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The Goffin Strategy Group designs, facilitates, and implements strategic and field-building initiatives in early childhood education. It works at the local, state, and national levels with non-profit, philanthropic, and government organizations and agencies. It also prepares strategic plans and issue briefs. 
 
The collaborative and results-oriented approach of the Goffin Strategy Group mobilizes people and organizations to become focused in intent and action.

 


 

About Stacie G. Goffin, Ed.D.Principal

A recognized leader and author in early childhood education, Stacie Goffin has led significant change initiatives spanning higher education, local, state, and national organizations; organizational development; and advocacy, resulting in change for systems, policy, and ECE as a field of practice.

 

 

Bio

 

STACIE G. GOFFIN, ED.D.

Stacie Goffin is Principal of the Goffin Strategy Group. Established in 2004, the Goffin Strategy Group expands early childhood education’s ability to offer effective programs and services for young children through leadership, capacity, and systems development. Stacie works with local and state organizations, philanthropy, governments, and national organizations. A widely published author, Stacie’s conceptual leadership focuses on advancing early childhood education as a professional field of practice

Prior to forming the Goffin Strategy Group, Stacie led the five-year effort to reinvent the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s [NAEYC] early childhood program accreditation system. This effort resulted in a newly designed delivery system, updated accreditation criteria, and first-ever national program standards for early childhood education programs serving children from birth through kindergarten.

A former senior program officer at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, professor in higher education, and preschool educator, Stacie served as founding chair of multiple organizations, including the Early Childhood Funders Collaborative, Kansas City’s Metropolitan Council on Early Learning, and the West Virginia Network for Young Children.

Stacie has authored several seminal publications, including Ready or Not: Leadership Choices in Early Care and EducationEarly Childhood Education for a New Era: Leading for Our Profession; and Professionalizing Early Childhood Education as a Field of Practice: A Guide to the Next Era. Both her writing and presentations have earned her a respected reputation as a change agent.

Vitae

 

STACIE G. GOFFIN, ED.D.
Goffin Strategy Group, LLC
1601 18th Street NW #804
Washington, DC 20009
Tel: 202.986.1661
E-Mail: sggoffin@goffinstrategygroup.com
Web site: www.goffinstrategygroup.com

Recognized as an authority in early childhood education, Stacie Goffin brings to her work a blend of academic, philanthropic, government-related, and executive-level experiences. She has both a broad and deep understanding of early childhood education’s diverse programs, its multiple sectors, and its efforts to construct coherent systems that transcend the field’s notorious fragmentation.

She has led and/or facilitated multiple change initiatives of significance. Spanning higher education, local, state, and national organizations, organizational development, and advocacy, her efforts have resulted in change for both policy and practice. Currently prodding early childhood education to transform itself into a professional field of practice, her work represents a strong example of leadership as an activity, rather than a position. She is strategic and results-oriented with proven ability to spearhead change and conceptualize and execute sustainable initiatives.

Documented ability to develop a shared vision, achieve consensus, and deliver results within the context of diverse and complex internal and external forces.

Skillful facilitator with a track record of success.

Accomplished public speaker, writer, and author, skilled at conceptualizing, synthesizing, and organizing information.

EXPERIENCE

2002-2004: Independent Consultant
2004 to present: Principal, Goffin Strategy Group, LLC

Established in 2004, the Goffin Strategy Group expands early childhood education’s ability to provide
effective programs and services for young children through leadership, capacity, and systems development.
Results are achieved through customized consultation, including design, facilitation, and implementation of multi-stakeholder change initiatives; documents that analyze and promote understanding of complex issues; and strategy development.

Beyond creating a viable small business, the Goffin Strategy Group’s accomplishments are anchored in
results-oriented processes that stimulate capacity development and achieve defined results. These include
facilitating cross-agency and multi-stakeholder efforts that produced the first-ever national program
standards for early childhood education and direction-setting recommendations that have influenced
national organizations’, state agencies’, governors’, and legislators’ actions and decision-making.

