NALEO Northeast Policy Institute on Education: Promoting Healthy & Thriving Families From the Early Years and Beyond - NALEO Educational Fund

About


July 21-22, 2017 | New York, NY


Today, one in four children living in the U.S., under the age of 18, is Latino. By 2050 it is projected that more than one in three will be Latino. With Latinos representing the second largest population group in the nation, the future success and vitality of our communities and the country are intrinsically tied to this segment of the population. The decisions being made today about how to best educate and prepare the youngest members of society for the future will result in long lasting effects. In the face of new federal policies and priorities, from child care to K-12 education, there are critical leadership and oversight decisions that are being redirected to state and local policymakers. Latino policymakers serving at the state and local levels have the influence and opportunity to set legislative priorities and drive the momentum to accelerate the educational attainment and success for students of all ages.

To lead this charge effectively, policymakers must be familiar with innovative and successful policies and practices that can drive change in their local communities as they advocate for an educational system where all students have the opportunity to thrive and succeed. This regional two-day convening will include state legislators, county and municipal officials, and school board members from the following states: Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Virginia. This convening is part of the NALEO Education Leadership Initiative (NELI) which aims to provide Latino public servants with the enhanced capacity and governance skills they need to become effective advocates for their students, families, and communities from birth to K-12.

The Institute’s program will cover the following topics:


Day One - Early Childhood Education:

  • Why Start Early? Foundations of Early Childhood Education
  • Developing Healthy Environments: Strategies to Prevent and Address Toxic Stress
  • School Discipline in the Early Years: Leaving No Child Behind
  • Meeting the Needs of Undocumented Children and Families
Day Two - College and Career Readiness:

  • ESSA 101: What’s in the Law? Why does it Matter?
  • Leading for Equity from All Levels of Education Policymaking
  • Leveraging Opportunities in ESSA: Table Conversations
  • Deep Dive on ESSA and English Language Learners
  • Diverse Perspectives on Education Equity
  • What’s Next on ESSA?

Participants will strengthen governance skills that support effective leadership, as well as receive timely information, learn best practices, and exchange legislative policies and ideas around the most effective ways to address pressing educational issues. Participants will also have the opportunity to network with colleagues and experts from throughout the Northeast United States.

Sponsors


Title Sponsors

Alliance for Early Success
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
State Farm™

Institute Partner
The Education Trust


For more information please contact:

Monica Romo Lopez

Program Coordinator for Constituency Services
NALEO Educational Fund
Tel: (213) 747-7606 ext 4444
Email: mromo@naleo.org

Schedule


8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Studio Foyer, Concourse Level

Registration & Breakfast


9:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Studio 1 & 2, Concourse Level

Welcome Remarks


9:30 AM – 10:45 AM
Studio 1 & 2, Concourse Level

Session I:

Why Start Early? Foundations of Early Childhood Education


There is growing research demonstrating the short and long-term benefits of early childhood education for children, families, and communities. Evidence shows that a child’s brain has the greatest potential to grow by the age of three and it is in these first three years of life that children’s brains must be exposed to quality interactions to stimulate and strengthen brain development, an important precursor of school readiness. This session will provide an overview of brain development research and highlights the best approaches to setting up children for lifelong success.



10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Studio 1 & 2, Concourse Level

Session II:

Developing Healthy Environments: Strategies to Prevent and Address Toxic Stress


Young children exposed to healthy and nurturing environments develop the foundation needed for positive brain development and school readiness. Exposure to factors such as poverty, abuse, neglect, and family separation can trigger the development of toxic stress in young children and can have lasting emotional, social, physical, and cognitive effects. Recognizing the limitations of a child’s environment is important, but strides can be made when the strengths their families and communities hold are uplifted to tackle the factors associated with toxic stress. This session will provide an overview of the research on toxic stress and ways in which policymakers can develop policies to support healthy environments while strengthening family, community, and cultural connections.



12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Studio 3 & 4, Concourse Level

Luncheon Program:

Census 2020, Make it Count



1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Studio 1 & 2, Concourse Level

Session III:

School Discipline in the Early Years: Leaving No Child Behind


The earliest years of a child’s education experience lay a critical foundation for later success in school. When the youngest students are suspended from early childhood education settings, they lose out on the opportunity to gain important skills and experiences with their peers. Recognizing and addressing the factors and risks that these students face can help us work toward better long-term outcomes for children and communities. This session will equip policymakers with best practices and policy recommendations to ensure children do not loose valuable time in school and that we promote the optimal development, learning, and overall wellbeing of all young children.



