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Reply Comments on Modernizing the E-rate Program for Schools and Libraries

April 22, 2014

The following is the introduction to the comments. Download a PDF of the full comments here.

Early Learning in a BooksPlus World

May 1, 2013

On April 29, 2013, Lisa Guernsey was part of a panel at the Office of Head Start's 2nd Bi-Annual Birth-to-Five Leadership Institute, where she presented findings on what scientists know about the impact of electronic media on children's learning. Lisa focused on how early childhood policies need to bend to accommodate a "BooksPlus" view of children's learning environment, in which books remain critically important, especially for early literacy skills, but where children also have chances to learn from and engage with multimedia of all kinds.

Comments on State of Preschool Survey 2013-2015

February 12, 2013

On February 12, 2013, the Early Education Initiative submitted comments in response to a request from the National Center for Education Statistics at the U.S. Department of Education on the State of Preschool Survey 2013-2015. The State of Preschool Survey, conducted annually by the National Institute for Early Education Research, is a critical source of data and information for families, researchers and policymakers.

Digital Intersections

October 9, 2012

On October 2, 2012, Lisa Guernsey gave a presentation on technology's role in early education at a meeting in Indianapolis for the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The presentation, Digital Intersections: Where and How Digital Technology Should Meet Early Childhood Policy, explored the science of learning via media for young children and charted several areas, such as teacher training, library partnerships and parent engagement models, where state leaders could encourage more thoughtful adoption of technology among early educators. 

Starting Early With English Language Learners: First Lessons from Illinois

October 9, 2012

On June 21, 2012, Maggie Severns gave a presentation on Illinois's strategy for young English language learners at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) annual conference in Orlando, Florida.

More Than 'Drive-By' Observations: New Trends in Watching and Measuring Good Teaching

June 14, 2012

On May 17, 2012, Lisa Guernsey gave a talk at the Education Writers Association annual meeting in Philadelphia on new trends in watching and measuring good teaching that was based in part on the New America paper, Watching Teachers Work: Using Observation Tools to Promote Effective Teaching in the Early Years and Early Grades.

Federal Actions and PreK-3rd Reforms: Where, How and Why They Should Fit Together

June 14, 2012

On May 11, 2012, Lisa Guernsey gave a talk at Harvard University's PreK-3rd Institute on the federal government's role so far in reforming early education to enable better alignment across the pre-K, kindergarten, first, second and third grades (PreK-3rd). The presentation examines the Obama Administration's top-level education agenda and its early learning policies and describes how new and existing federal programs and funding streams are influencing the work of states and school districts in creating better early education systems for young children.

Recommendations for the Race to the Top District Competition

  • and Bridget Hamre (UVA), Kristie Kauerz (U-Washington), Chris Maxwell (Erikson Institute), Sharon Ritchie (UNC), Tonja Rucker (NLC), and Thomas Schultz (CCSSO)
June 8, 2012

A little over two weeks ago, the U.S. Department of Education announced its draft proposal for a new Race to the Top competition that invites school districts to compete for 2012 grants.

Before Birth & Up Through Third Grade

April 12, 2012

This resource page highlights research and policy reports on how to support the learning environments of young children before they enter school and up through third grade – those critical years of early childhood that build a solid foundation for success in school and life. Topic categories include PreK-3rd models and system development; funding and partnerships; teachers and administrators; family and community; standards, curriculum and assessment; data collection and use; and English language learners.