Evolving Mature QRIS: Reflecting on Going for Great

Tracey Campanini
Phil Sirinides
Terry Tolan
Wed, 09/23/2015 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

The BUILD Initiative and the QRIS National Learning Network hosted the 26th webinar in our "Let's Talk" series, Evolving Mature QRIS: Reflecting on Going for Great.

Making quality systems great and taking them to scale requires different strategies over time. Evaluation, stakeholder input, evidence-based inquiry, public sector engagement, review, revision, re-creation are all part of the evolutionary process. In this stimulating discussion, key QRIS leaders and stakeholders from Kentucky and Pennsylvania, two of the earliest states to adopt QRIS, shared the opportunities and challenges faced in getting to great. 

Speaker Biographies:

Tracey Campanini is the Director, Bureau of Early Learning Services, Office of Child Development & Early Learning. Tracey's team oversees Pennsylvania's state funded and federally funded early learning programs such as Pre-K Counts, state funded Head Start, Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting and the state's Early Head Start grants. Additionally Early Learning Services oversees the commonwealth's quality rating improvement system, Keystone STARS. The system is almost 14 years old with close to 3,900 participants. As a mature system Keystone STARS is interested in continuous quality improvement.

Phil Sirinides is a statistician and researcher with expertise in quantitative research methods and the development and use of integrated data systems for public-sector planning and evaluation. His interests include early childhood programing, educational leadership, program evaluation, and comprehensive school reform. As a Senior Researcher at the Consortium for Policy Research in Education at the University of Pennsylvania, he plans and conducts studies in the areas of estimating intervention impacts and measuring teacher effectiveness. Formerly, as Director of Research and Evaluation for Early Childhood at the Pennsylvania Department of Education, he developed and implemented a broad research program to inform and promote the effectiveness of Pennsylvania’s children and family services.

Terry Tolan was appointed by Governor Beshear as Executive Director of the Governor's Office of Early Childhood in 2011. Terry's office works to help assure that every Kentucky child enters kindergarten "ready to grow, ready to learn, ready to succeed." During her tenure, Kentucky has adopted a common definition of kindergarten readiness and a common universal kindergarten readiness screen, and published county Early Childhood Profiles. Kentucky was awarded a Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge grant in 2013 to support system transformation. In 2015, the state passed legislation to require participation of all publicly funded programs in our Kentucky All STARS quality rating system.

Presentation Recording: http://cc.readytalk.com/play?id=6j0b1b