New Pre-Doctoral State Policy Opportunity
SRCD is pleased to announce that it will be piloting a new Pre-doctoral State Policy Scholars Program in Early Learning in the 2017-2018 academic year (from September 1, 2017 through August 31, 2018). SRCD will be supporting up to four part-time Pre-doctoral State Policy Scholars with placements in state Executive Branch offices that work on state pre-kindergarten programs. SRCD will be seeking candidates with interest in early education, particularly with a focus on the early education of children who are dual language learners.
Goals of the State Policy Scholar Program
The Pre-doctoral State Policy Scholar Program aims to provide participants with firsthand experience in state policymaking, program implementation, and evaluation, while also providing state Executive Branch agencies greater access to child development research expertise. Policy Scholars can be involved in bridging research and policy through a variety of responsibilities. Depending on the specific placement, responsibilities might involve, for example, helping to inform the design of a new state pre-kindergarten program or working to strengthen an existing program; assisting in the planning or implementation of policy initiatives to improve quality; or assisting in the design, conduct, or analysis of a program evaluation.
The intent is for Policy Scholars to be supported and guided by both a placement supervisor within the Executive Branch agency, as well as an academic mentor at their home institution. SRCD expects the Pre-doctoral State Policy Scholar Program in Early Learning to provide both the Policy Scholars and academic mentors opportunities to gain further experience and insights into the ways in which research and child development expertise can be used to inform policymaking in state Executive Branch agencies.