Faculty & Staff Directory

R. Christopher Swanson Portrait

R. Christopher Swanson, EdD

Associate Research Scientist

Keywords: Data collection; early childhood; innovative professional development; quality ratings; technical assistants

O: (410) 516-9853

Dr. Chris Swanson is the Director of the IDEALS Institute in the School of Education, and creator of the International Teaching and Global Learning master’s cohort program. He leads a team of experts focused on improving the quality of care and education globally, with emphasis on improving cross-sector collaboration around health, social services, care and teaching for young children and vulnerable adults.

Swanson’s key projects and publications are in the area of Quality Rating and Improvement Systems, including the Maryland EXCELS model, and how those systems can be leveraged to promote access to high-quality child care and preschool programming for all children regardless of their developmental ability, and how these initiatives can be parlayed into increased competency of the workforce and applied to other sectors.

Swanson is a social entrepreneur; believing sustainable public policy can be achieved through promoting wide-scale adoption of promising practices through system-level shared service approaches.

EDUCATION

Ed.D. Urban School Leadership & Special Education, Johns Hopkins University, 2015
M.S. Special Education, Johns Hopkins University, 2005
B.A. English and Teaching Certification, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1999

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Director/Associate Research Scientist, August 2018 – Present The Institute for Innovation in Development, Engagement and Learning Systems (IDEALS) Johns Hopkins University, School of Education

Senior Program Director for Quality Early Care and Education Initiatives, July 2008 – August 2018 The Center for Technology in Education, Johns Hopkins University, School of Education

Principal – National Connections Academy School including: Baltimore County Virtual Instructional Program and National Connections Academy Online School, 1/ 2008 – 7/2008 Connections Academy, Baltimore: MD

Director of Professional Development & Instructional Support, 2007 – 2008 Connections Academy, Baltimore: MD

Central Office Specialist, Autism & Certificate Track Students, 2004 – 2007 Baltimore County Public Schools, MD

Special Education Teacher, 2001-2004 St. Elizabeth & Baltimore County Public Schools, Baltimore: MD 

FUNDED PROJECTS

Swanson, C., “Maryland EXCELS”. Sponsored by US Administration for Children and Families, Child Care Development Funding Block Grant, (July 1, 2018- June 30, 20120). (Principal Investigator).
Awarding Organization: Maryland State Department of Education
Current Status: Funded $10,842,536

Swanson, C. “Maryland Families Engage.” Sponsored by Kellogg Foundation, (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019).
Awarding Organization: Maryland State Department of Education/Kellogg Foundation
Current Status: Funded $914,336

Swanson, C., “Impact Now: Maryland Learning & Professional Learning Institutes”. Sponsored by US Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Programs, (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019). (Principal Investigator).
Awarding Organization: Maryland State Department of Education
Current Status: Funded $536,447

Swanson, C., “Tennessee Workforce Registry”. Sponsored by TN Department of Health & Human Services, (October 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019). (Principal Investigator).
Awarding Organization: Tennessee State University
Current Status: Funded $215,000

Swanson, C., & Jeon, L., “Early Childhood Educator Wage Compensation Model for Alaska Study”. Sponsored by Alaska THREAD, (October 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019). (Principal Investigator).
Awarding Organization: Alaska THREAD
Current Status: Funded $60,000

Swanson, C., “GT Discover Web Portal for Improving Policy and Practice in Gifted Education”. Sponsored by U.S. Department of Education, JAVITS, (October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2022). (Principal Investigator).
Awarding Organization: Maryland State Department of Education
Current Status: Funded $700,000

Swanson, C., Marcell, A., & Jeon, L., “Responsive Healthy Outcomes Promotion and Engagement System: R-HOPE for Children and Families”. Sponsored by National Institutes of Health, R-21 (July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2021). (Co-Principal Investigator).
Awarding Organization: NICHD
Current Status: Pending $424,000

Swanson, C., “San Francisco Workforce Registry & Competencies”. Sponsored by SF Department of Early Learning, (March 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020). (Principal Investigator).
Awarding Organization: MCT Technology
Current Status: Pending $100,000

Swanson, C. “Family Engagement Portal.” Sponsored by Kellogg Foundation, (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018).
Awarding Organization: Maryland State Department of Education
Current Status: Completed, $90,000

Swanson, C. & Nunn, J., “Maryland EXCELS”. Sponsored by US Administration for Children and Families, Child Care Development Funding Block Grant, (July 1, 2016- June 30, 2017). (Co-Principal Investigator).
Awarding Organization: Maryland State Department of Education
Current Status: Completed, $5,309,411

Swanson, C. & Nunn, J., “Maryland EXCELS”. Sponsored by US Administration for Children and Families, Early Learning Challenge Grant, (July 1, 2012- June 30, 2017). (Co-Principal Investigator).
Awarding Organization: Maryland State Department of Education
Current Status: Completed, $13,847,21