The Goffin Strategy Group has also effectively promoted leadership development as an under-utilized lever
for effecting change in early childhood education. Stacie Goffin’s publications, especially Ready or Not:
Leadership Choices in Early Care and Education and Early Childhood Education For A New Era, are prompting a budding movement to transform early childhood education into a professional field of practice.

A sample of Goffin Strategy Group clients can be found at goffinstrategygroup.com. A projects list and their outcomes are available upon request.

September 2002-September 2004: Acting Deputy Executive Director, National Association for the Education of  Young Children [NAEYC].

Oversaw operations of the NAEYC Academy for Early Childhood Program Accreditation and preparations for its reinvented accreditation system; staffed the Commission on NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and Accreditation Criteria; and created and oversaw implementation of a 2-year plan for the newly created Council on NAEYC Accreditation, resulting in first ever national program standards for early education programs serving children birth through kindergarten; accreditation criteria for NAEYC’s reinvented accreditation system; new governance structure; and accreditation division primed for new system.

April 2000 to September 2002: Director, Project to Reinvent NAEYC Accreditation, National Association for the Education of Young Children [NAEYC].

Led redesign of nation’s largest early childhood education program accreditation system.

Created process and oversaw deliberations of the National Commission on Accreditation Reinvention

Managed development of new structure, design, and governance of NAEYC’s early childhood program
accreditation system

Designed and implemented statewide test of innovative accreditation practices

September 1992 to December 1999: Senior Program Officer, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

As foundation’s first program officer for early care and education, defined portfolio’s strategic focus, leading to investment portfolio in excess of $11 million focused on system development and school readiness.

Catalyzed creation of Governor Carnahan’s Commission on Early Childhood Care and Education in
Missouri and co-authored its final report, resulting in investments exceeding $63 million.

Co-found and led the Early Childhood Funders Collaborative, with 16 foundations, for its first 4 1⁄2 years.

Conceived and co-created Forum for Early Childhood Organization and Leadership Development at the Bloch School of Business and Public Administration, the nation’s first located at a School of Business and Public Administration.

Created and launched Partners In Quality for Early Childhood Care and Education, a group of 22 civic,
corporate, nonprofit, and philanthropic members in metropolitan Kansas City.

Conceived and implemented Fern Webster Early Childhood Professional Development Initiative, a $2.5 million, 6-year system change initiative in metropolitan Kansas City (Missouri and Kansas).

Results chronicled in: “The case of Kansas City” by David Renz in Philanthropy and the Nonprofit Sector in a Changing America, Indiana University Press, 1999 and From Dream to Reality: The Growth of Early
Learning in Kansas City, A 2007 report from Mid-America Regional Council’s Early Learning Council.

1984 & Prior: Assistant/Associate Professor, University of Missouri-Kansas City; Assistant/Associate Professor & Interim Program Director, Elementary and Secondary Education West Virginia College of Graduate Studies; Early childhood special education teacher in private and public school settings.

EDUCATION

Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Executive Education Certificate,
The Art and Practice of Leadership Development.

Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Summer Fellow.

Ed.D. University of Houston, Houston, Texas – Foundations of Education: Educational Psychology.

C.A.S.E. The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland – Communications Disorders.

M.S. The George Washington University, Washington, D.C. – Early Childhood-Special Education.

B.S. University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts -Child Development (Teaching Certificate,
Elementary K-6 and Special K-12).

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

BOOKS

Goffin, S. G. (2015). Professionalizing early childhood education as a field of practice: A guide to the next era. Minneapolis: Redleaf Press. [A 2015 NAEYC comprehensive member benefit]

Goffin, S. G. (2013). Early childhood education for a new era: Leading for our profession. NY: Teachers College Press.

Goffin, S.G., & Washington, V. (2007). Ready or not: Leadership choices in early care and education. New York: Teachers College Press. [With Foreword by Marty Linsky and Ronald Heifetz]

Goffin, S.G., & Wilson, C. (2001). Curriculum models and early childhood education: Appraising the relationship, 2nd edition. New York: Merrill/Prentice Hall. [sole author 1st edition, published 1994]

Goffin, S.G. & Day, D.E. (Eds.) (1994). New perspectives in early childhood teacher education ⎯ Bringing
practitioners into the debate. New York: Teachers College Press.

