It's More than Just a Star: Using QRIS Data to Drive Program Improvement

Myriam Baker
Sheri Butters
Michael Tuffiash
Tue, 08/18/2015 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

The BUILD Initiative and the QRIS National Learning Network hosted the 25th webinar in our "Let's Talk" series, It’s More than Just a Star: Using QRIS Data to Drive Program Improvement:

This session focused on how data obtained from QRIS systems can be used to inform training, development and student growth, as well as to support state-determined research priorities. Discussion included how partnerships can be leveraged between state agencies and providers to use the rich data available through QRIS assessments and measures. Presenters from Knowledge Universe Education and Great Start to Quality (Michigan’s QRIS) facilitated the conversation.

Speaker Biographies:

Myriam Baker, PhD began her career as a school psychologist in Colorado, and became drawn into educational research through involvement in the statewide evaluation of the early childhood special education system in Colorado in the mid 1990’s. Over the past twenty years, she has designed and evaluated child, youth, and family-focused programs for PreK-12 education, mental health, juvenile justice, and community-based organizations. She currently is in the role of Director of Research and Evaluation for Knowledge Universe, U.S. Dr. Baker is an active member of the American Educational Research Association, the American Evaluation Association, and the National Association of School Psychologists. She received her Master’s degree in School Psychology (1995) and Doctorate in Educational Psychology with a focus on early childhood (2001) from the University of Denver.

Sheri Butters is Director of Assessment and Systems at the Early Childhood Investment Corporation. In this role she provides leadership and direction to support the statewide implementation of Great Start to Quality, Michigan’s quality rating and improvement system for child care and preschool programs. She works in partnership with the Michigan Department of Education – Office of Great Start on initiatives and projects that advance Great Start to Quality implementation, including the development and implementation of Michigan’s Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant projects. Prior to joining the Investment Corporation, Ms. Butters led local early childhood systems building efforts as part of Michigan’s statewide network of Great Start Collaboratives and Parent Coalitions.

Michael Tuffiash is a Senior Data Analyst in the Research and Evaluation division of the Education Department at Knowledge Universe, providing research and evaluation support for organizational initiatives in early childhood assessment, educational program quality, and teacher training. He has previously supported research in pediatric medicine, graduate medical education, cognitive aging, and expert decision-making performance.

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