Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Invitation - Keeping the Promise of Pre-K: Using Technology to Ensure Quality

The Rockefeller Institute of Government of SUNY and ReadyNation New York invite you to a forum entitled Keeping the Promise of Pre-K: Using Technology to Ensure Quality on Wednesday, November 12, 2014,from 11 a.m. ---- 1 p.m. at the Rockefeller Institute, 411 State Street in Albany. The event is free and open to the public and parking is provided.

High-quality Pre-K has demonstrated significant individual and societal benefits, including an economic return on investment, increased high school graduation rates, reduced criminal activity, and improved health outcomes. This forum will explore the role of policy and technology in ensuring that New York State continues to provide Pre-K services ---- and design an early learning system ---- in an effective and sustainable way, to achieve the best results.

The Keynote address will be delivered by NYS State Education Department Commissioner John B. King, Jr.


  • Rob Grunewald is an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis and co-author of "Early Childhood Development: Economic Development with a High Public Return" (March 2003), an economic policy paper that has been featured in the media, legislative hearings, and seminars throughout the United States.
  • Emily Baranello is the senior director, P-20 Education Practice, at SAS. She leads teams that work to expand the use of SAS for administrative data-driven decision making, academic research, and teaching in both the K-12 and higher education markets throughout the United States.
  • Dr. Greg Mathison has invested more than 30 years of his career in education, human services, and healthcare ---- as a psychologist, administrator, and policy maker for county and state governments and as an educator for universities across America. He currently serves as the Cisco Systems' Education Solutions Manager, helping schools and universities maximize leading edge technologies to deliver connected teaching and learning solutions that help enhance education outcomes.
We would like to acknowledge the support of Cisco who, through their technology, are enabling the remote participation of Mr. Grunewald and Dr. Mathison.

We would also like to thank the host of WMHT's New York Now, Matt Ryan, who will serve as moderator of the day's events.

To RSVP, please contact Michele Charbonneau at the Rockefeller Institute at (518) 443-5258 or by e-mail at by November 6th.

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