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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

Lights on Afterschool...Educators! Strategies to Support Staff

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Kate Goddard specializes in designing, implementing, and supporting the continuous improvement of technology- and media-based out-of-school time (OST) programs. As an EDC Training & Technical Assistance Associate, she contributes her expertise to initiatives that seek to strengthen and support the OST workforce, including YouthLearn. From 2007 to 2016, she advanced the mission of Adobe Foundation’s philanthropic initiative Adobe Youth Voices by building the capacity of programs and educators around the globe to implement  youth media programming. To all of her work, she brings a deep understanding of the needs and challenges of OST educators, drawn from her experience working with youth and facilitating creative learning experiences at the Science Museum of Minnesota, Denver Open Media, and Girls Inc. In this post, written in honor of Lights On Afterschool, Kate shares tips and strategies to support afterschool educators in their important work.

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Kate Goddard

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Kate Goddard specializes in designing, implementing, and supporting the continuous improvement of technology- and media-based out-of-school time (OST) programs. Building on her experiences as a practitioner, she puts youth development at the center of her work, designing and supporting programs for educators that elevate inquiry and creativity as a tool for youth empowerment. Goddard contributes her expertise to initiatives that seek to strengthen and support the OST workforce, including the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE), where she manages the work of the Technical Assistance Regional Representatives to ensure that school-age children in low-income families have improved access to high-quality learning experiences.

Goddard also serves as Project Director for the National Science Foundation’s Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES), a national initiative that is working to identify and scale up proven and innovative approaches for providing access to groups traditionally underrepresented and underserved in STEM fields.

Previously, Goddard advanced the mission of Adobe Foundation’s philanthropic initiative Adobe Youth Voices by building the capacity of programs and educators around the globe to implement youth media programming.

Prior to joining EDC, Goddard worked as a Program Director for the Community Technology Empowerment Project, managing and training AmeriCorps members on how to integrate media and technology into existing community technology centers. Earlier in her career, she facilitated creative learning experiences for youth at Phillips Community TV, the Science Museum of Minnesota, Denver Open Media, and Girls Inc. of Metro Denver.

She holds a BS in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Associate Project Director

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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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Effective Strategies to Support Children's Language Acquisition

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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 three strategies to support young children’s language acquisition.

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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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Sheila Rodriguez

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Sheila Rodriguez, an experienced quantiative and qualitative researcher and program 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. (Read a blog post by Rodriguez: "Continuous Improvement in Education: What Is All The Buzz About?")

Rodriguez is a researcher for the Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands (REL-NEI) at EDC. She contributes her expertise in survey instrument design, needs sensing, and data collection and analysis to several REL-NEI research alliances, including the Urban School Improvement Alliance and the Northeast Educator Effectiveness Research Alliance, and has co-led a series of webinars on continuous improvement and logic models. Currently, she is serving as an evaluator for the EDC-led Home Visiting Action Improvement Team (HV-ImpACT) initiative that is providing technical assistance to grantees of the Federal Home Visiting Program in all 50 states, DC, and five territories. She is also a member of an EDC team that is conducting a statewide evaluation of the Illinois 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) program and providing technical assistance to the Illinois State Board of Education, its 21st CCLC management staff, and 21st CCLC subgrantees.

She has co-authored several publications including "The College Readiness Data Catalog Tool: User Guide," "Logic Models for Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation: Workshop Toolkit," “Continuous Improvement: A Practical Approach to Educational Improvement," “Survey Methods for Educators: Selecting Samples and Administering Surveys,” and "Parent Involvement and Extended Learning Activities in School Improvement Plans in the Midwest Region."

Prior to joining EDC, Rodriguez served as a policy analyst for American Institutes for Research, where she conducted policy outreach, cultivated ongoing communication with state legislators, legislative staff, governor’s policy advisors, and state education agency personnel regarding topical education issues, and managed data collection activities for large-scale studies.

Rodriguez holds a BA in Education Studies from Brown University and an MAEd in Educational Leadership from Argosy University-Schaumburg.

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Research Associate

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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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EDC Continues Leadership of NSF STEM Learning and Research Center

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) has chosen EDC to continue to lead STEM Learning and Research Center (STELAR), the national center that supports NSF-funded Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) projects.

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