Swanson, C., & Nunn, J., “Impact Now: Communication and Dissemination”. Sponsored by US Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Programs, (July 1, 2017 – September 30, 2018). (Principal Investigator).
Awarding Organization: Maryland State Department of Education
Current Status: Completed, $521,445

Swanson, C., Nunn, J., & Mainzer, L., “Impact Now: Maryland Learning & Professional Learning Institutes”. Sponsored by US Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Programs, (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017). (Principal Investigator).
Awarding Organization: Maryland State Department of Education
Current Status: Completed, $519,247

Swanson, C., Nunn, J., & Mainzer, L., “Impact Now: Early Childhood Projects”. Sponsored by US Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Programs, (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017). (Co-Principal Investigator).
Awarding Organization: Maryland State Department of Education
Current Status: Completed, $1,039,290

Nunn, J., Mainzer, L., &  Swanson, C. “Impact Now: Access, Equity, and Progress”. Sponsored by US Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Programs, (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017). (Co-Principal Investigator).
Awarding Organization: Maryland State Department of Education
Current Status: Completed, $1,621,570

Mainzer, L., Nunn, J., &  Swanson, C. “Impact Now: Secondary Transition”. Sponsored by US Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Programs, (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017). (Co-Principal Investigator).
Awarding Organization: Maryland State Department of Education
Current Status: Completed, $1,009,045

Swanson, C., & Nunn, J., “Innovations Grant”. Sponsored by US Department of Education, (October 2014 – December 2015). (Co-Principal Investigator).
Awarding Organization: Maryland State Department of Education
Current Status: Completed, $900,948 – No-Cost Grant Extension – February 2016

Swanson, C., & Nunn, J., “Maryland EXCELS Quality Rating Improvement System.” – Sponsored by US Department of Education, (July 2015 – June 2016). (Co-Principal Investigator)
Awarding Organization: Maryland State Department of Education
Current Status: Completed, $6,044,591

Nunn, J., & Swanson, C., “Promoting Access, Equity & Progress through Engagement – Partnership Grant.” Sponsored by US Department of Education, (October 1, 2015-September, 2016). (Co-Principal Investigator).
Awarding Organization: Maryland State Department of Education.
Current Status: Completed, $687,733

Nunn, J., & Swanson, R. C., “Building Blocks of Success FY15 Part B 619”. Sponsored by US Department of Education, (July 2015 – June 2016). (Principal Investigator).
Awarding Organization: Maryland State Department of Education
Current Status: Completed, $200,441

Nunn, J., & Swanson, R. C., “Building Blocks of Success FY15, Part C”. Sponsored by US Department of Education, (July 2015 – June 2016). (Principal Investigator).
Awarding Organization: Maryland State Department of Education
Current Status: Completed, $100,286.14

Swanson, C., & Nunn, J., “Innovations Grant”. Sponsored by US Department of Education, (October 2014 – December 2015). (Co-Principal Investigator).
Awarding Organization: Maryland State Department of Education
Current Status: Completed, $900,948

Nunn, J., & Swanson, R.C., “Early Learning Challenge Grant – Race to the Top – Maryland &Ohio: Kindergarten Readiness” – Sponsored by US Department of Education, (January 2012 – December 2016). (Project Director)
Awarding Organization: Maryland State Department of Education & Ohio Department of Education.
Current Status: Completed – $15,000,000

Subsidiary Grant: Swanson, C., & Nunn, J., “Maryland EXCELS Quality Rating Improvement System.” – Sponsored by US Department of Education, (December 2014 – June 2015). (Co-Principal Investigator)
Awarding Organization: Maryland State Department of Education
Current Status: Completed, $2,210,149

Nunn, J., & Swanson, C., “emPOWERed Learning – Partnership Grant.”
Sponsored by US Department of Education, (July 1, 2014- September, 2015). (Project Director).
Awarding Organization: Maryland State Department of Education.
Current Status: Completed, $687,140

Nunn, J., & Swanson, R. C., “Building Blocks of Success FY15 Part B 619”. Sponsored by US Department of Education, (July 2014 – September 2015). (Project Director).
Awarding Organization: Maryland State Department of Education
Current Status: Completed, $137,227

Nunn, J., & Swanson, R. C., “Building Blocks of Success FY15, Part C”. Sponsored by US Department of Education, (July 2014 – September 2015). (Project Director).
Awarding Organization: Maryland State Department of Education
Current Status: Completed, $89,242

PRESENTATIONS

Swanson, C., (January, 2019). Quality Matters: Achieving a High-Quality Care & Education System. South Korean Educators Exchange. Baltimore: Maryland.

Swanson, C., (November, 2018). Quality Matters: Achieving a High-Quality Care & Education System. China Early Childhood Leaders Delegation. Baltimore: Maryland.

Jeon, L., &, Swanson, C., (December, 2018). Are they Stressed? Unpacking Early Educators’ Social-Emotional Health. Judy Centers Training. Columbia: Maryland.

