Forging a New Framework for Professional Development

The Science of Professional Development in Early Childhood Education: A National Summit

The U.S. Department of Education’s, Early Childhood Educator Professional Development (ECEPD) Program under NCLB, Title II), grantees convened a national summit to identify emerging and critical gaps in knowledge and research on effective professional development for early childhood educators, hosted by the Zero to Three National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families and the Georgetown University Center on Health and Education, both 2007 ECEPD grantees. Among the special guests were Secretary Arne Duncan, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Barbara Bowman, Jacqueline Jones, Sr. Advisor to the Secretary Duncan on Early Learning and Joan Lombardi, Deputy Assistant Secretary and Inter-Departmental Liaison for Early Childhood Development Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Also visit OPEPD, Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development (professional development) for a copy of “Towards the Identification of Features of Effective Professional Development for Early Childhood Educators – Literature Review,” which presents the research on professional development of early childhood educators to characterize features of effective professional development.