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Building Equitable Futures

An Early Childhood Research and Policy Series

About

For three months the Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness and Early Childhood Education Institute (ECEI) at OU-Tulsa hosted "Building Equitable Futures" a webinar series focused on early childhood research, initiatives and policy.

This webinar series engaged early childhood administrators, leaders, researchers and decision-makers to highlight current early childhood research in Oklahoma while also focusing on pre-K studies, early childhood initiatives and ancillary services and supports for the early childhood workforce.

Registration

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This webinar series was free and brought early childhood stakeholders from across the country together to learn about the latest research and policy steps to improve the future.

 

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Webinar #1 

We're sorry you missed "Foundations: How Oklahoma Research Influenced Pre-K Policies and Programs Across the Country" from 1-4 p.m. CST, Dec. 9, 2020. You can find resources from this webinar below in the "Resources" section.

Webinar #2

We're sorry you missed "Investments in Teachers: Key to Quality Early Childhood Education, Child Well-Being and a Strong Economic Future" from 1-4 p.m. CST, Jan. 13, 2021. You can find resources from this webinar below in the "Resources" section.

Webinar #3

We're sorry you missed "Oklahoma's Roadmap: Driving Early Childhood Policy and Research" from 1-4 p.m. CST, Feb. 10, 2021. You can resources from this webinar below in the "Resources" section.

Webinars

From Dec. 2020-Feb. 2021, every second Wednesday of the month, this webinar series will look at a different topic, each one taking lessons from the past and translating them to the present and beyond as we link research to policy and consider, "where do we go from here?"

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Webinar #1: "Foundations: How Oklahoma Research Influenced Pre-K Policies and Programs Across the Country"

Time: 1-4 p.m. CST

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020

Place: Zoom (details provided upon registration; see above)

About: With opening remarks from State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister, this webinar celebrated the 20th anniversary of Oklahoma's pre-K study, presented by Bill Gormley and Deborah Phillips from Georgetown University and Sara Anderson from Child Trends. 

In addition, Anna Johnson and Sherri Castle highlighted developing research from the seven-year longitudinal study of low-income children in Tulsa, Okla., the Tulsa Study of Early Education and Development (Tulsa SEED). This presentation included discoveries made due to the impact of COVID-19 as well as what will come through the conclusions of the study, which goes until this cohort of children reach fourth grade in 2023.

Event Agenda: Our schedule was packed with interesting, engaging content. See below for complete details or click here to download a PDF. All times are in CST.

1:00 p.m. Join Webinar Via Zoom

1:10-1:25 p.m. Opening Remarks by Joy Hofmeister, State Superintendent of Public Instruction 

1:30-2:20 p.m. "The Legacies of Pre-K Research in Tulsa for Practice, Policy and Science" by Sara Anderson, Senior Research Scientist, Child Trends; Bill Gormley, Professor, Government & Public Policy, Georgetown University; and Deborah Phillips, Professor, Psychology, Georgetown University

2:20-2:25 p.m. Break

2:25-3:15 p.m. "Tulsa Pre-K Research 2.0: Emerging Results from the Ongoing Tulsa SEED Study" by Sherri Castle, Assistant Director of Research, Early Childhood Education Institute, and Anna Johnson, Associate Professor, Psychology, Georgetown University

3:15-3:40 p.m. "Future Plans for the Oklahoma State Department of Education" by Tiffany Neill, Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction, Oklahoma State Department of Education

3:40-4 p.m. Closing Remarks by Diane Horme, Director, Early Childhood Education Institute

 

Webinar #2: "Investments in Teachers: Key to Quality Early Childhood Education, Child Well-Being and a Strong Economic Future"

Time: 1-4 p.m. CST

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021

Place: Zoom (details provided upon registration; see above)

About: With opening remarks from Oklahoma Department of Human Services Director and Cabinet Secretary of Human Services & Early Childhood Initiatives Justin Brown, this webinar explored how teacher well-being impacts quality and featured Lynn Karoly, senior economist at the RAND Corporation.

In addition, Mylien Duong, senior research scientist at the Committee for Children, presented a national perspective on teacher well-being and offered policy recommendations to help our leaders better invest in the social-emotional health of our early childhood educators.

Kyong-Ah Kwon, associate professor, and Ken Randall highlighted their extensive research with "The Happy Teacher Project." This project identifies ways to support early childhood teachers' physical, psychological and professional well-being and reinforces the need for investments that foster positive, healthy work environments.

Event Agenda: Our schedule was packed with inspiring, educational content. See below for complete details or click here to download a PDF. All times are in CST. 