Swanson, C., & Jeon, L., (November, 2018). Are they Stressed? Unpacking Early Educators’ Social-Emotional Health. Maryland EC Trainers Conference. Annapolis: Maryland.

Swanson, C. (November, 2018). Discovering Giftedness. Presentation to the Maryland Gifted and Talented Advisory Group. Baltimore: Maryland.

Swanson, C. (October, 2018). Engaging Families to Engage Learning. Presentation to the Maryland Early Childhood Advisory Council. Baltimore: Maryland.

Swanson, C. (September, 2018). Quality Matters: Achieving a High-Quality Early Educational System. Presentation to Shangdong Provincial Ministry of Education and assorted stakeholders. Linyi: China.

Swanson, C., Qian, L., & Tan, Z. (July, 2018). Quality is the Common Language: How China and the United States Approach Systemic Early Learning Quality Improvement. BUILD Conference. San Diego: California.

Alexander, C., Gillon, N., & Swanson, C. (July, 2018). Competency-Based Micro-Credentials: Do What You Do, Show What You Know. BUILD Conference. San Diego: California.

Swanson, C., Guttman, A., Satchell, T., & Alexander, C., (July, 2018). System-Level Shared Services. BUILD Conference. San Diego: California.

Swanson, C., Satchell, T., & Leger, C., (July, 2018). R-HOPE for Children and Families. BUILD Conference. San Diego: California.

Siatkowski, B., & Swanson, C., (July, 2018). Marketing and Outreach: Strategies, Tactics, and Stunts that Increase Provider Participation and Family Awareness. BUILD Conference. San Diego: California.

Swanson, C. (May, 2018). Quality Matters: Achieving a High-Quality Early Educational System. Presentation to Hubei Provincial Ministry of Education and assorted stakeholders. Wanhu: China.

Swanson, C. (May, 2018). Quality Matters: Achieving a High-Quality Early Educational System. Presentation to Guangdong Provincial Ministry of Education and assorted stakeholders. Guangzhou: China.

Swanson, C. (May, 2018). Quality Matters: Achieving a High-Quality Early Educational System. Presentation to Jiangsu Provincial Ministry of Education and assorted stakeholders. Nanjing, China.

Swanson, C., & O’Connor, T. (May, 2018). Making All Possible: Implementing an Integrated Early Intervention and Special Education System. Jiangsu Provincial Ministry of Education. Nanjing, China.

Swanson, C. (May, 2018). Quality Matters: Achieving a High-Quality Educational System from Birth to Graduation. Keynote to CERB Forum & Global Educational Resource Expo. Beijing: China.

Swanson, C. (April, 2018). The Power of Play: Achieving Creativity and 21st Skills through Child-Led Practices. Keynote to China Early Childhood Education Society. Shanghai: China.

Swanson, C. (April, 2018). Just Push Play: Learning in the Age of Technology. Presentation, Nanjing Normal University. Nanjing: China.

Swanson, C. (April, 2018). Playing Together: Social-Emotional Outcomes for Young Children and the Professionals who Serve Them. Presentation to CECEC. Beijing: China.

Swanson, C., & Guttman, A., Wright, T., & Alexander, C. (December, 2017). System-Level Shared Services Community of Practice. BUILD sponsored JHU Quarterly Community of 33 states/territories.

Swanson, C., Wright, T., Guttman, A., Alexander, C., & Hopkins, L. (December, 2017). Using a shared services model to sustain early childhood public policy. Delaware Department of Early Learning, Dover: Delaware.

Swanson, C., & Siatkowski, B. (December, 2017). Playing Together: System-Level Shared Services for Sustainable and Impactful Early Learning. Florida Association for the Education of Young Children, Orlando: FL.

Swanson, C., & Siatkowski, B. (December, 2017). Playing Together: System-Level Shared Services for Sustainable and Impactful Early Learning. National Association for the Education of Young Children, Atlanta: GA.

Swanson, C., Wright, T., Guttman, A., Alexander, C., & Hopkins, L. (December, 2017). Using a shared services model to sustain early childhood public policy. Tennessee Department Health and Human Services, Nashville: TN.

Swanson, C. (November, 2017). Playing Together: Working Together to Promote Harmonious Early Learning Systems. China Ministry of Education. Beijing, China.

Swanson, C. (November, 2017). The Power of Quality Early Learning: Promoting Creativity in the Next Gen Workforce. Keynote to China Early Childhood Education Society. Fujian, China.

Swanson, C. (November, 2017). Integrated vs. Assimilated Model of Internationalized Education: Presenting the Johns Hopkins International Teaching and Global Learning Graduate Program. Multi-city presentations, China.

Boyle, B., & Swanson, C. (November, 2017). Making access happen through positive behavioral supports.  Maryland Head Start Association Fall Conference, Columbia, MD.

Swanson, C. (November, 2017). Play 2.0: Ed Tech Trends and Impacts on Young Children. Keynote to Montgomery County Resource and Referral Network Conference, Rockville: MD.

