From the Chair - November 29, 2011

The Council has accomplished a great deal in the month of November.  Staff has put the final touches on our Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2011, which I encourage you to read and distribute through your networks.  The Council posted two Requests for Proposals, as well.  One of which is for a technical writer to assist our Collaborations and Standards subcommittee with the creation of new voluntary infant and toddler early learning guidelines for Texas.  The other RFP seeks a talented consultant to support the creation of recommendations for a Texas Quality Rating and Improvement System for the state.  These projects are incredibly exciting, and I look forward to working with my colleagues and stakeholders as we move forward with both.  Please look for the Council to reach out to the public for help with reviewing and fine tuning both the QRIS and the ITELG, and many of our other projects.  Council staff also made strides in our workforce and professional development goals in November.  Our web developer has finished a draft design of a new workforce registry for Texas and shared his work with the Texas Early Care and Education Career Development System Advisory Council.  Additionally, staff has completed draft core competencies for early childhood practitioners.  These statements about the central knowledge and skills early childhood practitioners should have will guide professional development and practitioner assessment for many programs and individuals in Texas and will serve as an integral component of the new Texas Early Childhood Professional Development System that we are working to bring to fruition.  The Council will publish a paper on the vision of the Professional Development System in December, 2011, which will detail the specific functions and components of this project.

In other news, the Council is moving closer to making some key decisions regarding reinvestment of funds.  As you may have read in our last e-alert, the Council will meet on December 2, 2011 in Austin, Texas at the Texas Education Agency from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM.

The Council encourages you to attend and provide us with your thoughts regarding investment.  Particularly, we would like to know how you would invest in improving school readiness in Texas in the Council's four priority areas:

  • Data and QRIS
  • Collaborations and Standards
  • Parental Outreach and Communications
  • Early Childhood Workforce and Professional Development

We look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

John W. Gasko, Ph.D.

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