Goffin, S.G., & Lombardi, J. (1988). Speaking out: Early childhood advocacy. Washington, D.C.: National
Association for the Education of Young Children.

EDITED VOLUMES

Barnett, S.W., Goffin, S.G., & Boller, K. (2015). QRIS as change agent [Special Issue]. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 30.

Goffin, S. G., & Ryan, S. (Eds.). (2008). Teaching in early care and education [Special Issue]. Early Education and Development, 19 (3).

Goffin, S.G. (Ed.) (1996). Child development knowledge and early childhood teacher preparation: Assessing the relationship—A special collection. Early Childhood Research Quarterly 11 (2).

ARTICLES & CHAPTERS

Goffin, S. G. & Daga, E. (May 2017). Early childhood education leadership development compendium: A view of the current landscape, 3rd edition. Washington, DC: Goffin Strategy Group.

Goffin, S.G. (January-February 2016). To be or not to be degreed: Are we focusing on the right question?
Exchange, pp. 30-33.

Goffin, S. G., & Rous, B. (2015). Revisiting early childhood education’s governance choices. In S. L. Kagan & R. Gomez (Eds.), Governance of early childhood education: Polemics and possibilities (pp. 165–175). NY: Teachers College Press.

Winton, P. J., Snyder, P., & Goffin, S. G. (2016). Beyond the status quo: Rethinking professional development for early childhood teachers. In L. Couse & S. Recchia (Eds.) Handbook of early childhood teacher education. (pp. 54-68). New York: Routledge.

Goffin, S. G., & Barnett, W. S. (2015). Assessing QRIS as change agent 30, 179–182
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecresq.2014.08.005 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecresq.2014.08.005

Goffin, S.G. (2012). Beyond systemic structures: Penetrating to the core of an early care and education
system. In S. L. Kagan & K. Krauez (Eds). Early childhood systems: Looking back, Looking forward (pp. 267-282). New York: Teachers College Press.

Goffin, S. G., Martella, J., & Coffman, J. (2010). Vision to practice: Setting a new course for early childhood governance. Washington, DC: Goffin Strategy Group.

Goffin, S.G. (2009). Field-Wide Leadership: Insights from five fields of practice. Washington, DC: Goffin Strategy Group.

Goffin, S.G. (2001). Whither early childhood education in the next century? Education across a century: The centennial volume Part 1. (pp. 140-163). One-Hundredth Yearbook of National Society for the Study of Education. Chicago, IL: National Society for the Study of Education.

SELECTED EDITORIAL & ADVISORY BOARDS

Bright Horizons Early Care and Education Advisory Board, 2016 –

Washington P-3 Executive Leadership Institute Advisory Board, 2013-2015.

Early Education and Development Editorial Board, 1991-present.

Teachers College Press Advisory Board in Early Childhood Education, 1993-present.

McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership Advisory Board, 2005 – present.

Founding Chairperson, Early Childhood Funders Collaborative, collaborative effort of 16 national and regional foundations with strategic focus on early childhood care and education, 1993–1997.

Founding Chairperson, Kansas City Metropolitan Council on Early Learning, bi-state organization building cohesive ECE delivery system. One of seven collaborations funded by Carnegie Foundation for study; one of four Early Education Quality Improvement Project (EQUIP) sites funded by AT&T, January 1989–1994.

Publication List

 

Books

Goffin, S. G. (2015). Professionalizing early childhood education as a field of practice: A guide to the next era. Minneapolis: Redleaf Press (A 2015 NAEYC comprehensive member benefit.

Goffin, S. G. (2013). Early childhood education for a new era: Leading for our profession. New York: Teachers College Press.