Swanson, C., & Guttman, A. (September, 2017). Using a shared services model to sustain early childhood public policy. Missouri United Way, St. Louis: MO.

Swanson, C., & Siatkowski, B. (August, 2017). Using a shared services model to sustain early childhood public policy. Orange County Florida Early Learning Coalition, Orlando: FL.

Swanson, C., & Guttman, A. (August, 2017). Using a shared services model to sustain early childhood public policy. National Association of Family Child Care webinar presentation.

Swanson, R. C., Wright, T., Alexander, C., Guttman, A., Williams, S., Reed, L., Tan, Z., Siatkowski, B., Larson, L., Geller, D., & Nunn, J. (June 2017). 2017 Early Learning System Leaders Community of Practice.  QRIS National Meeting 2017, QRIS National Learning Network/BUILD Initiative, Dallas, TX.

Gillon, N., Swanson, C., & Payson, M. (June, 2017). Using Data Effectively: The Findings from a QRIS Data Community of Practice BUILD Sponsored Community of Practice Presentation.

Swanson, C. (May, 2017). The Power of Early Learning – Keynote speaker. Virginia Coalition for Children. Alexandria: Virginia.

Swanson, C. (May, 2017). Divining what comes next: Why you don’t have to be Carnac the Magnificent to know the future of early ed tech policy and trends. Maryland State Child Care Association Conference, Ocean City: MD.

Swanson, C., & Guttman, A. (February, 2017). Using a shared services model to sustain early childhood public policy. California First Five Coalition, webinar.

Swanson, C. (February 2017). Meeting them where they are: Engaging Families through today’s communication tools. Maryland Family Engagement Coalition. Baltimore: MD

Swanson, C. (January; March; October; December, 2017). Peer Coaching Webinar Series: Using a data-driven analysis and decision-making model to drive quality improvement in early learning. BUILD Sponsored Community of Practice Webinar Series.

Swanson, C. (May, 2017). The Power of Early Learning – Keynote speaker. Virginia Coalition for Children. Alexandria: Virginia.

Swanson, C. (December, 2016). Education through engagement: Solutions Showcase. MSDE DSE/EIS Professional Learning Institute. Hunt Valley: Maryland.

Swanson, C. (November, 2016). Divining what comes next: Why you don’t have to be Carnac the Magnificent to know the future of early ed tech policy and trends. Washington, DC.

Boyle, B., & Swanson, C. (November, 2016). Making access happen through positive behavioral supports.  Maryland Head Start Association Fall Conference, Columbia, MD.

Franczkowski, M., Miller, P., & Swanson, C. (November, 2016). State of the State Annual Address: Division of Special Education & Early Intervention Services. Turf Valley: Maryland.

Swanson, C. (October, 2016). Using a data-driven analysis and decision making model to drive quality improvement in early learning. BUILD Sponsored Community of Practice, Webinar.

Swanson, C., Wright, T., Guttman, A., Alexander, C., & Hopkins, L. (October, 2016). Using a shared services model to sustain early childhood public policy. Delaware Department of Early Learning, Dover: Delaware.

Swanson, C. (September, 2016). Using a shared services model to sustain early childhood public policy. DC Office of the Superintendent, Washington: DC.

Swanson, R. C., Wright, T., Alexander, C., & Nunn, J. (July 2016). Designed to Succeed: Integrating Technology & Data into QRIS Using the Latest Tools. QRIS National Meeting 2016, QRIS National Learning Network/BUILD Initiative, New Orleans, LA.

Swanson, R. C., Wright, T., Alexander, C., Guttman, A., Williams, S., Mull, L., Harden, M., Reed, L., Larson, L., Geller, D., & Nunn, J. (July 2016). 2016 Early Learning System Leaders Community of Practice.  QRIS National Meeting 2016, QRIS National Learning.

Swanson, C., Wright, T., & Alexander, C. (July 2016). Quality by Design: Using Design Thinking to develop sustainable and impactful early learning systems. BUILD Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Swanson, R.C. (July 15, 2015). Improving Quality: How technology can promote high-quality child care. BUILD Conference, National Harbor, Maryland.

Swanson, C. (October, 2015). Get Linked: Using Maryland Learning Links to empower all teachers for all children. MSEA Conference, Ocean City: Maryland.

Franczkowski, M., Miller, P., & Swanson, C. (October, 2015). National Association of State Special Education Directors Annual Conference Keynote. Baltimore: Maryland.

Nunn, J. & Swanson, C. (March, 2015). The future of early learning: Presentation to Maryland Business Round-Table Sponsored Vietnamese Exchange Delegation. Henderson-Hopkins, Baltimore: Maryland.

Swanson, C. (December, 2015). Linking you to what works: Maryland Learning Links beta launch. SESAC presentation. Maryland.

Swanson, C. (October, 2015). Validation study preliminary findings – Maryland EXCELS. INQUIRE Validation Workforce.  US States & Territories.

