Session 5 - How is CQI embedded in the development of training and professional development? 4/12/17

April 12, 2017 at 1:30pm EST
Presenter Biographies: 

Lindsey Allard Agnamba leads School Readiness Consulting and is responsible for bringing a team together to meet the organization’s mission.  SRC improves outcomes for young children and families through supporting best practice in teaching and leadership, advising and communicating on behalf of system-level efforts, and executing rigorous evaluation of early childhood initiatives. Lindsey works extensively with program, district and state leaders to design and implement instructional initiatives, including teacher and leader effectiveness, improving the quality and measurement of early childhood curriculum, instruction and assessment, integrating pre-K into K-12 systems, building capacity for early childhood leadership, and evaluation of education initiatives. Lindsey began her career teaching young children in Head Start, community based programs and in public schools. She is author of “Preparation and Ongoing Support for Early Childhood Instructional Coaches: A Case Study Exploration of an Instructional Coaching Program” (University of Pennsylvania, 2012), and several publications relating to the social and emotional development and identity formation of young children. Lindsey holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania, an Ed.M. in International Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.S. in Human Development and Early Childhood Education from Wheelock College.

Susan O’Connor is an independent consultant with the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST).   Her work with NIOST began in the 1990’s with the development of a quality improvement system called ASQ that incorporated CQI concepts.  She is also consulting with the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment with a focus on quality improvement, licensing and professional development.  Previously, she was with the National Center on Child Care Professional Development Systems and Workforce Initiatives (PDW Center), focusing on school-age and technical assistance systems. Prior experiences include being the director of a summer learning Initiative and oversight of TA professionals that worked to strengthen quality and literacy outcomes, as well as directing a network of 21st Century Community Learning Centers.   She holds an MSW and has over 40 years of experience in child and family welfare initiatives. 

Muriel Wong is the author of Web-Based Early Learning System (WELS).  She brings a wealth of early care and education from over 30 years of knowledge and experiences as a preschool teacher, director, trainer and consultant which has served as the cornerstone of the WELS architecture. Her understanding of early care and education and systems development of quality improvement and resources for early learning and school age programs has been the driving force and vision for the development of WELS. Ms. Wong   was on the governing board of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Muriel has served on several national boards and has received numerous awards including “Innovator of the Year” from the Community College League of Innovation and the Hannah B. Solomon Award from the National Council of Jewish Women. She was a member of the commission for NAEYC’s “Reinvention of Accreditation”. She has extensive experiences working with diverse communities on critical topics and issues facing children and families. In addition to her work with WELS, she has developed “The Art and Science of Technical Assistance for Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI)” professional development series for Pennsylvania, Mississippi, New Mexico, Indiana, and Miami and Palm Beach, Florida.

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Resource Materials: 
  • Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard. This book outlines how to make transformative change by understanding that the willingness to change is not a logical, thought-driven process but rather an emotional one. TA Consultants can promote change by helping people feel that change will make their lives better.