IDEALS in the Community
At the IDEALS Institute, we ask the right questions and conduct the research that improves the lifelong quality of care and education for everyone—from children to adults. Our dedication to IDEALS’ mission is highlighted on our websites and social media as well as in national publications.
IDEALS Community of Practice (CoP)
The IDEALS Community of Practice convenes every month with state early care and education leaders to engage in conversations to inform best practices for our nation’s children and families and the programs that serve them. CoP members confront issues head-on and look to their colleagues for lessons learned that will provide solutions for their states. Discussions centering on timely topics of shared interest create opportunities for state leaders to connect and continue conversations after the meetings.
Our shared conversations rotate each month between three areas of interest that include:
- Workforce Registry Systems
- Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS)
- Marketing & Outreach of state programs
Previous CoP call recordings:
- National Workforce Registry Alliance: November 19
- QRIS 2: October 15
- Marketing 2: September 17
- Workforce Registry 2: August 20
- QRIS 1: July 16
- Marketing 1: June 18
- Workforce Registry: May 21
Chris Swanson, executive director of the IDEALS Institute, was quoted in a recent AP article – Friday, April 30, 2021
Chris Swanson, executive director of the Johns Hopkins School of Education’s IDEALS Institute, was quoted in a recent AP article, saying how President Joe Biden’s families plan “would help reduce crime while improving education, health and earnings…over the long run, the money would help reduce crime while improving education, health and earnings.”
IDEALS Institute and other Hopkins affiliates volunteer as part of MLK Day of Service – Friday, January 24, 2020
Roughly 600 members of the Johns Hopkins community volunteered painting classrooms, delivering food to those in need, and cleaning public parks as part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Friday. See more IDEALS MLK Day of Service images.
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Meet the Entrepreneur: Chris Swanson of the IDEALS Institute Offers Advice to Social Entrepreneurs
Chris Swanson is a social entrepreneur and director of the Institute for Innovation in Development, Engagement and Learning Systems (IDEALS) in the Johns Hopkins University School of Education, as well as creator of the international teaching and global learning master’s cohort program.
- Congrats to IDEALS Institute’s Andrea Parrish – a winner of The Daily Record’s 2019 Leading Women!
Winners were selected based on their professional experience, community involvement and a commitment to inspiring change. Dr. Andrea Parrish, the Director of Development and Learning Systems and an Assistant Research Scientist at the IDEALS Institute, stood out from the rest and will be celebrated as one of the 2019 honorees at the awards event Monday, Dec. 2 and in the Tuesday, Dec. 3 print and digital magazine and at https://thedailyrecord.com/leading-women/. Congratulations!
2019 Winners: https://thedailyrecord.com/leading-women/winners/
Maryland EXCELS Family Fun Day at Camden Yards – Saturday, September 14, 2019
As a wrap up to Maryland EXCELS’ year of birthday celebrations, Family Fun Day was held on September 14, 2019 for providers, their children, and families enrolled in their programs. Attendees enjoyed the Kids Zone play area, face painting, a moon bounce, Skee-Ball, a photo booth, caricature drawings, entertaining and educational activities from Lakeshore and Kaplan, photos with the Oriole Bird, and running the bases. View the event photo gallery.
- Defeat or Determination: Families Are Key to Child Resiliency, IDEALS Insights on Teaching and Learning Beth Boyle, Ed.D.
- Building Resiliency Together for Families and Caregivers, IDEALS Insights on Teaching and Learning y Sara Egorin-Hooper, M.Ed., LMT
- Building Community in Online Learning Environments, IDEALS Insights on Teaching and Learning By Andrea Harkins Parrish, Ed. D.
- Maryland EXCELS Validation Study By IDEALS Institute
- What Every Parent Needs to Know About the Achievement Gap, By Tonya Satchell, IDEALS Institute
- Dual perspectives on learning analytics in higher education, By Andrea Parrish, Ed.D., IDEALS Institute
- 10 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Book for Your Preschooler, By Tonya Satchell, IDEALS Institute
- Families and Children “Lunch and Learn” Together, By Melissa Carey, IDEALS Institute
- I Did Nothing Today, By Theresa Lutz, IDEALS Institute
The 37th annual Very Special Arts Festival (VSAF) – Thursday, May 9, 2019
The festival draws over 3,000 children, from birth-21, mostly from Baltimore County, but also surrounding areas. There are make and take craft exhibits, performance arts led by kids and professionals, natural arts (petting zoo), motor arts, and the exhibits IDEALS sponsors – edible art, lawn art, and digi-arts.
Maryland EXCELS concludes its yearlong 5th birthday celebration in Baltimore County with more than 400 guests – Thursday, June 11, 2019
Maryland EXCELS, the child care and early education Quality Rating Improvement System run by the Maryland State Department of Education and IDEALS Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Education, concluded its 5th birthday celebration on June 11, 2019 in Baltimore County. With nearly 400 guests attended, the Maryland EXCELS Team recognized the accomplishments and commitment of participating providers. The yearlong celebration included seven regional events, which drew more than 1,000 guests altogether.
Maryland EXCELS participating programs place particular emphasis on achieving high standards and implementing practices that support children’s development and learning. Learn more about the Very Special Arts Festival at marylandexcels.org