Moving from Good to Great...The Quest for How We Get There

Dr. Theresa Hawley
Wed, 08/14/2013 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm

The BUILD Initiative and the QRIS National Learning Network hosted the sixth webinar in our "Let's Talk" series, Moving from Good to Great…The Quest for How We Get There:

Ever wonder what it takes to move a program from "good" to "great?” Colleagues in Illinois tackled this question in July. They are convinced that the reason they are not seeing larger, more sustained benefits from the majority of early learning programs for at-risk children is that programs are not implementing the level of instructional excellence that a great program provides. As part of implementation of the next phase of Illinois's Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) State Plan, and with support from the BUILD Initiative, a community of colleagues spent a day meeting across different programs and sectors to think more deeply about what it takes to move the needle on a program so that it becomes not just a good program, but a great program - reaching the highest outcomes for young children.

Participants heard how Illinois is working to consider this important question and the impact of these dialogues on systems building and programs for children and shared thoughts, ideas and strategies that are working in their home states. 

Speaker Biography:

Dr. Theresa Hawley is the Executive Director of the Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development (OECD). OECD is responsible for promoting quality, consistency, and alignment within the State's early childhood system, which comprises programs in ISBE, DHS, and DCFS, as well as the federal Head Start program. The Office manages our new federal Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge grant, as well as the federal Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program. Before joining the Governor’s Office, Theresa was the founding Project Director of Educare of West DuPage and a consultant to early learning programs and community collaborations across the state. Shereceived her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Notre Dame and her Doctorate in Developmental Psychology from the University of Michigan.

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