:Teachers’ salariesProfessional developmentCounseling servicesMinor remodelingLeasing or renting space in private facilitiesComprehensive services, including access to medical servicesDiagnostic screeningif a needs assessment shows that a child needs health, nutrition, or other social services and they are not available from other sourcesSource: U.S. Government Accountability Office, Title I Preschool Education: More Children Served, but Gauging Effect on School Readiness Difficult.
48Title I Preschool Requirements Meet Head Start StandardsInclude a parental involvement componentTitle I programs using an Even Start model must integrate ECE, adult literacy or adult basic education, and parenting education into a family literacy program and must comply with Even Start requirementsIn some Title I preschools, teachers must meet the NCLB “highly qualified” standard
49Highly Qualified Pre-Kindergarten Teachers? Requirements “do not apply to early childhood or pre-K teachers unless a state includes early childhood/pre-K as part of its elementary and secondary school system.”
50What Are the Components of High-Quality Preschool? Include requirements for how a program should operate in order to create the conditions and context for early childhood learning and developmentSufficient funding to attract and retain well-trained and qualified teachersProfessional development and training for teachersAccess to comprehensive health services, including diagnostic screenings, for children who need themInfrastructure supports to ensure qualityStrategies to help children manage transitionsFull-day/full-year options to support working families
51Title I Stories: Every District is Unique Children ServedTitle I Funds UsedHistory of InvestmentChicago, IL1, and 4-year-olds and their parents$6 million in 2007 (2%)Detroit, MI2,800 4-year-old children in HS and state pre-k classes, which include Title I funds$13 million in 2006 (9%)Unknown-presentPittsfield, MA120 families of 2- and 3-year-olds; 72 4-year-olds$500,000 in 2005 (25%)Houston, TX131 full school-day classes in 76 schools and early childhood centers$17.4 million in 2006 (21%)2004-present
52Partnerships and Collaboration—Title I Supports Transition to Kindergarten Title I requires LEAs to have a plan to coordinate and integrate Title I with Even Start, Head Start, and other preschool programs, “including plansfor the transition of participants in such programs to local elementary school programs.”Gwinnet County, GA funds a district Title I transition specialist and transition teams in 25 Title I elementary schools. A SPARK grant and Title I funds support the transition work.
53How’d They Do That? The Story Behind Title I Investments Resourceful school leadersPartnerships and collaborationsResearch and data to make the case for investmentsCapitalizing on changes in state policies and funding opportunitiesLeveraging all available funds
54Title I Stories: Lessons Learned Build relationships with early childhood partnersChampion early education using research and dataDollars are flexibleBuild on existing resources in communitiesInvest in coordinated district-wide solutionsInvest in early diagnostic assessment and program evaluationLink vulnerable children and families to family supports and health servicesLeverage state and federal funds—and capitalize on funding opportunities.Title I can fund high-quality preschool.Flexibility of Dollars: Communities can use the funds to best meet their own needs—to improve quality, provide comprehensive services, expand opportunities, or lengthen the day for low-income children.Decision makers in local school districts need research-based evidence to help move Title I dollars to preschool programs.Uncertainty of funds: NCLB pressures may be driving dollars away from preschool exactly when early investments will pay off the most and help states and local communities meet their 3rd-grade goals.
55How a Pre-K/K Classroom Should Look (SPARK example) BeforeAfter
56Questions to Ponder Is your school or district ECE ready? Do you have a well trained early childhood expert on your staff?Do you partner with Head Start and early childhood providers that are feeders to your elementary schools?Do you offer joint training with these groups?Are your pre-K – 3rd classrooms developmental appropriate?Do you assess your Kindergarten students to find out where they are – then provide specific interventions to ensure their progress?What is your kindergarten retention rate?Do you equate more classroom time to more rigor?
57Education + Innovation = Transformation MSCEI StaffBetty Bankhead, Office/HR ManagerAngela Carson, Allies Business ManagerJeri Knapp, Allies Administrative Assistant/CommunicationsKate McMillin, Allies Collaboration ManagerKoronda T. Smith – Allies Business AdvisorSharon Nettles – Allies Early Learning SpecialistBabak Mostaghimi, Community, Family, & School EngagementIlean Richards, Leading, Teaching, and Learning for ExcellenceRhea Williams-Bishop, Executive Director/Director Early Childhood Development & LearningEducation + Innovation = Transformation
58Education + Innovation = Transformation The Center for Education Innovation 200 South Lamar Street, Suite 100-S Jackson, MS (O) (F)
59“We are intentional about the work and are approaching the work with a sense of urgency: one student, one family, one school, one community at a time.” Rhea Williams-Bishop Executive Director
60CLASP Resources on Title I Preschool Title I and Early Childhood Programs: A Look at Investments in the NCLB EraRecommendations to Support High-Quality Early Education Programs Through Reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind ActMissed Opportunities? The Possibilities and Challenges of Funding High-Quality Preschool Through Title I of the No Child Left Behind Act
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