1:00 p.m. Join Webinar Via Zoom

1:10-1:25 p.m. Opening Remarks by Justin Brown, Cabinet Secretary of Human Services & Early Childhood Initiatives, and Director, Oklahoma Department of Human Services

1:25-2:10 p.m. "Research on the Cost of Quality Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) in Oklahoma: Implications for the ECCE Workforce" by Lynn Karoly, Senior Economist, the RAND Corporation

2:10-2:15 p.m. Break

2:15-2:45 p.m. "Social Emotional Learning: Not Just for Kids" by Mylien Duong, Senior Research Scientist, Committee for Children

2:45-3:25 p.m. "The Price of Happiness: Needs for Investing in Teacher Well-Being" by Kyong-ah Kwon, Associate Professor, Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum, University of Oklahoma, and Ken Randall, Associate Dean, College of Allied Health, OU Health Sciences Center

3:25-4 p.m. Closing Remarks by Debra Andersen, Executive Director, Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness

 

Webinar #3: "Oklahoma's Roadmap: Driving Early Childhood Policy and Research"

Time: 1-4 p.m. CST

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021

About: With opening remarks by the University of Oklahoma's Vice President for Research and Partnerships Tomás Díaz de la Rubia, this webinar highlighted how research can influence policy and feature Erica Greenberg, senior research associate, with the Urban Institute.

Additional presenters included Maddie Kim, research associate with the Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center, and Abby Charles, program director of the Institute for Public Health Innovation.

Event Agenda: Our schedule was packed with nationally-renowned experts. See below for complete details or click here to download a PDF. All times are in CST.

1:00 p.m. Join Webinar Via Zoom

1:10-1:25 p.m. Opening Remarks by Tomás Díaz de la Rubia, Vice President for Research and Partnerships, University of Oklahoma

1:25-2:10 p.m. “From Disparate Need to Equitable Futures: Perspectives from Oklahoma and Around the Country” by Erica Greenberg, Senior Research Associate, Urban Institute

2:10-2:20 p.m. Break

2:20-2:50 p.m. "Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center: Research for Action and Outcomes” by Maddie Kim, Senior Research Associate, Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center, University of Texas-Austin

2:50-3:20 p.m. "Steps to Advance Equity in Oklahoma Early Childhood Policies, Systems and Programs" by Abby Charles, Program Director, Institute for Public Health Innovation

3:20-4 p.m. Closing Remarks by Debra Andersen, Executive Director, Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness, and Diane Horm, Director, Early Childhood Education Institute, University of Oklahoma-Tulsa

Speakers

Our speakers brought their expertise and insight to this webinar series, creating an engaging experience for all participants. We'd like to say a big thank you to each one of our presenters for their support of this event!

 

Webinar #1: "Foundations: How Oklahoma Research Influenced Pre-K Policies and Programs Across the Country"

Speakers for this webinar included: Sara Anderson, Sherri Castle, Bill Gormley, Joy Hofmeister, Anna Johnson and Deborah Phillips.

Click here for speaker bios for the entire series.

 

Webinar #2: "Investments in Teachers: Key to Quality Early Childhood Education, Child Well-Being and a Strong Economic Future"

Speakers for this webinar included: Justin Brown, Mylien Duong, Lynn Karoly, Kyong-Ah Kwon and Ken Randall.

Click here for speaker bios for the entire series.

 

Webinar #3: "Oklahoma's Roadmap: Driving Early Childhood Policy and Research"

Speakers for this webinar included: Abby Charles, Tomás Díaz de la Rubia, Erica Greenberg, Maddie Kim.

Click here for speaker bios for the entire series.

If you couldn't make one of our webinars or would like to review what you learned again, see below for recordings, PowerPoints and additional resources.

Thank you for your interest in our research & policy series! We hope you find all the resources you need here.

 
 

Thank You!

We couldn't do it without you! Thank you to everyone who has supported Building Equitable Futures: An Early Childhood Research and Policy Series.

To learn more about the event's co-host ECEI, click here.

Co-Host

OPSR is grateful to collaborate with the Early Childhood Institute (ECEI) at OU-Tulsa on this webinar series. ECEI is the only early childhood research institute in Oklahoma. Since its inception, ECEI has conducted a variety of program evaluation projects, worked with many state and national partners and impacted policy and programming decisions. In addition, ECEI successfully hosted the Early Childhood Leadership Institute from 2008-2019 that brought national researchers and speakers to Oklahoma while also featuring local speakers and programs.

Sponsors

This webinar series was made possible in part by Potts Family Foundation, an organization focused on providing support for sustainable early childhood initiatives and nonprofit capacity building. In addition, Nemours Children's Health System, a nonprofit pediatric health system, has provided assistance in securing several webinar speakers as part of OPSR's work on Project HOPE. OPSR is lucky to partner with such passionate organizations dedicated to addressing the root causes of trauma while improving the health outcomes of all children and their families.

Planning Committee 

The planning committee for this event include the following subject matter experts, OPSR staff and ECEI staff: Debra Andersen, executive director, OPSR; Mike Averill, communications director, ECEI; Torri Christian, program coordinator, OPSR; Rebecca Fine, education policy analyst ,Oklahoma Policy Institute; Diane Horm, director, ECEI; Erin Maher, associate professor, University of Oklahoma; Courtney Maker, administrative coordinator, OPSR; Katie Parker, community relations specialist, OPSR; and Beth Sullins, assistant director of operations, ECEI.