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Midwest Early Childhood Education Research Alliance

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Partnership Facilitator

Billie Jo Day
bday@air.org

Research Liaisons

Jill Bowdon
jbowdon@air.org

Heather Lavigne
hlavigne@edc.org



Partnership Objective

The objectives of the Midwest Early Childhood Education Research Alliance are to (a) support Illinois' in its multiagency early childhood education (ECE) work, and (b) examine the characteristics of ECE programming and participation in Illinois as well as the relationship between programming and school readiness at kindergarten entry and student outcomes in early grades.

Members

  • Karen Corken, First Deputy Superintendent of Education, Illinois State Board of Education
  • Lynn Burgett, Early Childhood Division Supervisor, Illinois State Board of Education
  • Dr. Kimberly Mann, Deputy Director, Office of Child Well-Being, Illinois Department of Child and Family Services
  • Dr. Cynthia Tate, Executive Director, Illinois Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development
  • Elliot Regenstein, Senior Vice President, Ounce of Prevention Fund
  • Lauri Morrison-Frichtl, Executive Director, Illinois Head Start Association
  • Kimberly Nelson, Executive Director of Early Childhood Programs, Rockford Public Schools
  • Diane Grigsby-Jackson, Director, Division of Family and Community Services, Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS)
  • Barb Payne, Acting Associate Director, Office of Early Childhood, DHS
  • Andrea Palmer, Chief, Division of Maternal, Child and Family Health Services, Illinois Department of Public Health
  • Charlie Rosemond, Data and Outcomes Manager, Education Systems Center at the Northern Illinois University
  • Peggy Ondera, Director of Early Learner Initiatives, Elgin Area School District U-46
  • Andrew McCree, Principal, Brokaw Early Learning Center
  • Shelia Boozer, Director of Teaching and Learning, Springfield Public Schools
  • Marci Johnson, Director of Teaching and Learning, Illinois State Board of Education
  • Mary Beth Corrigan, Public Service Administrator, Office of Education, Illinois Department of Children & Family Services
  • Bethany Patten, Deputy Director, Illinois Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development

Training, Coaching, and Technical Support Projects

Interpreting the Kindergarten Individual Development Survey Workshops

REL Midwest is hosting data use workshops to help Illinois teachers use Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) results to set education goals and action steps. In the workshops, teachers will have the opportunity to analyze their classrooms’ KIDS data in collaboration with their colleagues and with guidance from the workshop facilitators. The content is intended primarily for teachers, but school and district administrators who are supporting kindergarten teachers also will benefit. A recording and handouts are available for viewing and download.

Works in Progress

Children’s Knowledge and Skills at Kindergarten Entry in Illinois: Results From the First Statewide Administration of the Kindergarten Individual Development Survey

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is implementing a new, statewide kindergarten entry assessment titled Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS). Researchers in REL Midwest’s Midwest Early Childhood Education Research Alliance (MECERA) will use quantitative data collected from KIDS to answer research questions about the psychometric properties of the data, the levels of skills children in Illinois have at kindergarten entry, and variations in these skills levels across subgroups and schools. In addition, researchers will collect information on barriers or obstacles that teachers and principals face during data collection to inform revisions to state-provided guidance or training.