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Welcome to the 2016 Yale SOM Education Leadership Conference! We look forward to seeing you in New Haven on April 7-8. Feel free to take a look at the conference agenda below. If you have any questions, please reach out to educationconference@yale.edu
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Friday, April 8 • 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Defining School Readiness: Creating Lasting Gains in Early Childhood Education

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Early childhood educators and advocates have a broad range of definitions of success for students. Many advocates recognize the importance of social-emotional development through play-based learning. However, given there is an achievement gap before students even enter kindergarten, some advocate for prioritizing literacy skills and number sense during those early years. This panel will examine the tensions between these priorities and look to different models of early childhood education that actualize those goals. 

Moderators
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Sara Mead

Partner, Bellwether Education Partners
Sara Mead is a Partner with Bellwether Education Partners, where she leads Bellwether's early childhood work and leads teams providing policy and strategic advising support to foundations, advocacy organizations, and early childhood operators.

Speakers
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James Comer

Maurice Falk Professor of Child Psychiatry, Yale Child Study Center
James Comer, MD, MPH is the Maurice Falk Professor of Child Psychiatry at the Yale Child Study Center. In 1968 he founded the Comer School Development Program, which promotes a school focus on child development. He has received numerous awards, including 48 honorary degrees. In 2014 he was appointed to President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. He received an M.D. from Howard University, is a member... Read More →
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Myra Jones-Taylor

Commissioner, CT Office of Early Childhood
Dr. Myra Jones-Taylor is the Commissioner of the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC). The OEC was established in 2013 to coordinate and improve the various early childhood programs and components in the state to create a cohesive and comprehensive high-quality early childhood system. Governor Dannel P. Malloy appointed her to lead the new agency in June 2013, overseeing an annual budget of approximately $350 million and 130 staff... Read More →
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Dr. Alissa Levy

Principal, Elm City Montessori School
A veteran educator, Dr. Alissa Levy, taught math, science, and English to secondary students in Los Angeles for the first 12 years of her career. In 2014, she moved to New Haven to help start Elm City Montessori School, as its founding principal. Elm City Montessori School is New Haven's first public Montessori program for students in grades PK-1. Dr. Levy earned her Ed.D. in K-12 Urban Public School Administration from the University of Southern... Read More →
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Lynsey Werkheiser

VP, Education, Acelero Learning
Since joining Acelero Learning in 2010, Lynsey has supported educational programming and leadership in multiple capacities. In her current role, Lynsey is a member of the Support Center’s national Early Learning, Research, and Training team, which works closely with Acelero Learning’s key education and disabilities/mental heath leadership across all delegates. Primarily, Lynsey provides programmatic support and coaching, working closely... Read More →


Friday April 8, 2016 1:15pm - 2:30pm
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