Franczkowski, M., Miller, P., Nunn, J., & Swanson, R.C. (October, 2015). Beyond Compliance: Implementing Systems Change in Maryland for Improved Outcomes NASDSE 77th Annual Conference. Baltimore: Maryland.

Swanson, C., & Wright, T., (October, 2015). Why quality matters: The need for QRIS. BUILD Initiative, webinar presentation. U.S. & Territories.

Swanson, C., & Wright, T., (April, 2015). Connected quality: Building an integrated QRIS data-system. BUILD Initiative, webinar presentation. U.S. & Territories.

Swanson, C., Wright, T., Guttman, A., & Alexander, C. (August, 2015). Improving Quality: A comprehensive approach to QRIS. Presentation to Hawaii Department of Early Childhood, webinar presentation (multiple presentations made to other states throughout the year).

TECHNICAL AND RESEARCH REPORTS

Swanson, C., Nunn, J., Carran, D., Guttman, A., Alexander, C., Murray, M., & Wright, T. (July, 2017). Maryland EXCELS: QRIS Validation Study. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University, School of Education, Center for Technology in Education in collaboration with the Maryland State Department of Education.

Hopkins, L., Alexander, C., Swanson, C., & Wright, T. (2017, September). Functional specifications and requirements for the EC Workforce Registry. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University, School of Education, Center for Technology in Education.

Swanson, C., Wright, T., Leger, C., Reeves, L., Hopkins, L., & Millikin, C. (2017, August). Functional specifications and requirements for the Responsive Healthy Outcomes Promotion and Engagement (R-HOPE) app. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University, School of Education, Center for Technology in Education.

Swanson, C., Leger, C., & Reeves, L. (2016, June). Technical specifications and use-cases for the Community Compass Online Referral and Education System. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University, School of Education, Center for Technology in Education.

Swanson, C., & Wright, T. (2016, March). Functional specifications and requirements for the QRIS 2.0. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University, School of Education, Center for Technology in Education

Swanson, C. (2014, December). Online Maryland Accreditation user guide. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University, School of Education, Center for Technology in Education in collaboration with the Maryland State Department of Education.

Swanson, C., Nunn, J., & Wright, T. (2014, December). Maryland EXCELS validation interim report. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University, School of Education, Center for Technology in Education.

Swanson, C., & Grimley, B. (2014, December). Findings from the examination of the SpeakAgent AAC device for young children with communication disorders. Submitted to US Department of Education, IES.

Franczkowski, M., Miller, P., Swanson, C., & Nunn, J. (November 2014). Return on strategic investment: Reaping the rewards of early intervention and special education for Maryland students and families. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University, School of Education, Center for Technology in Education in collaboration with the Maryland State Department of Education.

Carling, L, Nicholas, A., Gupta, S., Nunn, J., Swanson, C., Peloff, D., & Patton, G. (2014). COS Competency Verification System – Technical specifications and use-cases. DaSy National Technical Assistance Center.

Maryland State Department of Education. (October, 2014). Moving Maryland forward: A strategic plan for improving special education and early intervention services. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Swanson, C. (October, 2014). Maryland validation simulation assessment scores: Analysis of acceptable reliability rates amongst validators. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University, School of Education, Center for Technology in Education.

Nicholas, A., Swanson, C., & Nunn, J. (2014, August). Guidelines on allowable supports for administration of the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA). Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University, School of Education, Center for Technology in Education in collaboration with the Maryland State Department of Education and Ohio Department of Education.

Nicholas, A., Swanson, C., & Nunn, J. (2014, August). Guidelines on allowable supports for administration of the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA): Quick Guide. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University, School of Education, Center for Technology in Education in collaboration with the Maryland State Department of Education and Ohio Department of Education.

Swanson, C., Nunn, J., & Dwyer, J. (2014). Maryland Assistive Technology Network bylaws for the Executive Board. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University.

Center for Technology in Education, (2014).  A conceptual design document: The Early Childhood Comprehensive Assessment System Development, Implementation, and Evaluation Report, revised.  Baltimore, MD: Author.

Center for Technology in Education, (2014).  A plan for validation of the Maryland EXCELS: Maryland’s Quality Rating and Improvement System, 6th edition.  Baltimore, MD: Author.

JOURNALS AND REFEREED PUBLICATIONS

Tout, K., Magnuson, K. Lipscomb, S., Karoly, L, Starr, R., Quick H., …Swanson, C., & Wenner, J. (2017). Validation of the Quality Ratings Used in Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS): A Synthesis of State Studies. OPRE Report #2017-92. Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Swanson, C. (2017). Playing Together: Using a shared service cost model to implement and sustain public early childhood initiatives. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University, School of Education, Center for Technology in Education.

Gillon, N., Swanson, C., Isner, T., & Payson, M. (2017). A QRIS Practical Data User’s Guide. BUILD, Washington: DC.

Swanson, C. (2015, April). The Effects of a Computer-Based Social Skills Intervention on Secondary Students with Autism. Dissertation, Johns Hopkins University, School of Education. Baltimore: Maryland. 

