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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 (CEELO). Martella brings to her work over 30 years of experience in education and has served as a state legislative liaison, coordinator for federal programs, school administrator, and teacher. She has worked on multiple initiatives designed to advance high quality in early education. A central part of her focus has been on education system and program improvement through standards-based reform.
As Co-Director of CEELO, Martella oversees the delivery of technical assistance and policy advice to state education agency offices of early learning and the 22 US-ED Comprehensive Content and Regional Centers. CEELO staff, partners, and experts work to advance states’ use of early childhood comprehensive assessment systems; promote the use of assessment data and other information to improve program quality; increase the knowledge and skills of the early learning workforce; strengthen the alignment of birth through Grade 3 educational policies and systems; and improve the coordination of resources and policies across statewide systems.
A widely published author, Martella’s works include: Vision to Practice: Setting a New Course for Early Childhood Governance; Preschool Education: New Jersey and the Nation; and Measure What Matters: National Trends in Early Childhood Standards and Assessments. She serves on several boards and advisory committees, including High Scope; Early Childhood Outcomes Center (Office of Special Education, ED); National Center for Research in Early Childhood Education (Institute of Education Sciences, ED); Research Connections (Child Care and Early Education at the National Center for Children in Poverty); and First School (Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill).
Prior to joining EDC, Martella was the executive director of the National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in State Departments of Education (NAECS-SDE) and the National Association for Regulatory Administration (NARA Licensing), providing leadership and support to states and organizations on early childhood initiatives.
Martella received a BS from Pepperdine University, an MS from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and an MS from San Diego State University.