Christina Silvi brings expertise in early literacy, child development, evidence based practices and research, and technology based professional development. She designs and provides accessible, research based professional learning that aligns with state and national standards and quality improvement initiatives for the Rhode Island Center for Early Learning Professionals co-led by EDC. She also collaborates with program administrators through technical assistance to strengthen program quality, increase access to resources, and build systems for continuous quality improvement.
Previously, Silvi led the development and delivery of high-quality professional development sessions, funded through the Rhode Island Department of Education, that helped PreK teachers translate the CLASS and ECERS research measures into classroom practice. In addition to her training and technical assistance work, Silvi has managed quantitative and qualitative data collection efforts for several Early Reading First research projects.
Silvi is the developer of several Web-based curricula and online resources, including early childhood online courses for the E-Learning for Educators initiative, and the content for Bookfinder, a searchable database of over 700 children’s books on the PBS Parents Web site. She is the co-author of several articles and reports, including: “Why Wordless Books?” (Early Childhood News) and Massachusetts Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) Pilot: Final Evaluation Report.
As a curriculum developer, Silvi contributed to Steps to Success, a four-unit multimedia training package for Head Start mentor-coaches nationwide. The instructional design prepares mentor-coaches to guide Head Start teachers in adopting research-based practices that foster young children’s language and literacy development.
Silvi began her career as a preschool teacher, working in mixed-aged classrooms with children and families from a broad range of backgrounds, languages, and special needs in both rural and urban settings.
She received her BA from the University of Vermont in early childhood development and an MA in child development from Tufts University.