Swanson, C. (2015, April). The Effects of a Computer-Based Social Skills Intervention on Secondary Students with Autism. Dissertation, Johns Hopkins University, School of Education. Baltimore: Maryland.

Franczkowski, M., Miller, P., Swanson, C., & Nunn, J. (November 2014). Return on strategic investment: Reaping the rewards of early intervention and special education for Maryland students and families. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University, School of Education, Center for Technology in Education in collaboration with the Maryland State Department of Education.

Maryland State Department of Education. (October, 2014). Moving Maryland forward: A strategic plan for improving special education and early intervention services. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Swanson, C., Nunn, J., Carran. D. (2013). Evaluation of the Washington County 1:1 Laptop Initiative.  Baltimore, MD: JHU CTE.

King-Sears, M., Swanson, R. C., Mainzer, L. (2011). TECHnology and Literacy for Adolescents with Disabilities. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 54(8), 569-578.

MASS-MEDIA PUBLICATIONS

Timms, C., & Swanson, C. (October, 2017; Writer). In the Moment: Making the Most of Your Child’s IEP Meeting. Maryland Learning Links: https://marylandlearninglinks.org/moment-making-most-your-childs-iep-meeting/

Timms, C., & Swanson, C. (October, 2017; Writer). Making the Unfamiliar Familiar: Children with Disabilities in Child Care Settings Maryland Learning Links: https://marylandlearninglinks.org/making-unfamiliar-familiar-children-disabilities-child-care-settings/

Swanson, C. (September, 2015). Children with disabilities and individual needs. Maryland EXCELS. https://marylandexcels.org

Swanson, C. (September, 2015). Get to Know Mark Trexler. Maryland Learning Links. 

Swanson, C. (July, 2015). Get to Know Karen Greeley. Maryland Learning Links. 

Swanson, C., & Wright, T. (January, 2015). Why is quality so important? Maryland EXCELS. http://marylandexcels.org//olms2/321825

Swanson, C. (January, 2015). Brief history of Maryland EXCELS. Maryland EXCELS. http://marylandexcels.org//olms2/231930

Swanson, C. (October, 2014). Educational technology round up. Maryland Learning Links. http://marylandlearninglinks.org/11426

Swanson, C. (October, 2014). Get to Know Tracy Jost. Maryland Learning Links. http://marylandlearninglinks.org/497729

Swanson, C. (September, 2014). Brain Mush. Maryland Learning Links. http://olms.cte.jhu.edu/olms2/3799

Swanson, C. (September, 2014). Get to Know Sharon Holloway-Gentemann. Maryland Learning Links. http://marylandlearninglinks.org/420667

Swanson, C. (July, 2014). Get to Know Rocco Aiello. Maryland Learning Links. http://marylandlearninglinks.org/410930

Swanson, C. (June, 2014). Get to Know Terry Scott. Maryland Learning Links. http://marylandlearninglinks.org/379867

Swanson, C. & Timms, C. (May, 2014). Get to Know Very Special Arts Festival. Maryland Learning Links. http://marylandlearninglinks.org/357163

Swanson, C. (April, 2014). Get to Know Best Buddies. Maryland Learning Links. http://marylandlearninglinks.org/330054

Swanson, R.C., & Dwyer, J. (April, 2014). MATN: Helping students grow and thrive using technology. Maryland Society for Educational Technology, (Spring 2014 Proceedings). www.MSETonline.org

Swanson, C. (March, 2014). Understanding disabilities and targeted strategies. Maryland Learning Links. http://marylandlearninglinks.org/949

Swanson, C. (January, 2014). The MacGyver of Assistive Technology. Maryland Learning Links. http://marylandlearninglinks.org/362094

Swanson, C. (January, 2014). Get to Know Jess Magee. Maryland Learning Links. http://marylandlearninglinks.org/350075

Multi-Media
Alexander, C., Williams, S., Wright, T., Ott, S., & Swanson, C. (July 2017). Maryland EXCELS Toolkit. Collection of interactive and multi-media learning resources to promote higher-quality practices.

Swanson, C. & Ensor, S. (March 2017; Writer). Maryland EXCELS Radio Campaign. Mass media broadcasts with 93.1, 98.7, 106.5, 92.3, Baltimore, MD.

Lehman, M., & Swanson, C. (July – December, 2017 Co-Writer/Producer). Making Sense Episodes 1-13 Maryland Learning Links. Johns Hopkins University: Center for Technology in Education.

Swanson, C. (February – September, 2016; Writer/Host). Tech It Out Episodes 1-6 Maryland Learning Links. Johns Hopkins University: Center for Technology in Education. 

Swanson, C. (June, 2016; Writer/Producer). The “You” in UDL. Maryland Learning Links. Johns Hopkins University: Center for Technology in Education. 

Swanson, C. (November, 2016; Writer/Producer). Welcome to Maryland Learning Links. Johns Hopkins University: Center for Technology in Education. 

