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New CADRE Toolkit Shares Effective Dissemination Strategies

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  Leana Nordstrom brings a diverse set of communications and project management skills to EDC's STEM education initiatives. Currently, she manages the CADRE (Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education) resource network that EDC leads for the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Discovery Research PreK-12 Program. In this role, she oversees the project’s social media outreach and other communications, contributes to the project’s website content, and manages the logistical aspects of CADRE’s work. As the communications lead for EDC’s Oceans of Data Institute (ODI), she disseminates the work of ODI’s portfolio of projects through newsletters, a website, blogs, press releases, and social media. In this post, Leana describes a user-friendly toolkit that CADRE has developed to help researchers strategically disseminate their findings to support the field in improving STEM education. The toolkit also provides guidance for anyone who wants to communicate important messages to key target audiences.   

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Loraine Lucinski

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Loraine Lucinski

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Lucinski

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Loraine Lucinski brings extensive experience in designing, implementing and evaluating child wellness programs and systems change initiatives at both the local and state levels.  She is committed to motivating others to tackle complex challenges, drive transformational innovations, and develop and implement systems solutions that positively impact children’s health, development and well-being.

Lucinski serves as Senior Project Director for the Home Visiting – Improvement Action Center Team (HV-ImpACT), which provides training and technical assistance—including site visits, webinars, and communities of practice—to Federal Home Visiting Program grantees at the state and territorial level.

Previously, Lucinski served as Deputy Director for Child Health for the Division of Family Health and Wellness in the Tennessee Department of Health, where she was responsible for the leadership, operational oversight, and evaluation of the state’s Early Childhood Initiatives; Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs; and Perinatal, Infant and Newborn Care Sections. She represented the Tennessee Department of Health on the Governor’s Children’s Cabinet and related committees, and was appointed to serve on a number of high-level interdepartmental advisory committees.

Lucinski began her career as an early interventionist, providing family-based therapy to children from birth to age three with developmental disabilities or at risk for delays due to environmental factors. Prior to joining state government, she started one of the first Early Head Start programs in the country and provided training and technical assistance to a number of federally funded early childhood programs in the six Midwest states. She was named the 2017 Jim Pryor Child Advocate of the Year by the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth, in recognition of her contributions to the well-being of children in Tennessee. 

Lucinski received a BA in Developmental Psychology and Biology from the University of Illinois in Chicago, and an MPH in Public Health and graduate certificates in Child Development and Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology from Emory University.

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Senior Project Director

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1025 Thomas Jefferson Street, NW, Suite 700 West
Washington, DC  20007

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Join EDC at Mass AEYC 2017

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03/24/2017
Westford, MA

Kristin Reed and Jessica Young will present the workshop, "Games for Young Mathematicians: Mathematics Learning, Persistence, and Growth Mindset in Preschool" at the 13th Annual Spring Massachusetts Association for the Education of Young Children Conference. The theme of this year's conference is "Children: Our Link to the Future." Learn more about and register for the conference.

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Yen Thieu

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Yen

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Thieu

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Yen Thieu, an EDC research associate, brings a strong background in early childhood education to her work on the Games for Young Mathematicians research project, where she coordinates the large-scale data collection process, manages the extensive datasets, and contributes to the data analysis. Currently, Thieu is leading three large teams of data collectors who are conducting child assessments in early math knowledge and skills with over 700 preschoolers in Head Start centers. She is also spearheading the communication and dissemination efforts of the project, as well as contributing to the writing of reports and professional development materials. Thieu holds a BA in Economics and International Studies from Albion College and an MS in Sustainable International Development from The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.

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Learning Math with Your Preschoolers: Fun in the Talking and Playing

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Yen Thieu, an EDC research associate, brings a strong background in early childhood education to her work on the Games for Young Mathematicians research project, an initiative in which she is coordinating a large-scale data collection process, managing extensive datasets, and contributing to data analysis. Currently, Yen is leading three large teams of data collectors who are conducting child assessments in early math knowledge and skills with over 700 preschoolers in Head Start centers. She is also spearheading the communication and dissemination efforts of the project, as well as contributing to the writing of reports and professional development materials. In this post, Yen draws on her experience as a researcher and mother of young children and shares some thoughts about the key role that parents and early childhood teachers can play in promoting children’s long-term successful mathematics learning, as well as some practical tips for parents and teachers. 

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Foundations of Science Literacy

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This study, published in Early Education and Development,  presents the results of efficacy research on Foundations of Science Literacy (FSL), a comprehensive professional development program designed to support teachers’ knowledge of early childhood science; their PCK around 2 physical science topics (water, and balls and ramps); and their abilities to plan, facilitate, and assess young children’s learning during inquiry-based science explorations.

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Leading in Times of Transition or How to Dance During an Earthquake

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Jana Martella is the Co-Director of the U.S. Department of Education (ED)-sponsored comprehensive technical assistance Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes that is co-led by Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), and Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). In her 30 years of experience in the field of education, Jana has worked on multiple initiatives designed to improve the quality of early childhood programs, services, and systems. She has also served as a state education agency legislative liaison, coordinator for federal programs, school administrator, and classroom teacher. Throughout her career, a central part of her focus has been on education system and program improvement through standards-based reform. In this post, originally published on NIEER's Preschool Matters blog, Jana shares her insights on how to successfully navigate times of transition and work effectively to improve outcomes for young children and their families.

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New Directions for Educational Media

Wed, 02/01/2017

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Shelley Pasnik, Carlin Llorente, Naomi Hupert, Savitha Moorthy

This 2-page brief presents 8 new directions drawn from the authors' report Reflections on the Ready To Learn Initiative, 2010 to 2015 that educational media producers can take to better foster all children's school readiness and success. Since 2006, EDC and SRI have worked together on a series of efficacy studies and evaluations of Ready To Learn resources.

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Why Does Investing in Young Children Matter?

In this feature article, four of EDC's early childhood experts--Jana Martella, Rachel Christina, Mary Mackrain, and David Jacobson--discuss the key role that early childhood programs play in setting the stage for young children's successful lifelong learning and good health. In the U.S., early childhood programs have been proven to provide a return on investment of $7 in long-term benefits for every $1 invested--including in strengthening the future workforce by ensuring all children enter school ready to learn and succeed--and the return on investment is even greater in impoverished communities around the world.

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Mon, 01/23/2017

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Ashleigh Bickerstaff

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Ashleigh

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Bickerstaff

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Ashleigh Bickerstaff applies her experience as an early childhood teacher to her role as a trainer and coach for educators working with children from birth to eight years old.  She is committed to improving the early care and education experience of young children.

Bickerstaff is on the staff of The Center for Early Learning Professionals, where she provides technical assistance and professional development services to Rhode Island’s early childhood care and education programs. In this role, she also works with the state’s pre-kindergarten programs, supporting classroom implementation of high-quality programming for the state’s four- and five-year-olds.

Before joining EDC, Bickerstaff was a professional development specialist for Ready to Learn Providence and a literacy coach in an Early Reading First project, providing professional development and classroom support for teachers. Bickerstaff began her career as a kindergarten teacher, gaining experience in providing high-quality curriculum and instruction to young learners.

Bickerstaff received a BS in Early Childhood Education from Salve Regina University and an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction from Southern New Hampshire University.

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Training and Technical Assistance Associate II

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535 Centerville Road, Suite 201
Warwick, RI 02886

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401-736-1284

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