Expert Panels Announced for Listening and Learning About Early Learning

Today ED announced the panels of experts who be presenting at the Listening and Learning About Early Learning meetings.

Each of the four meetings will focus on one topic.  Below are dates, places, and names of panel members for the meetings, which will run from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm.

  • Understanding Preschool – Grade 3 Structures: Friday, April 23, 2010, at the LBJ Auditorium at the Department’s headquarter building in the Lyndon Baines Johnson Building, 400 Maryland Ave. S.W., Washington, D.C.
    Deborah Leong, Professor of Psychology at Metropolitan State College of Denver
    Jerry Weast, Superintendent of the Montgomery County Public Schools
    Gail Connelly, Executive Director of National Association of Elementary School Principals
    Ruby Takanishi,  President of the Foundation for Child Development
  • Workforce and Professional Development: Monday, April 26, 2010, in the auditorium at the Center for Early Education, 3245 E. Exposition Avenue, Denver, CO
    Marcy Whitebook, Director of Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
    Ellen Galinsky, President and Co-Founder of Families and Work Institute
    Phil Strain, Director of the Positive Early Learning Experiences Center in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver
    Sue Russell, President of the Child Care Services Association
  • Family Engagement: Tuesday, May 4, 2010, at the Orange County Public Schools Educational Leadership Center, 445 W. Amelia Street, Orlando, FL
    Don Bailey, Distinguished Fellow in Early Child Development for RTI International
    Gene Garcia, Vice President for University-School Partnerships at Arizona State University
    Carol Day, President of the National Black Child Development Institute
    Heather Weiss, Founder and Director of the Harvard Family Research Project and Senior Research Associate and Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Standards and Assessments: Tuesday, May 11, 2010, at the Polk Bros. Lecture Hall at the Erikson Institute, 451 N. LaSalle Street, Chicago, IL
    Sam Meisels, President of the Erikson Institute
    Kathy Hebbeler,  Manager of the Community Services and Strategies Program at SRI International and Director of the Early Childhood Outcomes Center
    Linda Espinosa, Associate Professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia
    Catherine Scott-Little, Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at the School of Human and Environmental Sciences, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Registration: To attend or speak at a meeting, you must register at×91942aeb2&varPage=agenda.  Please register at least 4 business days prior to each meeting you plan to attend.  Seating and speaker slots are limited, so registering early is important.

Please go to for complete information on registration, webinar attendance, submission of written comments, and special accommodations and assistance to individuals with disabilities.

See you in Washington, Denver, Orlando or Chicago!

Steven Hicks
Special Assistant on Early Learning