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Building Equitable Futures

An Early Childhood Research and Policy Series

About

From 1-4 p.m. CST on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020, the Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness and Early Childhood Education Institute (ECEI) at OU-Tulsa will kick-off "Building Equitable Futures" a three-month webinar series focused on early childhood research, initiatives and policy.

This webinar series will engage 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

Registration is now open!

Register for this free webinar series and join early childhood stakeholders from across the country to learn about the latest research and create innovative ideas for the future.

Don't miss this opportunity! Click on the webinar that you're interested in below.

 

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Webinar #1 

Register Now! 1-4 p.m. CST, Dec. 9, 2020, "Foundations: How Oklahoma Research Influenced Pre-K Policies and Programs Across the Country."

Webinar #2

Save the date! 1-4 p.m. CST, Jan. 13, 2021, "Investments in Teachers: Key to Quality Early Childhood Education, Child Well-Being and a Strong Economic Future" 

Webinar #3

Save the date! 1-4 p.m. CST, Feb. 10, 2021

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 will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Oklahoma's pre-K study, presented by Bill Gormley and Deborah Phillips from Georgetown University. 

In addition, Anna Johnson, Sherri Castle, and Deborah Phillips will highlight 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 will highlight discoveries made due to the impact of COVID-19 as well as what's to come through the conclusions of the study, which goes until this cohort of children reach fourth grade in 2023.

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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

About: Save the date! More details will be available soon.

Registration coming soon!

Webinar #3: Coming Soon!

Time: 1-4 p.m. CST

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021

About: Save the date! More details will be available soon.

Registration coming soon!

Speakers

Our speakers are excited to bring 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 include: 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 will be announced as soon as they are available.

Click here for speaker bios for the entire series.

 

Webinar #3: Coming Soon!

Speakers for this webinar will be announced as soon as they are available.

Click here for speaker bios for the entire series.

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.

Sponsor

This webinar series was made possible in part by Potts Family Foundation (Potts), an organization focused on providing support for sustainable early childhood initiatives and nonprofit capacity building. OPSR is lucky to be partners with a passionate organization dedicated to addressing the root causes of early childhood neglect. Click here to learn more.

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.