Swanson, C. (September, 2016; Writer/Producer). Getting a lot of BUZ: A new approach to learning. Maryland Learning Links: MSDE 2016 Professional Learning Institute.

Swanson, C. (September, 2016; Writer/Producer). Meet Capri Brown. Maryland Learning Links: MSDE 2016 Professional Learning Institute. 

Swanson, C. (August, 2014; Writer/Director). Power-Up: Using gaming to individualize learning: enhanced podcast to promote gamification and education. https://marylandlearninglinks.org/digital-games/

Media Mentions
Myers, A. (January, 2019). New IDEALS Institute emphasizes the value of care in education. Inside Education: https://education.jhu.edu/2019/01/new-ideals-institute-emphasizes-the-value-of-care-in-education/

BCPS News (May, 2018). Very Special Arts Festival. BCPS News: https://vimeo.com/270091317

Sheehan, J. (April, 2018). School of Education launches international master’s cohort. Inside Education: https://education.jhu.edu/2018/04/school-of-education-launches-masters-cohort/

Gimbel, M. (June, 2018). Preventing summer slide. Straight Talk with Mike Gimbel, WBFF-TV.

Gilliland, M. (February, 2018). Tech Education segment. Fox 45 Baltimore: https://youtu.be/1KnczsMRmgU

Marcus, J. (May 1, 2017). Under pressure to contain tuition, colleges scramble to find other revenue. Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2017/05/01/under-pressure-to-contain-tuition-colleges-scramble-for-other-revenue/?utm_term=.6396cf8b1cc0

Marcus, J. (May 1, 2017). With consumers pushing back against higher tuition, colleges seek new revenue. Hechinger Report: https://hechingerreport.org/consumers-pushing-back-increased-tuition-colleges-seek-new-revenue/

Timms, C. (March, 2015). Edutainment, learning, and assessment. www.Edutopia.com

Defusco, D. (March, 2016). CTE’s rating system setting national standard. JHU School of Education Newsletter, 1(10). Baltimore: Maryland. https://education.jhu.edu/inthemedia/newsroom/articles/03_29_16_CTE_Child_Rating

INVENTIONS

Swanson, C., Wright, T., & Hopkins, L. (December, 2017). QRIS 2.0 continued development. Johns Hopkins University: Center for Technology in Education.

Swanson, C., Wright, T., Guttman, A., Reeves, L., & Hopkins, L. (January – December, 2017). QRIS/Accreditation 1.0 operation. Johns Hopkins University: Center for Technology in Education.

Swanson, C. (March, 2017). Maryland Learning Links v4 Launch. Johns Hopkins University: Center for Technology in Education.

Swanson, C., Wright, T., & Hopkins, L. (December, 2016). QRIS 2.0 Beta. Johns Hopkins University: Center for Technology in Education.

Swanson, C., Trexler, M., Dwyer, J., & Patton. G. (September, 2016). Own My Day app Alpha (formerly I.M. Ready) Johns Hopkins University: Center for Technology in Education.

Swanson, C., Leger, C., & Reeves, L. (September, 2016). Early Learning Compass: Community & Family Compass Features. Johns Hopkins University: Center for Technology in Education.

Swanson, C., Leger, C., Blandford, B. & Reeves, L. (September, 2016). Online IFSP V.4 Release. Johns Hopkins University: Center for Technology in Education.

Swanson, C. (2016, March). QRIS 2.0. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University, School of Education, Center for Technology in Education.

Swanson, C. (February, 2016). Maryland Learning Links v3 Launch. Johns Hopkins University: Center for Technology in Education.

Swanson, C., Trexler, M., Dwyer, J., & Patton, G. (2015, June). Technical specifications for the I.M. Ready Secondary Transition App. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University, School of Education, Center for Technology in Education.

Swanson, C., & Thompson, K. (December, 2014). Online Maryland Accreditation Portal. Johns Hopkins University: Center for Technology in Education.

Swanson, C. & Alexander, C. (December, 2014). mATchup: Interactive assistive and instructional technology app, software, and hardware guided selection tool.

Swanson, C., Alexander, C., & Timms, C. (November, 2014). Tech for Tikes: Online interactive procedural facilitator designed to guide selection of developmentally appropriate apps for preschool children. 

Swanson, C., Wright, T., Timms, C., Thompson, K., & Hall, M. (September, 2014). Maryland EXCELS: Quality Finder: mobile application on ios and android platforms.

Swanson, C., Wright, T., Thompson, K., & Hall, M., (March, 2014).Maryland EXCELS Quality Rating and Improvement Online System (QRIOS), v.4. Johns Hopkins University: Center for Technology in Education. 

Swanson, C. (January, 2014). SIM CTE Version 3. Johns Hopkins University: Center for Technology in Education.

SERVICE

University
Faculty Promotions Committee (Member, 2018-Present). Steve Morgan, Chair.

Strategic Planning, Policy, and Practices Committee (Member, 2018-Present). Vivian Lee, Chair.

Dean’s Leadership Council (Member, 2018-Present). Chris Morphew, Dean.

