Why are high quality early childhood opportunities and deep relationships between schools and communities so vital to the success of younger children? Learn about major national strategies for responding to this question."
Ellen Galinsky, President and Co-Founder of Families and Work Institute (FWI) helped establish the field of work and family life during the time she was at Bank Street College of Education, where she was on the faculty for twenty-five years. Her more than forty-five books and reports include the best selling Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs, Ask The Children, the now classic The Six Stages of Parenthood and the highly acclaimed Workflex: The Essential Guide to Effective and Flexible Workplaces.
Kwesi Rollins coordinates IEL's portfolio of programs designed to develop and support leaders including the Education Policy Fellowship Program, which operates in 13 states and the District of Columbia; The Cleveland First Ring Superintendent's project which entails development and implementation of a professional development curriculum for school leaders in 15 school districts; the Leadership Learning Community DC Learning Circle Initiative, which connects a diverse group of leadership development practitioners, grant-makers, and thought leaders who identify successful practices, conduct research, evaluate current leadership efforts, and exchange information and tools.
Additionally, Kwesi directs the Early Childhood Community Schools Linkages Project, Funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, The Linkages Project is designed to demonstrate strategic linkages between quality comprehensive early childhood opportunities and effective community schools that lead to better results for vulnerable children, and lay a foundation for success in school and life. Linkages Project pilot sites include Tulsa, OK; Portland, OR and Albuquerque, NM. Prior to the Linkages Project, Kwesi supported the Kellogg Foundation's early childhood initiative, SPARK (Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids), providing assistance in leadership development, parent involvement and community capacity building. Before SPARK, Kwesi supported the Kellogg Leadership for Community Change initiative, an effort designed to develop diverse community leadership that works across boundaries - geographic, racial, cultural, class, or faith - by mobilizing collective action to improve local conditions and the quality of life.
Sterling Speirn is President and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan. Before joining the Kellogg Foundation in 2006, Mr. Speirn was President of the Peninsula Community Foundation, which serves donors and charitable organizations on the San Francisco Peninsula, and in Silicon Valley. Mr. Speirn is also Founder and Chairman of the Center for Venture Philanthropy, which has launched three Social Venture Funds engaging in the issues of poverty, literacy, and the environment. He is Past Chair of the Board of Directors of Northern California Grantmakers, and serves on the Advisory Council of the Global Philanthropy Forum. In addition, Mr. Speirn is Co-Creator and former Board Member of the "Raising a Reader" program, which now operates nationally in 27 states and has just earned a Fast Company Social Entrepreneurship Award for 2006.
Ruby Takanishi works in partnership with the Board of Directors and the staff to realize the Foundation's mission. She has a key role in leading the programs and managing the fiscal well-being of the Foundation. From 1986-1996, she was executive director of the Carnegie Council on Adolescent Development. Takanishi has served on several boards including Grantmakers for Education (GFE), Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) and the Board of the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy.
Ellen Galinsky, President and Co-Founder of Families and Work Institute, believes that the focus and self-control of children in school begins with the attention of adults. To prove her point, Galinsky gives a focus test.