Meet Child360’s SXSW Leaders
Dawn Kurtz, Chief Research Officer
Dawn A. Kurtz, Ph.D., has worked in the Child Development and Early Childhood Education (ECE) fields for more than 20 years. Currently, Dawn is the Chief Research Officer, leading research innovation to improve child outcomes. Prior to this role, she served as Child360’s Chief Program Officer, providing executive leadership for staff who support more than 500 early education programs across Los Angeles with a goal of improving and sustaining quality. Since joining Child360, Dawn has played a key role in the development and implementation of multiple Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) projects at the local and state level, including the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grant.
Prior to joining Child360, Dawn spent several years at First 5 LA, where she played an integral role in the conceptualization, planning, development, and oversight of various phases of funding initiatives designed to improve the well-being of children and their families in Los Angeles County. During that time, she managed First 5 LA’s Early Childhood Education portfolio, which included LAUP as well as School Readiness, Family Literacy, and Workforce Development.
Earlier in her career, Dawn was a Project Director for a study of the impact of neglect on adolescent development in the School of Social Work at the University of Southern California. Dawn has presented and published work on the developmental consequences of child abuse and neglect. Dawn has also worked as adjunct faculty at Cal State University, Los Angeles and Whittier College, where she taught courses in Psychology and Child Development.
Angel Walters, VP of Assessment & Professional Development
As the VP of Assessment & Professional Development, Angel Walters strategically leads the Child360 quality improvement team who deliver assessments, trainings, and technical assistance to early learning providers in support of QRIS implementation efforts; she also oversees the development and innovation of professional development services provided by Child360 to the early learning field. Walters brings more than a decade of experience with Child360, previously having served as the Director of Compliance and Quality Ratings, and having been responsible for the development of compliance and quality assessment infrastructures. Prior to this role, she served as a staff certification analyst and helped early childhood professionals navigate the child development matrix process.
With years of nonprofit management and social services experience, she identifies her previous role managing a homeless and transitional shelter for women and children as the catalyst and foundation for the work she does now. In addition, her experience working as a specialist in the Early Childhood Unit at Crystal Stairs, Inc., has been instrumental to her commitment to the field.
Walters is an alumna of the University of California, Los Angeles.
Where you can find us
Early Educator Professional Development Meet Up
Whether you’re an administrator or educator, our meet up will teach you how to leverage the professional development resources already at your fingertips. Learn about the most effective, and efficient opportunities to advance your career goals and put your program/school on the map!
When: Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where: Austin Convention Center, Austin Suite
Mentor Session with Child360’s Chief Research Officer
Talk one-on-one with Dr. Dawn Kurtz on how to develop a strong early learning system and bridge the connection between ECE and the K-12 system. Enjoy a fruitful discussion specific to your program or school, and potential next steps.
When: Monday, March 9, 2020, 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm
Where: Hilton Austin Downtown, Room 402