Sheila Skiffington is a vice president and the director of EDC’s Language, Literacy, and Early Learning Programs. With more than 30 years of experience facilitating advancements to education systems change, she is an expert in policy development and analysis, professional development initiatives, quality improvement efforts, early childhood education programming and financing, and the development and alignment of standards and practices across systems and from preschool to the primary grades.
Skiffington oversees national and state-based training, technical assistance, and materials development centers, such as EDC’s three National Centers on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness, Program Management and Fiscal Operations, and Health and Mental Health funded by the Office of Head Start. She also directs early learning projects focusing on the design and implementation of highly refined instructional coaching models using videotaping and reflective conferencing, as well as teacher professional development activities. Her pioneering work with states to build coherent, high-quality early care and education systems has generated a collection of powerful tools, protocols, and other materials.
Skiffington received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Rhode Island and has completed graduate work at Wheelock College and the University of Rhode Island.