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Waltham, Massachusetts 02453-8313
With over 30 years experience in the field, Susan Washburn designs and delivers researched-based professional development models that raise the bar for early childhood teachers and positively impact child outcomes, particularly for young children at-risk for educational failure.
Washburn is Director of the Rhode Island Training and Technical Assistance Project, part of the Head Start national network, building the capacities of Head Start, child care, public school pre-K programs, and statewide stakeholder groups on supervision, professional development, child assessment, and early literacy, including supporting dual language learners. She also oversees the Maine Training and Technical Assistance Project and is EDC’s liaison to the Office of Head Start for these projects.
Washburn led three projects for the U.S. Department of Education Early Reading First initiative, implementing comprehensive systems change to support public schools, Head Start, and child care programs to advance their early learning and literacy practices.
She is lead curriculum developer for EDC’s research-based, credit-bearing Excellence in Teaching (EIT) professional development program for early childhood teachers and supervisors. She co-developed and teaches EIT’s Literacy Environment Enrichment Program (LEEP) and Supporting Preschoolers with Language Differences (SPLD). She was principle developer of the supervisor strand of LEEP.
Washburn co-developed and teaches the two-credit, online course Foundations of Supervision for Early Childhood Managers, which provides child care, Head Start, and pre-K program directors and supervisors with effective techniques that improve early education.
She is coauthor of “Instructional Coaching: Helping Preschool Teachers Reach Their Full Potential,” a synthesis of effective coaching strategies based on EDC’s experiences in six Early Reading First projects across the country.
Before joining EDC, Washburn was a teacher, supervisor, and education manager in local Head Start programs and a consultant for the Region I Administration for Children and Families.
She received her BS in Child Development and Family Relations from the University of Rhode Island.