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Ann Willemssen

Implementing Early Childhood (PDG B-5) State Plans 

As states receiving Preschool Development Grant (PDG B-5) funds from the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) complete their needs assessments and strategic plans, they should already be thinking about implementation. Proposals for…
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Getting the Most Out of the Preschool Development Grant Opportunity

The new Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG B-5) put out by the US Department of Health and Human Services presents an exciting opportunity to get public sector planning right. The grant provides funds…
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Putting the “Drive” in “Data-Driven”

While Harvard Business Review’s latest article “Companies are Failing in Their Efforts to Become Data-Driven” focuses on investments in big data and artificial intelligence made by large corporations, we see the same issues at play…
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Strategies for Being Strategic

We were excited to see Graham Kenney’s Harvard Business Review article “Six Steps to Making Your Strategic Planning Strategic.” He hits on one of the common issues we see clients struggle with in their strategic…
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Early Adopters and Journey Mapping: A Guide to the User Experience

Early adopters can teach us a lot about the usability of a new technology system. We can collect detailed feedback on user experience (UX) by utilizing Design Thinking techniques — in particular Journey Mapping —…
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Stuck in the 80s

Although I have over 25 years of for-profit corporate America experience, I am not one to think that we should leverage everything from the business field to the education field. However, I do think there…
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