Keynote Speakers

Elizabeth A. Shuey, Ph.D.

Elizabeth A. Shuey, Ph.D.

Policy Analyst | Directorate for Education and Skills | OECD, Paris

Improving Measurement to Enhance Services and Systems for Our Youngest Children Early childhood is a time of rapid growth, exploration and learning that occurs in the contexts of relationships with others. Young children’s early experiences and the quality..

Improving Measurement to Enhance Services and Systems for Our Youngest Children Early childhood is a time of rapid growth, exploration and learning that occurs in the contexts of relationships with others. Young children’s early experiences and the quality of their interactions and relationships with others varies tremendously across cultures, communities, institutions, families and individuals. For some children, this variation is in support of their individual needs and interests. For other children, the variation in early experiences is inequitable, related to social and economic conditions as well as policy and regulatory contexts. These differences in early experiences matter for young children’s well-being and have long-term implications for health, wellness and educational and economic attainment as children grow. Researchers and policymakers bear responsibility for ensuring that knowledge around early childhood education and care (ECEC) is applied in ways that promote equity and support early development for all children. Robust, timely data are essential to inform policy and build best practices. Ongoing efforts at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), specifically the International Early Learning and Child Well-Being Study and the TALIS Starting Strong Survey, aim to strengthen research and measurement around young children’s outcomes and their ECEC environments. This keynote presentation will highlight the ways in which these new research initiatives can promote equity by identifying areas where policies can shape improvements to services and systems for our youngest children.

Elizabeth A. Shuey is a Policy Analyst in the Education and Skills Directorate at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) where she works primarily on issues related to early childhood. She is also a Learning Sciences Exchange (LSX) Fellow. Previously, Elizabeth was a Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Policy Fellow within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She has also worked at RTI International, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and was a Doris Duke Fellow for the Promotion of Child Well-Being. She holds a Ph.D. from the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University. Elizabeth is committed to using research to inform policy and practice to better serve families with young children around the world.

http://www.oecd.org/education/school/elizabeth-shuey.htm

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Dr Jan Peeters

Dr Jan Peeters

Centre for Innovation in the Early Years | Centre d'Innovation de la | Petite Enfance| Ghent University

Dr Jan Peeters, Formerly Director and founding member at VBJK, a research centre in the Department of Social Work and Social Pedagogy, University of Ghent. It works on policy oriented studies and pedagogical innovation in early childhood care and education..

Dr Jan Peeters, Formerly Director and founding member at VBJK, a research centre in the Department of Social Work and Social Pedagogy, University of Ghent. It works on policy oriented studies and pedagogical innovation in early childhood care and education and parent support. VBJK is a partner of the governmental agency Child and Family and collaborates with the Commission of the Flemish Community and the governmental department of education. It was involved in international research projects with the European Commission Director General for Education and Culture, Eurofound, OECD and UNESCO. It has a long lasting collaboration with leading foundations in the field, including the Bernard Van Leer Foundation and the King Boudouin Foundation. The vision and mission of VBJK are inspired by the International Convention on Children’s Rights and is based on the belief in parents’ and professionals’ agency. Jan has recently been involved with UNICEF study on the systemic quality within the ECEC in seven countries. He has developed some indicators that are based on his recent policy research.

https://vbjk.be/en/members/jan-peeters

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Dr Maria Evangelou

Dr Maria Evangelou

Maria studied at the Faculty of Primary Education at the Aristotle University of Thessalonica in Greece and taught in a Greek primary school for 8 years before moving permanently to England in 1995. She has now returned to this school where she took the po..

