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Marcy Raska

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Marcy Raska specializes in fostering creative collaborations and integrating early childhood home visitation services to address health disparities and improve outcomes for young children and their families. She brings extensive experience in public health nursing, continuous quality improvement, motivational interviewing, and maternal, infant, and child health.

Raska is a Senior Training and Technical Assistance Associate for the Home Visiting Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (HV CoIIN).  A collaborative project between the U.S. Health Resource Services Administration (HRSA) and EDC, HV CoIIN brings together a select group of Maternal Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) grantees and teams from local home visiting service agencies to seek improvement in specific topic areas of concern to home visiting programs. Drawing upon her expertise in continuous quality improvement, Raska is advancing grantees’ and teams’ efforts to enhance client outcomes related to maternal depression and child development.  

As a member of the Home Visiting – Improvement Action Center Team (HV-ImpACT), Raska is providing technical assistance and professional development, including site visits, webinars, and communities of practice, to Federal Home Visiting Program grantees. This capacity-building support is helping grantees ensure that at-risk pregnant mothers and families in low-income communities have the resources they need to raise children who are physically, socially, and emotionally healthy and ready to learn.  

Before joining EDC, Raska was a Nursing Supervisor for the Oakland County, Michigan Health Division Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) Program, which was one of the best-performing NFP programs in the state. Previously, she was an Early On infant developmental assessment evaluator.

Raska holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Eastern Michigan University.

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Senior Training and Technical Assistance Associate

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43 Foundry Avenue
Waltham, Massachusetts 02453-8313

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586-215-5109

What Did Teaching Teach You?

Former teachers and current EDC staff members Kirsten Peterson, Rebecca Lewis, Tony Streit, and several others share what they learned in their classroom that they bring to their current work as instructional designers, project leaders, and professional developers.

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Wed, 10/05/2016

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Revitalizing Language: Exploring the Effects on Children’s Learning and Well-Being

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Ruth Rouvier’s extensive expertise in documentation, maintenance, and revitalization of endangered languages informs her work connecting children's linguistic and cultural heritage to their early learning. Recently, Ruth worked with tribal communities and EDC's National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness team to develop tools and resources to support American Indian and Alaskan Native Head Start centers in planning and implementing language revitalization programs. On October 13 and 14, she will lead a National Science Foundation-funded workshop that will examine the impact of endangered language documentation on young children. In this post, Ruth shares insights from her work studying tribal language revitalization in Head Start and Early Head Start programs nationwide and discusses the importance of the workshop.

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Continuous Improvement in Education: What Is All the Buzz About?

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Sheila Rodriguez, an experienced researcher and evaluator, develops tools and provides technical assistance that enable state education agencies, districts, and schools to use data and current research to improve outcomes for students. She specializes in facilitating training for and providing coaching to state and district stakeholders on data-driven continuous improvement strategies, logic modeling, and program evaluation. Currently, she is a researcher for the REL Northeast & Islands at EDC, as well as an evaluator for the EDC-led Home Visiting Action Improvement Team (HV-ImpACT) initiative. On October 4, Sheila and her colleague Karen Shakman will present a free REL Northeast & Islands webinar, “A Practical Approach to Continuous Improvement in Education.” In this post, Sheila discusses continuous improvement and shares some of her recent work. 

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Join EDC at ICLDC 5

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03/02/2017
Honolulu, HI

Ruth Rouvier will present findings from her National Science Foundation-funded workshop, "Documentation and Child Learners: A Workshop to Examine the Broader Impacts of Endangered Language Documentation" at the 5th International Conference on Language Documentation & Conservation. The theme of this year's conference is "Vital Voices: Linking Language and Well-Being." Learn more and register for the conference.

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Early Literacy Learning at EDC

Mon, 09/26/2016

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Kimberly Elliott, Jennifer Crandell

This fact sheet provides a brief overview of some of EDC's work to ensure that all young children—and especially young children who live in low-income communities and are members of underrepresented groups—can access high-quality early literacy learning experiences that foster their school readiness and success. Features highlights from our research and evaluation, professional development, and instructional design initiatives.

EDC supports teachers and families in promoting children's early literacy

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5 Math Games to Inspire Young Minds

This feature article spotlights the work of EDC's Games for Young Mathematicians project and describes five games that teachers and families can use to build young children's mathematics skills: "Playing math games with children—even ones that we adults perceive to be simple—can help spark important mathematical ideas,” says EDC’s Paul Goldenberg. “Even better, children love them.”

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Wed, 09/28/2016

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Promising Approaches to Engaging Families in the Mediation of Science and Art Activities with Preschoolers

Tue, 09/27/2016

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This brief presents findings on promising practices for family engagement from EDC’s evaluation of PNC Financial Services Group’s Grow Up Great® multi-year, bilingual initiative. Grow Up Great® is designed to help teachers and families prepare children—particularly underserved children—from birth through age five for success in school and life. In addition to findings, the authors provide an overview of the initiative and describe the methods they used to examine the impact of the initiative’s activities for families.

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Promising Approaches to Involving Teachers in the Mediation of Science and Art Activities with Preschoolers

Tue, 09/27/2016

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This brief presents findings on promising practices for teachers from EDC’s evaluation of PNC Financial Services Group’s Grow Up Great® multi-year, bilingual initiative. Grow Up Great® is designed to help teachers and families prepare children—particularly underserved children—from birth through age five for success in school and life. In addition to findings, the authors provide an overview of the initiative and describe the methods they used to examine the impact of the initiative’s activities for teachers.

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