ITGL Advisory Board (Founder, 2018). Betsy Mayotte, Chair.

Profession
Maryland Research Advisory Group (Member, 2013-Present). Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Early Childhood Development.  John Spears, Chair.

INQUIRE Early Learning National Researchers’ Group (Member, 2012-Present). Administration for Children and Families. Kathryn Tout, Chair.

Maryland Assistive Technology Network Board (Co-President, 2011-Present). Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services.

Community
Pure Play Everyday (Board member, 2018 – Present). Patty Stine, Chair.

Maryland Family Engagement Coalition (Board member, 2016-Present). Kellogg Foundation Grant.  Louise Corwin and Dorothy Stoltz, Chairs.

Early Learning Leaders Association Board (Board Member, 2017). National Accreditation Commission. Colleen Tracy Haddad, Chair.

Maryland Early Childhood Advisory Council (Member-at-Large, 2015-Present). Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Early Childhood Development.  Steven Hicks, Chair.

Very Special Arts Festival Leadership Committee (Board Member, 2004-Present). Baltimore County Public Schools. Sara Egorin-Hooper, Chair.

Kindergarten Readiness Technical Advisory Committee (Member, 2013-2016).  Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Early Childhood Development, Candy Miller, Chair.

National Association of Educating Young Children (Member, 2010-Present). NAEYC.

Maryland Childcare Accreditation Leadership Committee (Member, 2010-Present). Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Early Childhood Development, Nicole Johnson, Chair.

Council for Exceptional Children (Member, 2002-Present). CEC.

AWARDS AND HONORS
  • 2016 BUILD Forty Under Forty Honor – Recognizing forty peer-selected researchers making a difference in the future of early learning policy and practice
  • 2016 Baltimore County Disabilities Commission Council Recognition for Service to Individuals with Disabilities through the Very Special Arts Festival
  • 2016 Maryland State Department of Education Citation for Service – Recognizing contributions made to the development and implementation of the Division of Early Intervention and Special Education’s Strategic Plan: Moving Maryland Forward
  • 2015 Johns Hopkins Top Managers Award – Given to the top 25% highest ranked managers from across Johns Hopkins University and Medicine; the only selected recipient from School of Education
TEACHING AND ADVISING

Program Development
Program Name: International Teaching and Global Learning Cohort of a Master of Science in education
Proposal Authors: Chris Swanson, Jackie Nunn, and Betsy Mayotte
Start Date: Fall 2018
Projected Initial Cohort: 35 Chinese national educators
Projected Growth: up to 500 international students per year by 2021
Projected 5-year Net Revenue:  $18,881,911
Purpose: Instill international candidates with the knowledge and skills in transformative educational practices that they can successfully apply in their home educational systems
Major Innovation: Purposefully designed, culturally responsive, international education model that emphasizes integrated academics and student supports with targeted knowledge application over the prominent western-model of assimilation into the host culture

Program Name: Transformational Learning for Child Care Competencies (TLC3)
Proposal Authors: Christine Alexander & Chris Swanson
Start Date: Pilot Fall 2017
Pilot Cohort: 16 child care workers
Projected Growth: 1,000 providers by summer 2019; 5,000+ annually
Projected 2-year Net Revenue:  $40,000
Purpose: Develop and effectively measure the knowledge, skills and behavioral changes in the early childhood workforce in critical domains related to child development and learning.
Major Innovation: Using a badging-based agnostic content model that allows users to port content from a variety of sources (i.e. local trainings, community colleges, online information, and professional experience), while normalizing all source content through a consistent, validated, performance measurement of demonstrated competencies, enables the workforce can get the professional credit they need without added burden and cost, while creating a sustainable revenue model for JHU and other content producers.

Johns Hopkins University, School of Education Courses Taught
Spring Semester, 2015
ED.610.630.61- Internship in Adult Learning. (3.00)

ED.880.625.95 – Online Education Administration & Evaluation. (3.00)

Spring Semester, 2014
ED.610.630.61- Internship in Adult Learning. (3.00)

ED.880.625.91 – Effective Instructional Strategies and Technologies for Adult Learning. (3.00)

Fall Semester, 2014
ED.610.620.61-Assessment-Based Instructional Design for Adult Learners. (3.00)

ED.610.610.61-Foundation to Innovation: Adult Learning. (3.00)

Spring Semester, 2013
ED.880.625.95-Online Education Administration and Evaluation. (3.00)

Fall Semester, 2013
ED.610.610.61-Foundation to Innovation: Adult Learning. (3.00)

Towson University, College of Education, Department of Special Education
Spring Semester, 2012
SPED 672.211.a -Understanding & Supporting the Unique Behavior of People on Autism Spectrum. (3.00)

Spring Semester, 2011
SPED 672.211Understanding the Unique Behaviors of People on the Autism Spectrum (3.00)

Fall Semester, 2010
SPED 607 – Curriculum and Methods of Classroom Management for Students with Disabilities. (3.00)