NCQTL-CASTL hosts Regional Field Specialists
Ten regional field specialists from the National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning (NCQTL), along with program manager Ruby Linsao from the University of Washington, met in Charlottesville last week. They were hosted by the NCQTL team based in the University of Virginia’s Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL).
The NCQTL regional field specialists support each of the 12 Head Start regions across the country. Head Start is a national program that promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children by providing educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families.
The regional field specialists have extensive experience in early childhood education and are an essential part of connecting NCQTL resources in a meaningful way with needs of Head Start programs in their regions by helping programs with their school readiness plans and with program improvement efforts.
Last week’s meeting included a two-day prekindergarten training on observation with the Classroom Assessment Scoring System™ and meetings to plan further collaboration around helping Head Start grantees with program improvement efforts and the transition into kindergarten activities. These included meetings with Bob Pianta, CASTL director and dean of the Curry School of Education, Bridget Hamre, CASTL associate director, Jennifer LoCasale-Crouch, Beverly Sweeney, Bridget Hatfield, Marcia Kraft-Sayre, Wanda Weaver and Leslie Booren.
The NCQTL is an essential part of Head Start’s initiative to improve all Head Start and Early Head Start programs in the United States. NCQTL brings together a team of experts in the field of early learning who possess demonstrated effectiveness in promoting effective teaching that aims to produce the best possible outcomes for young children. The National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning is led by the University of Washington in partnership with the University of Virginia, Vanderbilt University, the Office of Head Start, and a number of other University partners and early learning experts.