New Early Learning Webinar Series


Beginning on Tuesday, March 6, the Office of Early Learning at the U.S. Department of Education will host a series of four webinars to support SIG schools using high-quality preschool and P-3 structures to improve outcomes for students. Led by Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Education Jacqueline Jones, this first webinar series will cover four topics: high-quality preschool programs, P-3rd grade structures, foundations in early literacy, and foundations in early mathematics learning. 


Webinars will begin at 3:30pm Eastern time/12:30pm Pacific and last for 90 minutes.

Tuesday, March 13: P-3rd Grade Structures 

This webinar will focus on using preschool through third grade structures as a strategy to improve student achievement. Presenters:

  • Ruby Takanishi, President, Foundation for Child Development
  • Linda Sullivan-Dudzic, Special Programs Director, Bremerton School District, Bremerton, WA
  • Kristie Kauerz, Kristie Kauerz, Ed.D.. Research Scientist Project Director, PreK-3rd Education, College of Education, University of Washington

Tuesday, March 20:  Foundations in Early Learning: Literacy

The third webinar will focus on a specific content area, early literacy for young children, including English Learners. Presenters:

  • Dorothy S. Strickland, Ph.D., Samuel DeWitt Proctor Professor of Education, Emerita Distinguished Research Fellow, National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), Rutgers, The State University of NJ
  • Linda M. Espinosa, Ph.D., Professor of Early Childhood Education (Ret.) at the University of Missouri, Columbia

Tuesday, March 27:  Foundations in Early Learning: Mathematics

The final webinar of the series will focus on the building blocks of early mathematics, research-based mathematics curricula and assessment, and effective coaching models. Presenters:

  • Douglas H. Clements, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor, The State University of New York (SUNY)
  • Julie Sarama, Ph.D., Professor and Department Chair, The State University of New York
  • Jennifer S. McCray, Ph.D., Director, Early Mathematics Education Project, Erikson Institute Graduate School in Child Development
  • Jie-Qi Chen, Ph.D., Principal Investigator, Early Mathematics Education Project, Erikson Institute Graduate School in Child Development

Source: U.S. Department of Education, Early Learning Initiative

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