This webinar provided a conceptual framework for a comprehensive measurement framework, highlighted tools that can help communities measure soft skills, and provided examples of systems that have undertaken this shift. Panelists discussed the value of measuring soft skills, progress made in measuring those skills, and how communities have begun to embed those into a more comprehensive measurement system that can lead to program improvement.
Emily Centeio, Director of Student Support, Epiphany School
Patricia Nagelkirk, Director, Community Impact, United Way of Greater Cincinnati
Charles Smith, Executive Director, David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality
Jocelyn Wiedow, Youth Community Coordinator, Sprockets Network Organizer
Emily Centeio was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts. She received her B.A at Smith College in Economics and Psychology. She then went on to receive her M.A in Counseling at Boston College. As a graduate of the Epiphany Middle School she has returned as the Director of Student Support to continue her work in the inner city to promote healthy social and emotional health.
Patricia Nagelkirk has served as the Director of Community Impact at United Way of Greater Cincinnati since November 2007. This local United Way serves 3 states and 10 counties, raising more than $60M each year and providing shared leadership in the region’s efforts to meet Bold Goals in Education, Income and Health. Nagelkirk’s position includes oversight and strategic management of $17 million in community impact funding intended to prepare children for kindergarten and supporting youth to achieve success in school and life. Her responsibilities include: aligning programs and systems;coordinating the development of strategies that promote maximum impact; convening providers and community stakeholders around key issues and common measures; and ensuring donor dollars are used effectively.
Charles Smith, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality, a division of the Forum for Youth Investment and the Vice President for Research for the Forum. The Weikart Center currently provides technical supports to a portfolio of over 70 quality improvement systems in 38 states which include several thousand education and human services organizations. Dr. Smith was the principal investigator for the Youth Program Quality Intervention (YPQI) Study, a randomized trial designed to raise the quality of instruction in out-of school time settings by building managers’ continuous improvement skills (http://www.cypq.org/ypqi). As Vice President for Research at the Forum, Dr. Smith leads the design phase of the Ready by 21 Expanded Learning Initiative which is focused on increasing alignment between high quality afterschool settings and school success and provides consulting on evaluation design and measurement.
As the Sprockets Network and Quality Coordinator, Jocelyn Wiedow brings together people and programs from all across St. Paul, MN with the shared goal of helping young people succeed. It’s a perfect fit for someone with more than 15 years of experience in coordinating and directing youth and family programs around the Twin Cities. Jocelyn’s summers at camp as a young person inspired her love for learning in nontraditional settings. Some of her favorite outdoor classroom experiences have been teaching horseback and dirt bike riding. Jocelyn has a master’s degree in public and non-profit administration.
Director of Student Support
154 Centre Street
Dorchester, MA 02124
Director, Community Impact
2400 Reading Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45202
301 W. Michigan Ave, Suite 200
Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197
Youth Community Coordinator / Sprockets Network Organizer
375 Selby Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55102-1822