CAYL 2012 National Conference


The Fourth Annual CAYL Institute National Conference for

Elementary School Principals and Child Care Directors presents

 What Really Works?

Impact and Innovation for Young Learners

July 15 – 18, 2012

Marriott Inner Harbor Hotel at Camden Yards

Baltimore, Maryland


Keynote Speakers and Presenters

Dr. Jacqueline Jones, U.S. Department of Education, Senior Advisor on Early Learning to the Secretary of Education

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan named Jacqueline Jones as Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Early Learning.  Dr. Jones is the former Assistant Commissioner for the Division of Early Childhood Education in the New Jersey State Department of Education where she oversaw standards, curriculum, and assessment for preschool through 3rd grade programs statewide.


Prior to joining the NJ Department of Education, Dr. Jones worked for 15 years in the Research Division at Educational Testing Service in Princeton, NJ. As a Senior Research Scientist and the Director of Early Childhood Research and Development, her work focused on the study of assessment in early childhood, specifically the development of classroom-based strategies to document young children’s science and literacy learning.  Dr. Jones has written in the area of early childhood assessment and is particularly interested in the development of effective early childhood assessment systems for school districts and states.  Her work also explores the role of documentation and assessment in the ongoing professional development of early childhood educators.


Dr. Jones has given presentations across the country and has served on a number of national advisory committees including the National Head Start Research Advisory Committee, the Pew National Early Childhood Accountability Task Force, and the National Research Council’s Committee on Developmental Outcomes and Assessments for Young Children.  She received a BA from Hunter College and MA and Ph.D. from Northwestern University.


Peter Pizzolongo, Associate Executive Director of the NAEYC

Peter Pizzolongo is currently the Associate Executive Director of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).  Mr. Pizzolongo previously served as Senior Director of Professional Development Solutions at NAEYC and Director of the Analytical Support and Technical Assistance Services Division of CSR Inc., a social sciences research and management support firm.


Mr. Pizzolongo began his early childhood education career as a teacher of toddlers and preschoolers. He has over 35 years of experience as an author, faculty member, training and technical assistance provider, consultant, program evaluator, Head Start and child care agency administrator, and child care resource and referral director and counselor.


Mr. Pizzolongo has authored and co-authored more than 30 publications, videotapes, online programs, and other resources.  He has also prepared nearly 20 technical and government reports related to educational programs and educational policy. He has conducted training programs on numerous topics including child development, curriculum, developmentally appropriate practice, language development, physical and mental health, nutrition, parenting, victim support, violence prevention, and program evaluation.


Dr. Kyle Snow, Senior Scholar and Director for the Center for Applied Research, National Association for the Education of Young Children

Kyle Snow is currently Senior Scholar and Director of the Center for Applied Research at the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Prior to joining the NAEYC in 2010, Dr. Snow was a Senior Research Psychologist at Research Triangle International (RTI), where he was the Principal Investigator for The Early Childhood Longitudinal Study – Birth cohort study (ECLS-B). Prior to joining RTI in 2005, Dr. Snow was the Director of the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development Program in Early Learning and School Readiness. Dr. Snow holds an MA and Ph.D. in Human Development from Cornell University. His areas of specialization include infant and child development, the interface between early social and cognitive development, and children’s transition to school. Dr. Snow is co-editor (and contributing author) of School Readiness, Early Learning, and the Transition to Kindergarten in the Era of Accountability (Brookes, 2007). He has published papers in a range of areas and has prepared nearly 20 technical and government reports related to educational programs and educational policy.


Dr. Sherri Killins, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care

Dr. Sherri Killins is the Commissioner of The Department of Early Education and Care for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Since 2009, Dr. Killins has provided leadership in designing and implementing a statewide system to define, measure, and communicate quality called the Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) in the fields of early education and care and out of school time in multiple environments including family child care, public schools, center based child care , and Head Start. Dr. Killins has also positioned four statewide systems: mental health, educator and provider supports, community family engagement and information and referral for early educators, children and their families and providers of early education and out of school time services.