2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Studio 1 & 2, Concourse Level

Session IV:

Meeting the Needs of Undocumented Children and Families


Across the United States there are approximately 5.1 million children living with at least one parent who is undocumented. Regardless of citizenship status, current law allows for children residing in the country to have access to educational services, health care, and child care settings. Given the long-term benefits of access to quality health care and early childhood education, greater awareness of services is necessary among mixed-status families. This session will offer policymakers with an opportunity to learn more about the resources available to immigrant families and the policies that regulate the access to educational and child care settings for mixed-status and undocumented families.



4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Studio 1 & 2, Concourse Level

Institute Wrap-Up for the Day

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Wall & Water Main, 2nd Level

Opening Reception

Hosts:
Alliance for Early Success
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
State Farm™

Opening Reception Patron:
Wells Fargo

Opening Reception Donor:
American Federation of Teachers
8:00 AM – 8:45 AM
Studio 3 & 4, Concourse Level

Breakfast & Welcome Remarks

8:45 AM – 10:00 AM
Studio 1 & 2, Concourse Level

Session V:

ESSA 101: What’s in the Law? Why does it Matter?


In December 2015, President Barack Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), replacing No Child Left Behind with a new federal K-12 education law that grants more flexibility—and responsibility—to states and local communities. ESSA contains a number of levers that state and local policymakers, advocates, parents, and community members can use to advance opportunity and achievement for all students, especially low-income students, students of color, students with disabilities, and English learners. In this session, experts will identify some of these levers, as well as highlight the questions that state and local policymakers can be emphasizing to ensure the successful and inclusive implementation of ESSA. Participants will also receive up-to-date information on the current implementation process ESSA in their respective states.



10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Break

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Studio 1 & 2, Concourse Level

Session VI:

Leading for Equity from All Levels of Education Policymaking


Effective education policymaking and implementation requires leadership from all levels of government, including the U.S. Department of Education, State Education Agencies, State Legislatures, State Boards of Education, and local boards of education. In this session, current and former education policymakers will discuss the unique roles of different policymaking bodies, as well as the best practices and critical importance of strategic collaboration to ensure that all students have the opportunity to thrive and succeed.


11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Studio 1 & 2, Concourse Level

Session VII:

Leveraging Opportunities in ESSA: Table Conversations


This session will offer participants with an opportunity to share insights and lessons learned from the morning’s sessions. Through a facilitated conversation, participants will strategize about the specific areas and opportunities to shape and influence ESSA implementation. Participants will draw on their respective roles as policymakers to identify and discuss how they can strategically work with colleagues and stakeholders to achieve successful and inclusive outcomes for students and families.



12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Studio 3 & 4, Concourse Level

Luncheon Program:

NALEO Educational Fund’s Policy and Civic Priorities


1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Studio 1 & 2, Concourse Level

Session VIII:

Deep Dive on ESSA and English Language Learners


ESSA shines a brighter spotlight on the education of English Language Learners (ELLs) in our nation’s elementary and secondary schools than did its predecessor, NCLB. However, state and local officials have a lot of discretion in implementing the requirements of this new law, and ultimately the choices states make will determine how schools will identify, serve, and track the progress of the growing ELL population. In this session, participants will learn about the key provisions of ESSA surrounding ELLs, as well as the challenges and strategies ahead in implementing these provisions.



2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Studio 1 & 2, Concourse Level

Session XI:

Diverse Perspectives on Education Equity


The effective implementation of ESSA requires concerted efforts to collaborate directly with community stakeholders and advocates. Similar to many policymakers, state and local advocates are also promoting the advancement of equity and achievement through ESSA. To better understand the nuances and benefits in forging partnerships, participants will have an opportunity to engage with members of the Equity in Education New York Coalition. The coalition represents the perspectives of diverse communities, including the business sector, civil rights groups, and parent advocates, which collaboratively work together toward a common goal for students. Through this session, participants will learn more about the key policy priorities and perspectives on ESSA directly from advocacy groups to better inform their insight on ESSA development and implementation.



2:50 PM - 3:00 PM
Studio 1 & 2, Concourse Level

Session X:

What's Next on ESSA?


Dr. King will reflect on themes from the day, and identify ways in which The Education Trust can be a resource as participants work to advance educational equity through ESSA and beyond.



3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Studio 1 & 2, Concourse Level

Closing Remarks and Evaluations

Contact


213-747-7606

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