Cultural and Linguistic Diversity and QRIS: Exploring Issues, Strategies and Challenges
Eva Marie Shivers, Institute for Child Development Research & Social Change
Aisha Ray, Erikson Institute
Davida McDonald, National Association for the Education of Young Children
Abby Thorman, Thorman Strategy Group
Thu, 09/22/2011 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm
On this webinar, experts from around the country discussed why it’s important to include cultural and linguistic diversity principles in their QRIS, why it is challenging to address diversity principles in a meaningful and impactful manner, and ideas and frameworks that can help guide states who are in various stages of QRIS development. Participants heard about a study conducted in Minnesota that explored parents’ concerns regarding culturally responsive care for their children and learned about a tool created by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) to assist states in developing culturally responsive QRIS standards. Participants also heard of efforts in Miami, Florida to revise their standards and improve provider training to assure greater cultural responsiveness and inclusion of diversity principles. Finally, the panel explored existing challenges and what still we still need to know in order to address issues of diversity and culture through QRIS in a way that will impact measurable outcomes for young children.