TRI's Robyn Lopez Melton Part of State and National Conversations about Early Childhood Education
April 22, 2016
For the past two years, TRI's Robyn Lopez Melton has been making her mark in the field of Early Childhood Education on a local, state, and national level. Through her position at TRI, she serves as the Co-Director of Oregon's Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), working closely with the Oregon Department of Education, and sharing Oregon's QRIS experiences at early childhood education conferences across the country.
Her relationship with both the Oregon and National Associations for the Education of Young
Children (OAEYC and NAEYC) has become an ongoing exchange of ideas and knowledge that benefits the field of early childhood education as a whole.
The National Association for the Education of Young Children
is the nation's leading voice for high-quality early childhood education for
children from birth to age 8.
Keynote at the 2016 OAEYC Spring Conference
This year, that relationship continues as Lopez Melton was invited to join Megan Irwin (Oregon Early Learning System Director), Dawn Woods (Oregon Child Care Director) and Pamela Deardorff (Director of the Oregon Center for Career Development in Childhood Care and Education at PSU) to provide the keynote at the 2016 OAEYC Spring Conference.
The keynote, delivered April 16, 2016, was titled "Oregon's Early Learning Workforce." The panel explored Oregon’s workforce study including characteristics of the workforce and engagement in professional development initiatives, examined Oregon’s workforce data and compare across years, as well as to national trend, and developed recommendations and considerations that could be used to influence future investment policy and professional development efforts in the field.
National Head Start Conference and Expo
Coming up in May, Lopez Melton joins a panel of early
childhood experts from across the country to discuss the integration of
states' QRIS and Head Start programs. The 43rd Annual National Head
Start Conference and Expo, titled The Next Generation of Opportunity,
will take place in Nashville,Tennessee on May 16 through 20, 2016.
Robyn Lopez Melton is just one example of the passion and commitment to early childhood education that fuels the work of the Center for Early Learning (CEL) at TRI. Along with her colleagues, Lopez Melton continues to make the field more inclusive, effective, and successful for educators, providers, families and, of course, our children.
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