Session 3 - What does CQI look like in practice in an ECE/SAC program? 2/15/17
Rebecca Berlin is the Chief Strategy Officer at Teachstone and in this role works with states and school districts to implement the CLASS system and sets Teachstone’s strategic direction. Rebecca has worn many hats in her professional life. She has worked in public and private schools as an early interventionist, an early childhood teacher, an early childhood special education teacher, an autism specialist, and a school administrator. She holds a PhD in Research, Policy, and Administration from the University of Virginia and has worked at UVA as a teacher preparation faculty member and researcher. Rebecca is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences speaking on improving teacher child interactions and the quality of birth to five education.
Marsha Shigeyo Hawley is the Director of the Ounce of Prevention’s Lead Learn Excel and leads the work providing training, targeted technical assistance, and a suite of resources to instructional leaders of programs at the highest circles of quality through ExceleRate Illinois. Ms. Hawley is an experienced educator with diversified work experience in early childhood education, leadership and resource development. Her professional work includes almost forty years of teaching experience with infants, toddlers, preschool, K-3 teachers and families including more than 22 years in higher education dedicated to improving the lives of early childhood teachers and other professionals in early childhood through formal study. She is the author of several publications on infant toddler development and care for teachers and won awards on her collaborative work on educational websites that began in 1995. She is licensed to teach in California and Illinois and has a Master of Education from Erikson Institute and a B.S. in early childhood education and child development from California State University, Fresno.
Jani Kozlowski currently serves as the State Child Care Professional Development Coordinator for the National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching and Learning at Zero to Three. Jani holds an MA in Child Development and has worked in the Early Care & Education field for over 25 years. Previously, she provided technical assistance to support Early Head Start – Child Care Partnerships and State Professional Development system leaders as part of her roles with two other National T/TA Centers at Zero to Three. During her time working at the state level in North Carolina, Jani was the Program & Policy Resources Section Chief at the Division of Child Development. She has also worked as the Early Education Specialist for the NC Partnership for Children (Smart Start), provided TA to Head Start programs in Region V, taught community college courses and was a Pre-K teacher many years ago!
- Our working definition for CQI - CQI is a process at many levels to ensure that organizations and their partners are systematically and intentionally improving services and practices and increasing positive outcomes for children and families. CQI is a reflective, cyclical and data-driven process that is proactive, not reactive. It goes beyond meeting the externally applied regulations and standards and moves the lever for change internally. Participants control the process themselves, through continuous learning and a dedication to “getting better at getting better.
- Shifting a culture of compliance to a culture of CQI - Though it is quite long, we recommend you read p. 17-24 and 68-73 in A Resource Guide for Head Start Programs: Moving Beyond a Culture of Compliance to a Culture of Continuous Improvement from OPRE. I was especially intrigued by the “Indicators of a Culture of Continuous Improvement” and the “Core Competencies of Organizations with a Culture of Continuous Improvement.”
- Leaders' role in creating a culture of CQI - The Ounce’s Lead, Learn, Excel website has a lot of resources aimed at the role of ECE program leaders and directors with the goal of catalyzing their ability to be instructional leaders who cultivate a culture of CQI. Their four-page brief "The Five Essentials Supports Framework for Continuous Professional Learning and Improvement" describes 5 related characteristics of leadership.
- Readiness for change -
- The Stage of Change Approach for Quality Improvement in Early Care and Education is a policy brief by Shira M. Peterson ad Miranda Cairns. This paper provides an analysis of readiness to change and aligns states of readiness with ways to focus support services. It’s a quick and interesting read and your reactions will be relevant to our topic this session.
- Scaling-up Brief is a policy paper from the State Implementation & Scaling-up of Evidence-based Practices Center. Readiness for change, stages of implementation and creating readiness for change are addressed in this short paper.
- If you are interested in the role data can play in CQI, you might find the following publication from OPRE useful: Data Use for Continuous Quality Improvement: What the Head Start Field Can Learn from Other Disciplines, A Literature Review and Conceptual Framework. You’ll recognize the framework Anne Douglass shared last month on p. 11 and might find the continuous data loops graphic on page 35 fascinating.
- Here are 3 articles from the OUNCE that show how the 5 essentials can be part of a comprehensive approach to professional development and leadership strategies to foster adoption of best practices: