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A portrait of African American and White Racial Attitudes

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  • Sarah Moberg

This document provides an overview of the data discussed on the
Trends in Racial Attitudes website.

 

How do people feel about race?


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Additional evidence to help inform Illinois' child care system

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This presentation by Rachel Gordon to the Commission to Reform Child Care in Illinois (est. by HR 0254) goes over survey data of child care centers. 

The first study regarded funding delays from the state in 2011-2012. In a comprehensive survey through the Chicago Area Study, the researchers interviewed child care center directors on the west and north sides of Chicago. They documented the directors' experiences with delays from public and private funding streams. 


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High stakes quality measures in early care and education

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This presentation discusses the challenge of using observational quality rating tools and accountability systems and strategies to address them. IGPA Expert Rachel Gordon delivered the presentation to the National Research Conference on Early Childhood on July 13, 2016.

The presentation discusses highlights from research findings, including: 

The general importance of freshly considering the evidence base specifically for each use of a measure (high stakes, professional development, research, and self assessment)


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Preparing for Climate Change in Illinois

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Illinois needs to prepare now for the coming changes associated with climate change, according to IGPA's Climate Change Policy Initiative.


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Katherine (Kate) Zinsser is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Community and Prevention Research program in the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Through her research Kate strives to support the social-emotional well-being and development of young children and their caregivers by conducting applied research that can benefit practice and policy. Current projects include: developing research-based tools to foster social and emotional teaching practices including child assessments, classroom observation, and professional learning strategies; exploring the ways that high-quality teachers are able to positively affect children’s social and emotional learning; and examining how organizational and ecological characteristics of educational settings – such as state education policies, quality rating improvement systems, workplace climate, and administrator practices – affect social and emotional teaching.

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Angela Wiley is an Associate Professor of Applied Family Studies in Human and Community Development at the University of Illinois and an Extension Specialist in Family Life Education. Wiley conducts research on how individuals and families remain resilient in the face of stress and challenge, with a recent focus on immigrant families. She has a special focus on the needs of Spanish-speaking families in the U.S. who face health disparities and are at heightened risk of poor outcomes.  She is interested in identifying how resources such as quality childcare can improve family outcomes. Some of her published work is in Family Relations and in Child Development. Wiley is also interested in promoting wellness through her outreach work. She has created and tested curricula and materials to help people achieve healthy lifestyles.

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Kathleen M. Sheridan is an associate professor in the department of Educational Psychology. Some of her research interests include early math literacy, professional development for early childhood teachers and caregivers, online learning and course development in higher education, and teacher presence in online courses. Sheridan has been published in leading academic journals, delivered keynote speeches, and has presented her work at workshops and at national and international conferences. She teaches courses in assessment, child development and constructivist approaches to development. Currently she is the principle investigator on 2 grant-funded projects that focus on early math and the professional development of caregivers, teachers and leaders.

Most recently, her new project: Early Math Matters: A Math at Home Professional Development Series for Child Care Providers, launched 8 FREE online courses housed in the Illinois Gateways to Opportunity I-Learning site.  Providers receive 1 hour of Gateways approved training and 1 CPDU for each course they complete. Sheridan and her team are collecting data to examine whether the delivery modality and the courses are effective in changing provider’s practice and self-efficacy about including math in their early childhood classrooms. 

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Catherine Main is a senior lecturer in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where her clinical and research interests focus on developing early childhood educators to serve in under-resourced, urban environments.

She has more than 20 years of teaching experiences in preschool, kindergarten, primary grades, and university settings. Her work includes innovative and responsive program development in Early Childhood Education at UIC. Main designed and developed a Blended Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education program and an Early Childhood Alternative certification program. She provides consultation, professional development, and program evaluation services for a variety of organizations and regularly presents her program work at national conferences and as an invited speaker at local conferences. Main also serves on several advisory groups and boards including the Illinois Early Learning Council Program Standards and Quality Committee, the Harold Washington Chicago Community College Child Development Program Advisory Board, and is a member of the Illinois Articulation Initiative Early Childhood panel.  She is co-chair of the Illinois Higher Education Learning and Professional Development Work Group, the lead on the state team participating in the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Innovation to Incubation (i2I) program focusing on Transforming the Early Childhood Workforce, and the current President of Illinois Association for Early Childhood Teacher Educators (ILAECTE).

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Amanda Lewis' research focuses on how race shapes educational opportunities and how our ideas about race get negotiated in everyday life. She is the author of several books including (with John Diamond) Despite the Best Intentions: Why racial inequality persists in good schools (Oxford, 2015) and Race in the Schoolyard: Negotiating the Color-line in Classrooms and Communities (2003). She is also the co-editor (with Maria Krysan) of The Changing Terrain of Race and Ethnicity (2004), and co-author (with Mark Chesler and Jim Crowfoot) of Challenging Racism in Higher Education: Promoting Justice (2005). Her research has appeared in a number of academic venues including Sociological Theory, American Educational Research Journal, American Behavioral Scientist, Race and Society, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, DuBois Review and Anthropology and Education Quarterly

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Differential response to child abuse and neglect in Illinois

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  • Kristin Abner

Chapter 5 of The Illinois Report 2013

In 2009, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) began a pilot program and evaluation of one of the latest approaches to serving lower-risk children referred into the child welfare system (differential response). This intervention approach connects low-risk households to community services, and is completely voluntary.


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