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Jessica Juliuson advances innovations in instructional design and teacher development that enhance students’ learning, improve their academic achievement, and prepare them for college and careers. As a member of an EDC team that supports a national network of Ford Next Generation Learning (NGL) communities, she provides professional development and coaching that helps teachers integrate rigorous academic and career education and collaborates with school teams to facilitate change. In this post, she shares four key features of the professional development model that EDC uses with the NGL communities. 

Jessica Juliuson advances innovations in instructional design and teacher development that enhance students’ learning, improve their academic achievement, and prepare them for college and careers.

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Public Invited to View June 12 i3 Conference Webcast

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On June 12 from 9:00 to 12:30, the U.S. Department of Education will offer a live webcast of plenary sessions from its 2015 Investing in Innovation (i3) Project Directors Conference. Sessions will include the talk "What Have We Learned About Scaling Projects with Proven Evidence?" and a Grantee Showcase.  

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Examples of State Guidance to Determine and Verify Income Eligibility for Prekindergarten Programs

Fri, 05/15/2015

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Diane Schilder, Lori Connors-Tadros, Kirsty Clarke Brown

This CEELO Fast Fact resource provides examples of state guidance to determine and verify income eligibility for prekindergarten programs. States and districts are facing challenges in managing different processes for determining and verifying preK eligibility, and many families are struggling to access and maintain access to preK programs for their children.

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Logic Models for Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation: Workshop Toolkit

Fri, 05/01/2015

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Karen Shakman, Sheila M. Rodriguez

This toolkit, developed by REL Northeast & Islands for use by schools, districts, and states (and other groups serving them), helps practitioners learn the purpose of logic models, the different elements of a logic model, and the appropriate steps for developing and using a logic model for program evaluation. This toolkit provides a complete workbook and slide deck for two sessions. Session I is 120 minutes long, and Session II is 90 minutes long. The first session focuses on the elements of a logic model and the process for developing a logic model for a program or policy.

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118 pp

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Reducing Challenging Behavior

Mon, 04/06/2015

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This flyer describes an EDC blended learning program that helps early childhood teachers, home visitors, mental health providers, Part C staff, and others draw on evidence-based practices that ensure children's resilience, wellness, and school readiness and success. Course participants gain:

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2 pp.

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Screening Dual Language Learners in Early Head Start and Head Start

Mon, 10/20/2014

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The staff of EDC’s National Head Start Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness 

Developed in collaboration with staff from the National Head Start Center on Quality Teaching and Learning, this guide provides program leaders with the tools they need to plan, implement, and evaluate their screening processes for dual language learners from birth to age 5 and focuses on ways that leaders can make informed and intentional decisions.

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26 pp.

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Eileen Caruso

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Eileen Caruso

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Eileen Caruso has extensive experience in guiding the sound finance and operations management of non-profit and for-profit organizations. She has contributed her expertise in a diverse array of leadership roles in higher education, the performing arts, and afterschool education.

Caruso develops training programs for the National Center for Early Childhood Quality Assurance, with a focus on strengthening the business practices of child care providers across the country. She is also co-director of the Rhode Island Center for Early Learning Professionals, overseeing its administrative operations as well as developing and delivering professional development for providers in Rhode Island. 

Previously, Caruso oversaw the Fiscal Consulting Initiative for the National Center on Program Management and Fiscal Operations (PMFO). In this capacity, she led a collaborative effort with Head Start Regional Offices to provide targeted fiscal consulting support to Head Start grantees around the country. With colleagues, she also developed and presented an array of fiscal resources and materials.

For six years, Caruso has been a steering committee member of the Boston Nonprofit Finance Managers Group. Previously, she served as a board member for the Arlington Children’s Theatre and the Azuka Theatre.

Before joining EDC, Caruso was the director of finance and administration for Interaction Institute for Social Change, a nonprofit consulting company providing facilitation and training services to nonprofits and foundations around the world. She also served as the associate managing director for finance and administration for the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, where she established an information technology plan and led senior staff members in a strategic planning process and development of a master facilities plan.

Caruso has a BS in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, an MEd from the University of Pennsylvania, and has completed coursework at Wharton School of Business.

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Project Director II

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Early Learning and Development

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43 Foundry Avenue
Waltham, Massachusetts 02453-8313

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617-618-2327

Ruth Rouvier

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Ruth Rouvier

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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—an approach that has been shown to have positive effects on children’s academic success and well-being.

Currently, Rouvier is designing and leading a National Science Foundation-funded workshop that will engage experts in language acquisition, early childhood development, linguistics, statistics, and public health, in examining the impact of endangered language documentation on the learning and academic success of young children. Previously, she worked with EDC's National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness team and tribal communities to develop tools and resources, such as A Report on Tribal Language Revitalization in Head Start and Early Head Start, that support American Indian and Alaskan Native Head Start centers in planning and implementing language revitalization programs.

Rouvier is Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Pro-Moskitia Foundation of Nicaragua and serves on the Linguistic Society of America’s Committee on Endangered Languages and Their Preservation. She teaches courses in Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley, conducts workshops in language documentation, presents her findings at the annual conferences of such organizations as the Linguistic Society of America, and shares her insights in publications such as The Washington Post

Rouvier is a Research Collaborator for the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History. Before joining EDC, she was the program manager for the Smithsonian's Recovering Voices initiative. Earlier in her career, she was the language program coordinator for the Karuk Tribe.

She received a BA and MA in Linguistics from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Senior Research Associate

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Early Learning and Development

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43 Foundry Avenue
Waltham, Massachusetts 02453-8313

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202-265-0843

Quality Measures: Partnership Effectiveness Continuum

Fri, 11/14/2014

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Principals are key to improving schools, but too often the programs that train them don’t adequately prepare principals for the challenges they will face leading schools. One way to change this is for school districts and training providers to work together so programs can better understand and respond to the needs of the schools their graduates will lead. How can such partnerships be forged and strengthened?

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