Goffin, S.G., & Washington, V. (2007). Ready or not: Leadership choices in early care and education. New York: Teachers College Press. [With Foreword by Marty Linsky and Ronald Heifetz]

Goffin, S.G., & Wilson, C. (2001). Curriculum models and early childhood education: Appraising the relationship, 2nd edition. New York: Merrill/Prentice Hall. [1st edition’s sole author, published 1994]

Kagan, S.L., Goffin, S.G., Golub, S.A., & Pritchard, E. (1995). Toward systemic reform: Service integration for young children and their families. Fall Church, VA: National Center for Service Integration.

Goffin, S.G. & Day, D.E. (Eds.). (1994). New perspectives in early childhood teacher education-Bringing practitioners into the debate. New York: Teachers College Press.

Goffin, S.G. & Myers, M. (1989). A landscape of concerns: A resource reference of position papers on children’s issues. Washington, D.C. National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Goffin, S.G., & Lombardi, J. (1988). Speaking out: Early childhood advocacy. Washington, D.C.: National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Goffin, S. G., with Caccamo, J. (1986). In partnership with parents. Jefferson City, MO: Missouri State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Edited Volumes

Goffin, S. G. & Daga, E. (May 2017). Early childhood education leadership development compendium: A view of the current landscape, 3rd edition. Washington, DC: Goffin Strategy Group.

Barnett, S.W., Goffin, S.G., & Boller, K. (Eds.) (2015). Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) as Change Agent [Special Issue]. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 30.

Goffin, S. G., & Ryan, S. (Eds.). (2008). Teaching in early care and education [Special Issue]. Early Education and Development, 19 (3).

Goffin, S.G. (Ed.) (1996). Child development knowledge and early childhood teacher preparation: Assessing the relationship—A special collection. Early Childhood Research Quarterly 11 (2).

Goffin, S.G., Stegelin, D.A., & Walsh, D. J. (Eds.) (1992). Early childhood education and the public schools. Early Education and Development [Special Issue], 3 (2).

Jensen, M.A., & Goffin, S.G. (Eds.) (1993). Visions of entitlement: The care and education of America’s children. Albany, NY: SUNY Press.

Goffin, S.G., & Stegelin, D.A. (Eds.). (1992). Changing kindergartens: Four success stories. Washington, D.C.: National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Murphy, D.G., & Goffin, S.G. (Eds.) (1992). Project Construct. A curriculum guide: Understanding the possibilities. Jefferson City, MO: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Goffin, S.G., & Vartuli, S. (1987). Classroom management in a new context: Teacher as decision maker [Special Issue]. Dimensions 15, (4.)

Articles and Chapters

Goffin, S. G. (2016 January/February). To be or not to be degreed: Are we focusing on the right question? Exchange, 30-33.

Goffin, S. G., & Barnett, W. S. (2015). QRIS as change agent. Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) as Change Agent [Special Issue]. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 30, 179-182.

Goffin, S. G., & Rous, B. (2015). Revisiting early childhood education governance choices. In S. L.

Kagan & R. Gomez (Eds.), Governance of early childhood education: Polemics and possibilities (pp. 165-175). NY: Teachers College Press.

Winton, P. J., Snyder, P., & Goffin, S. G. (In press). Beyond the status quo: Rethinking professional development for early childhood teachers In L. Couse & S. L. Recchia (Eds.) Handbook of early childhood teacher education. New York: Routledge.

Goffin, S. G. , & janke, M. (2013). 2013 early childhood education leadership development compendium: A view of the current landscape. Washington, DC: Goffin Strategy Group. (Available at www.goffinstrategygroup.com]

Goffin, S.G. (2012). Beyond systemic structures: Penetrating to the core of an early care and education system. In S. L. Kagan & K.Krauez (Eds). Early childhood systems: Looking back, Looking forward (pp. 267-282). New York: Teachers College Press.

Bredekamp, S., & Goffin, S. G. (2012). Making the case: Why credentialing and certification matter. In R. C. Pianta, W. S. Barnett, L. M. Justice, & S. M. Sheridan (Eds.), Handbook of early childhood education (pp. 584- 604). New York: Guilford Press.