Maria studied at the Faculty of Primary Education at the Aristotle University of Thessalonica in Greece and taught in a Greek primary school for 8 years before moving permanently to England in 1995. She has now returned to this school where she took the position of the Academic and Pedagogical Director for preschool and primary education. In 1996 she received a Masters degree in Language and Literature in Education from the UCL Institute of Education. She won an ESRC studentship and obtained a doctorate (D.Phil) from the University of Oxford in 2001. Since 2008 she has been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Maria is currently an Honorary Research Fellow at the Department of Education, University of Oxford. Until the end of April 2018 she was an Associate Professor there, the Director for MSc Education; the pathway Leader for the MSc in Child Development and Education and the convener of the Families Effective Learning and Literacy (FELL) Research Group http://www.education.ox.ac.uk/research/fell/.

Her research focuses on the evaluation of early childhood interventions; the development of children at risk of educational underachievement; the language and literacy development in the early years; enhancing parental engagement in children’s learning; parenting education and support; the effects of home learning environment and quality learning environments; early years professional development; the methodological issues involved in research; and the role of evidence-based practices in education. Her methodological expertise covers longitudinal studies, quasi-experimental designs, mixed methods and systematic reviews.

Maria’s research has focused predominantly on the evaluation of early childhood interventions. Through a series of studies, she has used complementary and rigorous methodologies to explore different aspects of the effectiveness of the Peers Early Education Partnership (PEEP). PEEP is an intervention that aims to improve the life chances of children (birth to 5) from a disadvantaged area of Oxford by raising their educational achievement through working with early years educators and families. She has led many large studies evaluating parenting programmes including the Birth to School Study (BTSS); the Evaluation of the Early Learning Partnership Project (ELPP); and the parenting strand of the National Evaluation of Children’s Centres (2009-2015). She also led the literature review on children’s cognitive and socio-emotional development that provided part of an evidence-base which informed the review of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum in England in 2010.  

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Samuel J. Meisels

Samuel J. Meisels

Buffett Early Childhood Institute | University of Nebraska

Samuel J. Meisels, one of the nation’s most accomplished and respected early childhood voices, is the founding executive director of the Buffett Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska and holds the Richard D. Holland Presidential Chair in ..

Samuel J. Meisels, one of the nation’s most accomplished and respected early childhood voices, is the founding executive director of the Buffett Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska and holds the Richard D. Holland Presidential Chair in Early Childhood Development. He came to Nebraska in 2013 after more than 11 years as president of Erikson Institute, the nation’s foremost graduate school in child development. At Erikson he expanded programs, facilities, and research and strengthened engagement with schools, communities, and families. Prior to Erikson he had a distinguished 21-year career as a professor at the University of Michigan School of Education and a research scientist at Michigan’s Center for Human Growth and Development, where he conducted research concerning high-risk and disabled infants and young children and developed assessments for birth – 8-year-olds that are widely used throughout the U.S. and abroad. Earlier he served as professor in the Department of Child Study at Tufts University and director of the Eliot-Pearson Children’s School as well as senior advisor in early childhood development for the Developmental Evaluation Clinic of Boston Children’s Hospital. Meisels began his career as a preschool and Kindergarten-first grade teacher in Cambridge and Brookline, Mass. He is professor emeritus and research scientist emeritus at the University of Michigan and president emeritus at Erikson Institute.

In addition to serving as founding executive director of the Buffett Institute, Meisels holds appointments on all four University of Nebraska campuses as professor of child, youth and family studies (UNL), public health (UNMC), education (UNK), and public administration (UNO). One of the nation’s leading authorities on the assessment of young children, he has published more than 200 research articles, books, monographs, and assessments. Meisels was president of the board of directors of Zero to Three, the National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families, has lectured throughout the U.S. and abroad, and is an advisor and consultant for numerous local, state, and national organizations including the Office of Head Start, the National Academy of Sciences, state departments of education, foundations, public policy groups, and school districts. He holds a bachelor’s degree with high honors in philosophy from the University of Rochester and master’s and doctoral degrees from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In 2010 Meisels was awarded an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Roosevelt University in Chicago.

https://buffettinstitute.nebraska.edu/our-people/sam-meisels

 

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