Supportive Environmental Quality Underlying Adult Learning (SEQUAL): A New Tool for Program Improvement

Marcy Whitebook, Ph.D.
Laura, Sakai, Ph.D.
Sharon Ryan, Ed.D.
Wed, 04/16/2014 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

The BUILD Initiative and the QRIS National Learning Network hosted the 13th webinar in our "Let's Talk" series, Supportive Environmental Quality Underlying Adult Learning (SEQUAL): A New Tool for Program Improvement:

In all fields, a rewarding and supportive environment is critical to attracting and retaining competent and dedicated employees who improve at their jobs over time. The early care and education (ECE) profession is no different. The SEQUAL is a new measure designed by the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE) at the University of California at Berkeley to assess the adult learning environment in center-based ECE settings from the perspective of teaching staff. It examines how settings in which teachers work influence their ability to apply what they have learned through professional education and development opportunities and to continue to develop on the job. Participants will learn about the rationale for developing SEQUAL, how it has been validated, and how it can be used to inform technical assistance in QRIS and other quality improvement efforts.


Lea J.E. Austin, MPA, M.Ed., Specialist, CSCCE.


Deborah Cassidy, Ph.D., Professor Human Development and Family Studies School of Health and Human Sciences UNCG, Principal Investigator, North Carolina Rated License Assessment Project.

George Phillip, Senior Program Associate, WestEd, Coordinator QRIS Santa Clara County, CA.

Peggy Haack, Outreach Coordinator, Wisconsin Early Childhood Association.

Speaker Biographies:

Marcy Whitebook, Ph.D., Director and Founder, CSCCE. Her research focuses on how our nation prepares supports and rewards the early care and education workforceto ensure young children’s optimal development.

Laura, Sakai, Ph.D., Senior Researcher, CSCCE. Her research focuses on early childhood work environments and access to and quality of ECE higher education.

Sharon Ryan, Ed.D., Professor, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University. Dr. Ryan is a teacher educator who researches early childhood policy, curriculum, and teacher development.

Presentation Recording:

Web Resources:

Supportive Environmental Quality Underlying Adult Learning (SEQUAL):

Degrees in Context: Asking the Right Questions about Preparing Skilled and Effective Teachers of Young Children: