SPARK COLLABORATION

Your input is vital to ensuring success in our technical assistance approach. Ongoing feedback from individuals like you helps guide the ongoing advancements in elevating the quality of early childhood programs. The purpose of the Regional Advisory Councils (RAC) is for early learning programs and partners to strategically advise and collaborate on the technical assistance support and approaches delivered by SPARK Learning Lab.

Councils provide feedback and recommendations on implementation activities,  such as:

  • Format and methods of technical assistance support
  • Module content
  • Soliciting feedback from other programs in their region
  • Program and policy development

Each RAC is comprised of 10-15 voting members. Membership selections are made to ensure the Councils are representative of each region. Stakeholder groups represented by members include:

  • Early childhood education programs: Both teachers and directors who represent all
    program types at various quality levels, including programs that are enrolled or not enrolled in Paths to Quality.
  • Local subject matter experts, such as higher education professionals
  • Community leaders working in the early childhood education sector

RAC FAQs:

The purpose of the SPARK RACs is to strategically aid, advise and collaborate on technical assistance (TA) support and approaches for early childhood education programs in Indiana. The Councils provide feedback and recommendations to SPARK Learning Lab, and the Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning (OECOSL).

Each of the five service delivery areas (SDAs) have their own RAC.

SPARK releases an RAC application each July. If you are interested in joining the Council in your SDA, go to the RAC website page during the month of July and complete the online application. SPARK will review all the applications and share membership selection information in early September.

  • A selection committee made up of several SPARK staff reviews the submitted applications using a scoring rubric. The selection committee shares a recommended list of members with OECOSL for approval.
  • Considerations during the selection process include: professional experience, education, geographic representation, program type representation, and program standing (previous violations, etc.).
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Each of the RACs are composed of 10-15 voting members.

  • Members of the RACs are expected to attend all Council meetings for their SDA, which take place on a quarterly basis. Members are also expected to participate in two one-hour virtual on-boarding meetings, one in September and one in October.
  • Members are expected to actively participate in the meetings by asking questions and providing feedback and recommendations.
  • Outside of meetings, RAC members are asked to function as ambassadors of SPARK Learning Lab by sharing SPARK resources with their local network.

Beginning in 2020-2021, all RAC members will serve 2-year terms.

Each RAC meets quarterly for two hours. RACs may occasionally have check-in calls or ad hoc meetings in addition to these quarterly meetings. All meetings include a virtual call-in option, but members are encouraged to attend in person when possible.

No, anyone is welcome to attend or call-in to the quarterly RAC meeting in their SDA!

Yes! Each RAC meeting includes time for comments and questions from the public.

Regional Advisory Councils by SDA

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