Session 4 - How are states working to coordinate and align TA and state initiatives within a rubric of CQI? 3/8/17

March 8, 2017 at 1:30 pm EST
Presenter Biographies: 

Dana Bleakney-Huebsch is currently an Early Learning Project Coordinator at The Research Institute at Western Oregon University where she supports the implementation of Oregon's Quality Rating and Improvement System. Previously she worked as a teacher at Nike’s Child Development Center in their birth-to-three program. Prior to that, Dana co-managed a day program for adults with developmental disabilities. Dana has also taught child development courses at California State University, San Bernardino where she received her Masters in Child Development.

Lisa Sutherland is the Quality First Program Coordinator for First Things First. Her work at First Things First centers around providing support and monitoring of the Quality Improvement and Rating System (Quality First) coaching grantee. She also works with the Quality First Academy grantee on developing professional development content for all of the Quality First coaches and technical assistance providers. Prior to joining First Things First she worked at Arizona State University as an early childhood curriculum coach. She is also a certified early childhood special education teacher and spent over ten years teaching in early childhood special needs classrooms.

Sarah Neville-Morgan, Deputy Director, First 5 California focuses on using research and science to influence early childhood systems work and policy, program development, and continuous quality improvement. Formerly, Sarah held positions as the Deputy Executive Director for the California Early Learning Advisory Council and at the California Department of Education to work on early learning policy and, as a key author of the successful application, help lead the implementation of California’s Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge grant. She holds an MS in Child Development from the University of California, Davis. 

Debra Silverman, PhD, Education Administrator, First 5 California, joined First 5 California in March 2013 and oversees the Program Division’s Training and Continuous Quality Improvement Unit. She collaborates on statewide systems for workforce development and guides development and implementation of innovative early childhood workforce development opportunities. Previously, she was Program Officer at First 5 Contra Costa for 11 years, where she managed countywide QRIS and school readiness programs. Debra holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Innovation from the University of Colorado. Over the last 35 years, she has worked as a CLASS trainer, university faculty, preschool director, educational researcher, and elementary school teacher.

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Check out this paper from BUILD on CQI and QRIS.