Dr. Killins has worked as an advocate for children and families in a variety of ways for more than 20 years, both as a provider of direct care and in leadership roles.  From 2006 to 2009, Dr. Killins worked at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, an organization that promotes “public policies, human-service reforms, and community supports that more effectively meet the needs of today’s vulnerable children and families.” During her time at the Annie E. Casey foundation Dr. Killins held several positions.  Her final position was the Vice President for Human Development and Operations. Prior to her work with the foundation, she served as the founding President/CEO of the New Haven Empowerment Zone, was a Mayoral candidate in New Haven, Connecticut, and led operations and programs for both the Empowerment Zone Corporation and the Family Preservation Initiative of Baltimore. Dr. Killins holds a nursing degree from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master’s of Administrative Science from Johns Hopkins University, and a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Sarasota. 


Since being appointed the Commissioner of Early Education and Care, Dr. Killins received her Certificate from Harvard Graduate School of Education PreK-3rd: The Foundation for Educational Success Institute in 2010.  Dr. Killins was appointed in 2011 to the Regional Advisory Committee under the U.S. Department of Education.   Dr. Killins is the mother of three daughters.


Dr. Maurice Sykes, Executive Director, Early Childhood Leadership Institute

Maurice Sykes is an urban educator who consults on systemic change, early childhood education, and early literacy acquisition. As the former Deputy Superintendent for the Center for Systemic Educational Change and Director of Early Childhood Programs for the District of Columbia Public Schools, he has demonstrated his ability to take charge of change and brought significant innovations to the D.C. Public Schools’ educational reform agenda. While at the U.S. Department of Education, Dr. Sykes served as an Educational Program Specialist advising the department on educational policy and programs related to urban school improvement. He also has served as a teacher, teacher trainer, and a curriculum developer. Sykes directed the Tufts University Day Care Center in Somerville, Massachusetts where he held a joint appointment as Assistant Professor in the Elliot Pearson Child Study Department.


Dr. Sykes has also directed the Education Policy Fellowship Program at the Institute for Educational Leadership where he trained mid-career educational leaders. Sykes has provided consultation to the Florida “Smart Start” initiative. He also serves as the Principal Early Childhood Consultant for the Memphis “Getting Schools Ready for Children” initiative, as well as Washington, D.C.’s “Safe Passages” initiative. Sykes was profiled as an “Early Childhood Champion” in a national study released in 1997 by the National Association of State Boards of Education. Most recently, he was elected to the Board of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Amongst his accomplishments, Dr. Sykes has written numerous publications and has spoken across the nation voicing the need for schools and communities to “do the right thing” for children.


Pamela Perrino, Advocate, The Raymond John Wean Foundation

Pamela Perrino is an Early Childhood Advocate and Educational Consultant for the Raymond John Wean Foundation. She received her Master’s in Education with a focus on early childhood leadership and advocacy from University of Dayton. She is also an Adjunct Professor for early childhood leadership and advocacy at the University of Dayton.


Active in state regional and local policy issues, Ms. Perrino was recognized in May 2009 with the Outstanding Mentor Award from the Ohio Association of Education of Young Children. Her recent work with the Warren City Schools, the Ohio Department of Education, and the CAYL Institute encompassing the issue of transition into kindergarten with Ready Schools exemplifies the depth and breadth of her work.


Before joining the Raymond John Wean Foundation, Ms. Perrino worked as the Practicum Supervisor for Youngstown State University. Ms. Perrino earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Thiel College with certifications in elementary education and speech and hearing science.  She has participated in the Ohio Professional Development Committee as a member of the writing team for Ohio’s Early Childhood Core Knowledge and Competencies and its Instructor Guide documents.  She participates in the state-wide Child Care Advisory Council of the Department of Jobs and Family Services.  Ms. Perrino is now active with the newly formed Center for Early Childhood Development under the Ohio Department of Education.



Ellis Woodward. Entertainment Exchange

As the Cultural Studies teacher for 11 years at a private K-8 school in Baltimore, Ellis has used music and song constantly to teach and underscore a multitude of lessons to his K-4 students. Songs that are energetic blends of information, humor, and movement have become an in integral part of Ellis’s performances for children outside of the classroom environment as well. Using both original and familiar material, music makes the learning fun, memorable, inclusive, and engaging while joyfully expanding the learning (and repertoire) of his young audiences.

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