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Atkinson Centre

Defining, Using & Evaluating Quality Assurance In Early Childhood Education


October 10, 2013
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

A conference for systems managers, policy makers, program administrators, and researchers.

  • Location: OISE Library, 252 Bloor St. West, Main Floor, Toronto
  • To view Invitation
  • To view the Program
  • Keep the conversation going on Twitter @AtkinsonCentre using #QualityECE
  • New! To view the archived webcast morning session and afternoon session
     

The day features:

  • Why Measure Quality? 
    Miho Taguma, Senior Policy Analyst, Education Directorate, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

To view Why “Monitoring Quality” Matter in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC)? (pdf)

  • State Level Quality Measures.  What Can They Tell Us?  
    Gail Zellman, Senior Research Psychologist, RAND Corporation

To view State-level Quality Rating Systems:  How Well Are They Doing the Job? (pdf)

  • The State of Quality Measures in Canada. 
    Kathleen Flanagan, International Consultant on early Education

To view The State of Quality Measures in Canada (pdf)

  • Measuring for Quality and Accountability. 
    Michal Perlman, Associate Professor, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto

To view Using Evidence Based Measures of ECEC Program Quality in an Evidence Based Way (pdf)

Plus our Panel of Experts weigh-in on the day:

Facilitator:
Patricia Chorney Rubin, Director of Community Services and Early Childhood, George Brown College

Panel:
Nancy Dickieson, Director of Children's Services, Region of Waterloo
     To view Early Learning and Child Care Service System Plan (pdf)

Elaine Baxter-Trahair, General Manager, Children's Services, City of Toronto

Rupert Gordon, Director, Early Years Policy and Programs, Ministry of Education


Bios

Miho Taguma, Senior Policy Analyst, Education Directorate, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

Miho Taguma is Senior Policy Analyst in the Early Childhood and Schools Division of the Directorate for Education at the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) (2006-present). She is the project manager for the OECD Network on Early Childhood Education and Care and the OECD project "Review of policies and practices for monitoring quality in early learning and development". She was also the manager of the project "Encouraging Quality in Early Childhood Education and Care" and the OECD Policy Review of Migrant Education. Additionally, she has worked on the OECD Policy Review of Recognition of Non-formal and Informal Learning. Prior to joining to the Early Childhood and Schools Division, she worked at the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation of the OECD (2003-2005). During her post at the Centre, she worked on "E-learning in Tertiary Education". She was also involved in the UNESCO-OECD Policy Review of Education Sector for Mauritius as a review team member. Prior to joining the OECD, she was working in the Education Sector of UNESCO (2002-2003). She was working on intercultural dialogue and education projects.

Gail Zellman, Senior Research Psychologist, RAND Corporation

Gail L. Zellman is a social and clinical psychologist with years of experience conducting and leading research on child and youth education and policy at RAND. Her child care work focuses on policy levers to improve quality of care in out-of-home settings. She just completed a study for the California Department of Education on Quality Improvement Systems in the state. She helped the State of California design a child care quality improvement system which is the basis for the regional QRISs currently being implemented. Along with Dr. Michal Perlman, she has conducted a validation study of an early child care quality rating and improvement system. She and Dr. Perlman also analyzed the development and implementation of quality rating systems in five pioneer states and developed recommendations for designing and revising these systems. She has also led numerous studies of the military child care system, and is currently evaluating a P-3 Initiative being implemented in Hawaii. Dr. Zellman earned a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and completed a post-doctoral clinical psychology fellowship.

Kathleen Flanagan, Child & Family Policy/Early Childhood Education & Care Specialist

Kathleen Flanagan has extensive and comprehensive experience in child, family, and social policy, with a concentration in early childhood education. She has extensive policy experience at a senior director level in government, and with recent inter-governmental agreements, including Canada’s National Children’s Agenda, the First Ministers Early Childhood Development Initiative, and the Multilateral Framework Agreement on Early Learning and Child Care.  A social policy consultant since 2005, her recent work has included research and evaluation, strategic policy consultation and advice, and curriculum program development at the provincial, regional, national and international levels. She has recently designed the plan for PEI’s innovative re-design of the early childhood system, and developed PEI’s Early Learning Framework. Kathleen is currently a PhD candidate (Developmental Psychology and Education, with a specialization in the Early Years) at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto.

Michal Perlman, Associate Professor, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto

Michal Perlman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development and Applied Psychology at the University of Toronto where she is the chair of the Developmental Psychology and Education program. Michal is also cross-appointed at U of T’s School of Public Policy and Governance. Michal has a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of Waterloo with a focus on children’s social and emotional development. Prior to coming to U of T she worked as a policy researcher at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica. Her applied research focuses on what makes for good quality early childhood education programs and how to measure the quality of these programs for quality assurance purposes. Michal’s research has been supported by a host of government and private foundations and her papers have been published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals.

Nancy Dickieson, Director of Children's Services, Region of Waterloo

Nancy Dickieson is Director of Children’s Services at the Region of Waterloo. As the Consolidated Municipal Service Manager her division has responsibility for system level planning and administration for licensed early learning and child care.

 

Additional Resources

Toronto Operating Criteria Assessment Tools for Operators
Source: City of Toronto, Children's Services

Starting Strong III - A Quality Toolbox for Early Childhood Education and Care
Source: OECD
 

Please also see our Resources on Assessing Quality for additional Quality resources



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