Goffin, S.G., Martella, J., & Coffman, J. (2011). Vision to Practice: Setting a New Course for Early Childhood Governance. Washington, DC: Goffin Strategy Group.

Regenstein, E., & Goffin, S.G. (September 7, 2010). How Early Childhood Advisory Councils can Succeed at Gubernatorial Transitions. An EducationCounsel EdBrief. Chicago, IL: EducationCounsel.

Goffin, S.G. (2009). Field-Wide Leadership: Insights from Five Fields of Practice. Washington, DC: Goffin Strategy Group.

Goffin, S. G., & Means, K. M. (2009). Leadership in Early Childhood Care and Education: A View of the Current Landscape. Washington, DC: Goffin Strategy Group.

Goffin, S.G., & Washington, V. (July/August 2008). Leadership choices in early care and education. Exchange, pp. 24-27. Goffin, S.G. (2007). Implementing New York’s Universal Prekindergarten Program: An exploratory study of systemic impacts. A challenge to conventional thought: A commentary. Early Education and Development, 18 (4), 1-4.

Goffin, S. G. (2007). Accreditation of early childhood programs. In R.S. New & M. Cochran (Eds.). Early childhood education: An international encyclopedia (Vol. 1, pp. 5- 9). Westport, CT: Praeger.

Goffin, S.G., & Washington, V. (2007). History of U.S. early childhood care and education, In R.S. New & M.Cochran (Eds.), Early childhood education: An international encyclopedia (Vol. 2, pp. 417 – 423). Westport, CT: Praeger.

Goffin, S.G. (2005). NAEYC Accreditation: Insights gained from the reinvention of NAEYC’s accreditation system. Commissioned paper for Conference on Ensuring Quality in Early Childhood Services: International Approaches, Berlin, Germany.

Goffin, S. G. (2002). Recommendations for the next era of NAEYC’s accreditation system from the National Commission on Accreditation Reinvention. Young Children, 57 (3), 75-83.

Goffin, S.G. (2002). Succeeding with accreditation. Conference Proceedings of the 10th International Symposium: The accreditation of early childhood care and education (pp. 9-23). Seoul, South Korea. [Also delivered as opening keynote address]

Goffin, S.G. (2002). Creating the next era of NAEYC Accreditation. Conference Proceedings of the 10th International Symposium: The accreditation of early childhood care and education (pp. 259- 274). Seoul, South Korea. [Also delivered as closing keynote address]

Goffin, S.G. (2001). Whither early childhood education in the next century? Education across a century: The centennial volume Part 1. (pp. 140-163). One Hundredth Yearbook of National Society for the Study of Education. Chicago, IL: National Society for the Study of Education.

Goffin, S.G. (2000). The role of curriculum models in early childhood education (No. EDO-PS-00-8). Champaign, IL: Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education.

Goffin, S. G. (1998). Assessing enduring challenges at the century’s close. Early Years, 18 (2), 6-10.

Goffin, S. G., Wilson, C., Hill, J., & McAnich, S. (1997). Policies of the early childhood field and its public: Seeking to support young children and their families, In J.P. Isenberg & M. R. Jalongo (Eds.), Major trends and issues in early childhood education: Challenges, controversies, and insights (pp. 13-28). New York: Teachers College Press.

Goffin, S.G. (1996). Child development knowledge and early childhood teacher preparation: Assessing the relationship—A special collection. Early Childhood Research Quarterly 11, 117-133.

Davis, M.D., & Goffin, S.G. (1994). Program improvement in early childhood education: Facilitating the change process. Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 15 (1), 2 – 7.

Day, D. E., & Goffin, S. G. (1994). Beginning new relationships between classroom practitioners and early childhood teacher educators. Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 15 (3), 12 – 13.

Goffin, S. G. (1993). Epilogue: Beyond visions of entitlement: Some personal reflections In M. A. Jensen, & S. G. Goffin (Eds.). Visions of entitlement: The care and education of America’s children (pp. 287 – 292). Albany, NY: SUNY Press.

