Early Learning

Technology Tools and Early Learning: Parents' and Teachers' Use of Digital Media to Support Healthy Development

Tue, 09/19/2017

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This presentation by Shelley Pasnik discusses the controversial yet growing ubiquity of technology in young children’s lives, and the opportunity it provides to influence children’s learning. Educational media can enhance the school readiness and success of children, including those living in low-income communities, but technology can never replace human interaction or good teaching.

Boy and Tech

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26 pp.

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CoIIN: A New Model for Continuous Quality Improvement

Tue, 09/19/2017

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This presentation by Mary Mackrain and Nancy Topping-Tailby explores Collaborative Innovation and Improvement Networks (CoIINs), a continuous quality improvement approach adapted from the medical field. Evaluations indicate that CoIINs are an effective way to quickly close the gap between evidence and on-the-ground practices in early childhood programs.

Building blocks

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37 pp.

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P-3 Community Partnerships: School and Community Collaboration across the Early Years

Tue, 09/19/2017

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This presentation by David Jacobson describes the variety of new models for improving early learning and development across the prenatal through grade 3 (P–3) continuum. Jacobson was a featured presenter at EDC's September 19, 2017 convening, "Early Childhood: What's Next?" While you view the PDF file of his presentation below, you may want to take a look at the companion handout for this presentation.

Community Partnerships

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32 pp.

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Teaching Science with Confidence in Early Childhood Classrooms

Tue, 09/19/2017

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This presentation by Cindy Hoisington and Jeff Winokur shares promising strategies for helping teachers of young children overcome some of the challenges they face as they teach science, technology, and engineering. Examples from the presenters' professional development efforts in New England are provided.

Teaching Science

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41 pp.

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Shifting from Reactive to Proactive: Promoting Executive Function and Social Emotional Learning in Early Childhood

Tue, 09/19/2017

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This presentation by Karen Cairone and Jess Gropen provides a brief introduction to executive functions and social emotional learning, and discusses why they are important for learning and health in early childhood and beyond. Cairone and Gropen were featured presenters at EDC's September 19, 2017 convening, "Early Childhood: What's Next?" After viewing the PDF file of their presentation below, click here to view all of the materials from the September 19 event.

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45pp.

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The Path Forward for the Early Education Workforce: National Policies and Examples from Vermont

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10/19/2017
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From 3:00 to 4:30 PM ET, state policymakers engaged in early childhood education policy, child care center leaders, and district leaders overseeing early childhood programs are invited to participate in a free webinar co-presented by Clare Irwin, Brandon Foster, and colleagues that will  introduce participants to The Early Childhood Workforce Index, which provides the first comprehensive look at early childhood workforce issues and policies in each state. Co-author Dr.

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A Tale of Kindergarten Readiness Assessments and An Intense Desire to Know

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Camille Lemieux provides technical assistance to three Institute of Education Sciences (IES)-funded regional educational laboratories (RELs): REL Northeast & Islands, REL Appalachia, and REL Midwest. Prior to joining EDC, Camille served as a research fellow for the International Network for Action Research in Education. As an undergraduate research assistant at Lake Forest College, she worked on projects concerning comparative and international education policy. She also conducted classroom-based research in The Ohio State University’s Summer Research Opportunities Program, and collected data for a Lake Forest College Digital Chicago project that explored the link between housing discrimination policies and education inequalities. In this blog post, Camille describes how her experience conducting research for Digital Chicago led her to track down an oft-quoted, yet elusive statistic on the number of states with Kindergarten Readiness Assessments. In addition to sharing her findings, she encourages fellow researchers to think about how they can make their findings most useful to the public, including creating online resources that can be updated quickly.

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Quick-Click Tour: EDC's New Resources

Mon, 09/18/2017

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This "Quick-Click Tour" tour offers a fast way to explore over 100 of the new resources—including videos, articles, toolkits, online resources, books, reports, and briefs—that EDC produced in FY17. Videos can be viewed within this issuu document.

Explore EDC's new resources in this quick-click tour

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Donna Dervishian-Aldred

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Dervishian-Aldred

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Donna Dervishian-Aldred specializes in project management, business development, marketing, successful multi-disciplinary team collaboration, and project delivery. She brings this expertise to a wide range of innovative projects that promote children’s well-being and school readiness by enhancing early learning, strengthening whole child support, and engaging families. 

Dervishian-Aldred is a project associate for two initiatives that are giving early childhood teachers new tools and strategies to improve outcomes for preschool children. As a member of EDC’s Literacy and Academic Success for English Learners through Science (LASErS) team, she is supporting the implementation and scale-up of a model that builds the capacity of preK, Kindergarten, and Grade 1 teachers to enhance dual language learners’ science and literacy learning and support families in fostering children’s learning.  

For EDC’s Center for Early Childhood Professionals, Dervishian heads up operations and marketing, plays a key role in budget and contract management, and contributes to the Center’s virtual learning video experiences—including video production and webcasting. Since 2014, the Center has provided 51,000 hours of professional development to 2,100 early childhood staff from 802 center-based and family child care homes in Rhode Island.

Dervishian-Aldred works with colleagues across EDC to advance development goals, including managing the production of grant proposals to federal agencies, and corporate initiatives. Recently, she has served on committees charged with leading improvements in systems of procurement and fostering cultural competence and diversity in early childhood work.

Previously at EDC, Dervishian-Aldred coordinated the technical assistance, professional learning, and information dissemination efforts of national and regional centers focused on early childhood continuous quality improvement. Much of this work sought to close opportunity gaps for young children who live in low-income communities and are members of underrepresented groups. To this work, she brought a strong sense of devotion to the nonprofit early childhood sector as a personal beneficiary of Head Start services.

Donna holds a B.A. in Business Communications from Southern New Hampshire University and has PMD Pro certification as a project manager.

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Project Associate

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Early Learning and Development

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43 Foundry Avenue
Waltham, Massachusetts 02453-8313

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617-618-2335

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