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Round Up: Talks on Race to the Top, ESEA, Screen Time, Teacher Evaluation and More

Published:  November 28, 2011

Whether it's predicting winners of the Race to the Top or reflecting on the impact of digital media on childhood, the Early Education Initiative has been doing a lot of presentations this fall. Here's a roundup of what we talked about, with links to slides and archived video or audio where possible:

Emerging Strategies - Data, Qualtiy and Assessments (October 6, 2011)

NHSA Policy Institute in Washington, DC

Laura Bornfreund moderated a panel on data and assessment at the National Head Start Association's fall policy institute in Washington, D.C.

Title I and Pre-K - Made for Each other - Overcoming Challenges on the Ground (October 19, 2011)

NAECS-SDE webinar #4

Laura Bornfreund presented an analysis of a proposal for changes to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act put forward by the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee of the U.S. Senate. Her analysis was part of a national webinar sponsored by the National Association for Early Childhood Specialists in State Departments of Education. A video recording of the entire webinar is available here.

Zero to 8: Children's Media Use in America (October 25, 2011)

A panel discussion in Washington, D.C., hosted by Common Sense Media

Lisa Guernsey was among the panelists responding to a new report from Common Sense Media about the quantity and content of screen media (including mobile apps) used by today's young children. Video courtesy 360KID. 

Race to the Top - The Early Learning Challenge: What it Means to You (October 26, 2010)

A webinar for the Early Childhood Investigations Series

Lisa Guernsey presented an update of the Early Education Initiative's analysis on which states are top contenders for Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge grants. The Prezi presentation is available.

Building an Aligned System of Early Learnig from Pre-K Through Third Grade (November 5, 2011)

NAEYC Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida

Laura Bornfreund presented on how to change education policies to ensure that teachers are better prepared to teach in pre-K, kindergarten and the early grades. She also moderated a discussion on the PreK-3rd recommendations published this summer by the National Association of Elementary School Principals Foundation. Slides are available here.

One Size Can’t Fit All: Developing Smart Policies to Evaluate Pre-K-3 Teacher Effectiveness (November 9, 2011)

A webinar hosted by Pre-K Now and the Education Commission of the States

Lisa Guernsey presented on the Early Education Initiative's latest report on how to promote stronger teaching as part of PreK-3rd reforms: Watching Teachers Work: Using Observation Tools to Promote Effective Teaching in the Early Years and Early Grades. A video recording and slides for the entire webinar are available.

Children’s E-Picture-Books: Can They Help Children Learn to Read? (November 3, 2011)

Libraries 2.011

Lisa Guernsey presented on a recent article she wrote for School Library Journal that details the nascent state of research on e-books and their use with children who are learning to read. A playback is available.

How 'Screen Time' Impacts Kids - What Do Scientists Really Know? (November 15, 2011)

For the Hatch Webinar Series on Research in Early Childhood

Lisa Guernsey presented a preview of new research that will be included in the second edition of her book on media and children to be released next year, now titled Screen Time: How Electronic Media -- from Baby Videos to Educational Software -- Affects Your Young Child. (The first edition was Into the Minds of Babes: How Screen Time Affects Children From Birth to Age 5.) A recording and presentation slides are available.

Kids and Screen Time (November 17, 2011)

The Kojo Nnamdi Show on WAMU 88.5 in Washington, DC

Lisa Guernsey joined radio talk show host Kojo Nnamdi and his guests to talk about how screen media is increasingly part of young children's lives and some guidelines for parents as they try to sort through claims of harm and help. An audio recording and transcript are available.

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