Goffin, S.G. (1992). Challenging the status quo: Serving as critical change agents. In S.G. Goffin & D. A. Stegelin (Eds.), Changing kindergartens: Four success stories (pp. 99 – 108). Washington, D.C.: National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Goffin, S.G. (1992). Creating change with the public schools: Reflections of an early childhood teacher educator. In D. A. Stegelin (Ed). Early childhood education: Policy issues for the 1990s (pp 155-173). Norwood, N.J.: Ablex.

Goffin, S.G. (1992). Federal legislation of importance to early childhood education: A chronology. In L. Williams & D. Fromberg (Eds.), Encyclopedia of early childhood education (pp 58-64). New York: Garland Publishing.

Goffin, S.G. (1992). To be or not to be an advocate: Is that really the question? Dimensions, 18 (2), 23-24.

Goffin, S. G. (1992). Early childhood education and the public schools: Restructuring the relationship. Early Education and Development, 3, 81 – 82.

Goffin, S. G. (1992). How can I choose among curriculum possibilities for young children? In Murphy, D.G., & Goffin, S.G. (Eds.), Project Construct. A curriculum guide: Understanding the possibilities (pp. 108-114). Jefferson City, MO: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Goffin, S. G. (1992). Early childhood education and the public schools: The necessity for building relationships. Early Education and Development, 3, 83-85.

Goffin, S. G. (1991). Special Book Review Feature. We are not champions of a newly discovered cause: Rediscovering the heroines of early childhood education. Young Children, 47 (1), 62-64.

Goffin, S.G. (1991). Supporting change in a school district’s early childhood programs: A story of growth. Early Child Development and Care, 70, 5-16.

Goffin, S.G., & Myers, M. (1991). A landscape of concern: A national survey of position papers on children’s issues. Child Welfare, 70, 529 – 540.

Goffin, S.G. (1990). The responsibility of government in early childhood education: Renewing the debate. In C. Seefeldt (Ed.), Continuing issues in early childhood education (pp 2-26). Columbus, OH: Merrill.

Goffin, S.G. (1990). Public schools and developmentally appropriate practice: Securing the relationship. Paper commissioned by the National Association for State Boards of Education (NASBE) as part of the Studies of Education Reform program.

Katz, L.G., & Goffin, S.G. (1990). Issues in the preparation of teachers of young children. In B. Spodek & O.N.Saracho (Eds.), Early childhood teacher preparation. Yearbook in early childhood education, (Vol. 1, pp 192-208). New York: Teachers College Press.

Goffin, S.G. (1989). How well do we respect the children in our care? Childhood Education, 66, 68-74. [reprinted in Education Digest; Annual Editions: Early Childhood Education ‘91, ‘92; Annual Editions: Educational Psychology ‘92]

Goffin, S.G. (1989). Developing a research agenda for early childhood education. What can be learned from the research on teaching? Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 4, 187-204.

Goffin, S.G. (1988). Strengthening our interactions with parents of handicapped children. Tennessee’s Children, 29 (2), 20-25. Goffin, S.G. (1988). Putting our advocacy efforts into a new context, Young Children, 43 (3), 52-56.

Goffin, S.G., & Tull, C.Q. (1988). Encouraging cooperative behaviors among young children. Dimensions, 16 (4) 15-18. Goffin, S.G. (1987). Cooperative behaviors: They need our support. Young Children, 42 (2), 75-81.

Lombardi, J., & Goffin, S.G. (1986). Child advocacy at the state level: Strategies for success. Dimensions, 14 (2), 15-18.

Goffin, S. G., with Tull, C.Q. (1985). Problem solving: Encouraging active learning. Young Children, 40 (3), 28-32.

Goffin, S.G., & Tull, C.Q. (1984). Creating possibilities for problem solving. Dimensions, 12 (2), 15-19.

Goffin, S.G. (1983). A framework for conceptualizing children’s services. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 53, 282-290.

Goffin, S.G. (1982). Reflections on child care. Dimensions, 10, 84-87.