Surveys of district administrators and teachers suggest a need for support in identifying curricular models designed
Shirley Esau has been in the field of education for 24 years in California. She has been a classroom teacher at various elementary grade levels. Currently she is the principal of the preschool-kindergarten school. Shirley piloted the Transitional Kindergarten in the 2010-11 school years and is on the Fresno County Office of Education Transitional Kindergarten Planning Committee and Professional Learning Committee.
In addition she is a member of the Packard Foundation Transitional Kindergarten Professional Learning and Steering Committees. She graduated from Fresno Pacific University (1987) with a B.A. in Liberal Arts and a multiple subject credential. In 2003 she earned her Master Degree in Administrative Services from Fresno Pacific University and received her Administrative credential at the same time.
Janet López, Senior Policy Analyst for Preschool California, works primarily on state policy recommendations that will expand access to high-quality early learning programs.
Prior to joining Preschool California, Ms. Lopez served as a Policy Analyst for a variety of early childhood and K-12 education issues for the Schwarzenegger administration. She has also served as a Program Officer for a state-funded afterschool program under the Davis Administration. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History from UC Berkeley.
Janis Shinmei is currently a program coordinator supporting Early Childhood Education and the Transitional Kindergarten program for the Los Angeles Unified School District. She has served the school district in numerous positions, bilingual teacher Pre-K - 5, literacy coach, staff developer and trainer in Early Literacy and Los Angeles Universal Preschool program coordinator.
Mrs. Shinmei received National Board Certification as an Early Childhood Generalist and worked as the English Learner Lead for the California Preschool Instructional Network (CPIN) in Los Angeles County.
Susan True is the Executive Director of First 5 Santa Cruz County. In her role at First 5, she leads the county’s investment in children birth to five years old, develops research based programs, oversees evaluation and administration and plans for future needs of young children.
Prior to her work at First 5, she was director of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Santa Cruz County, Co-Principal Investigator of a University of California public health research project and founder of a grassroots HIV prevention program. She has lived in Santa Cruz County for 18 years with her family.
Susan True, executive director of First 5 Santa Cruz County, explains the work of Hart-Risley on differing language development between children. The difference can range as much as 30 million words, she says.